The same old song and dance -

The same old song and dance

There are times that I get really, really frustrated with Gavin because he just doesn’t listen.  One of the things that has become an daily struggle is the way he eats. 

Gavin inhales his food. 

Tonight I gave him a plateful of chicken nuggets for dinner and he literally was done before I could finish passing out dinner to the other kids.

I’m so tired of constantly telling him to slow down

Supposedly, this is typical of people with Autonomic Dysfunction because the moment food hits their stomach, they become incredibly sleepy. The faster they eat, the more they can get in before sleep overwhelms them.

I totally get that. 

The problem is that Gavin’s been choking on his food more often lately and the faster he eats, the more likely he is to choke. 

I’ve tried all kinds of things to help him pace himself but nothing works. 

What makes this even more challenging is that Gavin is absolutely obsessed with food.  He would talk about eating, all day long if we let him.  He also has no ability to regulate his intake.  In other words, he always feels hungry and he’ll eat and eat until he pukes. 

What I’m thinking about doing is only giving him a little bit at a time.  It’s a huge pain in the ass but I’m not about to let him choke. 

Today is just one of those days where all the extras that have to go into accomplishing the simplest things, really gets to me. 

I know it’s not Gavin’s fault and I’m not angry with him at all.  I’m just tired of the same song and dance, each and every day.  🙁


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My aspie big brother inhales his food. He usually finishes before everybody else starts, and he hates the social norm of waiting for everybody to be seated before starting, so he often doesn’t do it. He also has the family trait of being exceptionally grouchy when not fed, so he’s generally a barrel of laugh around family dinners! And then my anxiety kicks in as I try to balance his urgent need for food with my mum’s need to, y’know, finish cooking the food. And then somebody’ll suggest I do something useful like set the table, and because I am hungry/grouchy AND anxious, then I’ll say something obnoxious and try and press myself up against a wall so nobody can come near me.
So, yes. This is what you can look forward to when your kids are in their 20s and 30s, if they’re anything like my family!


Put his food on a plate then give him a second plate. Put a little at a time on second plate.
So you end up sitting with him whole meal. You can eat too though
Cut food real small. Remove all bones etc

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