Food Texture Aversion in Autistic Kids: 3 Ways to Help Your Picky Eater

Sensory food aversions and texture preferences are common barriers to eating a balanced diet for many kids on with autism. Research suggests that anywhere from 30 to over 50% of autistic kids refuse food due to texture.

I wasn’t surprised when an autism mom came to me recently with this question: “My 4-year-old will only eat dry food. How can I incorporate wet foods and sauces/dips?”

A quick tip for better mealtimes

An eating routine may not seem to have much to do with what and how your child eats, but consistency and clear expectations during mealtimes can actually improve both your little one’s appetite and behavior at meals. Kids who eat all day likely aren’t hungry for meals and therefore tend to not eat or behave well when it’s time to sit down.

10 things worth buying to dramatically improve your ASD child’s relationship with food

Feeding a child with autism can be a challenge. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. While the manifestation of autism symptoms is unique in each individual, behavioral barriers, food anxiety, limited diets, and sensory aversions are common challenges that complicate eating for kids on the spectrum.