As an autism nutritionist, the primary concern I hear from parents is that their child won’t try new foods. Autism picky eating is extremely common - anywhere from 50 to over 80% of parents report picky eating in a child on the spectrum (and over 90% of my readers have a “problem feeder” according to this quiz).
While sensory aversions, obsessive eating habits, neophobia, ritualistic eating behaviors, and disruptive mealtime behaviors lead to severely limited diets, these behaviors are not the typical signs of picky eating. Because kids with autism face so many challenges to eating, they are at higher risk for nutrient deficiencies and poor growth compared to neurotypical kids.
I speak with parents every day who know that nutrition is vital part of their child’s health, but don’t know how to help their child eat better.
To support you in your journey to improve the most common autism eating behaviors, I partnered with Healthy Height to create an Autism Picky Eating Guide - just in time for Autism Awareness Month!
The Autism and Nutrition Guide for Picky Eaters covers:
Autism and Diet
Autism and New Foods
Autism and Food Aversions
Autism and Nutritional Supplements
Autism and Eating Behaviors
Read the full guide here.