Spring Newsletter Focuses on Successful Mealtimes with Babies and Toddlers

Cute baby girl eating food by herself,

The Spring 2023 edition of the Early Intervention Clearinghouse newsletter is available on our website in English and Spanish. This edition is jam-packed with useful information for families tackling transition to solid foods and healthy eating for young children. We are excited to collaborate with early intervention speech pathologist and feeding specialist, Stephanie Cohen, in this issue. Our main article explains the mealtime approach of responsive feeding for families with babies and toddlers. A special video message from Stephanie shares tips for a successful transition to solid foods. In addition we have partnered with Leia from the University of Illinois Extension to offer a brief article on introducing new foods to young children including three tasty, easy family recipes. Also provided is a collection of book and resource recommendations for healthy eating, meal planning, and feeding challenges available from the clearinghouse library.

This newsletter highlights a great tip sheet for families from the Chicago Feeding Group titled Responsive Feeding Young Children which explains this valuable mealtime approach for families looking to reduce mealtime stress and increase enjoyment at the table.

Need an iPad or a Hotspot for Live Video Visits?

Many families are receiving Early Intervention services through live video visits. To help families with technology needs, the EI Clearinghouse has added several technology devices to the lending library:

  • iPads with a cellular data plan (device and Internet access)
  • iPads without a cellular data plan (device)
  • Hotspot with cellular data plan (Internet access)

To request a device, please complete our Device Loan Request Form (also available in Spanish). For more information about live video visits, see our tip sheet Introduction to Early Intervention (EI) Live Video Visits: Frequently Asked Questions (also available in Spanish).


About the Clearinghouse

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families. We are a resource for you; contact us via our online form or by phone at (877) 275-3227. In addition to our website full of recommended digital resources, we have a lending library of books, eBooks, audiobooks and videos elated to the development of young children with special needs and their families.

Please let us know if you need any resources or information; we are always happy to help!

Sarah Isaacs, librarian
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse