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Old 07-21-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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just curious if any parents with autistic children here have tried dietary management (along with other therapies, of course)- i'm thinking of jenny mccarthy's book as an example---
Dietary management *can* help, but not every child with autism needs it or responds to it. Also, many of the diets are hard to manage in terms of getting the child to have a balanced diet since autistic kids often self-limit their foods by texture or taste. Temple Grandin and others do think that it is a good idea to try the gfcf diet and see if a child responds, but to keep in mind that it may not do anything for you.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Personally, I believe wholeheartedly that avoiding foods that provoke an allergic reaction is important. It is important for all kids, but especially ones who may have communication barriers and may be unable to properly indicate that a food is making them feel ill. Lots of kids, autism or no autism, have food sensitivities.

Do I believe the "gluten-free/casein-free diets cure autism" party line? In a word, no.
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