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Understanding ARFID: Insights from Michelle of My ARFID Life (S7E25)
Feeding and Nutrition Episode 2525th June 2024 • The Autism Dad • Rob Gorski
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In this enlightening episode, we dive deep into Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) with Michelle from "My ARFID Life." Michelle shares her personal journey of parenting a child with ARFID, the challenges they face, and the incredible support they receive from their online community. This episode is packed with valuable insights, practical advice, and inspiring stories for parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in understanding ARFID better.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Introduction to ARFID: What is ARFID, and how does it differ from picky eating?
  • Michelle’s Story: The journey of discovering Hannah’s ARFID and the impact on their family.
  • Diagnosis and Therapy: Steps to diagnose ARFID and the types of therapies that have helped Hannah.
  • Social Media and Support: How their Instagram account, "My ARFID Life," has provided support and community for Hannah.
  • Challenges and Triumphs: Real-life challenges faced by those with ARFID and the small victories that make a big difference.
  • Advice for Parents: Tips and advice for parents navigating ARFID with their children.

Quotes from the Episode:

  • "ARFID stands for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and it’s so much more than just picky eating." - Michelle
  • "The support from our followers on 'My ARFID Life' has been incredible and a crucial part of Hannah’s journey." - Michelle
  • "Therapy and understanding the root causes of ARFID have been game-changers for us." - Michelle

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About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:

Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years.

Connect with Rob: theautismdad.link

Guest Bio:

Michelle is a dedicated mom of three, including her 8-year-old daughter Hannah, who has ARFID. After years of struggling with various therapies and witnessing Hannah's severe malnourishment, Michelle found a specialist who introduced a nutritional supplement to help fill Hannah's nutritional gaps. Despite Hannah's sensory sensitivities making it a challenge, Michelle noticed that Hannah thrived on praise and loved being on camera. To motivate Hannah, Michelle started an Instagram page called "My ARFID Life" to encourage her to try new foods. The account quickly gained attention, helping many people relate to ARFID and find support. This journey has not only boosted Hannah’s confidence but also empowered Michelle to spread awareness about ARFID, helping others feel seen and heard.

Connect with Michelle: https://www.instagram.com/myarfidlife/

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