ERIC Number: EJ818335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Feeding and Eating Behaviors in Children with Autism and Typically Developing Children
Martins, Yolanda; Young, Robyn L.; Robson, Danielle C.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n10 p1878-1887 Nov 2008
Mothers of children aged 2-12 years completed an exhaustive questionnaire assessing feeding and eating behaviors for both themselves and their children with autism, and typically developing siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (where available), or typically developing children with no sibling with a disability. Results indicate that children with autism were only marginally more likely to exhibit picky eating behavior (overall style) than their siblings or matched typically developing children. Rates of ritualistic feeding behaviors were equivalent in all groups of children although children with autism were more likely to be currently exhibiting problematic eating and feeding behaviors. The implications of these results for the treatment of feeding difficulties exhibited by children with autism will be discussed.
Descriptors: Siblings, Mothers, Autism, Eating Habits, Child Development, Questionnaires, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Eating Disorders, Behavior Problems
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