Hello, my five kiddos have ADD/ADHD and some of them have always been very picky eaters. Since starting their medication they have lost weight and my youngest three are boarderline under weight. Does anyone else struggle with picky eaters and if so what do you do to get them to eat and gain weight. One in particular struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder and I suspect some of the other kids do to so textures, seasonings, etc. make eating and trying things very hard for them. Any suggestions… read more
@A MyAutismTeam Member Thanks! I will look into it!
@A MyAutismTeam Member Thank you! I think our bodies could use a reboot. I will look into your suggestions.
@A MyAutismTeam Member Thanks for the suggestions. I am sure they would like the idea of helping with the meals, etc.
@A MyAutismTeam Member I am concerned about their bowelmovements too. I may look into a nutritionist. Thanks!
I have found that getting the kids as much involved as possible in the creation and choices of food production has helped enormously. Giving them simple tasks to do in the kitchen such as letting them mix the potatoes (for mashedj) and even having my then 9 year old help with pancakes etc has given them an interest and sense of control over their food which has increased their consumption and awareness. It does mean more cleanup and you have to be almost hyper aware but the rewards in this family have been huge.
I was a 'picky' eater myself, (and arguably underweight) but I think, looking back, this was more to do with tactile issues and plain bad cooking than anything else. Also, the stress at meal times.... This is what motivated me throughout life, however and eventually I became a chef so that I could ensure that what I eat is good food rather than some of the yucky stuff that we are forced to eat to survive.
I am watching my now 15 year old beginning the same process .. so she is in charge of certain things in the kitchen. For example, she makes the mashed potatoes whilst the youngest helps a lot with making pancakes and other foods.