It is not a denying fact that children need to eat well for the overall development of their body and mind. Since the brain and body of a small child is still growing, it is essential to pay close attention to the diet and nutritional intake of your child. Without right food and nutrition, your child might experience hormone imbalances which can lead to defective growth of body and mind. This is certainly true in the case of teens with asperger’s syndrome.
A child with asperger’s syndrome behaves aggressively for a reason. Often such children resort to aggression to get attention or to avoid something they don’t like or to fulfill a sensory need. If your child is behaving in this manner with respect to food intake, then you have a tough task head.
Reduce child aggression
Subsiding child aggression is not easy. In fact it is one of the most herculean tasks. You have to employ a number of tactics to reduce the violent behavior of your child. To begin with, identify the reason for the behavior. If your child is behaving violently for getting attention or to fulfill something he wants, try to fulfill his needs. However, make sure that his needs are valid as a child. For example, if your child wants to play games, let him play his favorite games instead of preventing him to do so. Reduce his play time slowly and gradually. In this way, you will be able to control the syndrome.
Model eating habits
Though feeding any child with necessary nutrition is very difficult, but you can attain your goal by motivating your child. First of all, tap the favorite habit of your child and capitalize on those actions to feed him suitable foods. For instance, if your child loves to play games and insist on playing for a long time, ask him to eat particular quantity of food in order to continue the game. In this way, you will be able to administer necessary nutrition to your child.
Create caring environment
No matter the level of asperger’s syndrome your child is coping with, he will definitely love to have a soothing and caring environment at home. Such an atmosphere paves the way for developing healthy eating habits in your child. Show your child by your actions how much you love and care for him. Buy his favorite toys and clothes. This will develop a strong relationship between you and your child thereby initiating a smooth flow of interaction and communication. Once communication becomes smooth, you can motivate your child to eat nutritional food necessary for his overall development and growth.
Use music and candle light at meals
You can also motivate your child to have meals by trying music and fun programs while eating. Ask your teenager to turn on his favorite quiet music while eating. This will let him know how you care about his preferences. At the same time, he will consume foods necessary for his health and well being.
Thus, garnering healthy habits among your child with asperger’s syndrome is certainly possible provided you stay focused in your efforts. Follow these simple tips, and you will be able to administer nutritious food to your child as needed at his tender age. At the same time, you will be able to reduce the abnormal behavior of your child without putting in much effort.