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» Chambers of Hope (COH) and American Aspergers Association (AAA)
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 27, 2013 1:29 pm by csweepigirl

» Introductions
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Feb 06, 2012 12:39 am by earthenvessel

» June 4th 2011
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Feb 25, 2011 6:22 am by csweepigirl

» Free Home Speech Practice Home offer
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Feb 19, 2011 2:21 pm by csweepigirl

» Support group meeting and hbot volunteers
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 20, 2010 9:35 am by Dr. Ron

» Favor....Locals..read..please...
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Oct 11, 2010 7:46 am by bondgary009

» Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is hosting the first of its best practices webinars
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» We need to start this website back up again!
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» Group Home Manager is Yelling I Need Help
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» Facebook
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» Support Group Meetings 2011 *EDITED*
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Jun 23, 2010 3:57 am by KelleyNNelson

» community happenings!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 22, 2010 6:01 am by asg_tlm@hotmail.com

» Asperger's (how it is diagnosed and treated)
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Jun 12, 2010 4:27 pm by csweepigirl

» What do you do when people look at you by the pills you take vs. the person you are?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Jun 12, 2010 4:01 pm by csweepigirl

» Items under your nose that are gluten free, and cheap too!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Jun 09, 2010 5:59 am by KelleyNNelson

» Adam
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 08, 2010 1:19 am by man of a million names

» Looking for friends
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Jun 05, 2010 8:51 pm by channing28105

» Maas-Rowe Carillon Questions
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Jun 05, 2010 8:51 pm by channing28105

» Video Emails from Dr. Ron
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue May 11, 2010 1:40 am by Dr. Ron

» Ah, it's good to be back.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat May 01, 2010 5:03 am by man of a million names

» 1st Annual Aspergers Volleyball Tournament
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 19, 2010 2:03 am by Dr. Ron

» free event: Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Sailing and Kayak Clinic
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Apr 01, 2010 3:20 am by csweepigirl

» Help! I Seem to be Getting More Autistic!" ARTICLE
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 29, 2010 10:22 am by csweepigirl

» Was this teacher out of line?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2010 10:31 pm by lovethefish

» OMG THE PLACE IS REMODELED!!!!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2010 2:38 am by KelleyNNelson

» Got Plates?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 02, 2010 1:19 am by KelleyNNelson

» Local IEP Advocate!! THANKS VAL!!!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Feb 28, 2010 1:16 pm by csweepigirl

» Pinellas ESE advisory board meetings
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Feb 27, 2010 12:31 am by lovethefish

» Dentists who use sedation.. thanks Dr. Ron
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Feb 27, 2010 12:28 am by lovethefish

» Hey GAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Feb 24, 2010 5:25 am by csweepigirl

» Autism in the news: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hormone thought to encourage bonding between mothers and their babies may foster social behavior in some adults with autism, French researchers said on Monday.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Feb 18, 2010 7:01 am by csweepigirl

» **********echo*******************
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Jan 31, 2010 11:16 pm by KelleyNNelson

» Any ideas on how to make a gluten regression easier for both child and family?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Jan 06, 2010 9:47 am by csweepigirl

» Hi! Long time no see.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 21, 2009 3:04 am by KelleyNNelson

» Hellooooo? Need some freakin' help here.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 15, 2009 8:50 am by man of a million names

» Cats or dogs? Summer or winter?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Nov 23, 2009 6:47 am by man of a million names

» Mozark and the whale *aspergers movie* on showtime on demand.. SUCKED by the way
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Nov 23, 2009 6:42 am by man of a million names

» Adult Aspergers Syndrome
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Nov 22, 2009 4:07 pm by KelleyNNelson

» Asperger’s Syndrome: A Developmental Puzzle by Michael McCroskery
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Nov 22, 2009 12:22 pm by csweepigirl

» Really Cool Super Awesome Thing! Kim And Kelly You Have To Read This!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 4:24 am by man of a million names

» 2 Articles of Interest Re: Aspergers
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Nov 19, 2009 6:15 am by csweepigirl

» Accidently stubled across some info about meletonin oops!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Nov 10, 2009 2:41 pm by csweepigirl

» Lack of Services for ASD
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Nov 09, 2009 8:04 pm by Dr. Ron

