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Poor Diet in Teens with Aspergers & High-Functioning Autism

"Any suggestions on what to do for a 13 year old teenager with Asperger's (high functioning) who is perfectly content to eat pizza rolls morning, noon and night - to the exclusion of most other foods? Very frustrating!"

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Anonymous said...

Victoria Conroy Jones I've found this to be very true..eating patterns do coinside w/ my child's behavior.

Anonymous said...

How do you make sure your kids get anough nutrition? My son of course is very picky about which foods he will eat. I usually ask him to at least taste what we are having and offer him the alternative of making himself a pb sandwich. I want him to at least give other foods a try so I don't make him entire separate meals. My concern is that he is a very thin boy genetically anyway. My husband is concerned he is not getting enough nutrition. What ideas have you used? I am wondering if I should try to get him to eat more fats such as avocados and nuts that he likes. He is fine with protein. Should I make him more of his own foods? Have you used protein shakes (I can get protein powder through the company that I work for that are quality.) Do any of you use Boost or Ensure? I just don't want him to get dependant on those things and not eat other things at all. It is difficult as his step dad often thinks he is just picky to be picky but I have let him know it is an Aspergers issue. He is concerned that he does not eat enough for a growing boy of 12 though.

He is often rude about what he is served even at other people's houses, I know he is not trying to be rude just stating facts as they seem to him, how do you handle that?

Are many of your children sensitive to dairy?

Another question is how do you get your kids to exercise? He does not like to play outside like my other children. He will participate in dance at school twice a week, but PE is too noisy and overwhelming for him. He doesn't ride his bike. I did have him in horse riding to strengthen his low muscle tone in back but he quit cooperating. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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My son is 15 years old with Autism. He only eat, pepperoni pizza, taco bell tacos, popcorn, chips, soda, icee and some water. He use to love eating fish, salad, cup a noodles, hot dog, chorriso ect it stop since last october, also The plan about having the family pray it wont work because in some way he doesnt want me to pray or even say God, his limited verbal and he saids "bad god, x god" we always pray to God and tought him about God and ever since October his been upset with God�� his also sensitive to sun,light,day and if he doesn't eat what he likes he wont smell it he uses cologne to cover up the smell �� Im afraid he may be anemic I want to get him to eat or give him a really good Shake and the best supliments. Please help me. Anyone!

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the ASD child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually.

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Children on the Spectrum

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's or HFA child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and your child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Teens on the Spectrum

Although Aspergers [high-functioning autism] is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager on the spectrum are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children with ASD Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with ASD face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Parenting Children and Teens with High-Functioning Autism

Two traits often found in kids with High-Functioning Autism are “mind-blindness” (i.e., the inability to predict the beliefs and intentions of others) and “alexithymia” (i.e., the inability to identify and interpret emotional signals in others). These two traits reduce the youngster’s ability to empathize with peers. As a result, he or she may be perceived by adults and other children as selfish, insensitive and uncaring.

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Highly Effective Research-Based Parenting Strategies for Children with Asperger's and HFA

Become an expert in helping your child cope with his or her “out-of-control” emotions, inability to make and keep friends, stress, anger, thinking errors, and resistance to change.

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