I attended a birthday party for a friend of mine, who has an autistic child . I observed how the child was a compulsive snack individual, who was eatin g unhealthy foods. In addition, he was eating the snacks in tremendous amou nts. I became concerned. I have experienced and learned, many children with the disorder of autism do snack compulsively. Parent(s), caregiver(s), want to know how to contro l eating snacks, unhealthy foods and prevent this from happening. I believe dealing and understanding how autistic children should avoid cert ain foods, can become an urgent request. For example: * Dietary and health restrictions * Taking certain kinds of medications that may not mix with snacks and swe ets. * Could cause diabetes. * Sometimes too much of one kind of snack, may cause hyper-active persona lity and behavior. * Some snacks and sweets may cause drowsiness, and cause your child to be come lethargic. I have heard from parent(s), caregiver(s) express concern, that some childre n take snacks without permission to their bedroom, hide it, save it, without them being aware of it. If you are continually making attempts to decrease and prevent the behavior of your child, who is compulsively snacking, this c an be stressful for your child and you. One of the first steps you want to consider taking is, remove the temptations from your child who is snacking and is out of control. This can be accomplished by taking all of the foods that your child loves t o snack on, unhealthy foods,and foods high in calories. Remove them and do not allow those foods in your home, or classroom, it possible. If your child has friends over, and they want to eat snacks, you would tell t hem politely you do not have any available. If your child goes to his or her friend's home and they want to eat snacks, you will be in control by bringing the snack your child will be eating, control the amount, the type of snack. Communicate this matter with the parent(s), caregiver(s) of your child who he or she will be visiting. Introduce your child to new, healthy types of foods and snacks. Make it fu n, be creative when you choose to replace unhealthy snacks and foods, when you want to control your child from snacking. Do not punish your child, for eating unhealthy snacks and doing it compulsiv ely. You want to build a healthy life style for you and your child to enjoy. Do not make statements to your child, such as, "these snacks are bad for yo u and you will get fat by eating them", "you are going on a diet tomorrow", "since you had all of those cookies, you will never have one again". Makin g statements that are a negative approach to your child, may make sense to you, but your child may feel guilty, punished, inferior, low self-esteem, a nd may rebel, by eating and indulging in more snacks.
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