November 2018

Disability Resource Library November Newsletter

This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on nutrition services. Overcoming the biggest nutritional challenges of children with special needs is a complex issue that is sometimes within and sometimes beyond a parent's grasp. Yet to the extent we can, it is vital to ensure that our children enjoy the colorful, flavorful, rich-textured world of healthy food, and to get their hearts racing to the inviting rhythm of sport and life. Some kids with special needs have a nutritionist who sets specific guidelines for the challenges they are facing; for others, focusing on nutritional goals is a whole-family effort. Here, we highlight some of the resources our library has to offer.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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The Picky Eater Project

By Natalie Digate Muth and Sally Sampson

Parents will love this one-of-a-kind book that can transform even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun. The Picky Eater Project addresses both the importance of healthy childhood nutrition and family harmony. It offers tips and troubleshooting, recognizing that it takes planning and perseverance to make behavior changes stick, but that it can happen.

Check out The Picky Eater Project

Bright Futures, Nutrition - Third Edition

by American Academy of Pediatrics

The new third edition brings updated guidelines, strategies, and practices for state-of-the-art supervision from birth through adolescence. Full-length chapters cover critical issues in infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Each chapter provides an overview of the developmental period, interview questions, screening and assessment tools, counseling topics and approaches, desired health and nutrition outcomes, and frequently asked questions and suggested responses.

Check out Bright Futures Nutrition

Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child

by Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP

Help children with weight concerns by giving their parents the clear-cut information on nutrition and fitness that they need. Dr. Hassink’s plan will help families meet their goals with details on diet and physical activity for at home, in school, and in the community. With the information and tools provided in Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child, parents will have a practical resource and medical professionals will have an informed partner in making a permanent difference in kids health.

Check out Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child

Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children

by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter

Transform the kitchen or classroom into an artist's studio with these easy edible art experiences. Organized by theme, such as Shapes & Forms and Color & Design, Cooking Art combines the familiar area of art exploration with the fascinating world of cooking, including all its wondrous tools, tastes and outcomes. Includes recipes for snacks, sandwiches, drinks, desserts, breads, fruit as well as pet treats. Each recipe allows ample room for cooking artists to explore and create in their own special ways!

Check out Cooking Art: Easy edible for Young Children

Childhood Nutrition: Feeding Your Baby (Volume 1), Childhood Nutrition: Young Children Eating Right (Volume 2), and Fruit Rainbow: Healthy Eating for People with Developmental Disabilities


Volume 1: Feeding Your Baby includes topics such as: Breastmilk and Formula, Starting Solids, Baby Food Basics and Self Feeding. Learn how to read nutrition fact food labels and the latest AAP guidelines on food choking prevention.

Volume 2: Young Children Eating Right details methods of effectively promoting good eating habits exercise and a healthy lifestyle for toddlers preschoolers and children in kindergarten and first grades.

Fruit Rainbow: This engaging program shows teens and adults with disabilities how to add fruit to their diets.

Navigation Tips

Children's nutrition doesn't have to be frustrating. If children's nutrition is a sore topic in your household, you're not alone. Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don't eat. However, most kids get plenty of variety and nutrition in their diets over the course of a week. Until your child's food preferences mature, consider some of these tips from the Mayo Clinic for preventing mealtime battles.

A Child's Champion

Meet Brenda Lamkin, M.Ed., C.A., the Executive Director of West Virginia’s Parent Training and Information Center. Brenda's experience working with children started with her own child and developed through obtaining degrees to expand her knowledge of the world as a parent and professional. As the Executive Director of WVPTI, which serves infants through age 26, she knows firsthand the importance of everyone working together for the benefit of the child. "Being a parent of a special needs’ child who faced many obstacles to obtaining the supports which my child needed, I am constantly inspired to assist other parents or families seeking assistance and answers, so they do not have to walk the path alone," she said. Brenda finds inspiration in Sharron Angle's quote - "There are a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability." We are pleased to name Brenda Lamkin as November's Child’s Champion. You can find out more about her work at