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?”

Quick and easy gluten-free dairy-free lunch ideas

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.