Sensory Issue and weight loss

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Sensory Issue and weight loss
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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 11:21pm

Hello,


My son was determined to have a Sensory Processing Disorder and his main issues have been around social interaction and food.


We started OT

Carin

Mom to Lucas 4 Years old, and Isabella 2.5 years old.

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 12:41am

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 1:06am

Hi Carin,

I hear ya. My DS is a very picky eater, but it is getting better.

Have you tried milkshakes? I know these can be high in sugar, but I have seen some lower sugar options that come in single serving tetra packs. Will he eat any meat? My DS loves bbq chicken legs on the bone (cooked the night before and served cold), cold ham or deli meats (like salami or pepperoni), mini pizzas, sausages (low sodium versions available) Fruit smoothies are good too and you can add yogurt (although hard to pack)

Also, you can add some extra fat by putting butter or margarine on his bread or rice or veggies if he'll eat those . You can also give him a shot of flax seed oil every day in his juice. It's also good for his brain.

Cheers,
Heidi.

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Registered: 01-07-2008
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 5:16am

This is a big thing for us because Euan has big problems with being a slow, anxious eater (convinced he will choke on certain textures of food). We worked for several months with a therapist on it, and saw some real progress (plus an idea of how to handle it), but it is still a problem, particularly on a long day.


I load him up at breakfast and at supper (he eats this on his own after his siblings have gone to bed). I try and make these meals as high calorie and as problem-free as possible, so this is where you could load up on peanut butter and other high protein stuff you know he'll eat. Have you tried things like greek yogurt, with honey or syrup? We can't do hummous because of sesame allergies, but Euan loves anything with crackers, so we do full-fat pate, ham, smoked salmon, tuna etc. Will your little one eat tuna with mayonnaise? (I don't know why, but sloppy, soft textured food works best for my Aspie) If he'll eat mayoynaise, mashing anything up with it will increase the calorie content without it being too unhealthy. I also make a kind of blended sauce with lots of very well cooked veggies, tomato sauce and tuna or ground beef, and this can go on baked potatoes (or get mashed up with mashed potatoes) or on rice or anything that your little one will eat, and if you add some full fat yoghurt or creme fraiche you make it fairly creamy and increase the protein/fat content too. I used to make all my own baby food with a hand blender and I find this works very well, you can make just about anything an 'acceptable' texture this way! You can also 'hide' things like veggies and cheese, which he might not eat if he can 'see' or 'feel' them, in food this way. refried beans and guacamole (like in tacos?) again, this is a nice sloppy texture and can be seasoned whichever way is acceptable.


The easy option for high calorie stuff is of course cookies and chocolate etc, which

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 9:48am

Yeah, we have food issues too.

                                

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 11:51am

WOW Thanks all so much for the support and ideas. I will try Flax oil and custards, and Greek yogurt. He will eat reg yogurt. I will keep trying new things. I have made the fortified pancakes using eggs, cream, and protein powder and he eats them pretty well. The Childcare center is doing a lot to help he gets to come out of the classroom and pick up his lunch from the kitchen and start his lunch in the office with the director and after about 10 min he returns to the classroom to finish the lunch by then things are much calmer and he eats much better. Today I packed him yogurt with fiber and protein powder mixed in, bacon, pancakes, syrup, peaches, granola bar, instant breakfast powder to be added to

Carin

Mom to Lucas 4 Years old, and Isabella 2.5 years old.

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 4:07pm

My daughter has food issues and she also has a rare form of hypoglycemia, so not eating isn't an option. There have been months when I've had to go to school every day and sit with her through lunch to make sure she took in enough calories. I'm of the school of thought that allows for hiding foods in others. For awhile she only wanted to eat ketchup, or things absolutely smothered in ketchup. That was a big no-no for her because the sugar in ketchup. So, I made me own. I simmered lots of veggies together and added silken tofu for the protein, tossed it all in a blender and let her dunk everything from pasta to pretzels in it. You might want to try something similar as a dip for tortilla slices or toast. Instead of veggies, mash a bunch of fruit with some silken tofu and a little yogurt. Of course, you could just thin that out with some milk and make a nice smoothie. I've fed me daughter a lot of calories through a straw. I also have friend who told me she gets her son to eat black beans by baking them in brownies (if he'll eat chocolate). That wasn't as successful in my house, but then my daughter is pretty fond of refried beans, so it wasn't necessary.

Over the years I've realized that texture matters more than taste and uniform consistency is important. Just trading real onions out for onion powder in nearly everything (or pureeing the onions for some recipes) has opened a lot of food doors, and ditching green particles (visible herbs) when not absolutely necessary has helped as well.

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 4:52pm
Alternative to peanut butter....Sunbutter made from sunflower seeds, sold at some grocery stores.

Katy

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