What's the best way to encourage picky autistic children to eat healthy?
My friends son (aged 9) has autism and he is a very fussy eater. His problem seems to be more of a sensory one, if he doesn't like the feel of something then he won't put it in his mouth. She often has to make fruit into a drink by making smoothies. He will eat mashed potatoes and she disguises cheese in it to give him some of his dairy portions. It may be worthwhile visiting your GP who can refer you to a specialist dietician who could perhaps suggest some things to try out.
I don't have much experience with autistic children, but Heston Blemnthal recently did a fabulous job of getting kids to eat in hospital by making the food fun. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hest … /episode-1
Perhaps you can try experimenting with making foods you want them to eat look like foods they want to eat?
My son is 16 and was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome when he was in the 3rd grade. We have struggled with getting him to try foods all along. He won't eat anything he considers to be a messy food, such as pizza because of the tomato sauce, mac & cheese, etc. If he has tasted something before he and didn't like it he refuses to try again. My 13 year old daughter is also a picky eater, we believe it's because she sees her brother being picky so she picked up his habits. Although she does eat some things that he won't she still has her moments. We have been told to keep trying and to encourage them to try new foods, which we always do. It's difficult but keep on trying.
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