ASD.org ) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders in brain developement . These disorders are characterized in varing degrees by difficulties in social interaction , verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors .
If you have a child with ASD you know that many aspects of caring for for the child can be difficult , including meal time . Here are a few tips to help you when caring for the nutritional needs of a child with special needs :
1 . Create routine with meals :
Remember the sights and sounds of preparing a meal can be stressful for your child . You may need to dim the lights for mealtime and make sure the television and radio is turned off . Let your child choose their seat or pick out a favorite food.
2 . If your child has sensory issues :
It may be helpful to allow them to play with their food . Becoming more familiar with the food can help . This can get a little messy , so put down a a towel or sheet to make cleanup easier .
3. Be prepared for picky eaters :
It can be difficult to feed children with sensitivity to tastes , colors, smells and textures . Let your child be involved in every step of the meal process , from picking out the food at the store to preparing it and deciding if he wants to eat it . don't be discouraged if a child dose not want to eat a new food . Keep a low-pressure and low-stress environment .
4 . Discuss your child's growth patterns with your pediatrician :
This is important for all children not just those with special needs . Your pediatrician should be able to let you know how your child is growing and if there are any particular concerns .
Ask for a referral to see dietican if you are having trouble with meals and feeding.
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