Dietary Changes Solve Many Aspergerís Syndrome Symptoms
Dietary changes help children with autism and Aspergerís syndrome according to Craig Kendall, author of The Aspergerís Syndrome Survival Guide. Gluten and casein free diets help overcome Aspergerís syndrome symptoms improving behavior in children.
Recent studies have shown that diet can be a major cause of problems, especially behavior problems, in children with Aspergerís syndrome, a form or high functioning autism.† Controlling the diet of children and adults with autism has, in some cases, provided nearly immediate improvement in symptoms.
According to Craig Kendall, a well-known author of books on Aspergerís syndrome, ďThere is no doubt that diet plays a major factor in how children and young adults cope with the symptoms of autism.Ē As Kendall explains, ďMothers are always commenting on my blog and newsletter posts about how important diet is. Especially a gluten and casein free diet.Ē
Tips for Parents
Kendall has some tips for parents of autistic children who are just starting a gluten and casein free diet. †ďMany parents have trouble getting their kids to try new foods. This is especially true of children with Aspergerís syndrome because these children hate change. Children with Aspergerís syndrome typically have a fixed routine and any change can cause a meltdown,Ē says Kendall. The author provides the following tips for parents who are starting a gluten and casein free diet.
1. Follow Through - If you are going to do the diet, make sure you can do it all the way. Itís really important to be able to do the diet 100%. So that means that if you are divorced and share custody, youíll want to get your ex-spouse on board. Youíll want to make sure all members of your family will follow it for your child with Aspergerís syndrome.
2. Buy Local to Save Money - Doing a gluten and casein free diet does not have to be frighteningly expensive. Some think these diets cost a fortune. By buying foods from local farms, and making a lot of foods yourself out of basic ingredients, you can save a lot of money. Not everything has to come out of package.
3. Focus on Nutritious Foods - When doing this diet, donít just think in terms of gluten and casein free. Think in terms of how you can be nutritious across the food spectrum. You are aiming to take as many toxins out of their diet as you can. So this means trying to eat organic if you can, eat lots of fresh produce, and donít eat very many artificial ingredients or processed food. You may also need to treat other digestive problems common with autism at the same time.
Overcoming the Challenge of Picky Eaters
Unfortunately, a common Aspergerís syndrome symptom is reluctance to try new foods. Many children with Aspergerís syndrome are very picky eaters and getting them to eat nutritious foods can be a challenge. According to Craig Kendall, there are steps parents can take to overcome Aspergerís syndrome symptoms such as picky eating.
Kendall suggests that parents go slow and offer their child small pieces of food at a time. ďAllow them to get used to the new foods slowly. And use plenty of rewards. If your child takes at least a bite of the new food you are offering, give him some reward. It can be as simply as a small toy or extra time to watch TV that day,Ē says Kendall.
According to Kendall there are many ways that nutrition can help a child with Aspergerís syndrome. ďSome of the best tips that I have found come from other parents who have been in your shoes and who have figured out how to get their children to eat healthy, nutritious foods,Ē says Kendall. ďIn my books I cover many of these dietary tips and include advice from hundreds of parents who are raising children with Aspergerís syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism.Ē To gain more information on Craig Kendallís books visit www.AspergersSociety.org today.
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