A simple start to mealtime success!
THE 3 R’s of Meal Times
- RESPECT: Allow children to control what they try, touch, smell, and taste. You control what’s put on their plate!
- REMEMBER: Meal time is a social time! Let your child help you in the kitchen whenever possible. Smile, make faces, be a little silly every once in a while. Praise your child for all new foods they try!
- REVISIT: Never force feed a child; it will take months to undo the broken trust. Imagine someone constantly coming at your face with a spoonful of your least favorite food. Instead, revisit a food at different meals or prepared differently (boiled, cold, sliced, diced or whole). Explore foods through non-eating activities: make pictures with food, stack cookies or crackers, slice bananas into circles, etc. Show your child food is enjoyable!
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child is gagging, choking and/or continually coughing during meals or snacks, a more in-depth evaluation of their swallowing skills may be warranted by a Speech/Language/Feeding Specialist and/or medical practitioner.
Always talk to your doctor or Early Intervention Primary Service Provider about any incidents with food and seek immediate medical attention anytime your child’s breathing is compromised during a meal time.
Get kids involved in the kitchen!!! Have fun with food through art with this printable download!!!
Let your Primary Service Provider know how it’s going; discuss what you’ve tried during your next Auglaize CBDD interaction in your home. Explore other articles for helpful hints with meal times, including these from ASHA and friendshipcircle.org!
Submitted by: LaRita Condon, ABC Early Intervention Speech Therapist