About this course
This course will serve as an introduction in the types of difficulties children with autism might have with food such as eating a restricted range of foods, only eating certain foods in certain locations, eating non-foods (Pica), over and under eating. We will explore why it is important that schools and other agencies prioritise supporting children with eating challenges. We will also look at the causes of feeding and eating issues in autistic children including looking at the features of 'Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder' (DSMIV 2013). The majority of the session will look at strategies that can be used to support children move towards a more varied and healthy diet.
Expected Impact on School/Setting:
Staff will have a greater awareness of the range of difficulties children with Autism can have with food and the impact this can have on families and educational life. Staff will know the underlying causes of these difficulties and have a tool kit of strategies to implement in school and to share with the families they work alongside with. Staff will also know the warning signs that indicate a child might need support from other agencies with their eating. Finally staff will be sign posted to further resources and literature if they want further information on this interesting topic.
This course is suitable for anyone who might be supporting an autistic child and their family with food issues now or in the future in educational settings or at home such as Special Educational Co-ordinators, teachers, lunch time supervisors, teaching assistants, staff from School Catering Teams, Parent Support workers, Children Centre Staff, Members of the Portage and Pre-school Service.
N.B. It is advisable to have a basic understanding of the features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) before attending this course. Courses are available locally or you can read information or watch videos on the subject on National Autistic Society website www.autism.org.uk