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Pediatr Nurs. 2000 May-Jun;26(3):259-64.

Eating habits of children with autism.

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  • 1University of Louisville, Child Evaluation Center, Louisville, KY, USA.


Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, as well as by stereotyped and repetitive behaviors. Children with autism frequently have significant eating difficulties with highly restricted range of food choices. Eating habits and patterns are often unusual and have an impact on family life. The purpose of this article was to review pertinent information regarding this complex developmental disorder and describe a recent study based on a parent survey of feeding patterns in children with autism to give a new perspective for both parents and professionals.

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