Food Refusal and Avoidant Eating in Children, including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions

Food Refusal and Avoidant Eating in Children, including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions : A Practical Guide for Parents and Professionals

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Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a restricted dietary range, and this book provides parents with advice and training on how to deal with this condition and achieve a healthier and more balanced diet. Now described as Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), it is due to sensory hypersensitivity, and it can impact upon the health of the child, upon the family, and upon social integration.

Based upon successful training packages the authors provide for parents and professionals, this book enables the reader to understand the condition and work with it, gradually increasing the range of food a child is able to eat. It includes 'box outs' with case studies, points of interest and action points to make this an accessible and resourceful read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 15mm | 344g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 1785923188
  • 9781785923180
  • 8,001

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I. Introduction To Part 1; 1. The Early Stages; 2. Neophobia; The Onset Of The Fear Of New And Different Foods; 3. Sensory Factors And How These Affect Food Acceptance; 4. The Disgust Response And The Development Of Avoidant Eating; 5. Appetite And Appetite Regulation; 6. What Is Avoidant And Restrictive Food Intake Disorder?; PART II. Introduction To Part 2; 7. Managing The Environment Around The Child; 8. Is The Child Reasdy To Move On?; 9. What Doesn't Work And Why; 10. Interventions With The Younger Child; 11. Interventions With The Older Child; 12. What Else Might Be Going Wrong?; Bibliography; Resources
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An important book full of information for professionals and parents who deal with 'fussy eaters' (many of them are on the autism spectrum). A useful read if you want to learn more about why some children (and adults) have problems related to food and the best strategies to successfully manage this. -- Olga Bogdashina, author, lecturer in Autism Studies, co-founder of the International Consortium of Autism Institutes Harris and Shea have produced a fantastic resource for parents and professionals alike. Not only does this book give great advice to help children with food refusal and avoidant eating, but also covers the evidence base about the reasons underlying these behaviours in an accessible and enlightening way. -- Prof. Jackie Blissett, Professor of Childhood Eating Behaviour, Aston University, UK
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About Gillian Harris

Dr Gillian Harris has worked for over 35 years, both in research and as a clinician, almost exclusively with children with food refusal behaviours.

Dr Elizabeth Shea has worked as a clinician for 20 years both with children with autism and children with food refusal behaviours.
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