How do I get my son to eat a variety of foods?

Staci - posted on 08/29/2017 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son has been eating the same things for years. He'll mostly only eat foods that are easily digestible (crunchy and dry OR liquid like smoothies). He loves cupcakes, cake and banana bread, but refuses to try a muffin or pancakes. He'll eat peanut butter sandwich crackers from Trader Joe's, but will not eat crackers with fresh peanut butter or a peanut butter sandwich! He does eat a lot of fruit and likes almonds and cashews and sunflower seeds. I know he has food sensitivities, but I would love to see him eat more of a variety - he's got to be getting bored with the same foods all the time and taking him to a restaurant is nearly impossible. Anyone else have a similar experience and any advice please?

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Staci - posted on 09/05/2017

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He is not gluten intolerant, however I do try my best to limit it as I notice he does better with less. Luckily, he drinks a smoothie everyday and I can get a lot of nutrition in there. It's the solid foods that he's so picky about. He won't eat bread in any form. No cheese. No meat (except bacon), no salads. Makes for tricky meals!

Sarah - posted on 09/01/2017

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He is actually gluten intolerant, or do you feel hie improved a lot by eliminating gluten? More curious than anything. I am a school nurse about 15% of the ASD kids are casein/gluten free or one or the other. Will he drink a smoothie? My nephew won't drink anything "thick".

Staci - posted on 08/30/2017

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Thank you for your reply. It's just so frustrating. He literally eats "snack foods" all day and a smoothie. He eats a lot of protein bars too, but I'm still searching for a "healthy" gluten free one without sugar that he'll eat. Would love recommendations.

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2017

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A child on the spectrum does not tire of the repetition. My nephew survives on a ghastly diet of frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, pop-tarts and Doritos. He will eat fries at a restaurant but nothing else. He is 18 and it is just a battle my sister gave up on fighting. Aiden has had the best therapy and services his entire life and it is not from lack of effort on my sister's part. It is just the way he is. My mother used to say "a child will eat what you give them before they starve" and I agree with her for typical kids. An ASD child is a whole different matter. I have seen SN kids go 3-4 days with barely a bite at the SN camp I work at in the summer, as they cannot adjust to the altered diet; we try to accommodate but some kids are brand specific and simply won't eat! We do our best to meet their needs but sometimes it is all I can do to hydrate them .

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