Autism and Feeding Difficulties: The Ultimate Guide https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-feeding-difficulties/

Autism and Feeding Difficulties: The Ultimate Guide

When was the last time you took a bite of food and paid attention to the skills you used? You use your lips, tongue, and cheeks to move the food to your teeth, chew it, and move it back to swallow. If this was a difficult experience that made you feel unsafe – would you

10 Ways To Deal With Picky Eating https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/dealing-with-picky-eating/

10 Ways To Deal With Picky Eating

You know the scenario too well: You’ve spent hours cooking a delicious and nutritious meal – only for your child to dislike most ingredients on their plate. “I don’t want to eat broccoli,” they proclaim. “But it is good for you,” you answer back. And so it goes on. Luckily, there are practical tips that

Does My Child With Autism Have a Pediatric Feeding Disorder? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/pediatric-feeding-disorder/

Does My Child With Autism Have a Pediatric Feeding Disorder?

Occasionally, all kids can be picky at the dinner table. Sometimes, picky eating can take on an extreme and become a pediatric feeding disorder. But what exactly is pediatric feeding disorder, and how do you recognize your child needs help? Some parents question if their child’s eating is outside of typical development. This article will

Camel Milk for Autism: What Are the Benefits? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/camel-milk-benefits/

Camel Milk for Autism: What Are the Benefits?

An overview of the potential nutritional, dietary, and therapeutic benefits of drinking camel milk for people with autism spectrum disorder or children with neurological conditions.  What is the camel milk/autism connection? Are there truly benefits for people with autism and consuming camel milk? Some other questions people could ask are why people cannot ingest cow’s

Autism and Culinary Skills

Autism and Culinary Skills

Meet Tanishq, an autistic boy whose love for cooking has inspired other special needs kids. Autistic individuals display a range of special skills. Identifying and encouraging such special abilities from a young age can help the child on the spectrum in many ways. Here is one such example of an 11-year-old child on the spectrum

How to Support Picky Eaters During the Holidays

How to Support Picky Eaters During the Holidays

We’ve all been there, at a relative or friends house and our children are refusing to eat what is being served. It can be a stressful time, often causing us to second guess our parenting decisions, especially if we are with opinionated people who like to share how they handled those situations with their kids!

Benefits of the gaps diet for autism

Benefits of the Gaps Diet for Autism

With little more than anecdotal evidence available, should parents consider the GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) diet for their kids on the spectrum? If you want to divide the room, any room, start talking about your child’s diet. Elimination diets, gluten-free diets and, yes, one of the most debated: the GAPS diet. But what if

How Components in Broccoli are Advancing Autism Research

How Components in Broccoli are Advancing Autism Research

While autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms typically appear during the first five years of life, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because of the broad range of symptoms. Due to the difference in range of abilities for children on the spectrum, it can also be a challenge to find the right treatment to help

Over the Rainbow: Getting Kids with Autism to Try Colorful Foods

Over the Rainbow: Getting Kids with Autism to Try Colorful Foods

Meet Zeek, who has just turned five. He likes to eat chicken nuggets, fish sticks, buttered noodles, and Ritz crackers. Oh, and cookies. He will eat any kind of cookies, so long as they have a crunch. Before the age of two, he ate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but now, it’s pulling

Five Holiday Recipes to Try with Your Picky Eater

Five Holiday Recipes to Try with Your Picky Eater

Joyful traditions during the holiday season can bring a new set of challenges for children with ASD, especially those who have feeding deficits. Gatherings that include family meals bring new flavors, smells, and tastes that can be overwhelming for a child with sensory sensitivities. Involving your child in the kitchen when making holiday dishes can

Manage Your Child’s Autism with a Tailored Diet

Manage Your Child’s Autism with a Tailored Diet

Diet has long been associated with healthy living, but it remains a little-known fact that it can also play a significant role in managing autism. Studies over the years have shown a healthy diet is crucial to the prevention and management of neurological disorders, and autism is no exception. But parents often don’t know where

Leaky Gut and How it Affects Health and Autism Symptoms

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive disorder that develops when tight junctions loosen or become damaged, allowing undigested food, bacteria, or toxins to leak through the wall of the intestine1. Tight junctions are small gaps in the intestinal lining that promote the transfer of nutrients while preventing undesirable compounds from

Food Sensory and Eating Habits – How I Got My Son Out of the “Beige Diet.”

It’s that dreaded time again. You open the refrigerator door and scan the wholesome ingredients that seem to mock you with their bright, healthy colors in illuminating shades of greens and yellows. “Easy meals” on Pinterest and books on “picky eaters” clearly do not know the true definition of your child’s eating habits. Another monochromatic

Can Omega 3 Fatty Acids Boost Neurocognitive Health and Mental Performance?

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Boost Neurocognitive Health and Mental Performance?

For centuries, the use of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils has been recommended for cardiovascular health, but nowadays, omega-3s are becoming increasingly popular due to their clinically proven benefits toward enhancing mental health. There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids, known as EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), which boost mental

Cooking with your Child with Autism

Cooking with your Child with Autism

Children with autism can be taught how to enjoy assisting with meal preparation in the kitchen. Here is a list of ten ways your child can benefit by being involved with meal preparation. 1. Grow your own food What better way to learn about various food items than to grow your own? Your child with

Autism Diet and Nutrition: How Does it Affect Autism Health? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-diet-and-nutrition/

Autism Diet and Nutrition: How Does it Affect Autism Health?

