A MUM has asked other parents to stop judging the lack of variety in her autistic children’s lunchboxes.
The woman explained online that it was “more important” she sent them to school with foods they would actually eat.
Posting to Facebook, she shared a picture of the packed lunches she had made for her three kids – and asked social media users to guess which of her offspring hadn’t been diagnosed with the condition.
In the snap taken on a kitchen counter, the red and blue boxes are shown featuring largely beige food, including biscuits, crackers, sandwiches and a muffin.
However, a third box – in green – included a banana, strawberries and cheese as well.
Suggesting that perhaps she had been previously shamed by other parents, the mum-of-three wrote: “Honestly, though, I think this picture proves that even kids with the plainest lunchboxes, with things that aren’t really considered healthy, still have families who care about them.
“Just having food they will eat is most important.”
Many people commented that the child with the green box must be the one without autism.
The mum added: “Green is correct. He gets the blue sandwich box as well.”
Social media users praised her for doing an “amazing job” given the circumstances.
One person wrote: “Of course, some days it may come back hardly eaten but you are packing a great lunch and no one has a place to judge otherwise.”
Sharing her own experience, another commented: “My daughter is ASD. She has the same thing everyday!”
“Nutella sandwich only cut in two rectangles, a vanilla yoghurt, a banana or nectarine, popcorn, salt and vinegar chips and a popper. Whatever works I say.”
What is autism spectrum disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an incurable, lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
It affects around one in 100 people in the UK and is three to four times more common in boys than in girls.
Many people with ASD find it hard to understand other people’s feelings and emotions, and they may have difficulty holding conversations.
When they are young, their language development may take longer and they can struggle to use facial expressions, using gestures to communicate instead.
They may also find it hard to connect with other people and to hold eye contact with unfamiliar individuals.
Many children with ASD like to follow a routine, and changes to this can cause distress.
High functioning autism is an informal term some people use to describe those on the autism spectrum disorder.
A third shared: “This is hard for me as I have two girls on the spectrum and they have very different eating habits.
“One loves all kinds of fruit and eats no form of bread whereas the other eats anything bread and only bananas and apples.
“It’s amazing when you look at how different all our kids are, even those not on the spectrum.”
Fellow mums also shared pictures of their autistic children’s lunch boxes.
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