Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Autism and the Everyday #10

There are some things about autism that are hard to live with.
  It's all relative, because, let's be honest, autism is hard to live with.
Full stop. 
Let's talk food
and specifically, the presentation of it.
We're fortunate in that The Boy Child is a good eater.
He likes what he likes,
although it can be difficult to get him to try new foods.
(I don't necessarily think that is autism-specific.)
However, when faced with a plate of food that isn't served with a sauce,
he insists that nothing must touch.
I realised early on that there was no point in fighting him on this 
and I frequently have to listen to well meaning friends say that
 they wouldn't put up with it if he were their son.
He's not and I do.   

9 comments:

joy said...

My youngest son (who isn't autistic), now 26, has always been like that with food. I found it quite easy once I was used to it. Surely if they eat good food that's the main thing.

Maggie said...

I have ward of that before. Makes sense really. You can get all the individual flavours that way! It's funny how we all like to tell others how to bring up their kids. I am sure I am guilty of it my self at times.

Ladkyis said...

that's me!!! although I can cope with them touching now - mostly - as long as I separate them before I eat them. Nothing wrong with that at all, I mean I am 70 this year and have done it all my life.
People never stop trying to make you conform though, and even now there have been occasions when they have tried to convince me that squishing two things together on the fork will "make the flavours mingle" I usually try to stay silent but I have been known to mutter "I'm not you and I don't like my food squished" and then pout like a seven year old.

Sauce or gravy changes things though

Julie Kirk said...

When I first saw that on IG I thought 'Wow, he eats a good range of different things'. If he doesn't like them together he doesn't like them together. I don't blame you in the slightest for not fighting it. x

Sian said...

What Ladkyis said. I don't like eating things together and I always leave my vegetables to the end. Believe me, I don't see any reason to try to change this one x

Patio Postcards said...

What works, works.

Susanne said...

I say if you give a little to make life easier, everybody benefits. And the picky-eater thing is pretty darn common among kids these days.

Carole R said...

You are so right, he is not their son he is yours. I don't like food touching either, it isn't so odd, everyone is entitled to their preferences. Many adults don't like to try new foods - hello, to him indoors - no-one insists they try new foods. The fact that your boys eats well is a blessing, I say.

alexa said...

If he is eating all the things on that plate, I'd say that was a win-win! It would seem from all he comments above that he is far from alone.

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