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NAPA Center Food Group

This six-week program was designed with the picky eater in mind.This is a closed activity group for children with decreased food repertoire. The program was created to provide individualized attention in a structured environment and includes a parental education component of the permission approach to food. The purpose of this group is to increase food exploration and engagement through mutual involvement in sensory play with food.

Referral Criteria:

Our therapists will determine if your child is a good candidate for this program after reviewing your parent questionnaire. (Acquire at the front desk)

Group Structure and Environment:

  • Recommended Group Size: Four to six members with two co-leaders and a volunteer for every two students. Number of students may vary on a weekly basis depending on outside circumstances.
  • Group Membership: Group is closed to promote consistency..
  • Frequency, Length, and Time: Sessions start July 14th (with a new session beginning every six weeks) on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Supplies/Materials Used: Food items for recipe of the day brag plates for each child to take home and tell parent what they accomplished during the group, handouts for parents.

Group Outcome

Long Term Goals:
  • By the end of the six week session, group members will participate (visually interacting or tactile exploring) in the warm-up, two main activities, and closing of the food exploration activity for its entire duration.Parents will fill out a qualitative survey to track progress of food interaction.
Methodology: The exercise group will follow the same format each week.
  • Introduction: Introduce leaders, greet participants, review rules and purpose of group, give schedule of group session
  • Warm-Up Activity: A fun and simple song activity to prepare the students
  • Selected Exercise Activity: Activities based on interests and skill level of group members to promote food exploration; Group leaders will describe the rules for an exercise/game and students will play; peer modeling, feedback, and practice will be demonstrated throughout the activity by co-leaders
  • Wrap-Up/Goodbyes: Brag plates will be passed out and parents will go over theme or topic of the group.

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