What is Extreme Picky Eating?
Rejects Entire Food Groups
The five food groups are fruit, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives, and dairy and alternatives. A balanced diet for adults and children generally includes a combination of all five groups.
If your child completely rejects a food group, usually fruits or vegetables, this is an indicator that they might be an extremely picky eater.
Needs to Eat Alone
Requires Their Own Meal
Has Inflexible Routines
Tips for Autism and Extreme Picky Eating
- Experiment with new foods by offering your child tiny portions. A more significant amount can easily overwhelm them, but a sampling can feel manageable. Once they find an item or two they like, your child might even develop a positive attitude about trying new foods.
- Try serving the foods they used to enjoy - Sometimes, your child will start rejecting a food they used to eat. Don’t give up on that food, but try a different presentation or preparation instead.
- Make food fun - Getting your child involved in food preparation, gardening, or picking produce is a great way to help them grow and expand. This kind of exposure lets them have positive experiences with food.
- Keep exposing them to different foods - It can be tricky, but try to keep exposing your child to foods that bother them. It might be green beans on your plate or creamed corn at the center of the table, but your child must see other people enjoying food in all its many forms.