Does your child limit the foods they will eat over a given period of time? Have you figured out why they do this?
~ Is there a physical impairment/medical reason that prevents a varied diet?
~ Is it food allergies or sensitivities?
~ Is it sensory related? How?
Have you ever considered the relationship of the limited preferences to:
~ the need for structure and routine
~ the need for visuals to support/enhance communication
~ the need for a predictability so they know what’s coming next
~ the need for a sense of control enabling independence
What can you do to change this for your child and for your peace of mind that they are getting a nutritious diet that ensures they can meet daily demands that depend on good health?
For a child to be able to achieve their personal best in whatever they do: learning, playing, listening, attending to tasks, managing in an ever changing environment full of surprises, social interaction or even sleeping well they need to be healthy. Good health requires a healthy diet which can be a real stumbling block for many children and families.
What have you tried to help your child change this behavior?
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