Sensory Friendly Recipes and Health Tips for Individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disorders
Why it is Important to Focus on IDD and Food
Maintaining a healthy diet is difficult to do for everyone but for people with IDD they have more setbacks than the average person does. Some of these disadvantages are things like: sensory sensitivity to textures, mobility issues, lack of muscle mass, and higher susceptibility to conditions such as diabetes. In the blog we will provide recipe ideas that someone with IDD may enjoy and find easier to eat, snack ideas, tips for trying new foods, eating aid products and more! We hope you are able to find some useful information to take away from this!
- Kale chips
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Banana Chips
- Whole Grain Crackers
- Plain Popcorn
- Trail Mix
- Rice cakes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Cooked veggies like carrots, squash, peppers, etc.
- Nut butters
- Boiled eggs
Sour, Salty, Spicy or Cold
- Lemons/ limes
- Tart cherries
- Green apples
- Baked french fries and sea salt
- Seasoned veggies
- Ice chips
Down Syndrome Eating Habits and possible Risks
Individuals with Down syndrome have a higher prevalence for obesity. This can be caused due to one of their symptoms of having low muscle tone which leads to a naturally higher amount of fat in comparison. On top of this they have higher chances of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well due to hypothyroidism, lack of activity and a poor diet.
To help people with down syndrome prevent obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases there are multiple ways to help. They should be eating small, but frequent meals, varieties of fruits veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low fat dairy; Limit extra snacking or switch them out with healthy alternatives, drinking lots of water and less drinks high in sugar, strive for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, Help them get involved in the process like: grocery shopping, menu planning, offering suggestions on what to eat, help prepare food, set tables and wash the dishes.
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Physical Difficulties to Eat and Aids
Not only can people with IDD have issues keeping a nutritional diet, but some people physically have much difficult to be able to eat their food with normal utensils. These are some ideas to help aid in these physical difficulties