Special Needs and Nutrition: Congenital Heart Disease

By SPOON Foundation Children with a variety of special needs, including Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), are increasingly being adopted internationally. Children with CHD are particularly at risk for malnutrition and poor growth. The type and severity of the… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: Cerebral Palsy

By SPOON Foundation  Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are at high risk for feeding difficulties and resulting malnutrition. Feeding difficulties in children with CP can include difficulties with drinking liquids, swallowing, and/or chewing. Causes of Nutrition and Feeding… Read More

Selective Eating

From the SPOON Foundation Parents are often prepared for hoarding behaviors upon adoption but may be surprised when their new child refuses to eat or eats very selectively.  There are several explanations for food aversions in post-institutionalized and… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: The Transition Diet

By SPOON Foundation The transition diet is one you develop to help bridge the gap between your child’s native diet and what eventually will become her regular diet at home. Ideally this regular diet will be filled with… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: Hoarding Food

By SPOON Foundation Hoarding food is a common behavior in children who have been deprived of adequate sustenance early in life. It can manifest in many ways, including hiding food around the house, overeating even to the point… Read More

Helping Your Child: Meditation for Our Kids

Most folks think that meditation is something that “new age” adults turn to when they are stressed. Now, however, meditation is commonly used for children as young as 3 or 4 and even younger. The benefits of meditation… Read More

Why Internationally Adopted Children Are At-Risk for Malnutrition

By SPOON Foundation The correct diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies is extremely important to help newly adopted children get off to the best start. In the third installment of “Bite Sized Tips,” a collaboration between SPOON Foundation and Adoption… Read More

Why Internationally Adopted Children Are At-Risk for Malnutrition

By SPOON Foundation All internationally adopted children are at risk for malnutrition.SPOON’s work in several countries has uncovered nutritional deficiencies in 75-91% of children living in orphanages.  Although malnutrition rates for children living in foster care are not… Read More

Habits for a Happy and Healthy Mealtime

By SPOON Foundation Shared mealtimes are a critical way to deepen attachment whether you have a 5 month old or a 15 year old. But the dinner table is not always an easy place for adopted or foster… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: Cerebral Palsy

By SPOON Foundation Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are at high risk for feeding difficulties and resulting malnutrition. Feeding difficulties in children with CP can include difficulties with drinking liquids, swallowing, and/or chewing. Causes of Nutrition and Feeding… Read More