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Autism And Food Habits
Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
No commonality: There is no real "common" characteristic among children with autism spectrum disorder, other than altered perceptions of socialization. I know plenty of kids, without asd, that gobble and eat too quickly. So, this trait is not really characteristic of kids with asd, but could be considered characteristic of some kids and teenagers in general. ...Read more
Green and organic: Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients. I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends,,,: First of all kids need to eat and grow so they need to consume food. But autistic kids have very restricted diets, and often crave the very food that is not good for them. The restricted diets are often not nutritionally complete. Different diets: gluten free, casein free, soy free, gaps, and feingold, have all been reported to help some, but not all. I would find a maps doctor to help you sort. ...Read more
Common!: Patients with autistic spectrum disorder often have poor communication skills and impulsivity. Eating becomes very important --- tactile stimulation is enhanced. Patients often have repetitive movements and speech patterns. Eating can be often and without regard for control or weight gain. Important to monitor nutritional status and have o.T, p.T. And speech therapy. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are increasing data that point to gene alterations in those with autism that can originate in the egg or sperm prior to fertilization.What would cause that to happen and what the timing would be is an unstudied area. Over the next decade or two we may find a definite source, but for now we remain lost. The shift from early childhood to prenatal or pre-conception exposures is most confusing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism: Absolutely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does genetically modified food cause autism? Gmo's were released in the early 90s and since then autism cases increased by 600%. Are they safe to eat?
I believe it's safe: There's a huge amount of money to be made frightening people, and these folks have no reason to tell the truth (unlike physicians bound by law). Gmo's contain no substance that a reasonable person would worry about being toxic. The increased autism diagnosis rate reflects both awareness and politics (kids with "autism" get more resources.) and there's no a single non-fake scientific paper. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly.: If so, this would account for a small minority of cases. ...Read more
Can gluten-free, diary-free diet help with autism symptoms? How accurate are the food allergy tests? What allergy tests do you recommend for autism?
Sometimes: Controversial subject. The research was done using a parent survey. Some parents report behavior improvement on dairy free/ gluten free diets, many others saw no effect. Continung > 6 months shows more benefit. It can be expensive and time consuming, but it is easier at this age than later. Kids who has GI symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea respondeed better to the dietary restrictions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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