I decided to try a different plating technique. It is one often used for portion control. Like a lot of things it is all about perception. Of course in Riley World things usually work the opposite way. For example I wanted more to look less therefore I reversed the theory. I used a larger plate instead of his usual plate. Check this out:
R's usual size plate.
Dinner size plate.
OK…so maybe it does not really look all that different or else you are thinking it looks like there is more food on the larger plate. Well you would be right. The larger dinner plate actually had almost double the amount as the smaller plate. I took about 1/3 and gave Riley about 2/3 of the package. But…compared to this…
…considerably ‘less-looking’ as in more plate space.
Wouldn’t you agree???
As usual here are a few highlights and comments for those not wanting to watch the entire video (just under 5 minutes this time).
My voice is much more expressive. We have moved to the next stage where positive reinforcement and enthusiasm ‘can’ work (not always) as motivation. There was even some eye contact. :)
:50 - R tries to gather and separate the pasta.
I just can’t help myself sometimes. The ‘mother’ in me has a need to
say I told you so reinforce the choices/options that were given and the
final outcome. And so a “discussion” of choices begins. Here you will see some
of the challenges we have when it comes to Riley’s receptive-expressive
3:10 - Discussion of choices.
3:55 - Tomato vs. “White” sauce.
4:35 - Gag reflex improving.
For the first time in a long time, I actually felt like we were moving forward and one day we may be able to order a plate of pasta off the menu! Whoo-hoooo!!!!!