These are the 10 most successful tips to help your autistic picky eater eat better.
Although autism is primarily a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior, some studies suggest there is an inflammatory component of the condition. While there is no strong evidence to support any one particular diet for treating or curing autism, diet can have a significant impact on the body’s inflammation.
How you act and what you say has a surprising impact on how and what your child eats. Just as gushing about how tasty a food is can inspire your child to eat, negative comments are known to discourage children from eating new foods.
Many kids with autism eat lunches that are gluten-free, casein/dairy-free, and also nut-free. I recommend that children on the spectrum eat as many real whole foods as possible and limit processed foods with tons of added ingredients and chemicals. Many children also feel better avoiding foods like soy. These lunch ideas check all of those boxes.
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.