How can you help your picky eater with autism try new foods? There are many ways to help your picky one gain interest in eating new foods. One of my favorites is bringing them into the kitchen and encouraging them to get down and dirty with food.
While I believe that individual therapy and professional guidance are the best ways to troubleshoot and ensure your kid is getting the support they need, I have a few general guidelines to help your child with autism eat better and meet nutritional goals.
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.
I created this list of gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast ideas for children with autism who are on the special diet. These are all easy to adapt if your child doesn’t have these needs.
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.