Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Michelle Suarez

Second Advisor

Ben Atchison


Food selectivity is a problem in many of the lives of children with autism. Limited food repertoires can negatively affect nutritional status and the quality of life for these children and their families. The precise cause of this food selectivity is unknown although a number of reasons have been posited. This inability to pinpoint an exact cause has lead to a debate between researchers about whether behavioral or physiological issues are to blame. This paper first explores both of these options. Then, a new clinical program at WMU OT Unified Clinics is described that focuses on a holistic approach used by occupational therapists to treat food selectivity.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access