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Subject/Keyword
belief
strategies
autistic
food
self-care
feed
Asperger's
eat
mother
parent
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Rogers, Laura G.
Supervisor and department
Magill-Evans, Joyce (Rehabilitation Medicine)
Rempel, Gwen (Nursing)
Examining committee member and department
Zwaigenbaum, Lonnie (Pediatrics)
Department
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-01T17:15:30Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Children with autism can have a variety of feeding challenges and there is a paucity of research on the strategies that are effective in addressing these challenges. This study used constructivist grounded theory methodology to determine the process used by mothers to feed their children with autism spectrum disorder. It included 11 mothers of 12 children between the ages of four and eleven years old who had feeding challenges. The feeding challenges went beyond picky eating and mothers used unique strategies and approaches in addressing these feeding challenges based on their beliefs. The data indicated that there is a need to use a deliberate, individualized approach when feeding children with ASD, based on the individual child’s needs and the family beliefs. “Achieving a Tenuous Balance” emerged as the core process, as mothers attempted to maintain or improve their child’s feeding amidst changing expectations, environments, and life events.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3ZP8G
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License granted by Laura Rogers (lgrogers@ualberta.ca) on 2009-09-30T16:54:32Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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