• Lucas' Eating Issues

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    Many children on the spectrum may suffer from gastrointestinal problems or exhibit an extreme, often unexplained aversion to many foods. As a result, their diets may be very limited. There are only a few foods that Lucas can be coaxed to eat, and sometimes getting Lucas to eat even one of these preferred foods can be a challenge. Georgia, Lucas' therapist, tries to help Lucas and his mother at lunch time.

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  • Feeding Time at Speech Therapy

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    Quincy, a young boy with ASD, has an aversion to certain textures and therefore is picky eater. In this clip, a therapist helps Quincy get used to the texture of a cracker by pairing it with one of his preferred foods, yogurt. She also uses their interaction to help Quincy practice using language and eye contact to communicate his wants.

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  • Food Sensitivity

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    The mother of two boys with ASD and a third with development delays discusses the extremely restricted diet of her eldest son, Gabriel. Gabriel will only eat about 5 different kinds of food and gags when given food of a gelatinous texture.

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Social Communication and Social Interaction

Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by the following, currently or by history

Social Emotional Reciprocity

Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, ranging, for example, from abnormal social approach and failure of normal back-and-forth conversation; to reduced sharing of interests, emotions, or affect; to failure to initiate or respond to social interactions.

Non-verbal Communicative Behaviors

Deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, ranging, for example, from poorly integrated verbal and nonverbal communication; to abnormalities in eye contact and body language or deficits in understanding and use of gestures; to a total lack of facial expressions and nonverbal communication.

Understanding & Maintaining Relationships

Deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers.

Restricted and Repetitive Patterns of Behavior

Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, as manifested by at least two of the following, currently or by history

Stereotyped Motor Movements and Speech

Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech (e.g., simple motor stereotypies, lining up toys or flipping objects, echolalia, idiosyncratic phrases).

Routines, Sameness, Rituals

Insistence on sameness, inflexible adherence to routines, or ritualized patterns or verbal nonverbal behavior (e.g., extreme distress at small changes, difficulties with transitions, rigid thinking patterns, greeting rituals, need to take same route or eat food every day).

Preoccupations -Interests or Objects

Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus (e.g, strong attachment to or preoccupation with unusual objects, excessively circumscribed or perseverative interest).

Sensitivity to Sensory Input

Hyper- or hyporeactivity to sensory input or unusual interests in sensory aspects of the environment (e.g., apparent indifference to pain/temperature, adverse response to specific sounds or textures, excessive smelling or touching of objects, visual fascination with lights or movement).

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