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Welcome to ASD FEED-Ed Medical

Here we will discuss how feeding and eating challenges presents in autism spectrum disorder and what to do about it.

MOBSE Framework

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Image caption: The Medico-oral-behavioural-sensory approach - MOBSE approach.

Feeding Challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorder

This education video is an overview of feeding challenges observed in autistic individuals. Included are tips on how to discuss these issues with your health care professional.


Sharp WG, Volkert VM, Scahill L, McCracken CE, McElhanon B. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intensive Multidisciplinary Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Disorders: How Standard Is the Standard of Care? J Pediatr. 2017 Feb;181:116-124.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.10.002. Epub 2016 Nov 8. PMID: 27843007.

Sharp, W. G., Berry, R. C., McCracken, C., Nuhu, N. N., Marvel, E., Saulnier, C. A., ... & Jaquess, D. L. (2013). Feeding problems and nutrient intake in children with autism spectrum disorders: a meta-analysis and comprehensive review of the literature. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 43(9), 2159-2173.

Hyman, S. L., Levy, S. E., & Myers, S. M. (2020). Identification, evaluation, and management of children with autism spectrum disorder. Pediatrics, 145(1).

Functional Constipation

This education video is an easy to understand overview of the cause and symptoms of functional constipation.


Buie, T., Campbell, D. B., Fuchs, G. J., Furuta, G. T., Levy, J., Van De Water, J., Whitaker, A. H., Atkins, D., Bauman, M. L., Beaudet, A. L., Carr, E. G., Gershon, M. D., Hyman, S. L., Jirapinyo, P., Jyonouchi, H., Kooros, K., Kushak, R., Levitt, P., Levy, S. E., … Winter, H. (2010). Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in individuals with ASDs: A consensus report. Pediatrics, 125(SUPPL. 1).

LeLeiko, N. S., Mayer-Brown, S., Cerezo, C., & Plante, W. (2020). Constipation. Pediatrics in Review, 41(8), 379–392.

The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (2020). Clinical practice guidelines: Constipation.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). (2017). Constipation in children and young people: Diagnosis and management.

Rowan-Legg, A. (2011). Managing functional constipation in children. Paediatrics and Child Health, 16(10), 661–665.

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