Diet and Autism: Part Two

April 15, 2018

In part one of this blog, we examined why it can be helpful to change your child’s diet to a gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet, if indeed it does work, and what it entails. Today we’ll delve in further and speak to adjusting your child’s diet and how to start modifying their diet.

At pinnacle Autism Therapy, we begin working with autistic kids at a very young age. It is through early intervention and ABA therapy that helps to reshape your child’s brain and help them in their everyday skills.

What Do I Need to Know About the GFCF Diet?

As we pointed out in our last blog, the GFCF diet has only shown results with very strict adherence, so if you’re doing it here and there, you probably won’t find much success. You can simply begin by keeping a journal of your child on a standard diet. Write about what they eat and how it affects them afterward. Do they seem easily irritated or extremely tired? It’s important to identify specific behaviors you want to see improvement in and make a note in your journal. Gradually start replacing their standard diet with a GFCF diet. Most things they love will be available in a gluten-free form and there are many wonderful dairy alternatives to choose from. You can also consider cutting out one group at a time such as casein first, and see if there is any improvement, and then follow it will just cutting gluten. In some cases, it has been found that some kids will do well with just isolating one of the two groups.

Transitioning fully to this diet may take some time, but know a lot of parents and caregivers have found great success! If you’re ready to help your child commit to a GFCF diet, going gradually and explaining to them (if appropriate) what you’re doing can help make this transition easier. If you’re worried about your child getting proper nutrients, you can consider hiring a nutritionist or dietician to help you identify any dietary risks.

Through all this, take your time and be patient and record the before and after of your child’s progress!

For any additional questions or for a list of resources, contact us at Pinnacle Autism Therapy today.

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