Serious food issues? Anybody have that problem with a child?

Marley - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son was diagnosed with sensory sensativities, but that is as far as I have gotten with him. His biggest thing is food. He has some serious food issues! He repeats certain thinks over and over. I only speculate he has Asperger's from reading, and probably a mild form of it. He is a straight A student, almost too smart for his own good, has issues socially.

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Cynthia - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hello Marley



Well you and I seen to be  in the same boat I can't go out of my house for more than 3 or 4 hrs because my child only eats oat meal or cream of wheat and he still eats baby foods ,he eats only the lil gerber food that has the mash potatoes and chicken and Cheff Boyardee Spagettis.He was evaluated recently and the ot therapist told me to continue to feed him and doing what I was doing that ...that was what  I was suppose to do.I can tell you strategies I try other foods when he's hungry and soon after I give him lets say some rice I imediatley give him juice or milk because he gags or throws up as well ,so I find my self every 4 hrs feeding him over and over his usual meals because I'm afraid he'll lose weight or get sick.The ot told me this is a slow process to adapt them to new foods and textures and smells But I am positive that he will get there.Because my 10 year old had this problem and grew out of it all though he is a picky eater he does eat a variety of foods and chews his food and doesn't gag.Good luck to you and you child



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Marley - posted on 01/30/2009

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When I had Zak diagnosed with sensory sensativities, I had to stop the process because we moved from Colorado to Missouri, and I haven't had the chance to find the right place for him to go to, but I am going to call my family doctor to get a referral.



 



 

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2009

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My five year old son was diagnosed with Aspergers in October 2008, after a screening by a licensed Psychologist. He also has ADHD and Developmental Coordination Disorder. He has been evaluated by an Occupational Therapist and has also had a Functional Feeding Evaluation. He receives OT twice a week for sensory issues, including feeding, as well as other delays usually associated with Aspergers i.e. fine motor delays, etc. If the psychologist you saw diagnosed the Sensory Sensitivities, he or she should be able to diagnosis an Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you have ANY suspicions that your son has Aspergers or an Autism Spectrum Disorder you should have him reevaluated. My son receives "wrap services", in home therapy to work on behaviors, social issues, frustration tolerance, etc. He's also receiving services at school in his regular Kindergarten classroom. My son is doing quite well in school, but has difficulties with his frustration tolerance and socializing. He will not eat anything that requires a spoon or is messy i.e. noodles, soup, cereal w/ milk, spaghetti, mac & cheese, etc. Typically he will eat Cheezit's and chicken nuggets. He has a very limited diet. We are working to increase the variety and volume of food through OT.




Without a diagnosis and a prescription you can't obtain the "wrap services" for him. With a dignosis, at least in Pennsylvania, the child qualifies for Medical Assistance, which covers the cost of the in home services and anything else your primary insurance does not cover This has nothing to do with income, it is solely based on the child having an ASD diagnosis which is a qualifying disabiltiy. He should also have an OT evaluation so that he can receive therapy related to the feeding issues, etc. They will create a sensory diet for him as well. The earlier the child is diagnosed and begins receiving the proper treatment the better. Trust me I know how frustrating it can be to have a child with Aspergers, I can only tell you that there is help out there for your child and for you if you seek it. 






My son was evaluated by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. I would contact your pediatrician and get a recommendation if you don't not want to use the same Psychologist that you've already seen. You could also contact the Autism Center in your local community to get more information. They are a great resource for newly diagnosed parents, etc. I belong to their support group and I cannot tell you how helpful it is to talk to other parents that are going through the same thing as you are.



 





Hope this helps!



Laura - posted on 01/30/2009

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it's sounds like it's not so much the food thats the problem. it sounds like he just feels the need to be in control of these things and have them done just as he likes it. i think it might be more to do with him wanting a set routine for meal times..i understand gagging on cantaloupe though..melon is gross ha ha x x

Marley - posted on 01/30/2009

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Psychologist diagnosed the Sensory Sensativites.........He will pick the cheese off of certain pizza's, he gagged on cantelope, almost threw up........His waffles have to be cooked the same way evertime.  Only my husband can cook his mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches.  He has about 6 things he will eat, and thats it........So frustrating. 

Rachel - posted on 01/29/2009

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My son is on the autism spectrum and he only likes certain foods, is very reluctant to try new foods and eats everything in a certain order. I try not to make too mucy of a big deal about it. He has always been like this and he is 10 now and just recently he went on a school trip for a whole week and didn't starve. I find he tries new foods when at other people's houses.

Cynthia - posted on 01/29/2009

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What do you mean by serious food issues? For example my 3 year old won't chew his food and won't try dieferent textures and if he feels a chunk he will start cofing and gaging and might even throw up it's very complicated to feed him and we're trying diferent tecnics to try to get him customed to textures and dryer foods.



 



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My son is going for his Autism screening on Tuesday. I know that my son is huge on textures. He doesn't like to eat meat.. he'll chew it and than spit it out... that is if we can get him to try it.

Louise - posted on 01/29/2009

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My 2 and a half yr old son has serious food and drinking issues.  He has been diagnosed with Asperger's when he turned 2 but the dr's had been suspecting it since he was 10 months old.  He woke up one day completely different and stopped eating and drinking all together, just like that.  When he was 8 months old he weighed 25 pds almost 26.  He is now 2 and a half and weighs 29 pds.  We struggle every day to get him to eat and drink.  It is not easy!  But my hope is that as he gets older he will realize that he needs to eat and drink and just do it.....

Tricia - posted on 01/28/2009

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My son has Aspergers, and also Sensory Modulation Disorder (among several other diagnosises). Due to the SMD, he can't eat cartain "bumpy" foods, such as hamburger. We have been able to increase his food list over the past 6 months and he can now eat 27 items (yeah!!). Every day is an adventure. Your son sounds like mine. Most AS kids will have other issues (but not all): sensory, ADHD, ODD, etc.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Sounds like Aspergers. How old is he? The food sensitivity we went through during toddler through probably 2nd grade. Other sensory issues hung around longer. Repetitive behaviors, high intelligence, and socially inept are all classic symptoms of ASD (Autism spectrum disorders)



My son would gag at the texture of certain foods. If pizza had too much sauce, if it had anything hard in it like a cookie with a nut, and we never put anything green on his plate, that was a serious issue. Who diagnosed him? Psychologist? Family Doctor?

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