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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!