December Newsletter


Picky Eater

Tips for your picky eater:
Children’s nutrition doesn’t have to be frustrating. Consider these strategies to avoid power struggles and help your picky eater eat a balanced diet.

1. Respect your child’s appetite, or lack of one- If your child isn’t hungry, don’t force a meal or snack. Likewise, don’t bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might only ignite — or reinforce — a power struggle over food. Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.
2. Stick to a routine-Serve meals and snacks at about the same times every day.
3. Be patient with new foods-Young children often touch or smell new foods, and might even put tiny bits in their mouths and then take them back out again. Your child might need repeated exposure to a new food before he or she takes the first bite.Encourage your child by talking about a food’s color, shape, aroma and texture — not whether it tastes good. Serve new foods along with your child’s favorite foods.
4. Make it fun- Cut foods into various shapes with cookie cutters. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.
5. Recruit your child’s help-At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Don’t buy anything that you don’t want your child to eat. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.
6. Set a good example-If you eat a variety of healthy foods, your child is more likely to follow suit.
7. Be creative-Add chopped broccoli or green peppers to spaghetti sauce, top cereal with fruit slices, or mix grated zucchini and carrots into casseroles and soups.
8. Minimize distractions-Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Keep in mind that television advertising might also encourage your child to desire sugary or less nutritious foods.

Remember that your child’s eating habits won’t likely change overnight, but the small steps you take each day can help promote a lifetime of healthy eating.

What are the symptoms of Autism?

The following are the most common symptoms of autism. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
•Speech delay
•Repeats or echo words or phrases
•Avoids eye contact
•Does not smile when smiled at
•Does not respond to his or her name
•Does not point, wave, or use gestures to communicate
•Does not initiate or respond to cuddling, prefers to be alone
•Does not ask for help or make basic requests
•Difficulty changing routines
•Poor imaginary play
•Hand flapping, rocking, spinning, lining up of toys

At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center we understand that Autism can be challenging. As a team we will work together to find the right fit for the child and family.

Recommended Reading

Cure Your Child with Food is about the hidden connections between food and childhood ailments such as anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomachaches, picky eating, rashes, ADHD and more

May encourage a fussy eater to try a wider variety of foods ‘just as Lulu does’.

Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center

At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center we are committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families affected by ADHD, Autism and Developmental Delays. Through experience and training we provide a diagnosis and individual treatment plans, with the use of traditional and biomedical treatment options.

At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center, we pride ourselves in treating thewhole person, not just the diagnosis. We provide a loving and caring environment for families that face very challenging situations. We pride ourselves on taking the time to listen and develop a plan for the child and family. We strongly believe that each child is an individual and no two children are alike, therefore no two treatment plans can be alike.

We believe early diagnosis for individual children affected by Autism, ADHD and developmental delays, along with intensive therapies, biomedical treatments, and medical intervention is the key to the child’s best prognosis.

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