Re: autistic kid thats a very picky eater
this is just what I think, but there are usually many different opinions here on the board and that is what makes it great. You can try each one or non, if you like
I don’t believe you are a bad mom, this is normal for most children, but it just seems autistic children are more stubborn. I don’t think you have to give in to her every desire. I work in a day care and we have 1 child with autism, who only comes in for a few hours every second day, and one child with down syndrome who is a full timer, and one child who may be autistic, but we are unsure, mom thinks it is autism, but we are unsure because he is not diagnosed. And I could never say what I think it is, as I’m not a doctor,
All of the 3 children are VERY stubborn when it comes to food. The child with down syndrome more so then they other 2. They want it their way or no way, unfortunately it doesn’t go that way. Number one thing is that they eat healthy. With good communication with the parents, we always get them eating what we give them, sometimes the transition from getting what they want, to eating what we give them can take several months. Even close to a year. But with patience, support, it always works. we believe that it is not good to give them whatever they want all the time. But to have structure, they eat every 2 hours, and they eat what we give them or they don’t eat. Its their choice, if they are hungry they can have as much as they want. If they are not hungry, then 2 hours later they usually are hungry. If after 4 hours they still have not eaten, then we play, “who is more stubborn” game. the teacher or the child. And usually we win. We sit with the child talking to them, encouraging them to eat at least 3 bites. We may have to help them. We also notify the parents when they have very stubborn days.
so just patience, time, and sturcture, has worked for us.