Podcast Discussion on Improving the Nutrition of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

By NASN Profile posted 08-26-2019 10:10

NASN School Nurse Editor, Cynthia Galemore, interviews authors Constance McIntosh, Jayanthi Kandiah, and Naomi Rachel Boucher about their article, "Practical Considerations for School Nurses in Improving the Nutrition of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the podcast and reading the full-text article.

Children with autism spectrum disorder may exhibit issues with food selectivity and/or picky eating habits. Symptoms of autism such as sensory sensitivity contribute to why these children refuse to eat food, but medications, food intolerance, and even financial status can cause this issue to become concerning to a student’s overall health. School nurses are imperative in the health care of children with autism spectrum disorder and must understand why food selectivity occurs in order to maintain or improve the nutrition status of their students. This article provides an overview of food selectivity and where it stems from as well as 10 tips in working with food selective children.