I’m so excited to share this super easy recipe with you today. These crispy smashed potatoes have become a staple in my house (and we don’t even like potatoes that much!). They’re easy, healthy, and a perfect recipe to introduce cooking to your child with autism.
Children on the spectrum experience many barriers to eating a nutritious diet. Sensory issues that limit the variety of foods a child is willing to eat is one that parents find most frustrating. Try these protein ideas for every sensory seeker.
Despite the plethora of anecdotal success stories of alternative diets for autism, scientific research is unable to support many of the claims we hear. That doesn’t mean diets like gluten-free and casein-free won’t help your child’s symptoms. What it does mean is that there is no guarantee these diets help. Every child has a different response to food just as every child’s autism experience is different.
Because of the uncertainty associated with special elimination diets for autism, I suggest looking to easier diet modifications to first.
While many parents of kids with autism see improvements in their child’s behavior, attention, and hyperactivity when they reduce the amount of sugar in their little one’s diet, research does not actually support a link between sugar consumption and hyperactivity .
Links between sugar and autism are also only speculative. Many children with autism react differently to food than typically developing children, and anything we put into our bodies can have an effect on how we feel.
You probably have a morning routine to get the kids out the door and to school on time. I’m sure you also have a nighttime routine making sure baths are taken and teeth are brushed before it’s time to snuggle together with a book before bed.
Have you ever considered a routine for eating meals?