Picky Eating vs. Problem Feeding in Autism

Picky eating is something most parents identify in children at some point in their lives. Many experts actually believe selective eating preferences are a natural part of growing up. Saying no to foods is a way for children to assert themselves and, way back when, a more nuanced sensitivity to bitterness (which may contribute to pickiness in toddlers) was a form of protection from eating potentially poisonous foods.

3 Opportunities for Parents to Improve Picky Eating in Autism

Autistic children tend to respond well with immediate feedback and support, so the next time you’re frustrated with your child during a meal, take a look at your own actions. Are you visibly stressed? Are you eating alongside your child? Do you show him that you enjoy eating? You want to be a positive role model and cheerleader for your child.

The Most Helpful Picky Eating Books for Autism Parents

Looking for a good book about picky eating for child with autism? Feeding a child with autism is unique, so not every book about child nutrition will apply. These books are some of my favorites that do. The following books are the ones I read over and over, have highlighted so much that the pages glow, and use currently in my work with children on the spectrum.