On the Horizon: 12/12/12

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Issue 208: Food Jags: What are They and How to Prevent Them

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  • A Note from Nicole: Season to Connect
  • Feature Article: Food Jags: What are They and How to Prevent Them
  • Ask the Horizons Team
  • Upcoming Events
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Hi Everyone!

We have finally had some snow here! It’s about time, as typically we have had more than a few flakes by now. While I’m happy to see some of the white stuff around the holidays, I haven’t missed it thus far this season. My family and I are getting ready to head south for some fun and relaxing vacation time. I better not see any snow while we are there!

In this week’s feature article, Erin explores the topic of "food jags" and how to address them. If you have a child who tends to eat a lot of something, but then stops eating it altogether, this article is for you. Those of you who have picky eaters and/or kids with feeding problems will want to check out the information as well.

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Looking to the horizon,

Food Jags: What are They and How to Prevent Them

By Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

What is a food jag? Children with feeding difficulties tend to eat the same foods every day, even at every meal. Typically they require that the foods be prepared in the same way each time. For example, your child may only eat a hot dog for lunch every day. S/he will only eat the hot dog if it is a specific brand, boiled on the stove, and put on the plate with the ketchup (specific brand) not touching it. This example demonstrates a "food jag."

So what is the big deal if my child eats the same thing every day for lunch? The biggest problem with food jags is that eventually your child will become bored or burned out on his/her preferred foods. Once a child with feeding difficulties neglects to eat a preferred food, it is usually lost from his/her food repertoire for good. The practice of eliminating foods from his/her diet may then continue until there are only a handful of foods left to him/her.

How can you prevent a food jag from beginning in the first place?

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