Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network(AS-ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest tool kit: Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent's Guide.
Some researchers estimate that over half of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have some sort of issue with food. These feeding issues can be of significant concern to parents because they might impact their child’s health and wellbeing.
Written by medical experts, through their participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), this free publication is designed to help families affected by autism understand eating behaviors, give guidance on how to address feeding issues and review some common questions that families have about eating problems.
Like all AS-ATN tool kits, this kit draws its recommendations from the experience of specialists and the evidence-based findings of research involving children and families dealing with autism.
Feeding can present a significant challenge for children with ASD and can be very stressful for the child and for the family. Overcoming feeding issues can be a long, slow journey, but it is well worth the reward of better health and food flexibility.
The guide answers questions such as: