From Dwight Meredith at PLA:
Raising an autistic child presents certain challenges. Situations sometimes spin out of control to the point that the only available recourse is laughter. Which, in a round about way, brings me to the subject of diet.
Many autistic kids are very particular about what they eat. Some require the foods to be a certain color, some a certain temperature and some simply will not eat many foods. One autistic child we know will only eat dry toast.
Our seven year old autistic son Bobby is somewhat particular about what he eats. For instance, he will not eat meat of any kind. It would not be accurate, however, to describe him as a vegetarian as he also will not eat vegetables of any kind. Or fruits, other than an occasional bite of banana. Fortunately, Bobby loves the complete dietary supplements that come in liquid form. We have been assured that he is getting all the proper nutrients.
Ah, but what about roughage? That is really not a big problem either. There is nothing Bobby likes better on a cold or rainy afternoon than to curl up and eat a good book. We have given up on our collection of paperback novels. He has not yet shown any appetite for hardcover. His brother protects his books with threats of violence. Faulkner is held under lock and key.
Bobby is also fond of consuming soap. Although he will take the occasional bite out of a bar of Ivory, he prefers liquid soap. Shampoo, dish detergent and hand soap are all objects of his desire.
Recently my wife and I were idly reading Body and Soul and laughing at the comments on Atrios when we heard a telltale giggle coming from our bedroom. We knew that was not good.
We rushed into the bedroom to find Bobby knocking back a tall boy of Johnson