My child is 4 and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He’ll eat most anything that I puree. But he refuses to eat even small pieces of solid food except for soft cheese puffs, and he can’t drink from a straw. How can I teach him to chew real food?
Autism Speaks is pleased to spotlight the publication of Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Frazzled Families.
What is it about autism and trains? We know it’s not just our son because we keep meeting other children – and adults – on the spectrum who are so fascinated by them.
“My adult autistic son has been spitting up. It seems to be triggered by anxiety, will last a day and then stop as quickly as it started. He’s on medication for gastric reflux and had endoscopies to open up a narrow esophagus. He also takes medication for seizures and has a hiatal hernia. Any suggestions?”
“Our child, severely affected by autism, refuses to eat anything but sweets. How can I direct her diet in healthier directions?”
“When I physically discipline my 6-year-old son [who has autism], he starts to hit himself. Should I use physical discipline? Do I just let him hit himself?”
By developmental-behavioral pediatrician Paul Wang, Autism Speaks’ senior vice president for medical research.