Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How to Help a Selective Eater

by Bec Oakley, author of Snagglebox.com

If you have autistic kids you probably know the location of every McDonalds within a twenty mile radius of your house.

Maybe you’re an expert at making a meal out of only white foods or your pantry is stocked high with a particular type of cracker. You’re tired of throwing away uneaten meals, and if you see one more article about how many serves of vegetables your kids need in a day you’re going to scream.

Yep, autistic kids can be selective and restrictive eaters. It’s common for their diets to consist of a small number of foods - and by small, I mean tiny. There was a time when Max only ate crackers for every meal.

Note that I didn’t say they can be picky, fussy or finicky. These words imply that there are options, and lead to all kinds of dangerous and useless advice like ‘hungry children will never starve themselves’ and ‘if you give kids a new food seventeen times eventually they’ll try it’. No. Make no mistake about it, selective and restrictive eaters are not just being fussy.

They are trying to survive.

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***If your child struggles with sensory issues, Family Matters has many resources that might help you.  We have books and pamphlets on sensory and eating issues.  We can also help you include sensory goals in your child's IEP.  Please call us at 866-436-7842.***

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