When you come home, you are tired, your child with autism is tired, your family is exhausted, everyone wants to eat. You want to prepare the meals that are to be kept simple for your autistic child and the whole family. But, how?
You may not want to eat off of good china, but having the family set a time for dinner brings the whole family together. It creates closeness, conversations, connecting in the days events and it encourages the family to understand one another in a positive way.You are concerned about meals that you want to keep simple and can be prepared easily. In addition, the concern for proper nutrition and time saving effort.
Parent(s) and caregiver(s) have to decide what would be enjoyable for meal-time preparation, that can be kept simple for the whole family to enjoy. Having a child with autism may be challenging for the family at meal-time.
In order to fix healthy good meals for your family and your child with autism, is to understand the needs of your child and the rest of the family at meal-time, this will allow you to keep the preparation for meal-time simple.
One of the things you can do, is, create an environment for your child or children, by being aware of the different ages and what each individual child can eat. By you understanding how they grow and develop, this will educate you on the appropriate foods to serve them. Keeping the preparation for meals simple, will bring your family together easily.
Remember, to keep in mind and be observant with your child who has autism, for his or her eating habits, so you can try to coordinate it with the rest of the families schedule, or make changes to prepare meals that are kept simple.
To keep your meals simple in preparation, present your children with a variety of nutritious foods. Encourage favorable attitudes toward food, good eating habits, and not being afraid for them to try new foods to taste and evaluate.
Be sensitive to the needs of your autistic child, of his or her dislikes of certain foods. Each person in your family has a unique personality and may react to foods in a different way. This can be an education for you and your child.
Remember, that you are feeding children, so they should have their portion as a child and not as an adult within the family. Do not put too much on their plate. They can always ask for more if they desire.
It is wise when preparing simple meals with an autistic child in your family, to try to encourage them to participate in helping you at meal-time, with your supervision. For example: bringing food to the table, setting the table, clearing some of the dishes to the kitchen, when you are finished. Educate your child as to what foods you will be eating at meal-time and perhaps, tell him or her, what the foods contain as nutritional value.
Keep your meals simple for preparation and fun. Serve your meals in a bright and attractive room that is not dull. Be creative, arrange the foods on the plates in interesting and attractive designs, according to their textures colors, shapes and flavors.
Eat with your children and let them know how good the food tastes, or what their thoughts are about the foods that are on their plate, and what they think of the taste. Join in on their conversation. Respect them if they say they do not care or like the foods that they have received, and try to introduce another kind at a better time, or prepare it differently.
Give positive input and feelings to your autistic child and family. Allow your child to leave food on the plate if he or she does not want it. They have choices too. Sometimes if you make your child clean up his or her plate, they may become overweight or rebel against those foods in the future.
Enjoy your child by keeping your meal-time preparation simple with fun and filled with enjoyment.