Feeding Challenges in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Eating is one of the most complex tasks we do as human beings, encompassing all domains of development. Feeding issues are common in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), resulting in meal times that can be very stressful for the child and for the family. Helping a child overcome feeding issues can be a long, slow journey, but is well work the reward of better health and food flexibility.

This session will be facilitated by Bryn Brown, WV Birth to Three Speech Language Pathologist, and Sonya Frye, WV Birth to Three Occupational Therapist, and will address:

  • Possible causes of feeding challenges in the population in medical, motor, behavioral and sensory domains
  • Screening tools and when to refer for assessment
  • General strategies to support the child and caregiver during mealtime routines
  • Problem solving and resource sharing for parents and professionals

WV Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies

  • 3.2.b. Engages in assessment practices within children’s familiar routines, materials, environments and people, rather than controlled situations.
  • 3.2.h. Makes referrals to appropriate agencies for diagnostic testing, as necessary
  • 5.5.c. Matches nutritional practices to the child’s developmental stage and special dietary needs including health conditions, and cultural and religious dietary restrictions
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