Most parents experience the daily battle of getting their children to eat nutritious foods. Kids at one time or another are just picky eaters. They gravitate towards foods like cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets. These food battles can be daunting for parents, especially if their child is on the autism spectrum. According to Dietitian Kylie Mustow of Therapy Connect, children on the spectrum are more likely to have eating difficulties. They are reluctant to try new foods, eat foods with little variety, and even limit entire food groups.
Sensory processing issues in children with Autism are thought to cause these eating challenges. Food textures and colors are a big deal for kids on the spectrum. Even food presentation and packaging can cause problems.
Parents need to speak with their child’s pediatrician if they feel they aren’t receiving adequate nutrients. Working with a dietitian can also be helpful. A dietitian can help develop strategies for better eating and address nutrition gaps that may exist.
At Trinity, we understand that good nutrition is essential for students to do their best. Our very own Chef and Head of Child Nutrition, Mackenzie Bently, works diligently every week to prepare healthy kid-friendly meals for our students. From menu developer to executive chef, Mackenzie has spent the last ten years in the restaurant industry perfecting the art of developing delicious meals. She understands the importance of nutrition, especially for students with learning differences. Unlike typical cafeteria food, students love the food at Trinity. Providing nutrient-rich food is just one of the many ways Trinity supports students and their families.
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