My 6 year old son is autistic but pretty high functioning. He is verbal and his language skills are amazing. The problem is he OBSESSES about food. I give him plenty of snacks and healthy foods. he eats lots of veggies and fruits. he has sweet snacks here and there and lots of water. We don't stop him from eating anything really (within our household limits) he is gluten free no colors or flavors or preservatives but that is across the board in our house he is no different than the other kids.
We will have snacks and he will find them and eat them all in minutes if not caught. We tried finding a hiding place and when he found it he ate 3lbs of candy that were being saved for his brothers birthday party. its like cookie monster, the remnants of the food are everywhere.He will just keep eating and eating at dinner unless we stop him. he is constantly talking about touching smelling tasting food. its the subject he loves to talk about. I don't want to give him even more of an issue but I am at loss. I don't want to have to get a lock for my cabinets. how do I approach this in a way that will not make him have issues later on with food?
Its gotten really bad.He does have PICA and will eat things in spurts for a while it was metal tops to pencils and erasers, for a while it was glass (thank God that didn't last long) could this be another phase of PICA behavior? the other day he grabbed and swallowed 2 uncooked bacon slices
BTW Dr sears thank you so much for helping all of us mommies out. You really are very helpful. I am sure you could find other things to do with your time...golf, karate...macrame <~this is how you show humor(you had asked in another thread