Dr. Toomey spent an entire year working with the wonderful children’s musician, Coles Whalen, to create a music CD to help Parents and Therapists have a fun way to teach children about exploring, discovering and enjoying eating food. Coles created 8 brand, new songs for children aged 18 months to 6 years of age, based on the principles of the SOS Approach to Feeding program – a therapy program developed by Dr. Toomey which has been in use both nationally and internationally for the past 25 years.
There are 2 songs on the CD designed to help children prepare their bodies and their mouths for eating; “Move to Make Food” and “My Mouth and Me”. Children move their bodies and their mouths along with the songs, pretending to make different foods or pretending they are animals eating. Therapists can use these songs as a part of their Sensory preparation activities before a therapy meal.
The “Ten Tries” song teaches children about how many times we need to try foods before we can decide if we like them or not. While “Don’t Say NO, Take It Slow” helps children understand they can learn to eat most any food if they move up the Steps to Eating by using one sensory system at a time.
3 of the songs on the CD; “The Great Food Explorer”, “Madame Plain Foods” and “Get To Know Each Flavor” – help children learn to be adventurous with their foods, as well as how to problem solve when they are not sure about a food in front of them.
The last song on the CD, “A Nose Can’t Sing Along” is simply a fun song to teach children that they cannot decide they don’t like a food just by looking at it.
Coles Whalen’s fun melodies and educational lyrics make this CD is phenomenal tool for helping change how ANY child thinks about food, for teaching them how to be more successful when trying new foods, and enabling them to develop life-long healthier relationships with the nutritious foods their bodies need.