What I Learned When My Autistic Daughter Refused to Eat

And what it taught me about my eating disorder

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Charly in the hospital, after hitting her head at the local splash pad.
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Charly at 6 years old.
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Charly’s BMI from age 2–10 plotted on the CDC “U.S. Body Mass Index for Age Percentiles, Girls 2–20” growth chart — https://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm
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Me
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Charly at 6 (left), 8 (center), and 10 years old (right).
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I gave Charly access to the fridge as a reward for doing well in therapy when she was four years old. This says a lot about her relationship with food. She was far more concerned with sensory input than eating
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Charly’s weight has changed trajectory since we began feeding therapy at 10 years old.
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Charly on our way home from having her braces put on. Putting braces on an autistic kid with SPD and eating issues is a medically risky move. I never would’ve done it without the support of a feeding therapist.
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Charly on Day #1 of her flu infection. I spent most of the day reading at her bedside because I was scared to take my eyes off of her.
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Charly, out of bed and recovering — at home — from the flu with our cat, JackJack, who recently had her own health scare.
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Charly at 12 years old.
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Charly at 12 years old at our local Krav Maga gym, beating up a bag.
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Char and I having an after-school cuddle (deep pressure/sensory integration) session in our favorite yellow chair.

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