Happy Thanksgiving, Recipes, Trying New Foods & A Trip To The Grocery Store! 
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We’ve all got our recipes, those of our own creation and those we’ve adapted from others. While “recipe” conjures up instructions for cooking food, particularly at this time of year, it’s a word that means a great deal more than that. Our recipes, or means of achieving particular outcomes, are concoctions for daily life. At a time of the year when gratitude is a main ingredient, the chef in each of us may be interested in pondering that “recipe” is derived from a word meaning receive. What have you collected and what do you intend to do with it?

With food in mind, take a look at some appetizer recipes that are among Pediatric Therapeutics’ favorites, including one that John prepared and served to his family and proudly shared; get some tips for out-of- the cart grocery shopping with your children, and learn how to encourage your picky eater.

From all of us at Pediatric Therapeutics, we pass along to you a hearty portion of the thankfulness we’ve always got cooking, having gathered up your willingness to have us work with your families and the potential of your daughters and sons.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Sheila and Anne

Many of the children who come to Pediatric Therapeutics think we all live here!

While we do consider ourselves a big family, we do, in fact, have our own families at home!  Here’s a sampling of recipes from our homes to yours…

Liz Duffy’s Turkey Platter
I make one of these fruit and cheese turkey platters every year, with the help of my kids. There's always a little variety of what we include, and it always gets eaten...and it's healthy! RECIPE HERE

Anne Toolajian’s Baked Brie
This baked Brie is always a huge hit at our house and has become a Thanksgiving tradition.  ‘Looks beautiful and tastes incredible! Enjoy!  RECIPE HERE

Miriam Cohen’s Chipotle Shrimp Wontons
These are DELICIOUS!  This is my husband’s go-to recipe that he’s made many a time over the years. RECIPE HERE

Liz Platt’s Cajun Cheese Dip
If you’re looking for new dip, try this. It’s different and so tasty! RECIPE HERE

Sheila Allen’s Spinach Balls
My daughters, who are now in their mid-twenties, began eating these spinach balls (nearly everyday!) as babies and still love them!  A perfect recipe for kids to help make! RECIPE HERE

Whether you're the cook in your house, or you share that envied position with others, you know that cooking's an activity built upon sensory, motor, language, cognitive and emotional abilities. Getting children involved in the kitchen is a sure-fire way of working toward many therapy goals at home. With achievements all along, when your child is able to choose or create, prepare, share and enjoy his own recipes, both you and he know what's been accomplished! John's recipe for Asparagus Wraps is a winner; they're as beautiful as they are tasty! Thanks John, for passing along your recipe and for your effort in getting it down on paper!

Each month, the staff of Pediatric Therapeutics will answer a
question asked by parents, professionals or patients.

This month’s query is: How can I coax my child to try new foods, especially if he is finicky?

So much about the holidays seems to include food! Looking for ways to encourage your “picky eater” to try new things? Every baby and child is unique and there are a multitude of reasons for why a child refuses certain foods. While many toddlers and early school-age children experience some mealtime difficulties, there is a subset of children, many of whom have complex medical histories, who refuse most or all foods presented at meals. For these children, intervention with a multidisciplinary approach is critical and may require more specialized care.

For all of our kids, however, the primary goal is to assist them with developing a positive relationship with food. Try these beginning basics to coax your child to participate in learning about new foods while demystifying the process -

Shopping with your kids may fall into the category of unavoidable things you’d rather not do.  Or, perhaps you’ve found you really enjoy it! Enjoy it, or not, shopping raises well-documented safety issues, especially related to shopping carts.  For examples, a study done in 2014 found that every 22 minutes a child in the United States experiences an injury related to a shopping cart.  90% of shopping cart related injuries occur with a parent present.  In fact, the American Association of Pediatrics has advised keeping children out of and off shopping carts (or leaving them home, or bringing along another adult) whenever possible, attributing most injuries to falls. As a reminder, seats in shopping carts are intended for kids (strapped in) from 6 months to 4 years and the cart itself is intended for objects, not for people.   Shopping with your child out of the cart raises its own safety and logistical considerations.

So, what should you be doing when you bring your child along for some out-of-the-cart shopping?  And what if your child just happens to experience extra challenges that compromise her ability to control herself?  - CLICK HERE TO READ SHEILA'S SUGGESTIONS FOR OUT-OF-THE-CART SHOPPING WITH KIDS.
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