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ERIC Number: EJ1130176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Changes in Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Bandini, Linda G.; Curtin, Carol; Phillips, Sarah; Anderson, Sarah E.; Maslin, Melissa; Must, Aviva
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n2 p439-446 Feb 2017
Food selectivity is a common problem in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and has an adverse impact on nutrient adequacy and family mealtimes. Despite recent research in this area, few studies have addressed whether food selectivity present in children with ASD persists into adolescence. In this study, we assessed food selectivity in 18 children with ASD at two time points (mean age = 6.8 and 13.2 years), and examined changes in food selectivity. While food refusal improved overall, we did not observe an increase in food repertoire (number of unique foods eaten). These findings support the need for interventions early in childhood to increase variety and promote healthy eating among children with ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS), Maternal and Child Health Bureau; National Institutes of Health (DHHS); Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) (DHHS/ACL)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R21HD048989; 2P30HD00414733A2; UA3MC257350100; DK046200; 90DD06750400