I’m talking about how difficult it can be to feed my kids.
This is one of those things that unless you’re experiencing it, it’s extremely difficult to wrap your head around because instinct tells us that if the child is really hungry, they’ll eat. In more typical cases, that may apply but in cases of Autism and SPD, this does not apply.
When it comes to my family, there are numerous reasons why feeding my kids is very difficult to do.
These reasons are all intertwined, tangled and knotted up together. It’s very challenging to try and separate any of them because they so heavily impact each other.
Here’s a list of the basic reasons:
- Very limited grocery budget
- Significant sensory related food proclivities
The first reason is pretty self-explanatory. My family is not cash rich in any sense of the word. As a 24/7 caregiver to my oldest, I’ve not been able to work outside of the house in a long time. It’s a necessary evil that I know many people don’t quite understand.
As a result, our main income is disability from our oldest and youngest. Anything that is brought in from this site (adsense, donations or ad space), goes directly to our grocery budget. Sometimes it really helps and other times, not so much but it is what it is..
This is where things all become tangled.
My kids will only eat certain foods. It’s not because they’re trying to be difficult or are not hungry enough to eat what’s being offered.
The reality is that their pickiness is a direct result of the way their brain interprets sensory information. Things like taste, texture, color, presentation, smell, shape or even a change in packaging are all reasons they will not eat a food item.
As complicated as this whole sensory thing is, it’s also really simple. They will not eat anything that is offensive to their senses.
Here’s a classic example:
My youngest is by far the most impacted by sensory issues and for the longest time, would only eat Tyson chicken nuggets. One day a couple years back, Tyson decided to change the packaging for Emmett’s favorite chicken nuggets. That was the end of his relationship with store bought chicken nuggets.