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TruHeight Partnership with Autism Speaks

TruHeight's Partnership with Autism Speaks

Escrito por: Geisha Xanthein Burlat



Tiempo de lectura 6 min

Creating a brighter future for children and teens on the autism spectrum is a cause close to our hearts at TruHeight. We understand their unique challenges and the importance of providing them with the support they need to thrive. That's why we are incredibly proud to partner with Autism Speaks, an esteemed organization that advocates for individuals with Autism and their families.

In this blog post, we will delve into the powerful collaboration between TruHeight and Autism Speaks and its positive impact on the lives of children and teens on the autism spectrum. Together, we are working towards a future where every child can reach their full potential, regardless of their unique needs and abilities.

First, Let’s Understand Their Nutritional Challenges

According to the World Health Organization, Children on the autism spectrum often face unique nutritional challenges that can impact their overall health and well-being.

Understanding and addressing these challenges is crucial for supporting their development, as emphasized by Autism Speaks. By addressing these challenges, we can ensure that children with Autism receive the necessary nutrition they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

Sensory Issues and Food Preferences

Children on the autism spectrum often experience sensory sensitivities, a challenge recognized and addressed by Autism Speaks. A study stated that these sensitivities can significantly impact their eating habits, leading to aversions, limited variety, and potential nutrient deficiencies.

To overcome these challenges, parents and caregivers can implement strategies Autism Speaks recommends. Gradually introducing new foods and textures while considering sensory preferences can be beneficial. Modifying food presentation may also be helpful, such as cutting it into smaller pieces or blending it to achieve a smoother consistency. Creating a supportive environment, providing positive reinforcement, and gradually exposing the child to new tastes and textures can expand their food choices and enhance their overall nutrition.
Boy looking at the vegetable

Nutrient Deficiencies

Children on the autism spectrum, as recognized by Autism Speaks, often experience nutrient deficiencies due to their limited food preferences and aversions, as per this study. Common deficiencies include vitamins D, E, B6, B12 and minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron. These deficiencies can significantly impact their growth, development, and overall health, with implications for bone health, immune function, cognitive abilities, and behavior regulation.

Identifying and addressing these nutrient deficiencies, as highlighted by Autism Speaks, are crucial for supporting the well-being of children on the autism spectrum. Regularly monitoring their nutritional status through blood tests, in collaboration with healthcare professionals, can help identify specific deficiencies and guide targeted interventions.
Girl covering her mouth refuses to eat

Tailoring Nutrition to Address Challenges

A study by The National Library of Medicine states that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face unique nutrition-related challenges, including food selectivity, gastrointestinal issues, and inadequate nutrient intake. Routine nutrition-related screening and interdisciplinary care are essential in addressing these challenges and providing optimal support for children with ASD.

For instance, incorporating omega-3 fatty acids from sources like fatty fish or algae-based supplements can potentially improve cognitive function and reduce inflammation, offering potential benefits for this population. In addition, providing a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats is crucial for ensuring a wide range of essential nutrients.

Kid Eating

Collaborating with experienced dietitians or nutritionists when providing a well-balanced diet for children on the autism spectrum is crucial for addressing specific nutritional needs and accommodating sensory challenges and food preferences, as Autism Speaks recommends.

By addressing these challenges, parents and caregivers can support their children's growth, development, and overall well-being on the autism spectrum. Approach these challenges with patience and flexibility and create a positive and supportive mealtime environment.

TruHeight’s Partnership with Autism Speaks

TruHeight Partnership with Autism Speaks

By joining forces with Autism Speaks, TruHeight actively participates in the dissemination of educational resources that can positively impact the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

By collaborating with us, your assistance will help Autism Speaks reach a wider audience and ensure that families can access the information they need to make informed decisions about their children's nutrition and overall well-being, which we will discuss below:

Advocacy and Support

Autism Speaks advocates for the rights and well-being of individuals with Autism, providing support and resources to affected individuals and their families. TruHeight's partnership contributes to these advocacy efforts, amplifying the message and reaching a broader audience.

Research and Innovation

Autism Speaks promotes research initiatives to advance scientific understanding, develop treatments, and improve the quality of life for individuals on the spectrum. TruHeight's partnership supports research and innovation in Autism, contributing to funding studies and evidence-based interventions.

Educational Resources

Autism Speaks provides educational materials and information to empower families and communities affected by Autism. TruHeight's partnership aids in creating and disseminating educational resources, offering practical guidance and strategies for addressing the unique needs of children on the spectrum.

Strategies for Improving Nutritional Intake in Children with Autism

For Autism Speaks, ensuring adequate nutrition is essential for the optimal growth and development of children on the autism spectrum. Implementing effective strategies, including TruHeight vitamins, can help overcome challenges and improve their nutritional intake.

Establishing a Structured Mealtime Routine

Establishing a consistent mealtime routine helps autistic children feel more comfortable and prepared for eating. Regular meal and snack times regulate appetite and promote healthier eating habits. Visual schedules or timers, as suggested by Autism Speaks, aid comprehension and reduce anxiety.

boy eating his meals

Addressing Sensory Challenges

TruHeight and Autism Speaks believe understanding and addressing sensory challenges can improve a child's acceptance of new foods and textures. Gradually introducing similar textures desensitizes them, while alternative cooking methods or presentations make textures more appealing.

sensory games

Encouraging Food Exploration and Variety

Encouraging food exploration, as advised by Autism Speaks, expands a child's palate and improves nutrition. Involving them in grocery shopping, meal planning, and food preparation fosters engagement and curiosity. Autism Speaks suggests providing a supportive environment allows them to explore new foods at their own pace, gradually introducing new options alongside familiar ones.

Nutritious Foods

Nutritional Supplements and TruHeight Vitamins

Children on the autism spectrum, as recognized by Autism Speaks, may benefit from additional nutritional support. TruHeight vitamins, formulated for growing children, act as a supplement to address potential nutrient deficiencies. Consulting with Autism Speaks, and healthcare professionals is essential for determining the appropriate use and dosage of TruHeight vitamins. By working together, parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals can collaborate to optimize nutrition and overall well-being for children with Autism.

Why Choose TruHeight?

Specially Formulated for Children's Needs

TruHeight formulates vitamins to meet the unique nutritional requirements of growing children, specifically ensuring that they receive the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy growth, development, and overall well-being.

High-Quality Ingredients and Safety Standards

TruHeight maintains rigorous quality and safety standards, using carefully sourced ingredients from trusted suppliers. Parents can have confidence in the purity, potency, and effectiveness of TruHeight vitamins.

Science-Backed Claims

In addition, clinical trials back up the effectiveness of TruHeight vitamins. A 6-month pilot trial showed that 86.6% of children taking TruHeight daily experienced a significant height increase compared to the control group. The trial also demonstrated a 43.91% increase in concentrations of Collagen X, a key marker for growth plate activity.

Let’s Support TruHeight’s Autism Speaks Movement!

TruHeight + Autism Speaks

The partnership between TruHeight and Autism Speaks is a powerful collaboration that addresses the nutritional needs of children on the autism spectrum while actively making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families impacted by Autism. By choosing TruHeight, you're not just getting a quality product – you're contributing directly to the well-being and support of those on the autism spectrum. Every purchase counts, and together, we can make a meaningful impact.

Remember, your contribution matters. Let's create a future where every child can thrive regardless of their unique needs.



Geisha Xanthein, a seasoned writer and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), empowers parents with insightful blogs on children's and toddlers' nutrition

This article is Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Milobsky, MD, Board Certified Pediatrician — Updated on January 30, 2024