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Mothers feeding their children with autism spectrum disorder: achieving a tenuous balance

  • Author / Creator
    Rogers, Laura G.
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ZP8G
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Magill-Evans, Joyce (Rehabilitation Medicine)
    • Rempel, Gwen (Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Zwaigenbaum, Lonnie (Pediatrics)