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What to Feed an Asperger


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Foreword. Preface. Introduction: What's the Problem? 1. Knowing Me, Knowing You. 2. No Battle Breakfast. 3. Skipping Lunch is for Sissies Part 1 (school). 4. Skipping Lunch is for Sissies Part 2 (home). 5. Snacks and Drinks. 6. Dinners that Work for Everyone Part 1 (pick and mix)). 7. Dinners that Work for Everyone Part 2 (favourite separate texture meals). 8. Eating Out - A Survival Guide. 9. What Else Matters? Appendix I: Food and Mood Diary.

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Tips and tricks to improve the diets of sensitive Asperger kids

About the Author

Sarah Patten is mother to a son with Asperger Syndrome. She has a BSc in Environmental Science and has worked as a marine ecologist for various engineering companies, and also ran a whale stranding programme at the Natural History Museum. After writing film and TV scripts in her spare time, she went on to work as a scriptwriter at the BBC's Natural History Unit, and has since progressed to directing factual programmes and some mainstream primetime shows. She has also lectured in science and media at Royal Holloway, University of London and Northwestern University, Illinois. She now lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK.


Sarah Patten clearly understands food, and Asperger`s Syndrome! And this shines through as she describes her son`s initially tentative, yet increasingly daring relationship with food. Henry`s journey with food is told with love, warmth, and humour, and the mouth-watering recipes are sure to make you feel hungry too! -- Jane Donlan, co-founder of ASK-PERGERS? and co-author of Create a Reward Plan for your child with Asperger Syndrome and Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions through Everyday Transitions
At last we have an easy to read and engaging manual which provides parents with invaluable information on the sensory aspects of food as perceived by someone who has Asperger's syndrome. The text subsequently provides a rationale, framework and effective strategies to encourage a wider range of ingredients in meals. This book could transform the emotional atmosphere in the kitchen and dining room to the great relief of all family members. -- Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
In What to Feed an Asperger: How to go from three foods to three hundred with love, patience and a little sleight of hand, Sarah Patten details her journey to expand her son's limited diet. Sarah Patten's approach is useful for any family where dinner time has become a battleground. -- Carrie Cariello, author of What Colour is Monday?: How Autism Changed One Family for the Better, mother of five including one son with autism, blogger at
This easy-to-read, engaging book provides recipes for many simple, healthy meals. There's an advice on how to make mealtime routines and eating as a family as stress-free as possible. A useful good diary and charts are also included to help plan meals and track progress. -- Autism eye

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