My daughter has always had struggles with food. From the moment she was weaned she has refused, spat out or thrown food away. Her weight has always been a concern yet no-one seemed to take me seriously.
That was until she was diagnosed with autism just before her 5th birthday and on her diagnosis letter they wrote about her limited diet and sensory avoidance with food.
I was so excited a year later when we finally received an appointment with a sensory trained occupational therapist for children with autism.
I was sure this professional would help us.
We tried everything she suggested. We did so many different ‘desensitisation’ activities like messy play, baking and play doh. We had fun with plastic food and real food and we looked through recipe books together.
Yet her eating remained as restricted as ever and her weight continued to drop.
Eventually the appointments drew…
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