In a previous blog post “Autism in Dubai” by Pediatrician Dr. Medhat Abu Shaaban discussed what is autism, the signs and symptoms of autism, and also what is the first step to take if you suspect your child has autism. When we discuss autism it is also to take into consideration the nutritional angle.
It is well known that many children that are on the autism spectrum often have difficulty with food. This might be behavioral as in the child disliking mixed foods, certain textures of food, or new foods all together. This often causes the autistic child to develop nutrition deficiencies due to improper intake which may lead to further delay in development. This is why it is very important for children with autism to receive proper nutrition counseling as part of a coordination of care between the pediatrician, the autism center, and the nutrition to provide each child with his individualized needs.
Nutrition counseling for autism includes slow behavioral approaches to help the child create a more positive relationship with food and make meal time more pleasant for children and parents alike. In order to avoid further deficiencies and a long term negative relationship with food.
Find below our nutritionist at myPediaclinic in Dubai Health Care City Mirna Sabbagh discussing the importance of individualized nutrition counseling for autistic children in an interview with City7 Dubai News.