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Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges! Paperback – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565126
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This talented team has a blockbuster book . . . as they offer a positive program to help those who are struggling at least three times a day with the serious problem of food aversion and food sensitivity."

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

About the Author

Ernsperger has more than 17 years experience working in the public schools as a teacher, administrator and a behavioral consultant. She has had extensive training working with students who have behavior disorders, particularly those on the autism spectrum.


Stegen-Hanson has over 10 years experience in therapy, consultation and in-service training to school systems and private practices in South Africa and the USA. She is the owner of Achievement Therapy Center, a pediatric O.T. practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. She specializes in sensory integration therapy, oral-motor therapy, neuro-developmental therapy and feeding disorders.


Temple Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, went on to become an associate professor at Colorado State University, and wrote two books on autism, including the seminal ""Thinking in Pictures."" One of the most celebrated -- and effective -- animal advocates on the planet, Grandin revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world's agricultural animals.

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Very easy to read and great information.
Kcsmith
The book also includes helpful illustrations designed to help parents understand the postural control and other body exercises that are explained in the text.
Ann Douglas
Every parent with a child that is resistant to eating a variety of foods or food textures should give this book a try.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Sayers on June 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
The cover of Just Take a Bite is adorable. My nine-year old son has severe autism, is non-verbal and has feeding deficits. For three years now he has been attending feeding therapy.

The chapter covering the stages of sensory development for eating was very informative. This is very similar to what has been utilized in the feeding therapy we attend on a weekly basis.

The case studies are highlighted in gray throughout the chapters. The ages range from babies through elementary age. Issues covered include steps to create a meal or snack schedule, awareness of movement, limited communication skills, vestibular movement, behavioral factors and visual stimuli.

Each chapter has a gray box with an exercise in eating, which are tips and guidelines for the specific area being discussed. There is a table listing textures with a description, example of foods with this texture and how the child can succeed with these textures.

You begin with three new foods to the child. The procedures and materials are all listed for the steps. The cue cards are in black and white and a bit advanced for my son. This is the perfect book for preschoolers and toddlers who are resistant eaters.

There are many activities for the preschool aged child to explore with a parent, teacher or therapist. The section on food jags is reassuring to parents.

This is a great first book to read in the area of eating issues. I wish this had been published several years earlier so we could have progressed quicker. If you think your child needs feeding therapy - Just Take a Bite should be read so you can start implementing these suggestions.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Goldberg Pace on August 9, 2004
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Just Take A Bite is a fabulous book for parents and caregivers dealing with children who are problem eaters. It dispels the common myth that all children will eat when hungry, and clearly describes how certain environmental problems, physical problems, and sensory problems may hinder a child's eating. The explanations of these underlying issues are thorough and understandable. Practical solutions are provided with remarkably clear instructions as to implementing these strategies on your own. I highly recommend this book for parents whose mealtimes have been negatively affected by a child's behavior.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ann Douglas on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book came highly recommended to me by a friend who works with children who have a variety of different special needs. She pointed out that it picks up where a lot of books about eating challenges and "picky eating" behaviors leave off, dealing with the child whose food repertoire may consist of two or three foods; and who may be facing significant physical/behavioral or other challenges that interfere with the process of eating.

I was immediately impressed by the book because it was so detailed and solutions-oriented. Not only do the authors present practical tips, ideas, and solutions that apply to specific situations: they include case studies that show how families can apply them. The book also includes helpful illustrations designed to help parents understand the postural control and other body exercises that are explained in the text. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ann-Margaret on September 17, 2007
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My son has high functioning autism. He is so smart and Non-autistic in many ways..but NOT with food. I have asked so many "professionals" for YEARS for help..and I have never been able to get anything other than "He'll eat when he's hungry" or "You're worrying too much."
After reading this book, I cried..literally CRIED because I had FINALLY found a book that described my son..and that I was right thinking these people had no idea what was really going on.
I cannot begin to express how happy I am that we have a plan..a real plan..on what we ALL can do. I purcahsed a copy for his school so that his speech therapist AND his occupational therapist can get some insight on how they can help my son also.
It will be a slow process, but I am confident that with real goals we can do this. It is such a relief to have some help in this area..FINALLY!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Raphael on March 27, 2007
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I think this is a terrific resource. No, it's probably not cutting-edge for a professional, but that's not the audience, which is intended to be broader. My daughter was extremely overselective as a young child--she's merely extraordinarily picky as a 10-year-old. Just by browsing the book, I've gotten a number of ideas about how to expand her food repertoire. She's alerady eating more fruit than she had been a few weeks ago.

The book also does a good job of reassuring parents who've been subjected to the same damn food myths ("If she's hungry enough, she'll eat." Not my kid).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joan Guthrie Medlen on November 9, 2006
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For years I have told parents not to create a "clean plate club" or "just one bite club." When I heard someone praise "Just Take a Bite" I had to see what it had to say. The authors do a very good job of discussing common eating issues for young children with and without disabilities who are having trouble at meal time. The descriptions of sensory issues is done quite well. I found many of the same techniques I use and describe in my book, "The Down Syndrome Nutriton Handbook" mentioned as well including "Offering the child at least one preferred food item at every mean ald/or snack" and "Make sure the meail time schedule includes snacks."

The authors focus on the dysfunctions parents are feeling, which is a very important area!

I do wish there was more attention to the relationship between parent and child that can become very broken when there are eating issues. Having a list of tools is great, but it's also important to continue a loving and trusting relationship for the child to feel the limits, rules, and expectations are mutually respectful.

Also, although the authors do not come out and say the target audience is parents of children with sensry dysfunction, autism, or other disabilities, these are likely the main audience (especially considering the publisher focuses on books for people with autism). That is fine, but I was dismayed to see yet one more progression of skills and abilities based on age, which becomes a barrier for parents of kids with cerebral plasy, Down syndrome, and other disabilties where there may be a delay due to altered motor tone. I would like to see the authors offer a paragraph for parents whose children are following a different developmental schedule so they can feel comfortable accessing this important information!

All-in-all, a good first-line book for families who hare having tough mealtimes.
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