special diet

The best foods for children with autism

Despite the plethora of anecdotal success stories of alternative diets for autism, scientific research is unable to support many of the claims we hear. That doesn’t mean diets like gluten-free and casein-free won’t help your child’s symptoms. What it does mean is that there is no guarantee these diets help. Every child has a different response to food just as every child’s autism experience is different.

Because of the uncertainty associated with special elimination diets for autism, I suggest looking to easier diet modifications to first.

How to survive the holidays with a child on the spectrum and a special diet

Holiday season has come on strong for me this year. After three nights of festivities following Thanksgiving Day and Hanukkah last week, I'm still trying to reset as I look forward to what feels like a whole month of non-stop celebrations and cookie swaps. Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year, but also a time that tends to come with a lot of sugar-induced stress.

Did you know this about autism and food dyes?

At a glance

  • Some studies suggest that eating artificial food dyes is associated with hyperactivity

  • There is no proven relationship between ASD symptoms and eating food dyes

  • All kids can benefit from eating fewer processed foods and artificial ingredients

Why Keto Is Not the Best Diet for Autism

At a glance

  • Both the ketogenic diet and the GFCF diet are associated with improvements in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms

  • Special diets can be complicated to start and maintain. They are successful when well planned and supervised by professionals

  • It can take several months to see improvements in ASD symptoms from diet changes