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Food Selectivity Action Plan

(103 Posts)
MareeyaDolores Tue 26-Mar-13 21:58:35

Ok, been to the EABG conference today. One presenter described a 4 child trial of strategies to help fussy eaters. You use 3 foods, 1 new one and 2 they like. New food 12 mini-blobs per session, old ones 6 mini-blobs each. Total 24 mini-blobs. This is done just before a mealtime.

3 intensities of approach, they start with the easiest, and only move up if it doesn't work. I'm going to call the levels Bronze Silver Gold

15 min before meal, you present a plastic plate with a teeny-tiny 'target food' blob on, and leave it there for 5 seconds. Don't worry whether dc eats it or not, the magic is in just plonking it down. Repeat 24 times (always finish on a 'liked' food). This worked a treat on 1 or 2 of the dc.

Silver is the same, but add a reinforcer (praise?) for each bite

Gold is plonking it down + reinforcer + escape extinction (basically that if they scream, throw it, run away etc, you retrieve the dc / food / ignore shrieks and present it again. They still don't have to eat, but do have to cope with looking at it for the required 5 seconds. Repeat 24 times with the 24 mini-bites.

MareeyaDolores Sun 07-Apr-13 23:53:07

zzz that is a very good idea grin Am continuing to de-sensitise the dc and most importantly dh and myself to the idea of starters for now, and one thats mastered, might well begin the 24-blobs-you-like approach.

dev9aug Fri 26-Apr-13 20:22:46

can anybody update us on how it went for you. I am going to start inroducing new foods to ds1 so would like your reviews please..grin

I'm starting this next week! First up is mashed potato followed by boiled potato followed by roast pot followed by rice! This will be hard work!

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