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Overcoming Feeding Problems in a Child with Autism

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Updated July 21, 2010

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Take Baby Steps When Introducing a Food
Many children with autism are resistant to new foods. To keep from turning the dinner table into a battle field, it's best to choose steps that allow your child to be successful.

A first step to introducing a new food might be simply placing the food on your child's plate. If even that leads to problems, you can start by placing the food on the child's plate for only a few seconds.

As soon as your child is successful with that first baby step, reward him! Rewards vary from child to child, but should include warm praise, a hug if that's something she likes, and a "motivator" such as a small amount of a preferred food or time doing a preferred activity.

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