A Comparison of Eating Problems among Children with Autism, Mental Retardation and Children with Normal Development
The study investigates the scope of prevalence of problems with eating habits among children plagued with autism and mental retardation compared to children with normal development. The sample of the study consists of 156 male and female children whose ages range between (3-12) years. The results of the study show that autistic children have experienced eating problems more than children with mental retardation and children with normal development. All the subjects in the study face problems with eating sugar and sweets. Furthermore, children with autism have a problem related to the period of eating, whereas children with mental retardation have faced problems with eating uncooked vegetables.
Key words: Autism; Mental Retardation; Normal development; Problem of eating
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