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Study Finds Unusual Eating Behavior May Be A Sign of Autism

If your child has peculiar eating habits such as severely limited food preferences, hypersensitivity to food textures or temperatures, and pocketing food without swallowing, then these may be indicators that your child should be screened for autism.

Research by Susan Mayes, professor of psychiatry, found that atypical eating behaviors were present in 70% of children with autism, which is 15 times more common than in neurotypical children.
According to Mayes, these behaviors are present in many 1-year-olds with autism and could signal to doctors and parents that a child may have autism.

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Soon it will be determined that all humans are autistic in some way. Previously called individualism, and different strokes for different folks, and following the beat of their own drummer, taking the road less traveled. But giving it a name means people diagnosed with some types of autism can blame all their woes on that.
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