|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. ↑
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.