This topical guide on healthy feeding and nutrition will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).
- Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet
Cheri Fraker. Marlowe, 2007
WS 130 .F812 2007 144219349
Fraker and other authors in this book provide a system for treating feeding problems through focusing on the sensory aspects of food such as taste, texture, and temperature. The book also includes sections on food allergies and options for children with specific special needs.
- Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know
William H. Dietz and Loraine Stern (Eds.)
WS 115.D5681 2012 555620148
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012
This book provides parents with information and strategies to meet the dietary needs of their children and includes charts to help parents determine if their child is overweight, too thin, or too small.
- The Cleaner Plate Club
Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin. Storey, 2010
WB 405 .B1416 2010 535495532
This humorous book, written by two working moms, offers parents suggestions and tips to get kids to eat healthier food, includes cooking instructions and more than 100 kid-tested recipes.
Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.
- A Place of Our Own. Early Childhood Solutions: Health and Nutrition
119-minute DVD. PBS Home Video, 2008.
WS 113 .Ea761 2008 298111338
Providing parents, caregivers and child care providers with information to help young children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills. Topics include exercise, healthy eating, preventing obesity, sleep, diabetes, asthma, and more.
- Evaluation of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
133-minute DVD and self-study guide.
WS 130 .E92 2008 301796220
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2008
This guide and DVD by Joan C. Arvedson is a self-study publication to be used for continuing professional development. It includes video examples of evaluation, worksheets, and parent handouts.
- I’m Not a Baby Anymore: Tips for Feeding Toddlers
12-minute DVD. Lemon-Aid Films, 2004
WS 130 .I31 2004 61710730
This video provides the parents of typically developing infants with basic information on feeding and nutrition for toddlers.
- Nourishing Healthy Preschoolers : a Guide to MyPlate Nutrition
27-minute DVD. Learning Seed, 2012.
WS 130 .N853 2012 764449519
Using MyPlate and the USDA’s dietary guidelines, this video shows how meals can include a variety of nutritious foods, how to determine appropriate portion sizes, how to make snacks healthy, and how to encourage physical activity. Also discusses common concerns about sugar, fat, and picky eaters. Shows how busy families can eat healthy.
- Tube Feedings Are Mealtimes, Too!
17-minute DVD or video-cassette tape. Mealtime Notions, 2003
WB 410 .K64tu 2003 53335633
This video uses demonstrations to introduce the parents of infants and young children to the process of tube feedings.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- Clinical Pediatrics, 48 (3), 247–251
An Overview of Pediatric Dysphagia
Jane E. Prasse and George E. Kikano. (2009)
This article provides a review of symptoms, causes, and available resources to aid in the identification and treatment of swallowing difficulties in young children.
- Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 21(3), 153–166
Feeding Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review
Jennifer R. Ledford and David Gast. (2006)
This review gathers current research on the types of feeding problems and interventions used with children with ASD.
- Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 1 (4), 31-36
Fussy Eating in Toddlers - Thinking Beyond the Plate
Williams, Carol. (2014)
This article provides guidance for parents on how to respond to ‘fussy eating' in toddlers and offers a range of useful tips and strategies.
- Young Exceptional Children, 13 (2), 71–85
Picky Eating Habits or Sensory Processing Issues? Exploring Feeding Difficulties in Infants and Toddlers
Stacy D. Thompson, Deborah A. Bruns and Kari W. Rains. (2010)
This article discusses how sensory processing issues can affect the feeding behavior of infants and toddlers. The article provides strategies for assessment and treatment as well as additional resources.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- Children's nutrition: 10 tips for picky eaters
Children's nutrition doesn't have to be frustrating. Consider these strategies to avoid power struggles and help the picky eater in your family eat a balanced diet.
- Eating Right = Healthy Children
Good nutrition is basic for supporting preschoolers’ healthy growth while avoiding obesity. Parents can offer the foods that children need and help them develop good eating habits. Also in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic.
- EIC: Facing Food Challenges One Plate at a Time
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
- Ellyn Satter Institute
Author of several book s on feeding and mealtimes, Satter’s Web site contains information for parents of typically developing infants and young children.
- Fruit Juice and Your Child's Diet
Children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, too much juice in your child’s diet can contribute to other problems, like poor nutrition, obesity, and tooth decay. Also in Spanish.
- How to Handle Picky Eaters
“Picky” eating is when a child (or adult) refuses foods often or eats the same foods over and over. Here's what to do and what not to do with your picky eater.
- Meal Time Notions
This Web site, created by Marsha Dunn Klein, contains tips, parent stories, articles, and other resources for parents and professionals who feed infants and young children with special feeding challenges.
- Say Yes to Healthy Snacks!
Snacks are an important part of children’s daily nutrition in child care as well as at home. Be aware that a young child may eat little one day and a lot the next. In planning healthy snacks, consider food safety and known allergies as well as “snack appeal”! Also in Spanish and Polish.