Piglet is a picky eater. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh girl, so are my kids. I feel you.” But you’d be wrong. There’s picky and then there’s Piglet. Like many kids with autism, food is a problem area for him. Getting him to eat anything “normal” is hard. Getting him to eat it properly is even harder.
What does he eat? Cheerios, fruit loops, chicken ramen, mac and cheese, buddy fruits, milk, and juice. Oh and Happy Meals. Those are pretty much the guaranteed foods I know he will eat. On some occasion, he will eat grapes, popcorn, cheese, and black beans.
|check out that fork action!|
Lately though, he’s been making progress. We have been trying to get Piglet just used to having food he doesn’t like on his plate. He usually will throw a fit and cry if an undesirable food is on his plate but there is he is, eating his mac and cheese with some (offensive) black beans right next to him.
He’s also been using his fork and spoon for his meals too. He doesn’t always use them for his entire meal, but about half the time, he’ll use it. And if we give him a fork but he want a spoon, he’ll let us know he’d like something else. I’m really very proud.
It’s really encouraging. Sometimes, he even forgets he didn’t want to beans – or other food – and will eat it anyway. The other day, we put some red beans and rice next to his ramen and he ate about 4 bites. He hasn’t eaten red beans and rice in 2 years. We couldn’t believe it!
ABA therapy is really starting to work. We are seeing so many positive changes and this is just one more. I am really hoping he’ll start trying bread because making school lunches would be so much easier if he could just eat a dang sandwich.