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What's For Dinner

Most children with autism tend to favor a very routine and limited set of foods. We all have our own comfort foods and we all have our own list of foods that give us the heebie jeebies. The child with autism merely has a lot fewer comfort foods and whole lot more heebie jeebie foods. Sometimes a child with autism may limit their food intake to such a degree that some sort of intervention is necessary. Picky eating and the more severe form, feeding aversion, can dramatically reduce the types and consistencies of acceptable foods and in some cases, put the child at risk of nutritional deficiencies. This section of the website discusses activities and ideas for bringing the world of food to this child's life. Food education is a crucial component of any feeding therapy or intervention. We often take for granted that what is on the dinner plate is edible--the child with autism may not fully understand that what IS on the plate actually IS food. Oral motor therapy and behavioral interventions can only take you so far in terms of helping increase the amount of foods the child will accept. Food education takes you that extra mile and will last a lifetime.

Feeding Issues with Autism Spectrum Disorders
My son has had feeding issues since he was born. He was a good nurser as an infant but he still had sensory issues that often got in the way. When he switched to solid foods, it wasn’t until he was closer to 9 months and even then food just wasn’t a priority or an instinct for him. Children on the Autism spectrum have loads of sensory issues, my child is not different. When babies are given food, they experiment by playing with their food, touching it, squeezing it, rubbing it in their hair, lick it, spit it out, eat it, and so on. Due to a lot of my s

More Links For Playing With Your Food
Feeding links Here is a list of websites and / or catalogs that provide some more opportunities and ideas for working with your child and feeding issues at home. This list covers topics from feeding clinics to toys that encourage learning about food. Keep in mind that these sites may talk about ‘picky eaters’ and your child may go above and beyond what the rest of the world just considers ‘picky’. Always consult with professionals who work with your child on feeding issues to determine what your little one can handle! 

Play With Your Food
Many of the activities that I’m going to suggest can be done for free or very cheaply. It’s also important to realize that you don’t have to do all these things the first week. Dealing with a feeding disorder takes time and it takes patience. I try to do at least one food related activity a day, and sometimes that just means doing a coloring activity. Other days we have much more time and we are able to have pretend picnic, watch a video, and have some good sensory play. As you read through this section please understand that I’m not sugges