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“Our 7-year-old son has Asperger’s, and he eats constantly. When we try to talk to him about it, he gets very upset. We try controlling what he eats and getting him outside. But he sneaks food, and it’s so hard to get him away from the television.”

You asked, and Autism Speaks listened. The recent publication of the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P tool kit, “Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide,” drew a tremendous response from our community. Your emails expressed not just appreciation, but also an overflow of personal stories and pleas for further guidance.

“Our child – soon to be a teenager – has autism, and there are times when we find ourselves in a true behavioral crisis. What can we do besides call 911?”

So important is this question – and so broad the situations and options - that we’ve invited two experts to provide answers.