Fussy Eater Book Review

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Fussy Eater Book Review
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 2:32pm
In another thread I mentioned I was checking out a couple of books from the library and I'd come back & give my reviews. As usual, the one I was most hopeful for was not the one I liked the best.

Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picking Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child's Diet

This book had some very good information regarding sensory processing disorder. It also helped me see I was not breaking eating down into easy enough steps. For example, I can watch my son in gymnastics & see he cannot run, jump, land on the spring board with both feet. So I bring him home & start having him bunny hop around the house. When he has this down I have him take a step, then hop, step, hop, etc. After a couple of weeks we are getting close to running & hopping.

I realize I do this in other parts of his world, but I was not breaking down introducing new foods far enough. The book suggested, if for example, your child likes McDonald's chicken nuggets, then start working on acceptance of other fast food nuggets, then strips, then frozen, then homemade with different texture, then maybe w/o breading or crust.

Some good information, though somewhat disappointed. The first 5 steps were about the types of professional help to seek & the 6th was to get the team of professionals to create the food chain. I did walk away with a little more understanding, but still feeling hopeless. I've already gone the Occupational Therapist route, the child psychologist, general practitioner & currently on a 3 month wait to see a GI specialist. Little I could work with now.

Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges

Okay, now this one also says you need a team of professionals, but at least this one gives exercises & lesson plans! It explains how posture can even inhibit the ability to eat and gives some exercises to help with sitting at the table better.

This one helped me understand HOW to break down introducing new foods wa'ay back. This author does understand some foods are so offensive to my son he won't even enter the room if it's in there. She suggests activities starting with just learning how to be in the same room of the food & then work it up all the way to eating the food.

My son turns 7 this week and I do see these activities would still work well for him. For those with pre-teens, maybe scanning the book might help give some ideas for you to turn these lessons into age-appropriate activities. I'm not sure though. So I would recommend this book for 7 and younger.

Wishing everyone a tranquil meal this week!

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Sun, 03-29-2009 - 12:03pm
Thanks for this post - I wasn't aware of these books, and it will help me a lot to read them.

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Sun, 03-29-2009 - 9:12pm
Great reviews I'll have to find the second book!! My daughter doesn't have many things that she will eat and sometimes (like mac & cheese) she will only eat one brand.

Jennifer W (uclp)
mom to
Ashley (6-18-03 - ucl &ar, food allergies, Sensory Processing Disorder)