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Broccoli Boot Camp - Basic Training for Parents of Selective Eaters

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August 9, 2022
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Are you dealing with a picky eater? Then welcome to Broccoli Boot Camp - the informative and accessible resource for parents challenged by selective eaters!

This comprehensive guide can be used with children with or without special needs (e.g., autism or Down syndrome). It presents commonsense behavioral interventions to expand children's diet variety and preferences for healthy foods.

Broccoli Boot Camp will help you with the strategies to shape eating behavior. Parents can choose the intervention which works best for their family's circumstances. The book not only could change the child's life, but it can also help parents eliminate their stress with the greatest panacea of all knowledgeable understanding.

Editorial Reviews

This is an incredibly well-researched, informative, and accessible resource for parents challenged by selective eating. Broccoli Boot Camp is a must read, whether your child is a picky eater or demonstrates more significant issues.
--David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Feeding their children is perhaps the most basic job assigned to parents but also one that can be the most challenging. The consequences of inadequate nutrition multiply quickly and the ways determined children can defy parental efforts to promote good eating habits are many and maddening. Although billed as a book for parents, and it is truly an invaluable resource for them, it is also a tremendous resource for the professionals who serve them.
--Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP, Vice President of Behavioral Health, Boys Town Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UNMC

Forget kid-friendly menus or hiding vegetables in cake. This book offers techniques that can actually help a child to enjoy eating greens for their own sake and to develop into an adult with a varied palate. For any parent struggling to feed a picky child, this book is a treasure trove of useful, evidence-based information and advice. I wish I'd had it when my own children were toddlers. I found wisdom on every page. Keith Williams and Laura Seiverling understand that every family is different but they also understand what works and what doesn't, when it comes to learning new tastes. Most new parents know that multiple taste exposures are the key, but the difficult part is getting a child who is scared of new foods to experience those multiple taste exposures. There is no magic bullet, but Broccoli Boot Camp draws on the authors' extensive clinical knowledge to show how to create positive and patient methods for tasting new foods that work for you and your child. With their mantra that 'liking comes later', family mealtimes can stop being a battle.
--Bee Wilson, author of 
First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (Basic Books)

The book is brimming with good advice and stories about children who struggle with selective eating issues and their families. The authors' wisdom, depth of knowledge, and experience is evident in their sensible recommendations.
--Claire Wurtzel, learning disability specialist, and co-educational director of the Hidden Sparks Program

Broccoli Boot Camp is the comprehensive guide for the treatment of severe selective eating. Detailed and precise, yet accessible and interesting, it empowers parents to fundamentally change the health trajectory of their child's life. --Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D., author of The Complete Guide to Autism TreatmentsScience for Sale in the Autism Wars, and Teach Me Language, and parent of a child with selective eating

This comprehensive resource will appeal to parents of selective eaters....
Library Journal Xpress Review January 4, 2019 (starred review)

This book is highly recommended, because it not only could change your child's life, it can help parents eliminate their stress with the greatest panacea of all -- knowledgeable understanding. --Autism Asperger's Sensory Digest, November 2019-January 2020

I found this book resonated with me and how I practice. I enjoyed the research presented and the easy to understand explanations. I also think the lesson plans could be applicable and easily utilized in teletherapy where we are using a coaching model. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to check it out. --
Pediatric Feeding News, May 9, 2020


About the Authors

Dr. Keith Williams is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is the Director of the Feeding Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine. He is the author of book chapters, articles, and a book, Treating Eating Problems of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Laura Seiverling is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She previously served as both psychologist and clinical supervisor at St. Mary's Hospital for Children's Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders in Bayside, New York. She is currently an assistant teaching professor at Ball State University. She is the author of several book chapters and articles.

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