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The Chatterbox

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I wish I had something great to say about L's food issues. There just isn't a magic bullet, is there?
Does the school let him leave a few minutes early? If he could get sat down...and maybe started eating before the rush? If I were his teacher, that is something I would want to try. Or assign one staff person to be his lunch time mentor? To help make sure his routine works out so that he can get going the same way every day? I just hope they are making this their problem, something that they need to help him work through. Would a social story be helpful? A script for him on how to handle the lunchroom? I don't know. It just irks me that there's not a fix. I like to fix.

:-) I hope that you have a happy weekend. And that L will carb-load for you at home to store up for the week ahead.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

L. is headed into Fall Break for the next two weeks, and when we get back we're going to go into full combat mode on this issue, if it's still a problem in that first week of classes. I like your suggestions--and I might look into the the one you made about having him eat at the end of the day, during some quiet time.

mouse's picture mouse

Scooter's lunch appear to be a few gluten-free pretzels and part of a granola bar on his best days. I don't know how much of the granola bar anymore since I asked him to throw away the uneaten part, instead of leaving the rest to make his lunchbox sticky. He drinks a little orange juice too, though the amount varies widely. We have yet to figure out how to get him to eat any protein at school.

Our main way of offsetting the non-eating at school is to let him eat when he gets home, a grilled-cheese sandwich most days. We've decided it evens out, although maybe he'd be more attentive at the end of the day if we could figure out lunch--more than once he's simply refused to participate in the last activity of the day.

I actually have no idea what keeps him from eating more at school, as Scooter has so much trouble recounting his day. (Which reminds me that I should bring this up at our meeting next week.)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I fix a huge after-school "snack" for Liam, too--usually tofu, or noodles. He gets "rest time" on the computer and I just keep the food coming in to him. But his range of foods is SO narrow.

My biggest problem I think is that after I pick L. up from school we drive to T.'s school and sit in the carpool line for 25 minutes. If he hasn't eaten those 25 minutes are just awful--L.'s behavior gets really bad (understandably) if he hasn't eaten. Usually I try and pack some pretzels or other munchies for him, but there are some days when I forget, or when even those munchies aren't enough.