New to nutrition for autism? Or had a false start with a special diet?.
You take the time to make sure an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or early intervention plan is in place, but could a nutrition plan have even more long-term potential impact on your child’s development?
I hear it all the time, “I tried the autism diet, and I didn’t see any change in my child.”
My response: “If you’ve seen one child with autism, you’ve seen ONE child with autism.”
That statement points to the unique nutritional needs and dietary sensitivities as well every other aspect of the individual child with autism. That is why there is NO SUCH THING AS AN AUTISM DIET. An approach that proves miraculous for one child may not have a positive effect at all for your child. On the other hand, your child may respond with phenomenal progress with the correct strategy geared toward his or her needs.
Reason #1: I have yet to meet a child with autism that did not show some significant improvement from appropriate nutritional intervention . I know when it came to my child, every improvement was more than worth the time and energy involved in implementing an Individualized Nutritional Plan.
Reason #2: Autism is a whole body illness. Many children with autism have gut pain or suffer from diarrhea or constipation. Whether gut pain is evident or not, studies have demonstrated that significant inabilities to appropriately absorb and/or use appropriate nutrients are often associated with autism. These deficiencies can directly impact neurological function.
Reason #3: Many food sensitivities can result in “brain allergies” or behavioral reactions that are not commonly associated with true allergies. Lack of focus, meltdowns, depression, tics, lack of impulse control, emotional lability, and brain fog can all be related to dietary sensitivities.
Want to read more?
Some articles I have written:
Exploring Dietary Intervention for Special Needs
Organic Produce: Is It Worth the Price?
Hidden Neurotoxins in Your Child’s Food? The Top 5 to Avoid
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