Dietary changes can help children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome according to Craig Kendall, author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. Gluten and casein free diets help overcome Asperger’s syndrome symptoms improving behavior in children.
Recent studies have shown that diet can be a major cause of problems, especially behavior problems, in children with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high functioning autism. Controlling the diet of children and adults with autism has, in some cases, provided nearly immediate improvement in symptoms – while in some cases it can take up to six months to see results.
According to Craig Kendall, a well-known author of books on Asperger’s syndrome, “There is no doubt that diet plays a major factor in how children and young adults cope with the symptoms of autism” As Kendall explains, “Mothers are always commenting on my blog and newsletter posts about how important diet is. Especially a gluten and casein free diet”
Tips for Parents
Kendall has some tips for parents of children with autism who are just starting a gluten and casein free diet. “Many parents have trouble getting their kids to try new foods. This is especially true of children with Asperger’s syndrome because these children hate change. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically have a fixed routine and any change can cause a meltdown” says Kendall. The author provides the following tips for parents who are starting a gluten and casein free diet.
1. Follow Through – It’s really important to be able to do the diet 100%. You’ll want to make sure all members of your family will follow it for your child with Asperger’s syndrome.
2. Buy Local to Save Money – Doing a gluten and casein free diet does not have to be exceedingly expensive. By buying foods from local farms, and making foods yourself out of basic ingredients, you can save a lot of money.
3. Focus on Nutritious Foods – Don’t just think in terms of gluten and casein free – think in terms of how you can be nutritious across the food spectrum. You are aiming to take as many toxins out of their diet as you can. So this means trying to eat organic if you can and eat lots of fresh produce. You may also need to treat other digestive problems common with autism at the same time.
Overcoming the Challenge of Picky Eaters
Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are very picky eaters and getting them to eat nutritious foods can be a challenge. According to Craig Kendall, there are steps parents can take to overcome Asperger’s syndrome symptoms such as picky eating.
Kendall suggests that parents go slow and offer their child small pieces of food at a time. “Allow them to get used to the new foods slowly. And use plenty of rewards. If your child takes at least a bite of the new food you are offering, give him some reward. It can be as simply as a small toy or extra time to watch TV that day” saysKendall.
According toKendallthere are many ways that nutrition can help a child with Asperger’s syndrome. “Some of the best tips that I have found come from other parents who have been in your shoes and who have figured out how to get their children to eat healthy, nutritious foods” saysKendall. “In my books I cover many of these dietary tips and include advice from hundreds of parents who are raising children with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism”