In this two-part series of the Dr. G Aspie Show, Dr. Lauren King, co-founder of Food Wise at Southeast Psych, joins Dr. G to discuss picky eating with kids on the spectrum.
Part 1 answers the big question – Why are kids on the spectrum typically picky eaters?
- Kids on the spectrum tend to have more sensory issues – smell, hearing, textures, and taste
- They also tend to be very rigid thinkers – it’s a love/hate relationship, no in-between
Part 2 gets into some practical ways you can start right now to help your picky eaters!
- Make mealtime more inviting – Get rid of the pressure!
- Start a behavioral system at home – Incorporate their special interests (Legos, maps, etc.). With each new food they try, they earn a point. At 15 points, they get the Lego set they’ve been wanting!
- Check out the book Food Chaining by Cheri Fraker and Mark Fishbein – This book will help your child start eating new foods based on the foods they’re already eating
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This article was featured in Issue 42 – Autism: Fighting the Stigmas