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.
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.
Feeding problems are seen in the vast majority of children with autism. Contributing factors include medical problems, psychological barriers, nutritional deficits, sensory disorder, oral-motor dysfunction, and environmental causes. These factors - alone or together - lead to food selectivity in up to 87% of children on the spectrum.
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.
Children on the spectrum experience many barriers to eating a nutritious diet. Sensory issues that limit the variety of foods a child is willing to eat is one that parents find most frustrating. Try these protein ideas for every sensory seeker.