Detecting Feeding Problems in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

M. W. G. van Dijk*, M. E. Buruma, E. M. A. Blijd-Hoogewys

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Feeding problems are prevalent in children with ASD. We investigated whether the Montreal Children's Hospital Feeding Scale (MCH-FS, Ramsay et al. in Pediatrics and Child Health 16:147-151, 2011) can be used for young children with ASD. Participants (1-6 years) were selected from a clinical ASD sample (n = 80) and a general population sample (n = 1389). Internal consistency was good in both samples. In general, parents of children with ASD reported more feeding problems than those from the population sample. The response patterns on the individual items was highly similar. There was a slight increase in symptoms with age in the population sample, but not in the ASD sample. These results suggest that the MCH-FS can be used in populations that include children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4115–4127
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date16-Jan-2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2021

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