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Nourishing Your Child with Food Sensory Aversions

Adequate nutrition may be challenging for young children, with or without an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Without properly managed nutrition, they are at risk for poor health status and future complications like obesity/overweight, vitamin deficiencies, poor growth/development, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

We have all heard the term “Picky eaters” but it’s not always that simple. Many children, with or without IDD, face sensory aversions when it comes to food. While healthy eating in childhood is critical for maintaining overall health it may seem impossible to provide food choices your sensory averse eater will enjoy.

Here are a few tips for helping your sensory averse eater:

As you work to create a nutritious sensory friendly menu remember you’re not just preventing poor nutrition – you’re helping your child thrive.

Healthy nutrition in childhood can help to:

For more information on how to build healthy habits and create inclusive communities for your children with or without intellectual and developmental disabilities check out Special Olympics Colorado’s Young Athletes.