Understanding children's eating and supporting change

It is hoped that the information available on this page will help to support your understanding of your child’s eating. As a parent/carer it can be hard to understand why a child is eating the way they are. Often their behaviours and choices can feel quite random which can leave you feeling very frustrated, upset and confused. This in turn can lead to more stressful mealtimes which can result in children eating even less.

By reading our information we hope that you will begin to see patterns which help explain what you are experiencing at home. Once your child’s eating is understood, their choices often make more sense.

We understand that changing behaviours and developing new skills can take a long time and this can be even more difficult in children with a diagnosis or behaviours associated with autism. It is important to be consistent in your approach (this includes all care givers for your child) and you are unlikely to see any significant changes in a few days/weeks.

Please click on the tiles below to view the different downloadable information sheets to understand children’s eating.

Understanding children's eating

Ideas and strategies to support change

The following tiles are advice sheets to give you ideas, strategies and activities to do with your child to enable them to change and develop new skills.