Hi All DD is 6, autistic, with many other previous medical issues.
She's had ent surgery for laryngotracheamalacia, grommits x 2, adnoids and tonsils out.
Recently its come to light that she cant smell. But im also curious, thinking that she doesnt actually taste.
Is that common? Is that even possible?
How would we test that theory? (apart from what ive already tried, which is really just asking her what it smells/tastes like, exposing her to smells and gauging her reaction, which is nothing).
Very curious to find out if this is whats going on, and will she ever develop a sense of smell and or taste?
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25-09-2012 21:05 #1
Lack of smell and taste?
25-09-2012 21:09 #2
Smell and taste are intrinsically linked.. so it's safe to assume that if she can't smell, she can't taste. not sure about developing one though.
Think of all the veges you can get her to eat!!
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25-09-2012 21:17 #3
LOL wish it worked that way!!! she is such a picky eater, although after 4 yrs of tube feeding im just grateful she eats at all!!
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25-09-2012 21:43 #4
Do you think it could be her olfactory sensory processing? Ie some kids can taste and smell everything really acutely, maybe she is the opposite?
But yeah, sorry I have no other ideas other than that. Would autism qld have an idea maybe of where or if it could be tested?
26-09-2012 09:06 #5
good idea happy, ive googled it and there are a range of degrees, from impared sense to no sense at all. Its obviously not a major issue at the moment, but it is a little worrying in the sense that she wouldnt smell smoke, gas etc if there was an emergency.
She see's her pead in 2 months so i'll deffiantly bring it up with him and see what he thinks. She also is due to see her ENT surgeon shortly so thats another avenue.
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