Some children with autism struggle with eating problems and even eating disorders. Tactile sensitivities, medication side effects, low muscle tone, and preference for sameness can be challenging.
My son had a strong gag reflex and many children do. There was a time when he threw up almost every day. He had an aversion to napkins. Sometimes, even seeing a napking would make him throw up! He also couldn't stand to watch me eat things he didn't like, like salsa, eggs, or salad. He would throw up. But he outgrew that, as he outgrew many things. Thank goodness!
If your child is losing weight, don't hesitate to consult a physician, a special needs dietician, and a speech and language pathologist. They really can help!
There are also feeding programs that accept insurance programs, but don't wait to contact them, because these often have long waiting lists.
Don't make eating a struggle. Here are some strategies to try if the problem isn't too serious...
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