Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: Week 7 – Sequential Oral Sensory

This SOS program, I can see the benefits in it, I can see the slow moving turn of creating a positive eating environment, but the change it is OH SO SLOW. Sometimes I feel like everything right now is hard. Why can’t something be just easy for a change. I know I should be thankful; your sensitivity to foods is mild compared to some. At least you have a decent variety of food you will eat. But it is painful to get you to eat anything that is not on your list of preferred food. Today you didn’t touch the two target foods. You seem to be keeping consistent in not eating them. We will continue of course and all I can do is hope.

Cucumber (cut into circles)
Green fruit loops
Zucchini (cut into circles)
Tortilla chips
Naked Juice: Green Machine

Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders often are sensitive or picky eaters. There are several things that we as parents can do to help them become more tolerant of a greater amount of options.

- make sure all meals consist of 1 protein, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1 fat even if there are several items on the plate that you think your child will never eat still have a bit on the plate - always include at least one preferred item of food

- do not let a child get caught up in a food being a specific way, make changes incrementally so that the child is more tolerable towards changes in their preferred foods

- do not use food enforcers, bribes, sweet treats to try to get a child eat their food

- try combining a preferred food with a non-preferred food in tiny increments

- have a treatment meal once a day – and build a routine around eating times

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