Eating Difficulties in Children with Autism
A workshop by Tanya Cotier
10th October 2018
Eat it up! SNAP was thrilled to welcome Tanya Cotier, an autism and social communication specialist teacher, back to the centre last week to deliver a training session on helping families with difficulties their child may experience with food and eating.
32 parents took part in the workshop that covered a host of topics including food refusal, sensory challenges and creative ideas for food play. Tanya encouraged parents to share their own personal stories and experiences of their child’s eating journey as well as providing practical strategies to try both at home and in school.
The session also invited parents to think about their own relationships with food. A tasting activity including, purple Jaffa cakes, feta cheese and chicken paste allowed parents to gain a deeper understanding of the pressures children face when trying new foods.
Below are some examples of the feedback we received from parents following the talk:
“So reassuring to hear others going through the similar challenges”
“Understanding the very real reasons behind the difficulty my child has means I can understand them more and be more patient”
“Always learning something new! I have taken away some new tips to try at home”
Tanya has shared her presentation from the talk with SNAP, which can be emailed out on request.