March 2007 - Feeding and Dining, Part 2

Main Content

Family Resources: March 2007

One of the of the aims of the TRIS project is to raise awareness of rare trisomy conditions and the variety of situations and concerns families encounter. This page is intended to share resources that families can use in their daily lives.

We are now archiving previous months' Family Resources pages.

Feeding and Dining, Part 2

Last month TRIS focused on feeding and dining, and this month we are doing an extension of that topic. TRIS has developed a list of books that relate to feeding and dining that will assist you and your family at meal times.

A number of authors discuss guidelines for safe feeding practices for children with disabilities and stress the importance of distinguishing between feeding for the maintenance of health and feeding for the acquisition of skills.

EBayBeyond Play, and are websites where you can find different books about meal time at home and in an educational setting.

Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs: Handouts for ParentsA great book that is directed towards helping parents through mealtime is Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs: Handouts for Parents by Marsha Dunn Klein and Tracy A. Delaney. This book is available through Beyond Play.

This is a comprehensive manual that will help parents design home treatment programs to address feeding and nutrition concerns. Handouts are also included in the text and offer information on nutrition guidelines, cup and straw drinking, oral-motor treatment strategies, and tube feedings.

Just Take a BiteAnother book that is written for parents of children with eating challenges is Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges by Lori Ernsperger and Tania Stegen-Hanson. This is a practical guide to help families understand and work through underlying issues that can affect children during mealtime. It is available new and used at

The Manual of Paediatric Feeding PracticeThe last book that TRIS recommends is The Manual of Paediatric Feeding Practice by Arlene McCurtin. This book provides photo-copiable checklists and assessments for parents, teachers, and other specialists working with your child. It also addresses chewing, cup drinking, pre-feeding, positioning, nutritional intake, spoon feeding, swallowing, and tube to oral feeding. 
This book is available from Beyond Play through the catalog or online.

Remember to look for books on EBay and before ordering them from catalogs or online, often times they are available in new and used versions for lower prices!