Tips for Implementing Special Diets
With 30 years of data supporting growing evidence that dietary intervention is an effective treatment for autism, all too often we hear …
- My doctor says there’s nothing to this diet thing.
- My kid never has diarrhea so he’s not a candidate for the diet
- That diet’s too hard.
- My kid is picky. I don’t want him to go hungry.
- My child could never live without pizza!
- I’m afraid I’ll make too many mistakes – and then it will be my fault.
- The school simply won’t do the diet.
- I don’t want to manipulate their nutrition.
- Children need milk!
Dietary intervention is a cornerstone of a evidence-based medical approach, and there is convincing empirical evidence that special diets help many with autism. A group of parent leaders who successfully implemented diets for their children compiled the following information and suggestions. These include references, resources, and links to aid parents as they begin exploring effective, evidence-based treatments.
Remember: Medical treatments might not be as effective if the diet is not sound, so overcoming these challenges is a crucial first step in meaningful intervention.
Remember also: Your child is an individual. And the only way you are ever going to learn if this is an effective intervention for him/her is to give it an honest trial. Most experts agree that a strict trial of at least three months is needed to determine if a special diet will help. If there are no improvements after three months, you can feel confident that you have made a good try without a major financial investment.