Trying New Foods Social Stories

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Trying New Foods Social Stories

Trying New Foods

Trying new foods means eating something that we don't usually eat.

To be healthy we need to eat a balanced diet made up of lots of different foods. This means we need to keep trying new foods.

Trying new foods is not always easy. Some of the foods we try we will like straight away. But many foods that we try we don't like at first. This is very normal. It is a way our body helps to protect itself. It stops young children just eating anything, such as a poisonous plant. So when we have healthy food on our plate; we have to learn to like it. Sometimes we need to try a food about 7 times before we start to like it.

If we don't try new foods it can make people who look after us very upset. Trying a small amount of a new food each time will help. We might not like it but we will be OK.

We need plenty of different foods to live and be healthy. It is OK to feel a bit worried about a new food but it is important to keep trying. Even if we don't like the food we will be OK.

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Trying New Foods 2

Trying new foods is eating foods that we don’t usually eat.

To keep our body nice and healthy it is important that we try lots of different foods.

It can be fun to try new foods. But it can also be scary. It is OK to worry about trying a new food:

Will it taste nice?
What will it feel like?
Will it be easy to eat?

Some foods we like the first time we try them. Some we don’t like.

People usually find that the more they keep trying a food the more they begin to like it. Sometimes it takes weeks or months of trying the same food before it is OK to eat.

If we don’t try new foods it can make the people who look after us very upset. Eating just a little bit of a food we dislike is usually OK.

We need lots of different foods to be healthy. It is OK to feel a bit worried about a new food but it is also OK to try them.

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Use the above examples to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. These example are available in a printable PDF format below.

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Trying New Foods

Trying New Foods Social Story

A print out version of the trying new foods social story example above.

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Trying New Foods 2

Trying New Foods 2 Social Story

A print out version of the trying new foods 2 social story example above.

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Eating Healthily Social Story Examples

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Talking While Eating Social Story

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