Eating and Autism

Many of our children with autism have significant problems with eating. They may experience some of the following problems:

  • eating only a preferred texture of foods
  • eating only a preferred flavour of foods
  • pica - eating inedible items and substances
  • overeating
  • not eating enough
  • not liking the smells associated with foods
  • not being able to accept the social aspects of eating

Over the next few weeks, our autism blog will explore some of these issues and suggest a few hints and tips.

The important thing is to keep trying! The root of many of the problems can stem from sensory differences so a de-sensitisation approach can be useful but there are often complex circumstances that contribute to difficulties with eating.

The National Autism Society provides a useful introduction on their page

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