Help! My Child Won't Eat Veggies

How to handle common picky eating challenges and create positive mealtime experiences?

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🌞 Hey, Parent!

As a mom of two young boys, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, I know firsthand the struggles that come with mealtime. My 3-year-old has always been a picky eater due to his sensory sensitivities. He would gag at the sight of vegetables and refuse to touch anything with a chunky texture. I felt so helpless watching him miss out on important nutrients, and I dreaded every meal, knowing it would likely end in tears and frustration. 😢

But here's the thing – I knew I wasn't alone in this struggle. Many autistic children have strong sensory aversions that make trying new foods incredibly challenging. They may be sensitive to certain textures, flavors, or even the way food looks on their plate. As parents, we worry constantly about whether they're getting the nourishment they need to thrive. It's a problem that can feel overwhelming and isolating, but I want you to know that there is hope. 🌈

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Autism and food aversions: 7 Ways to help a picky eater

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Quick Tip

Use food chaining to gradually introduce new foods. Start with a food your child already enjoys and make small changes to texture or flavor over time. For example, if your child likes smooth mashed potatoes, try slowly incorporating small pieces of soft-cooked vegetables.

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Activity: Food Sensory Bin

Create a sensory bin filled with dry rice, beans, or pasta and hide small, bite-sized pieces of healthy foods like soft fruits or cooked vegetables. Encourage your child to explore the bin and discover the hidden treasures.

This activity helps desensitize their taste buds and makes trying new foods a fun, low-pressure experience.

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