These are the 10 most successful tips to help your autistic picky eater eat better.
I know. It’s hard to see the glass half full when your child eats only one specific shape of macaroni and cheese from that one specific brand. But after helping so many very selective eaters with autism expand their diets to include more foods, I now see potential when parents share their child’s minimal food list.
Autism parents worry that their picky eaters aren’t consuming the right nutrients. They see their child eating a limited number of foods, restricting entire food groups, refusing supplements, and eating only certain textures. Is it really possible such limited diet provides all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients a child needs to thrive and grow?
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.
A child’s food preferences may seem totally random and fickle - one day it’s this, the next day it’s that. And while some of this is just the nature of feeding a child, there are strategies you can use to can prevent food jags from developing.