Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s social skills, communication, and behavior, impacting the way a child understands and relates to others. Selective eating and autism often go hand-in-hand.
Kids with autism can fall anywhere on the ASD spectrum, and they are all completely unique in the degree to which they are affected.
This week on the show, I welcome Rashelle Berry, the Nutrition Manager at The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Multi-disciplinary Feeding Program.
She works with children and teenagers with developmental disabilities and medical complexities who typically have a diagnosis of avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. Her mission is to help more clinicians become skilled at working with children facing these challenges.
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Listen in as Rashelle shares her experiences and her unique approach to selective eating in autism and how parents can nourish their children in the best way possible. I can’t wait to share this episode with you to better prepare parents for the unique feeding and nutritional challenges that children with autism experience.When a child's diet is so restricted, it could be that it's restricted to the point that they are getting absolutely none of certain nutrients." – Rashelle Berry Click To Tweet
What You’ll Learn about Selective Eating and Autism:
- Why children with autism are at such high risk for feeding disorders.
- How Rashelle works with children on the ASD spectrum on eating new foods.
- What drew Rashelle to working with children with autism and their parents.
- How medication plays a role in the eating habits of children with autism.
- Why a full gastrointestinal investigation could provide insight into the best diet for a child with autism.
- Some of the nutritional deficiencies Rashelle sees in her work with children on the ASD spectrum.
- How Rashelle suggests introducing new foods to children on the ASD spectrum.
- Why not all behaviors and issues around food are directly related to a child’s autism.
- How you can get involved in a feeding program like what Rashelle provides.
- The signs and symptoms of autism.