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Name: Krwcrm9009
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I am very new to the autism spectrum. Ever since my son was diagnosed I have been doing this on my own with no support and I need help! My son is 3 years old and he is on the spectrum. He only eats crunchy foods such as goldfish Doritos cereal. I can also get him to eat pudding donuts and snack cakes. which arent crunchy but he doesnt get those very often because they are packed full of sugar. I cannot get him try anything new and the doctors and therapists say to stop giving him those foods. but if i do he just wont eat anything and i dont want him to starve. I dont know what to do and I am wondering who else has this problem and what they are doing to get there child to try new things?!
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Name: karloff13 | Date: Oct 8th, 2012 11:45 PM
Hi there, my son is also a crunchy lover. In order to get him to eat a variety of foods, I tell him "eat x amount of x, and then you can have (crunchy food). This really works for us, I also always have a big bowl of salad ready, because although he may not like them cooked(mushy), he likes veggies raw in hunks. I only allow him donuts or devil dogs(his favorite) as "special treats", and give him bowls of fruits as his sweet snack. At first you may only be able to bargain a little, because they are so stuck to habit and routine, but I request more and more of him in order to get his "crunchies", and we have never had a meltdown from it. I also set a good example and don't eat any thing I don't want him to have, or we share. So we'll share a salad, then share a devil dog, in this way he gets all he needs and some of what he wants, and gets to learn that sharing is good. My son is 31/2, we've known for a while now, but I still remember how ungrounded I felt at first. Hopes this helps you. 

Name: Grandma Karen | Date: Jan 1st, 2013 8:49 PM
Krwcrm9009
Nutrition is a big problem with many autistic children, My 12 yr. old autistic grandson only eats junk food. Pizza, french fries, potatoe chips and cookies. He only drinks water because he refused to drink milk from a sippy cup. He wanted it in a bottle at 3 yrs.old. To this day he will not drink milk or juice. I understand your concern that he wiil starve due to my concern that my grandson's bones would be weak. My grandson wants to try new foods at times, but has problems with the texture of different foods with cause him to gag. Your son may have issues with new foods.
Karen 

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