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Autism Solution Program

Autism often goes hand in hand with food aversions; an expert provides strategies for gently expanding a narrow diet.

If you have a picky eater with autism, know that you’re not alone. We are here to support you in every way possible with our 6 month step by step approach 

What can a dietitian do for my child?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the brain and how a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them. It can make it difficult to make friends, tell people what you need and understand what other people think. Good nutrition is needed so that the brain can work properly. 

Severe autism has been linked to low levels of certain nutrients (vitamins B3, B6, C, calcium, iron and zinc). Good nutrition is important as poor diet can affect mood, learning and sleep. People with autism may have difficulty with sleeping. Healthy foods give the brain and body the nutrients that they need in the right amounts.

Some common problems are:

  • not liking mealtimes and only eating a few foods

  • constipation, diarrhoea and a bloated stomach

  • food hypersensitivity (when the body reacts badly to certain foods)

Problems with eating

Often people with autism have sensory issues which can change the way things smell taste and feel. This can make it difficult to eat certain foods. Eating less than 20 different foods is unhealthy, especially for children as it can restrict growth. In rare cases this eating behaviour can lead to very serious problems such as blindness, bone problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Mealtimes are often full of lots of people, noises and smells and if you have autism this can be very stressful and make you unhappy about eating. If you are unhappy about food and eating or are overweight, then you could speak to a dietitian.

Dietitians can:

  • Look at whether your diet is giving you all of the nutrients that you need

  • Give advice to help you try new foods that you will like

  • Give advice on nutritional supplements

  • Give helpful, practical advice to help reduce mealtime stress

Occupational therapists can : 

  • Works to develop skills for handwriting, fine motor skills and daily living skills.

  • Assess and target the child's sensory processing disorders

Whats included in the program?

  • 6 month program 

  • 4 x 1-1 Consultations with Dietitian 

  • 4 x 1-1 Consultations with Occupational Therapist 

  • Weekly modules being sent through for dietary education and occupational therapist advice

  • 15 min weekly support via app or telehealth platform 

  • Access to our exclusive facebook group and group chat 

  • Available referrals : Speech and langauge therapy, occupational therapy , Dietitian, psychology 

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