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We’ve read many stories on your website about families who discover a special talent in a child, teenager or even adult with autism. How can we help our son find his special gift or passion?  

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from psychiatrist Jessica Hellings, MD, and psychologist Andrea Witwer, PhD, program directors at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center, which is part of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

“Our son, age 9, has a lot of food aversions. Just the sight or smell of many foods make him feel sick. Besides making it difficult to get him to even taste a new food, it’s a real problem at school where just walking into the cafeteria makes him start to gag. Suggestions?”

Tom Hess is the parent of an active, funny, free-spirited child with autism and his witty and charming older sister.  He and his wife are very active in autism projects and programs in Ohio and around the country. Tom has a wealth of business development, management, counseling and leadership experience.  He is also Chair of the Family Advisory Committee for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.