January 5, 2009

Monday Afternoon and Food Obsession

Well, I am still in my bathrobe. Now with a bowl of cereal (Special K) trying to consume more healthy foods. I bring this topic up because lately I have noticed that BP has had this veracious appetite for food. To the point of almost obsessive. I am not sure if it has to do with oral sensory issues, but he wants 2-3 bowls of cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast. Last week I made his favorite meal for dinner: Spaghetti and he packed away three helpings. I am concerned. He has favorite foods of course and it's limited to:

  • Chicken McNuggets
  • Mac n' Cheese
  • Spaghetti
  • Fish crackers

The chicken thing seems to be popular amongst the Autism population. I remember when I was working in the classroom of K-1st Autistic kids, the staple of their lunch was McNuggets!

I just recently heard a story at my local Supercuts. The stylist told me that they had a boy with Autism come in to get his haircut. She was guessing he was of Middle School age. The child was very overweight. In order to boy to calm down during the process of getting his haircut his Mom would keeping feeding him burritos. The entire time that child consumed a total of five burritos while cutting his hair.

I truly don't want to feed my son in order to change his behavior, but I am not sure why the sudden obsession of food. Anyone come across this in your children?

1 comment:

  1. Hopefully it's just a growth spurt which is about the only time that anyone is ever interested in food around here. Generally it's just a refueling stop rather that eating as such.


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