The difficulties of feeding an Autistic child are complicated. The tastes, smell and texture of foods are all part of sensory issues. Transitioning Justin from bottles to eating utensils was a challenge because he didn’t want the spoon or fork in his mouth. It would literally take me two hours to feed one meal to Justin. His non-verbal ability at the ages of 2-7 to express the need for more or less food was an exhausting ordeal. I often feared he wasn’t getting the nutrients that he needed or the use of his oral motor muscles. Seeking professional help; we started speech and occupational therapy thinking this would be a solution to Justin’s non-ability to chew. Although he is still receiving occupational therapy, speech on the other hand did not work.

I understand like many other parents of autistic children; we struggle with our children’s persistent eating problems. Most children with ASD are picky eaters and would rather have foods that are smooth, creamy or foods that have been pureed. However, Justin’s food has to be pureed in order for him to eat. Hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers, cookies, chips and candy are all foods he has never tasted. Justin is living on a very slim menu which consist of; yogurt, applesauce, nutri-grain bars, baked fish, greens, broccoli, baked potato and lots of mash potatoes and sweet potatoes. If wanting to dine out Goggling the restaurant’s menu is a must. Eventually, we will work on exploring more food choices to add to Justin’s menu.

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God fearing, loving mother to an awesome young man. Enjoying what I do! Although I'm not the greatest teacher, however raising a child with special needs has given me more degrees than any college university you could think of.

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