Autism and Food

This course is ideal for parents, professionals, educators and Autistic adults.

“I’ve learned so much in 2 hours, the genuine, lived experience cuts straight to the chase. I will definitely do another Ausome course soon. Thank you. Siobhán, Co. Wicklow”


In our 2.5hr Autism and Food online course, we will be joined by Katie Kerley, Occupational Therapist. Eating for many Autistic children and adults can be tricky business. Katie will take you through sensory processing and food. She will also look at the emotional side of eating and how this links to sensory processing. Katie will also discuss the motor action of eating and ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder).

As a parent you may have concerns around your child’s eating habits, so Katie will breakdown the various issues around food and eating and will be on hand to answer your burning questions. You might be a professional or Autistic person looking for tips in this area, come along and learn from Katie.

This webinar will be co-hosted by Evaleen Whelton, founder of AUsome Training, author, parent and long time fussy eater. Evaleen will share her own personal experiences with eating.

“Really enjoyed this course. The content was fascinating; jam-packed and delivered in a really engaging way. I learned so much e.g. my son is a “Supertaster” and why that explains his particular preference for Pringles. Brands do matter. SENCo’s; Mental Health lead’s Dinnertime supervisors; TA’s; Childminders; Grandparents/family will find it an eye-opener too.”

A little bit about Katie:

Katie is from Dundalk and trained as an occupational therapist in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2008. Katie is the clinic director and supervises the occupational therapy team. She frequently acts as clinical educator for student occupational therapists both from Ireland and abroad.

Katie is neurodivergent herself and has a strong interest in supporting neurodivergent people be their truest and most authentic selves.

She has extensive experience working with Autistic children and adults after providing home help to families with Autistic children as well as volunteering with children with a variety of genetic and developmental disabilities. She completed her certification in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California (USC) and Western Psychological Services (WPS) in Miami, Florida in January 2010. Katie is trained in a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive techniques such as the CO-OP method, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).

Katie has a special interest in the long term effects of motor coordination issues and sensory processing difficulties on mental health and every-day participation and function in teenagers and adults.

This course is ideal for parents, professionals, educators and Autistic adults.


  • Sensory Processing
  • Sensory Seeking
  • Avoiding Sensation
  • Motor Skills
  • Emotions and Eating