Mealtimes can be a challenge for kids with autism and their families. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can use to make mealtimes a little smoother. If your child has autism and you are struggling to make mealtimes work for your family, these tips may help.
Start by ruling out any underlying physical problem that could be making eating difficult for your child. Children with autism can develop acid reflux, teeth infections, and chewing problems that interfere with eating but which they are not expressing. Because mealtime can cause anxiety for kids with autism, you may consider sticking to a regular schedule for meals, introducing new foods gradually, and making your transition into mealtime a bit slower.
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