A significant number of children with autism spectrum disorders have GI issues (and this has been born out in several studies).  But because they can't communicate them, parents and doctors have to depend on subtle signs to recognize and detect them.  And when the problems are corrected, these children often feel better, and as a result, their behaviors may improve.

Because the majority of children who are wheelchair or bed bound have a difficult time eating, special emphasis must be placed on how the feeding is accomplished. The difficulties determine the strategies and techniques needed, and they in turn, have a tremendous impact on the foods--even for the child who can eat by mouth.

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When foods can be eaten safely, tube feedings may merely supplement the child's own nutrition. The caregivers can continue to feed the child actively. This dual feeding method (by mouth and when needed, by tube) provides the child, parents and caregivers great satisfaction. Mealtimes improve because there is no longer any worry about what's consumed. The need to force down medication or nourishment is now replaced by using the tube.