Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a restricted dietary range, and this book provides parents with advice and training on how to deal with this condition and achieve a healthier and more balanced diet. Now described as Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), it is due to sensory hypersensitivity, and it can impact upon the health of the child, upon the family, and upon social integration.
Based upon successful training packages the authors provide for parents and professionals, this book enables the reader to understand the condition and work with it, gradually increasing the range of food a child is able to eat. It includes ‘box outs’ with case studies, points of interest and action points to make this an accessible and resourceful read.
Finding out that your child has Asperger Syndrome can be devastating enough, but when you discover that he or she won’t eat 99.9 per cent of all food and drink in the known universe, the fun really starts.
This long-awaited critically needed book deals with a subject common to children with autism/Asperger’s, offering a step-by-step comprehensive plan to address food aversions and food selectivitities.
The treatment program helps to increase the variety of foods in the child’s diet, improve the child’s ability to accept touch inside and around the mouth, and expand the number of sounds the child produces-and thereby improving overall functioning.
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