» New and having a hard time
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2009 3:40 am by lovethefish

» Sorry I haven't been around as much (update)
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Nov 03, 2009 10:53 pm by KelleyNNelson

» Having a hard time again
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Oct 20, 2009 8:35 am by man of a million names

» Important paradox/riddle! Anyone care to help with it?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Oct 19, 2009 10:46 pm by KelleyNNelson

» Follow through or not.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 15, 2009 4:01 am by csweepigirl

» New Pediatrics Autism Study Putting Prevalence at 1 in 91
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 14, 2009 11:45 am by csweepigirl

» Different Directions
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 09, 2009 12:41 am by csweepigirl

» AS is a very difficult diagnosis to make.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 08, 2009 1:47 pm by csweepigirl

» How is everyone?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 21, 2009 9:48 pm by Jerry Graham

» CD to benefit the AAA ~!!!!! Check this out!!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 21, 2009 11:14 am by bassfiddlesteve

» I met Joe Diffie's son!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 20, 2009 8:01 am by csweepigirl

» Anyone feel like helping me smack the crap out of my former boss?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 20, 2009 7:56 am by csweepigirl

» Lazy or Aspergers?? or both?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 20, 2009 5:20 am by man of a million names

» The right thing?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 15, 2009 7:27 am by man of a million names

» Mark Fowler and his wonderful work.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 5:51 am by man of a million names

» A.A.A. RESEARCH STUDY. Do you see any differences between females with Aspergers vs. males with Aspergers
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 10, 2009 1:49 pm by csweepigirl

» What happened?? because I don't know, do you?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 10, 2009 6:24 am by man of a million names

» Haha, Funny URL.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 09, 2009 9:15 am by man of a million names

» Dude! Kim, I forgot to tell you... and maybe anyone else at the last meeting...
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 05, 2009 4:59 am by man of a million names

» My son is making strange noises!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 04, 2009 11:41 pm by KelleyNNelson

» Terrible sound on video
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 04, 2009 9:30 am by man of a million names

» Aspian or Aspergian?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 04, 2009 7:22 am by man of a million names

» If you, or you know someone who needs a BIG/HUGE carseat..
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 04, 2009 12:33 am by csweepigirl

» Just a quick hello
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 02, 2009 7:37 am by man of a million names

» We started the FLDRS process...and here's what we found out so far
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 02, 2009 7:19 am by man of a million names

» Support Groups
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSun Aug 30, 2009 1:31 pm by KelleyNNelson

» (Aspergers) Boy Meets Girl Movie
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 25, 2009 8:13 am by man of a million names

» I give up, with trying to ever just relax, really.. I'm so flustrated!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 24, 2009 9:15 am by man of a million names

» Basic White or Yellow Cake
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Aug 22, 2009 6:33 am by man of a million names

» When did this category get here?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Aug 22, 2009 1:55 am by man of a million names

» Pork Fried Rice
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 20, 2009 11:17 pm by man of a million names

» Why Are The Private Messages Still Disabled????
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 20, 2009 10:48 pm by man of a million names

» Sorry I've been M.I.A.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 19, 2009 6:04 am by man of a million names

» 5Km Run For AS!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2009 11:30 pm by man of a million names

» Help for a mother.
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 12, 2009 12:01 pm by Dr. Ron

» Aspergers and empathy
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Aug 08, 2009 11:41 am by csweepigirl

» We are the three amigo(a)s!Aanyone care to join?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 07, 2009 12:42 am by man of a million names

» Vaccinations, Red Book, What?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 06, 2009 12:21 am by Dr. Ron

» What is the first step?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 05, 2009 7:14 am by Dr. Ron

» Children who can’t cuddle
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 03, 2009 1:27 pm by csweepigirl

» Challenging popular myths about autism
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Jul 31, 2009 10:59 pm by Dr. Ron

» I NEED your HELP!!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 25, 2009 2:41 am by melissa

» Ok..what do I do? any suggestions..
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeFri Jul 24, 2009 3:53 am by melissa

» Back home!
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 22, 2009 2:10 pm by KelleyNNelson

» Any spanish speakers willing to help an aspie in spain?
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 22, 2009 1:34 pm by csweepigirl

» Gluten Free Simple Bread
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 21, 2009 11:49 am by csweepigirl

» More research (genetics)
The Picky Eater, Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S. I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 21, 2009 11:43 am by csweepigirl


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The Picky Eater
Written by Kelly Dorfman, M.S.

