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advice real help to a specific brand, and reduces the opportunity for them to demand more when the box is in view. This also supports parent-determined portions vs kids’ expectations to finish the container. • • Keep any dips in a separate container from the food. This may be a dixie cup, small shot glass, or in a cupcake paper. Many adults do not like the watery residue from condiments, sauces, wet yogurt, applesauce, etc. touching their food either. • Establish a Pre-snack • Offer them a variety of food textures, colors and food groups to avoid getting stuck in food ruts. Kids respond well to theme oriented snacks, such as choosing orange foods (fruit, veggies, dips, juices, dried foods), or same shaped foods (long cheese sticks, carrot sticks and pretzels, or turkey pepperoni slices, banana slices and Townhouse crackers). routine: a sequence of washing hands, passing out napkins, choosing a favorite plate, getting a drink, etc. This helps them to predict they’re coming to the table for food; and increases their acceptance of snack vs refusing simply because they wanted the purple plate…. • Some of the best memories happen when we get messy! It’s ok for kids to touch their food, smell it, or use both hands to check it out. It’s also ok for kids to spit a bite out! It’s an opportunity to praise them for taking a bite. It is an accomplishment to bite off a larger food, or chew a bite, even if they change their mind and want to spit it out. Always end on a good note : even if they didn’t like the food, or finish what you gave them, have them end on a positive note by putting dishes in the sink, returning items to the refrigerator, or throwing away their trash. This discourages leaving the table frustrated, and teaches them to end the snack feeling accomplished vs discouraged by a food refusal. w Jami Growney is an Occupational Therapist, a Pediatric Feeding Specialist, and a single Mom of two. She is also a provider of Continuing Education for Feeding Therapy. She can be contacted at 913.961.3663 or [email protected] com. She is available at Dr. Deb’s Center for Child & Family Development at Town Center Plaza in Leawood, KS. Participants receive: • Study-related examinations and medication • Reimbursement for travel To learn more, please contact: [email protected] www.blumstudy.com NO NEEDLES NO PILLS NO COST Do you know a 3-8 year old child who has Introducing a PHASE 3 14-week study to see if an investigational medication may reduce symptoms of autism. www.blumstudy.com Parenting SPecial needS.org LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF ARTICLE MAR/APR 2017 17

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Do you know a 3-8 year old child who has autism?

Introducing a PHASE 3 14-week study to see if an investigational medication may reduce symptoms of autism.

Participants receive:

• Study-related examinations and medication

• Reimbursement for travel

To learn more, please contact:

[email protected]

www.blumstudy.com

NO NEEDLES

NO PILLS

NO COST

www.blumstudy.com

Read the full article at http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/article/Blum/2738316/391986/article.html.

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