Welcome to “On the Horizon”
On the Horizon is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child’s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.
We have some great information this issue!
– A Note from Nicole: Easter and Adoption!
– Idea of the Week: Edible Play-Dough!
– Feature Article: Introducing New Foods to your Child with Feeding Deficits!
– Featured Resource: Explorations in Eating Calendar and Food Journal
– Featured Program: Summer Camps 2008!
– Upcoming Events: Don’t Miss Out!
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Happy Spring! For those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you enjoyed the holiday with family and friends. We had a pretty low-key weekend at our house dying Easter eggs and enjoying dinner at my parent’s house. I have to admit that the holiday kind of snuck up on me this year with it being so early. I was one of the poor unfortunate souls trying to make my way through the Easter aisles at Target on Saturday afternoon. If you really want to put a chocolate bunny in your kids’ baskets then do not wait until the last minute. Let me tell you – I will NOT do that again! Luckily I was able to get out of there with some items for my kids’ baskets.
On another note, one of my fabulous RDI families has been waiting to adopt a daughter from China for a couple of years. The parents are in China RIGHT NOW, meeting their new daughter for the first time. We have been able to see pictures of them with their precious baby girl who they have waited so long to meet. I am so excited for them – she is beautiful! It brings back many memories from when Bill and I adopted our daughter almost two years ago. It’s amazing how much you can love this little person whom you have never met before. Children are such a blessing and make our families and lives so much richer.
As you read through the ezine this week you’ll find more great ideas for addressing feeding problems and picky eating issues in kids. The idea this week is for making play-dough that can be modified in many ways – experiment and have fun! Don’t forget to check out our new product – Explorations in Eating calendar and food journal. You’ll love the ideas and structure these provide for expanding your child’s eating preferences.
Looking to the horizon,
Make edible play-dough using this quick and easy recipe. Experiment with adding different colors of food coloring or kool aid to change the color and scent. Have fun and be creative!
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. oil
1 cup water
Cook until thick – about 1 ½ minutes over high heat. Knead in color.
Introducing New Foods to your Child with Feeding Deficits
By: Erin Roon
Having previously considered the differences between a picky eater and a problem feeder, here are some simple tips for introducing your child to new foods.
Involve your child in preparing the menu for the week. Determine together which recipes your child might be interested in cooking. You can discuss whether the recipe needs to be changed, or whether something could be added. Have your child help you decide what ingredients need to be put on the grocery list. If it is not too overwhelming for your child, s/he can accompany you to the store and help you purchase the ingredients you need. Some children may also be interested in having a grocery store scavenger hunt to find the items on the list. Make this experience fun!
Explorations in Eating Calendar and Journal
$19.95 (Per Calendar) or $39.95 (Per Calendar and Journal) Each day has ideas to expand your child’s diet and food preferences. Calendars are assembled by clients in our EmployAbilities program. $1.00 from every calendar will be donated to FARR.
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Summer Camps 2008!
Your child is going to LOVE the exciting adventures we have planned for this summer! Each week we will explore a different theme together, complete with lots of opportunities for movement, music, problem solving, working together, and indoor and outdoor fun. Our camps are design to offer a fun, safe, and therapeutic environment for children with developmental disabilities to engage with peers, try new things, and retain skills over the summer months. A low staff to child ratio ensures that everyone is supported. Principles of the Relationship Development Intervention (CORE Approach) Program are integrated throughout all activities, which provides oportunities for campers to improve communication, increase competence, enhance regulation, and build relationships.
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