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Food Refusal and Avoidant Eating in Children, Including Those with Autism Spectrum Conditions


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Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I. Introduction To Part 1; 1. The Early Stages; 2. Neophobia; The Onset Of The Fear Of New And Different Foods; 3. Sensory Factors And How These Affect Food Acceptance; 4. The Disgust Response And The Development Of Avoidant Eating; 5. Appetite And Appetite Regulation; 6. What Is Avoidant And Restrictive Food Intake Disorder?; PART II. Introduction To Part 2; 7. Managing The Environment Around The Child; 8. Is The Child Reasdy To Move On?; 9. What Doesn't Work And Why; 10. Interventions With The Younger Child; 11. Interventions With The Older Child; 12. What Else Might Be Going Wrong?; Bibliography; Resources

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A practical guide to managing food issues in children

About the Author

Dr Gillian Harris has worked for over 35 years, both in research and as a clinician, almost exclusively with children with food refusal behaviours.

Dr Elizabeth Shea has worked as a clinician for 20 years both with children with autism and children with food refusal behaviours.


Harris and Shea have produced a fantastic resource for parents and professionals alike. Not only does this book give great advice to help children with food refusal and avoidant eating, but also covers the evidence base about the reasons underlying these behaviours in an accessible and enlightening way. -- Prof. Jackie Blissett, Professor of Childhood Eating Behaviour, Aston University, UK
An important book full of information for professionals and parents who deal with 'fussy eaters' (many of them are on the autism spectrum). A useful read if you want to learn more about why some children (and adults) have problems related to food and the best strategies to successfully manage this. -- Olga Bogdashina, author, lecturer in Autism Studies, co-founder of the International Consortium of Autism Institutes
This excellent book provides parents with detailed advice on how to help children with a restricted food range achieve a healthier and more balanced diet... The authors, who have both worked extensively with children with food refusal disorders, show the reader how to work with the condition in a child-centred way and gradually increase the food range a child can eat, with different interventions recommended according to age. * Human Givens Journal *

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