My son was diagnosed HFA less than a year and is currently receiving speech therapy and behavioral therapy (ABA) through school system. He is 5 years old. He is an extremely picky eater. My difficulty is getting him to take medicine when he is ill. I need assistance to hold my son down and it is mostly by forcefully. Everyone I meet tells me "good luck with that..."
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An occupational therapist that works with oral sensory issues is what you need. Normally they work with eating issues due to sensory processing issues, but they can also help with your issue as well.
I had to hide my daughters medicine in a cookie or ice cream for since she was 4 now she's 11 and will finally swallow her medicine on her own
We would have to wrap our son up in a blanket like a cocoon put him on a bean bag and pry his mouth open to take seizure med..... Sounds as horrifying as it was for us..... We loosened the blanket little by little and eventually when he resisted taking his med (running away and screaming no) I would grab the blanket and bean bag and wrap him up....... Eventually he realized that if he just took it, not wrap up. It rooks months though!!!!
Liquid medicines will be easier for him to take; is there something sweet he likes ? If so, give small taste of sweet stuff, then tell him more after the medicine is gone.
@A MyAutismTeam Member Thank you so much. It was always all about ABA and Speech but when I ask for occupational therapy the school didn't think he needed. I think that's the issue with my son. It's sensory thing. I watch him think that he can eat something. He puts it towards his mouth and stops. It's so frustrating for me. On the other hand, since starting school, he's learned from other ASD children to mouth toys. So frustrating.
But thanks so much. I'm going to find an occupational therapist privately.