picky eaters-ideas

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picky eaters-ideas
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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 11:48am
Hello, I thought I'd pass along what I had read in a book for those with ASD esp. since they are notoriously picky eaters. This would probably work for any kid though. My dd has a very limited types of foods she will eat. I was reading a book entitled "The Hidden Child: The Linwood Method for Reaching the Autistic Child". I just read anything I can to understand what I can do to help. Anyway, since these kids are so sensory sensitive and even just a bite of a new food can make them gag (like my dd does)...they started out very small. What they did was to peel a pea and cut it into fourths. They didn't put a whole bunch of peas on a plate, they just had that bit of peeled pea on a spoon. They had the child eat that little bit every day until it became routine. I thought that made a lot of sense to do and might work for my dd since she needs routine. It is how she takes her medicines everyday and I'm sure they can't taste too good. I also decided to give it a title, like I announce her medicine. "It's time for medicine!" Instead, I said it's "tasty-bitey time!" and she ate the bit without a fuss or a gag. I thought I would give that a try and I'll let you know if she starts eating peas anytime soon.

My friend also told me that the shell-shaped pastas are good for hiding little things like peas in, but I doubt that would work for my dd. I still thought it was a good idea, maybe would work for others.

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Registered: 07-11-2003
Wed, 08-27-2003 - 5:43pm
Thanks for sharing that! :)

Personally, I like to hide things that Jade usually won't eat (carrots, corn, meat) in raviolis or wontons. I've found, for her at least, if she can't see it she usually won't complain about it. But I do need to find better options. We just got back from seeing her dr and he gave her a lecture on her unwillingness to eat meat or soy products. He says she's starting to show signs of malnutrition b/c of her pickiness (she isn't as strong as she should be for her height/weight) This has been a huge issue with her for over a year. Dr T said if worse comes to worse he's gonna prescribe protein shakes. Who knows, those things taste so bad that maybe after a week or two of them she'll volunteer to eat a live cow. LOL

Peace,

Candes