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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2016, Article ID 1420549, 7 pages
Case Report

Targeted Nutritional and Behavioral Feeding Intervention for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

1The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development, Austin, TX 78701, USA
2Applied Behavioral Strategies, New Haven, CT 06525, USA

Received 29 September 2015; Accepted 21 February 2016

Academic Editor: Liliana Dell’Osso

Copyright © 2016 Kelly Barnhill et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A variety of feeding issues and concerns, including food aversion, food selectivity, and complete food refusal, are not uncommon among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Other underlying issues are often comorbid with the concerns for feeding and ASD. These may include food allergies, gastrointestinal issues, oral motor issues, and swallowing disorders. The refusal to consume particular foods coupled with the inability to tolerate, digest, and absorb these foods can compromise an individual’s overall nutrition status. Therefore, a child’s behavior toward food and feeding activities has great impact on dietary intake, nutritional status, and growth. This case report is the first to document combined medical, behavioral, and nutritional intervention for a toddler with ASD and comorbid feeding disorder.