While there are still trials ahead and some days are better than others, I have never felt like there has truly been a difference until now.– Gilbert, Arizona Client
Did you know?
The CDC currently estimates that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In many cases, autism co-occurs with other medical or mental health conditions. Autism affects families across all demographics, including race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. While there is no cure for autism, there are treatments and therapies to improve the quality of life for those affected and their loved ones.
Let your registered dietitian nutritionist help you navigate autism spectrum nutritional concerns.
Are you a parent or caregiver of an individual with autism?
Do you worry about restricted food acceptance and picky eating?
Are you concerned about adequate nutritional intake to help them learn, grow, and be healthy?
Do you know how much of each food group is recommended for their age group?
If you answered YES, we will provide a unique nutritional assessment. We go through medical history, concerns, and create an individualized plan that works. We can provide the tools to help individuals with:
- Food acceptance
- Picky eating
- Selecting nutritious foods
Individuals, children through adults, on the autism spectrum are at increased risk for obesity at 2x the rate of their typical peers. Additionally, these individuals face an increased risk of nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition.
This increased risk is due in part to factors such as:
- Medication side effects
- Restrictive feeding preferences
- Poor sleep
- Reduced physical activity levels
- Family history
Many individuals have co-occurring:
- Food allergies
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Are following specific treatment protocols that may limit food choices
Overcoming picky eating in autism is challenging. With time, patience, and intervention, improving nutritional intake is possible. Some families may see improved intake within a few months. Over a period of time, those on the spectrum may continue to gradually accept a wider repertoire of accepted foods. Results will vary depending on the severity of sensory concerns and the use of complementary treatments such as feeding and occupational therapy.
Let a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) help you provide better nutrition for your loved one on the spectrum.
What can an RDN do for you?
Our trained experts will work with you to create realistic and customized goals because we want to ensure long-lasting results. We use small changes, focusing on the why and how so that helping your loved one happens naturally.
We will educate you on a lifestyle that is sustainable for that individual in your life with selective eating and behaviors. You’ll learn how to design and live that new lifestyle, using the latest research.
- Assess and evaluate dietary intake and health status.
- Determine where potential nutrient deficiencies may exist.
- Identify if there is adequate energy or calorie intake to support growth and development.
- Educate on serving size and food group recommendations for your child’s age and specific situation.
- Assist with the implementation of doctor-recommended dietary interventions.
- Provide tips on increasing food acceptance and quality of nutrition.
- Assist with physical activity recommendations and plans.
Nutrition is not one size fits all! Our experts evaluate and assess diet, health, and nutritional concerns on an individual level using the most current evidence-based research. In addition, they are mindful of the unique health and behavior concerns that may be present with autism. Let our nutrition experts create a customized plan to help improve your child’s nutrition in a way that works for your family.
When I felt overwhelmed, my dietitian encouraged me to take small steps and those steps added up to make a difference.– Gilbert, Arizona Client
My dietitian creates a welcoming atmosphere with her professional and honest guidance.– Gilbert, Arizona Client
Meet our autism nutrition expert!
How to get started
We have several options to get started with one of our RDN-Nutrition Experts. We offer in-person, telephonic, and video counseling sessions. Check out the online scheduler today! Learn more by
Pick how you want to meet
We are available in most states for virtual one-on-one. For in-person 1-on-1 we have two locations: Tempe, AZ, and Gilbert, AZ. Check location details for the address.
Meet your dietitian from anywhere there is a connection from any device. Our HIPAA compliant software lets you enjoy the flexibility but keeping the in-person feel. There is no software to download and it’s easy to use.
Meet your dietitian at our location in Arizona or Pennsylvania. Our rooms are large enough for a family to feel comfortable and get the hands-on experience they are looking for.
Most insurance companies will provide benefits for nutrition counseling, often times the coverage is
Self Pay Rate
We have several different program durations for you to select from. Choose which one fits your needs. Almost all patients find success in meeting consistently to get the support and the results that they need. You can start with a consultation for $150 prior to purchasing a program. The consultation fee can be applied to one of the programs below. If you feel you would like to meet weekly with your dietitian for we can design a discounted program for you. Just inquire during your consultation.