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2011-2012 School Year Kick-Off!

Published August 30, 2011 8:38 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Despite events like Hurricane Irene pummeling the East Coast, I really love the end of August - this time of the year has always been one of my favorites. The weather in the northeast part of the country begins to change, becoming more unpredictable. The sky turns temperamental and a cool breeze will begin to cut through the summer heat. At dusk, sunsets are often gorgeous hues of yellow, orange and pink. You can feel the seasonal change hanging in the air.

As a child, these signs would let me know that "back to school" was right around the bend. Now, as an adult working in a preschool setting, the same is true. We return to school Wednesday, August 31st and I am beginning to prepare for the new students and new school year at hand.

In addition to this, I have also been giving more thought to this blog site and ways that I can help it grow and improve this year. As many of you know, I love using food and recipes as a way to help children expand both their feeding and communication skills. So one idea I have started to cultivate is the Good Eater Secrets Series.

My idea for this project is the following:

Good Eater Secrets is a series of questions designed to investigate the "secrets" behind children who are good, healthy eaters and the moms (and dads!) that feed them! The purpose of this search is to help both parents of "picky eaters" and speech therapists who work with "picky eaters" in homecare and in the classroom to know not only HOW to feed the "picky eaters" in their life differently, but also WHAT to feed them!

By sharing these "secrets", the series will hopefully add to the good eating habits and improved nutritional intake of little ones all over America (and possibly the world - given that ADVANCE magazine is available and read well beyond our borders)!

Next Tuesday, the day after Labor Day as well as the beginning of a new school year for many, I will share our first Good Eater Secrets post. I thought this would be a really fun way to kick off the new school year!

I would also like to hear from the ADVANCE magazine blog readers! Tell me what topics YOU would like to see covered over the upcoming year! This blog is for and about you, so please send in your requests!

 

1 comments

I am so excited to have access to this information and CAN'T WAIT to implement this concept into the classroom!  I have often thought about doing some food preparation with some of my kids, but have not had the space.  The SpL therapist I work with is willing to share her space, and her Easy-Bake oven!haha  I did have one of my children make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for both of us, with the stipulation he did not have to eat his if he didn't want to.  It was heartwarming to see him open the jars, spread the ingredients, and place them neatly on the paper towel.  Amazingly, he DID eat some, and is now taking these to school for lunch occasionally.  For the first time, he is going through the lunch line at school and gets a regular tray.  I sit with him whenever possible, and encourage him to stir or mix the food, and taste it if he wants to.  If he takes a bite, I "play like" it is a football game, and he has scored a point.  He likes this, but I am not sure if it is acceptable by his teacher (she probably thinks it is stupid, or I am treating him like a baby).  But, he has eaten more this way than ever  before, and I see no harm in it.  I did ask her what she thought about having a small "eating group" outside the lunchroom, because it is so very crowded and hectic, and LOUD.  She thought it would be better to keep him with his peers (Kindergarten).  What is your opinion? I am so looking forward to following your blog and hearing more about your "cooking classes"!

Dianne Knox, Pediatrics - OTR/L, County School System August 30, 2011 8:06 PM
Walker County AL

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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