Eating Wars & Toddlers

Getting young toddlers to eat a healthy diet is complicated. It's important to understand the difference between a typical picky eater and a problematic eater. Research suggest that a child with autism is 5x more likely to experience challenges with eating. Check out the resources from Dr. Toomey on SOS steps to Eating Heirarcy and the video from ABEL describing eating problems and strategies. https://childhealthanddevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/kaytoomey.pdf

STOP Spitting Procedures 

Procedure plan to stop spitting:
Scenario 1
1.       If child spits, invite child to clean up the spit using tissue / paper towel.
2.       Place in trash.
3.       Wash hands / sanitize hands. 
4.       Offer choice item if appropriate.
Scenario 2
1.       If child spits, invite child to clean up the spit using tissue / paper towel.
2.       If child refuses to clean up, gently use hand over hand to have child              clean up the spit pair with saying,      
         â€œwe are wiping.”
3.       Place in trash.
4.       Wash hands / sanitize hands.
5.       Offer choice item if appropriate.
Reinforcement procedures
*Offer free will choice items to child throughout the day from a bin that is especially for him / her.
*Use visuals with child when possible reflecting appropriate behaviors for lips and inappropriate behaviors for lips.
*Use first and then language (first we clean up the spit and then we play)
*Blow bubbles.
*Blow pom pom.
*Offer water play. 

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