Does Pirate Booty meet a food group?

June 14, 2007 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

My 3 year old is obsessed with Pirate Booty. (For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s an organic cheese puff — basically, snack food.) We were introduced to it by the therapists at his special needs camp because it dissolves so quickly in your mouth. You see, when my special needs son was starting to eat, he puked up EVERYTHING! I mean, everything!! Baby food, cereal, cheerios . . . you name it, I cleaned it up off of the floor, off of his clothes, off of my clothes, etc. (I suppose my dogs helped with the floor . . .) So, these therapists suggested trying Pirate Booty, because it was highly unlikely he would even swallow it, before it dissolved. They were right. So, we fed him Pirate Booty. Again and again and again and AGAIN. Now, almost 2 years later, it’s still one of his favorite snacks.

The thing is, even thought my son is almost 4 years old, he can’t talk. So, we were thrilled when he showed absolutely ANY attempt at communication, even if it was just to ask for Pirate Booty. We did sign language for a while, but now he refuses to sign. He WANTS to talk. We have tried picture cards. (That’s where the speech therapist took pictures of every “regular” thing in his life: foods, people, toys, etc. ) We put the picture cards on a magnetic board for him to use. Well, every half hour or so, my son would go to the board, pick the card with Pirate Booty on it, and bring it to mommy or daddy. Being good parents who do exactly what the therapists tell us to do, we’d get it for him. (We’re supposed to reward proper behavior . . . and encourage/teach him that by using the cards, we understand him.) So, after a while, we took the Pirate Booty card off of the board. No go for my son. He’d stare at the board, point at it, and then whine with a confused look on his face. (yes, we all know he was thinking, “where the hell did they put the booty card?”) So much for using picture cards. And so much for trying to avoid Pirate Booty.

So, my question is this, if we give our kids cereal in the morning, can’t Pirate Booty be considered a cereal? If we give our kids crackers for snacks, can’t Pirate Booty be a snack? If we give our kids a starch with every meal, can’t Pirate Booty be a starch? If we give them a “treat” or a “sanity-for-mom-snack”, can’t Pirate Booty be that? I mean, when you really stop and think about it (or not), isn’t it okay that Pirate Booty is a staple in his diet?

By the way, if he could talk, we would probably be “discussing” the disadvantages of living on Pirate Booty, or bribing him into eating his vegetables with Pirate Booty. As it stands, we struggle with protein, but he does like fruits and vegetables . . . and Pirate Booty.

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