All kids are picky when it comes to the types of foods they will eat, but for children with autism, this can be a particular challenge. Kids can be very sensitive to the color, shape, smell and texture of foods, which explains why some may only eat things that are green or try to live on an all pasta diet. Don’t fret; there are few tips you can incorporate to get them to explore different foods. Here are 3 tips to help you feed your picky eater.
Make food fun:
Make your child’s food more appealing by turning it into smiley faces or using cookie cutters to transform fruits and sandwiches. This will enhance their plate and make them more interested in eating the food.
Let them choose
When you’re meal planning, get your child’s input on what they want to eat. Start with one food category at a time. Ask them what kind of meat they want or if they would like a certain vegetable for a side dish. Make sure to establish guidelines; after all, you want them to choose healthy options. Giving your child the opportunity to be a part of the meal planning process will increase the odds of them trying different foods.
Serve yourself bar
Make an assortment of foods and place them on the table so that your child can make their own food. This will encourage them to try a little of something presented to them.
This is one of our favorite fun recipes. http://veryculinary.com/2011/10/27/threaded-spaghetti-hot-dog-bites/ Try adding it to your meal plan this week.
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