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 well being.

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN)created Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Guide for Parents to help parents and professionals better understand the “nuts and bolts” of feeding issues.

The guide is divided into three sections:

  • The first section helps break down all of the complicated variables that actually go into the process of eating.
  • The second provides guidelines about when you should be concerned about your child’s eating behavior and also gives a plan of action for how to address your concerns.
  • The last section of the tool kit gives some practical tips about how to implement some changes at home to improve feeding behaviors and answers some frequently asked questions that parents have about this important issue.

We hope that this tool kit will give you a better understanding of how to help your child with feeding issues.

Download ATN/AIR-P Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide here.

To learn more about the tool kit, see a blog post by co-author and pediatric psychologist Jayne Bellando, PhD, here. You can also download other AS-ATN/AIR-P tool kits on the Tools You Can Use page.

*This tool kit is the product of on-going activities of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) in its role as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The AIR-P is supported through cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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