Can't Eat, Won't Eat: Dietary Difficulties and the Autism by Brenda Legge

By Brenda Legge

Checking out that your baby has Asperger's Syndrome or Autism will be devastating sufficient, but if you find that she or he will not devour 99.9 in line with cent of all food and drinks within the recognized universe, the joys quite starts off. This was once the placement the writer came upon herself in a decade in the past whilst her son first took a dislike to take advantage of, after which to almost some other substance she tried to feed him. Her e-book was once written to reassure different mom and dad that there are numerous humans available in the market within the similar boat, and to indicate useful tools of facing the matter. in addition to drawing on her personal event, the writer has spoken to folks, teenagers, and execs with first-hand wisdom of nutritional problems, and their recommendation and reviews shape a key a part of the publication.

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We’ve blatantly exploited Harry’s past and present interests – starting with a fascination with Thomas the Tank Engine characters, progressing to an encyclopaedic knowledge of tube, tram, bus and rail routes, and culminating in his current interest in everything to do with touring cars and Formula 1 drivers, cars and circuits. If the promise of a new toy car, a journey on a train, or a book on his favourite subject is the catalyst that will get him to eat, then we’ll shamelessly pay homage to Harry’s current obsession.

However, in many cases, the distinctive nature of the autistic child is not taken into account when feeding strategies are recommended. The following techniques might well work with your average picky eater, but could fall short of the mark with a child on the autistic spectrum. Involvement in meal preparation The child is encouraged to choose foods in the supermarket, load them into the trolley, unpack them and become involved in the cooking process. This familiarity with foods is thought to lead to a greater inclination to try them, especially if the child has helped to create the end product, for example, by baking cakes.

Back to the drawing board! The present Although Harry still has a very restricted diet, we have chalked up a number of successes over the years. Some improvements have simply just happened and can’t be attributed to anything we have done. Others have been won the hard way through a series of strategies (see below) of which bribery seems to have been the most successful. The foods Harry won’t touch still run into hundreds, but gradually the few he will tolerate have increased. One peculiarity we have noted is that if a new food comes into vogue, one of the old favourites will fall by the wayside.

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