Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Just Take a Bite review

The authors contradict the myths that most of us believe with regards to food.  It is the child's responsibility to eat; the parents' responsibility is to give them plenty of healthy options.

One chapter outlines what children should be able to do at particular ages, what oral-motor skills they should be acquiring and how that affects feeding

The authors also get into what environmental and behavioral factors might be contributing to the child's resistance to new foods.  For example, a child might suffer from Food Neophobia or the fear of new foods.  They then outline how parents may inadvertently be making the problem of food neophobia worse by doing things like never offering new foods.

There are chapters on sensory and motor-based problems and how they may make eating difficult, as well. 

Chapter 6 is all about designing and implementing a comprehensive treatment plan.  There is even a chapter devoted to the stages of sensory development for eating, which helps kids with sensory problems begin to try new foods.  Each stage exposes a child to the new food in non-threatening ways.  For example, in stage two the focus is touch, so the child is encouraged to play with and touch the food to get familiar with it.

Don't make the dinner table a battleground.

This book is available in our lending library for checkout for residents of Illinois.  We will mail it to you with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for easy return.

You can also buy it at Future Horizons.

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