Posted 6/22/2020 12:48 (#8329414 - in reply to #8328824) Subject: RE: autism and diet
West of Mpls MN about 50 miles on Hwy 12
You will get no argument from me that diet has greatly improved the behavior, and communication skills of the young girl in your linked video
Because of my wife's moderate intolerance to gluten, we went to a whole family "reduced" gluten diet many years ago, we immediately saw a change in our autistic sons behavior for the better.
Any food or drink that causes any stomach discomfort, he will not eat now that he is older. He has even began to pass on pizza the past year. He only eats the meat, and cheese. He used to love chips of any kind, he could really care less about chips now. I honestly believe he has started to shy away from foods that cause him mental discomfort as well.
As our son has got older, he has transitioned himself to almost a complete carnivore diet, including fish, chicken (no breading, or bun) eggs, and cheese. Apple juice, and water are his preferred drink, he has never drank anything carbonated, he spits it in the sink. Corn is his go to vegetable...and ketchup. He loves beef jerky for snack (even more than sasquatch) and Chex Mix. I have no idea how he tolerates Chex Mix, it is about the only grain he eats anymore...maybe some day he will quit buying Chex Mix in bulk in the not so distant future.
On a autism side note...I hate to disappoint youtube viewers, but those are not that young girls exact thoughts, and words. We never bought into letter board communication...my wife especially. Waaay too much is left to therapist manipulation, and translation in our opinion. It seems like a feel good therapy for parents more than anything IMO.
If it's working for them, they should keep doing it...but don't be afraid to change.
A yes/no board, simple pictogram communication board, and pictograms hung all over house helped a lot with early communication, and behavior efforts here. Watching Thomas the Tank Engine, Disney movies, and other educational shows in closed caption is how both our sons learned to read, and comprehend much about life, and communication. As computers improved through the 90's, our autistic adapted to computer use better than I did. We used our sons love of music as a teaching method also. Attending local live musicals, as well as traveling to the Twin Cities to attend professional Broadway musicals as well has turned into big part of our lives as well.
Final comment on autism and diet...It does not cost parents anything to pay close attention to their autistic child's issues, and experiment with their autistic child's diet in an effort to help them succeed in life. Many times a parents personal, low/no cost efforts to help their autistic succeed, produce the greatest results...no outside "expert" help needed.