Federation for Children with Special Needs A

center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the federation operates a Parent Center in Massachusetts that offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.

The federation tries to provide information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. The group is committed to listening to and learning from families and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities. (For contact information, see Appendix I.)

feeding problems Eating is a natural response to hunger, and the habits children develop early in life can influence their attitudes toward food for the rest of their lives. While a child who is reluctant to eat can be upsetting to parents, in fact most children go through at least one fussy-eating phase, refusing most of the foods they are offered. in most cases, these are just phases, and studies have found that while children may appear not to eat much over the course of a day, in fact over a week's time their intake is almost always adequate.

Most feeding problems can be resolved if parents simply provide a varied, appealing selection of healthy meals and snacks, allowing children to eat as much or as little as they wish. Mealtime battles are almost always a guaranteed losing proposition for parents, because in fact it is almost impossible to make a reluctant child eat.

Of course, guidelines about eating are still important. Excessive snacking interferes with normal

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