Now, as you know, children on the spectrum can be very picky eaters, Austin is one of them. He used to eat everything, and I do mean, EVERYTHING! At 18 months of age, his eating habits changed drastically. He would only eat rice and pasta for the longest time. I took him to the doctor (pre-diagnosis) and his advice was to "make it interesting" for him to eat. Smiley face pancakes, star shaped sandwiches, etc., you get the picture. So, I tried, no luck. I started to give him multi-vitamins, he rejected those too. He also liked milk and would eat yogurt but that was about it. (I used to take my own snack to playgroup, yogurt, not that he would sit long enough to eat it. Believe it or not, I did not find this strange back then.) His limited diet was both frustrating and scary all at the same time. (Austin has always been a big guy, 10 lbs 14 oz at birth and now at 5, just shy of 4 feet and 50 lbs, long and lean.)
I do have some encouraging news for all of you out there dealing with this predicament, Austin is eating and trying more foods than ever! YAY! He LOVES strawberries (the new addition to his diet), apples, bananas and blackberries. I also give him V8 Fusion to drink, Peach & Mango is his favourite (veggies disguised very well), kudos for inventing that beverage! :) He also likes chicken nuggets, sheppard's pie, brown rice and of course, pasta. Now, it may not seem like a lot of changes but trust me, it is!
I have recently found a way to get him to try pretty much anything. One night I told him he must have spaghetti with sauce, he refused. I told him he must try just one bite, he did. The next time I made it he tried two bites. This went on until we got to six bites in one sitting. Then one night, he did not want to try it at all (he was very tired and just kind of cranky) so he said "Feed me like a baby!", so I did. He ate the ENTIRE bowl of spaghetti with sauce. I got him to eat tuna casserole the same way, and samples of other things too! I intend to start trying mash potatoes and roast again (his favourite as an infant) and hopefully we can get him back on track, eventually (must be realistic, right?). I wanted to share my kind of "off the wall" method with all of you as strange as it might seem, it works. :) Oh yes, a DQ cake in the freezer works as a good incentive for dessert also, periodically mind you ... ;)