How To Support Your Child With Autism


Joanne. I thank you so much for joining you today. I'm eating for kids podcast. Thank you. Thank you for inviting me. My pleasure. Tell me more about your work. It sounds really interesting and we've been chatting a little bit this morning, but tell me a joke. Yeah, so I've been working for two with children now for about twenty years and I specialized in supporting children with additional needs and special needs. So these are children who have autism like you already HD sensory processing disorder any variety of needs including communication difficulties and behavioral difficulties. Wow. And do you ever come across children who are very picky eaters? Yes. Absolutely. Yes. Yeah, absolutely. And that's one of the things that we do support at home as well. And it's supporting the parents of the obviously to put a plan in place for their child. Okay. So tell me a little bit more about your services. So for example, if a family listen to the podcast today and thought wow, they really loved the sound of Joanna. How exactly do you support your families. So the we have a number of Specialists and these are dead. Sleep specialist tutors. So we do have an academic approach but these because we're so specials. We're also able to support children in their communication and in their behavior, so when it comes down to communication that links directly with eating and nutrition as well because nutrition is about how a child can communicate their wants and needs which is of course includes the hunger and their thirst as well. So cheesy will come in place and talk about any variety of need that their child is experiencing so it could even be fine motor and gross motor skills that you're that HR need to develop and so the tutor will come and provide in a sense three support communication School support nutrition support behaviors off anything that that term is and it's all completely TaylorMade. Wow, it's nicely. You've got quite a big team of Staff working with you. Yeah. So searching my rolling is dead. 2:00 is when a client or new parents phones me. I have a really in-depth discussion with the parents as to what they're looking for in a specialist or a specialist user and then took my role is to match that client or that that students with that child with the specialist immediately making sure that that matches absolutely perfect with regards to the skills and experience of the Specialists. Okay. Perfect Well, I obviously do work with families with children from the autistic spectrum and I generally help them with regards to either very long selective eating. So not yet a Ford Explorer as I like to call them. But also they may ask me about some of the special diets out there and we might explore the evidence around them to see if they were wanted to try an Elimination Diet. They me then we might go down that path. But obviously it's really difficult if your child only eat a really small dog. Except sometimes children who come to see me are eating less than 10 foods or less than 20 foods and I discussed strategies to help them expand that page list of foods that list of safe foods really and it sounds like you do a little bit of work around it as well genetics time on that. Yes. So what we really do is discover the sensor needs of the child with the environment. So there's some things that parents aren't really recognizing it could even be found for example, so what sound is going on in that child's environment is and is that having an impact in a diet e and therefore in that willingness or unwillingness to taste new foods and and to explore and obviously taste but even light and the feel obviously the feel of them food in the mouth and the look of the food so I'm will talk heavenly father about obsessions and colors of food and and ideas around that but its rebirth Thinking about that texture in the child's mouth and some children really like no strong textures some children like quantity text textures and it's how to age gradually introduced different textures into the child diet. Let alone, you know, different nutritional values in the foods as well to being really really aware of that sense of yeah, that sensory needs that that the child is exposed to as well

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