Many parents and caregivers of children with autism are using nutrition to modify and manage some behaviors that come with being on the spectrum. Before learning about popular autism diet options for your child, it’s important to understand how nutrition plays a part in autism. While nutrition or special diets do not cure autism, there

GABA Supplements for Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gaba-supplements-for-autism/

GABA Supplements for Autism

What is GABA? Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It is responsible for “reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.” By decreasing activity in the nervous system, GABA aid in reducing fight or flight responses such as fear, anxiety, aggression, stress, and agitation. Research suggests it might also

Why Some Kids With ASD Won’t Eat And How to Get Help https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/some-kids-asd-wont-eat/

Why Some Kids With ASD Won’t Eat And How to Get Help

The phrase “picky eating” is often misused when describing the eating habits of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This over generalized term more accurately describes a toddler who has a strong opinion about what they want for dinner; not a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with significant food refusal. As a parent of

How to Introduce New Foods to Picky Eaters with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/introduce-new-foods-picky-eaters/

How to Introduce New Foods to Picky Eaters with Autism

Picky eating isn’t uncommon to anyone who has or works with children. Most parents know there are only a handful of foods their children will eat, and getting them to try new foods is often challenging. Picky eating, or food selectivity, has a much higher prevalence in children who are on the autism spectrum compared

Marshmallows…It's What's for Breakfast https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/marshmallows-its-whats-for-breakfast/

Marshmallows…It’s What’s for Breakfast

The other day a friend of mine was talking to me in detail about the entirely “non-processed and made from scratch” breakfast that she had prepared for her children. I nodded pleasantly, giving her kudos. She then went on to ask the question that I was dreading… “So, what did you feed your daughter today?”

Learn Why It's Important to Understand Gut Bacteria with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/understanding-gut-bacteria-with-autism/

Learn Why It’s Important to Understand Gut Bacteria with Autism

Did you know that with over 90 trillion bacteria cells in our bodies we have more bacteria than human cells? This is something that is strange to think about but can have more impact on our health than we could have imagined. One of the areas in our bodies where bacteria have a significant influence

New Treatment May Help ASD Kids Struggling With Weight Gain https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/treatments-may-help-weight-gain/

New Treatment May Help ASD Kids Struggling With Weight Gain

As many parents already know, medications for managing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can cause challenging side effects. For the common symptoms of irritability and agitation, only two drugs are FDA approved—risperidone and aripiprazole—and unfortunately both can cause intense food cravings that lead to weight gain. The drugs are effective at reducing tantrums and aggression, so

How to Help a Child with Autism Feel Good About Food https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-feel-good-about-food/

How to Help a Child with Autism Feel Good About Food

Starting school or daycare is a big step for children; there are new routines to learn, new people, to get to know and a new building to navigate. for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who attend mainstream settings, these challenges are magnified. One of the aspects of school life that can cause a lot

Best Supplements and Vitamins for Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-supplements-vitamins-autism

Best Supplements and Vitamins for Autism

Why children might need vitamin and mineral supplements Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have long been prescribed vitamins, minerals, and natural supplements to help with sleep, gastrointestinal distress, and boost low vitamin levels, all of which are common in children and adults with ASD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that

Benefits of L-Carnosine for Autistic Children

What is L-Carnosine? L-Carnosine is classified as a dipeptide, which is a compound made up of amino acid molecules that are linked together. It enhances frontal lobe function in the brain. Research suggests that it is also a powerful antioxidant. A synthetic form of carnosine is available and sold as a supplement to help treat

Probiotics for autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/probiotics-and-autism

Probiotics for Autism

Best Probiotics for Autism Autism researchers believe there is a strong link between the functioning of the brain and the gut. They claim that several types of diets and probiotics can help treat children with autism. With the very large number of foods and recommended diets out there, how can you determine what works best

Ways a Healthy Diet Can Help a Special Needs Child's Brain Development https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/healthy-diet-helps-autism-brain-development

Ways a Healthy Diet Can Help A Special Needs Child’s Brain Development

Proper nutrition paves the way for development, eliminating barriers and promoting growth. By being selective and deliberate in the foods your child eats, you can help improve his/her brain development and behavior. Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) benefit most from organic diets. This type of diet features fewer toxins, making it easier for

Hot Off the Press! Top Ways a Gluten Free Diet Can Help Kids with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gluten-free-diet-can-help

Top Ways a Gluten Free Diet Can Help Kids with Autism

Recent clinical trials looking at gluten-free diets for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are showing benefits worth considering. Typical indicators of autism spectrum in children may include delayed speech, lack of eye contact, impaired or non-present social skills, shyness, obsessive-type behaviors, delayed gross or fine motor skills, sensory integration issues (sound and touch sensitivity,

Taking an Important Look at Autism and Habitual Dysphagia

Taking an Important Look at Autism and Habitual Dysphagia

It’s not what you’re eating: it’s how you’re eating.  Dysphagia (swallowing disorder) has not received a lot of attention for individuals with autism. The symptoms may be mild, masked, or uneventful in the pediatric population.  Dysphagia may be noted, but in the big picture, it may not be a priority.  Further evaluation and treatment of