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Guide: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Diet
Children with ASD often show repetitive behaviors and narrow, restricted interests. This can affect eating habits and food choices, which can lead to dietary health concerns. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to help ensure your child gets the nutrition they need. Read the guide
5 Ways to Expand Your Child’s Diet
Sensory processing difficulties in children with ASD can lead them to have taste, texture, smell, appearance and temperature sensitivity when it comes to food. When you add that children with ASD tend to prefer processed foods high in carbohydrates, ensuring your child receives a healthy and balanced diet can be overwhelming. If you’re attempting to expand your child’s food preferences, try these 5 strategies recommended by a CHOC pediatric clinical dietitian. Check out the strategies
Study: ASD Symptoms are Related to Changes in the Gut Microbiome
A recent study, published in the American Society for Microbiology, found evidence to suggest that worsening characteristics of children with ASD can be linked to changes and a lack of diversity in gut microorganisms. While more research is needed in this area, the findings provide evidence to support the fact that gut microorganisms could be a valuable therapeutic target for children with autism spectrum disorders. Learn more about the study
Partnership to Build an ASD Transition Program
The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) at Chapman University is focused on technical assistance and research to improve the lives of people with disabilities. CHOC partners with TPI for staff training around transitioning children with ASD into adulthood. Our partnership continues to grow as we work together in developing a full transition program for Thompson Autism Center families. Find out more about the TPI
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Autism 101 Workshop for Caregivers
CHOC offers a monthly Autism 101 workshop designed for caregivers of children who are newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the hour-and-a-half online class we’ll teach you the basics of autism.
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Transition Resource Fair
Join us for the Thompson Autism Center Transition Resource Fair and learn about resources for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood, their families and caregivers.
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