DIET AND FOOD INTOLERANCE'S
Many parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) report that behavior improves when their children eat a diet free of the gluten and casein (dairy). Last year, clinicians within Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) investigated the issue and found insufficient evidence of clear benefit.
Okay so this is unclear, but for us a modified diet has worked well for our son. Let us explain how we started down this path.
The topic of diet was never brought up in any of our discussions with clinical professionals. In fact, we've had one "expert" say there was no benefit of a restrictive diet. But we have found that to be untrue for our son.
At our current stage of our journey - 8 years and counting, we find it absolutely criminal that this info is not shared by much of the medical community. This was especially true in our son's case as he had gut issues at birth. Four weeks after birth (see Our Journey link) our son was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (leaky gut) and had 12 centimeters of his intestines removed.
That was Sign #1.
As a baby, our son was prescribed Miralax because his stools were hard as rocks and the size of a small poodle! We fought this for 2 years.
We started looking for other answers. That's when we discovered data about a gluten/casein free diet. With minimal health risks but major inconvenience and cost, we decided to try it out. Within a couple weeks we noticed dispositional changes (better mood) in our son. One month later --- no need for Miralax. It was that fast, that impactful, and we have been on a restrictive diet ever since. Our advice to you is listen to your medical providers but no one knows your child like you do. Do your own research and get support from other sources to help you decide what is best.
Below are links to the diet and nutritional information that we have used in our journey.
Links to Diet information