He has tasted a lot more food last year than he has in his whole lifetime.

I get very emotional when I hear how well my challenging awesome eaters are doing so it was amazing to hear from this busy mum of 4 about how well her son has been doing when I caught up with her recently. I received this testimonial from her this morning which is so great! She has done a fantastic job working hard to indroduce different food to her son.

” Our son has a diagnosis of ASD and from an early age it has been difficult to feed him. His diet mostly consisted of white bread, rice and hot chips – no colour or meat. He would refuse to eat if he didn’t like what was tabled to eat. Very strong willed in that department and a number of meltdowns ensured that his dietary wants over ruled the needs.

Our son is now 11 years old and we are seeing changes in a number of areas.

Last year Rose Anne was able to introduce different food types to our son. At first he was hesitant, however through consistency he warmed up to what the menu was for that day. He has tasted a lot more food last year than he has in his whole lifetime.

We have seen a shift in our son across a number of areas at home. As a family we are really blessed in having Rose Anne work with Senele. The growth in confidence to eat foods he usually will not touch – has had an increase in asking questions around “what’s for dinner, why can we have some…” It’s been funny having these conversions with him (though small and brief). As a family we are proud he is being more assertive in our interaction, especially now as we are able to increase our engagement in social gatherings. Watching him walk with his older siblings to get food and engaging in trying foods out. We watch his facials and he places his hand out to be very clear he will not have something on his plate… but places it on another plate… lol. It just means carrying more plates but at least he’ll consider eating it.

A while back he would not even consider eating eggs but at a recent family gathering he has a load of potato salad that was made with egg. You could clearly see the egg and he had several bowls. It’s funny to see him engaging with food, explaining why he doesn’t want to eat something. In saying that, the change we see in Senele is amazing. A real food critic in the making”

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