Developmental delays and picky eating frequently occur together. Generally, neither clever recipes nor attempts to hide healthy foods in "accepted" ones will correct poor intake. Better to determine the cause and correct the problem from the inside out.

Problem 1: Sensory Misreading in the Mouth or Poor Oral-Motor Skills. A child with tactile defensiveness often exhibits hypersensitivity in the mouth and/or craves oral stimulation, such as chewing on his clothes. Low muscle tone in both mouth and face often coexists with deeper oral-motor issues. Poor sucking, chewing and swallowing skills can cause gagging or terror by merely being near food. Passing a medical swallow study does not guarantee that a child can chew and swallow consistently and has the stamina to consume an entire meal.

Possible Solutions for Problems in the Mouth. A speech or occupational therapist with oral-motor training can help. Teaching the child to use an electric toothbrush to massage (desensitize) the mouth or to drink from a straw can strengthen oral-motor skills and greatly reduce eating anxiety. Helpful books are Progress with Puppets and Out of the Mouths of Babes.

Problem 2: Nutritional Deficiency. Poor eating creates nutritional imbalances, which further reduce appetite or increase carbohydrates cravings. Deficiencies in zinc and vitamin B-1 contribute to anorexia, but a specific nutrient deficiency need not be present. General malnutrition can contribute to disinterest in food, leading to further mal-nutrition, reducing appetite increasingly over time.

Possible Solutions for Nutritional Deficiencies. Children cannot be forced to eat the necessary diet to correct mal-nutrition. Once they become malnourished, diet alone may not correct the deficiencies, particularly if children have poor absorption or delivery of nutrients. Best to use nutrient supplements with moderate levels of a broad range of vitamins (C, E, and B-6) and minerals (magnesium, molybdenum, chromium and selenium) that are most deficient in an overly processed diet. Liquid nutrients are available for children who refuse chewables. Pills ground up in a mortar and pastel can be mixed with frozen grape juice concentrate, applesauce, strained pears, or, in desperate cases, chocolate syrup.

Problem 3: Weak Digestive Function. Children with a history of reflux, colic, frequent antibiotic use, allergies, diarrhea, constipation, and low tone, often have a digestive system that is immature, inflamed or inefficient. Most cases are subtle, with a heavy or sinking feeling accompanying eating. These youngsters are uncomfortable and tend to avoid eating, becoming high risk for malnutrition. They do not know how a happy tummy feels, from lack of comparison.

Possible Solutions for Weak Digestive Functions. The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis by Great Smoky Labs is one of the several tests that evaluate subtle digestive issues. A physician must order these tests.

Another solution may be digestive tonics. A traditional remedy for weak digestion and internal inflammation is ginger tea, made by boiling peeled root slices, then cooled and served a few teaspoons at a time (possibly with honey for children older than one), several times per day.

Digestive enzymes in small amounts may increase appetite, but, if used in excess, can loosen stools or cause intestinal cramping. Digestive capacity diminishes as the day progresses, so, if trying enzymes, always start at the most problematic meal for poor digesters.

Problem 4: Drug Side Effects. Stimulants such as Ritalin and Dexedrine decrease appetite. Antibiotics can also reduce appetite by increasing yeast overgrowth and damaging the intestine's lining. Yeast overgrowth can turn the intestines into a fermentation machine. When yeast digest sugars, the intestines bloat, sending either a "full" signal or a call for more carbohydrates.

Possible Solutions for Drug Side Effects. If stimulants severely affect the appetite, re-evaluate the side-effect/benefit ratio. Stimulants are controlled substances, and their use in a young child should yield huge benefits to justify the long-term costs (both known and unknown). If stimulants are deemed absolutely necessary, feed the child dinner foods for breakfast, because he will eat little while the drug is in the system. After school, when the medicine is breaking down, feed a second dinner, rather than snacks. Then at 7:00 p.m., bring out the low-sugar cereal, toast and snacks.

Although picky eating can be interpreted as a behavioral issue and treated with behavioral modification, it frequently has nutritional causes. By playing detective, parents can determine which solution is right for an individual

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