Parent Question: How can I help my child with Autism with his feeding issues?
Throughout my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist I have worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and feeding challenges. Children on the Autism Spectrum have a significantly higher incidence of feeding issues than typically developing children. These are some of the feeding differences I have encountered when working with children with ASD:
- Reduced variety of foods (e.g., only eat 1 food group, texture, brand, or colour)
- Difficulty accepting new foods (e.g., gagging, fear/crying, running away from the table)
- Challenges accepting changes in food preparation (e.g., slight changes in texture/colour or temperature can lead to complete refusal of a meal)
- Difficulty transitioning to table foods (e.g., only eat pureed foods)
- Only eating fast foods that are prepared outside the home (e.g., McDonald’s fries only)
- Difficulty tolerating changes in the mealtime environment/routine (unable...