Monday, July 19, 2010

Is Picky Eating An Early Sign of Autism?

New research on the finicky eating habits of children with autism finds that while autistic children do tend to eat a less varied diet than other kids, their feeding preferences have little negative effect on their height, weight and growth.
The authors do not suggest that feeding patterns are sufficient or necessary to diagnose autism, but they do think that eating habits can be used, in combination with other typical symptoms — such as a child's inability to engage with his parents or siblings — to pick up the disorder.

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