Autism dad success!!! Maddy loves fries. At times they are the only thing she will eat. But they have to be hot or she won't eat them and she eats them slow enough that she rarely eats more than the equivalent of a small fry before they are too cold. Why did she eat almost 3 medium fries?
She hasn't been eating lately, despite being hungry. Even french fries were rejected after a couple bites, despite "asking" for them. So why so many fries? After rejecting the fries I noticed she would continue to eat them if I gave her one. Weird, right? After the box got cold she asked for more. Why ask for more of what you don't want? (Hmmmm... I ask myself that question daily!)
What happened next: She would eat the fries as fast as I could give them to her one at a time. After they got cold, she was still eating. When it was only short pieces, she kept eating. She did this 3 different times. I am still in schock. This underscores the challenge of feeding an autistic child. She was hungry and wanted the food, but it had to be presented in JUST the right way or it was rejected. The bigger challenge is she doesn't talk, so I had to figure this out randomly.