Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

How can a Dietitian help with ASD?

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are commonly known for being “picky” when it comes to food preferences. Many sensory issues impact on the food intake of children with ASD and often, parents struggle to work out the most appropriate food to provide children with ASD, given these issues.

Extreme sensitivities towards certain sound, smell, touch and light can affect what your child eats. A dietitian can assist in acknowledging these sensitivities and developing a balanced, nutritious diet that will be accepted and eaten by a child with ASD.

Tips for parents:

  • Respect your child’s food preferences.
  • Never force your child to accept a food item. Encourage your child to learn about the food over at least 10 exposures. Let your child see, touch, and smell the food.
  • Record your child’s eating habits. Note the types of foods that are eaten and those that are not.
  • Note any trends in the properties of foods eaten by your child (e.g. taste, texture, colour, and smell).

Information supplied by: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/

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