There is a lot of background to this, which is too much to detail here, although I'm happy to answer any questions if asked.
My grandson has been staying with us this week, and is going home again tomorrow. He turned 8 this week. He wears age 4-5 clothes, 5-6 at a push. He's a real tiny tot.
He lives with his mum, 200 miles away from us. His dad, my son, lives with us. Due to the distance, we only see him for a week at at time, four times a year, because that's all the annual leave my son gets.
It is believed that he has an autism diagnosis. He is practically non verbal, and what speech he does have, is difficult to understand.
His diet is nothing short of tragic. He eats
The breadcrumb/batter coating to chicken nuggets or fish fingers - and sometimes he will accidentally have a minute piece of the meat attached to the batter
He will not entertain fruit or vegetables or any other foods.
I think it's all down to texture - he seems to go for dry/crunchy type foods.
So can you suggest any ways we can try to achieve the same texture when trying to encourage him to eat other, healthier, foods.
I was quite encouraged this week when he had half a tiny pot of fromage frais. He's never even tried it before, so we were over the moon with this small progress! I don't know how much of it was down to the Peppa Pig character on the pot, but whatever - at least it went in. He also had a bite of a banana, but quickly spat it out again.
Any ideas are welcome. Our hands are a bit tied, as we only see him for bursts of time, quite spread out, but if we can at least send him home to mum with one new food he has tried with us that she can continue trying, it will be a boost.
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