The other night I served broccoli with our meal, and one of my sons, after eating all his broccoli grabbed another piece from the serving bowl and popped it in his mouth. He then exclaimed, “Yummy!”
This was quite a shocker to me. You see, Jacob (age 12), has high-functioning autism and kiddos on the autism spectrum often have reservations about the type of food they eat. When he was little, he wouldn’t touch noodles or meat. Now he eats both…and broccoli, I might add. How is this possible when these kids don’t like to vary their diet?
I read an article many years ago that talked about how you have to try something 10 times before you develop a taste for it. So, going off of that, I began setting aside a small little bowl with maybe 2-3 spoonfuls of our meal in it for Jacob and Nathan (our other son with autism). They had to eat at least that much of the meal. That is how I introduced beef stroganoff, chicken alfredo, kidney beans, and even broccoli. You should see the servings these kids eat of stroganoff now that they are in their teens!!! They are eating me out of house and home:).
It has been a blessing to our family to be able to have things that EVERYONE will eat. Granted, there are still things like potatoes that I need to work harder on introducing to their diet. I think it is a texture thing with the potatoes, but I will keep trying. There is always room for improvement.