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A special education teacher reports to the OT that one of her students, a second-grade boy with autism, refuses to eat food when a classmate brings in treats for a birthday celebration. The OT is aware that the boy has a long history of oral hypersensitivity and will only eat a limited number of foods. The special education teacher asks the OT if she should force the boy to try to eat different foods to help him overcome his sensitivity to eating. How should the OT respond?
A. The OT should tell the teacher to require the boy to try one bite of a new food and give him a reward when he successfully tries the bite.
B. The OT should tell the teacher to ask the boy’s parents if they would like the the staff to require the boy to eat new foods at school.
C. The OT should plan one therapy session per week at lunch to address oral sensitivity with the boy prior to eating treats for a birthday celebration.
D. The OT should recommend to the special education teacher that the boy should be encouraged to try new foods, but should not be forced to try them and rewards should not be based on trying new foods, as this may create more anxiety for the boy during the birthday celebration

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Since the boy has a long history of oral hypersensitivity, he has learned that meals are uncomfortable and new foods may cause discomfort. A requirement of trying new foods to earn rewards may cause the boy more anxiety during meals and may result in more difficulties during lunch.

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