Can Diet Affect the Behaviours of Children with Autism?

AutismbookRoutledge publishes a new book exploring the benefits of a gluten- and casein-free diet for children with autism, which includes useful recipes for those making a dietary change

Based on years of experimental study and thousands of personal observations, there is a growing body of research suggesting that some challenging characteristics present in autism, may be positively affected by the introduction of a gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet. Drawing on the available science and research, the authors of new book say

“we want to offer parents and teachers an overview of autism, its complexity and variability, and explore how dietary interventions might fit in with at least some cases of autism.”

However, Paul Whiteley, Mark Earnden and Elouise Robinson wanted to go a step further in their new book Autism: Exploring the Benefits of a Gluten- and Casein-Free Diet by offering recipes and very practical hints and tips around feeding habits and times for those thinking a GFCF diet might be for them.

“We want to provide an overview on the research in this area, but also wanted to give people an answer to the question of ‘what now?’ if they spoke with their doctors and decided that a dietary change might be beneficial to their child. The recipes have been specifically designed and chosen to be simple and affordable for those taking their first steps towards a dietary change.

“The best book I’ve seen to translate science into family recipes.” Paul Shattock, President – World Autism Organisation

This book cuts through the jargon to offer readers a no-nonsense, accessible and authoritative overview of how diet might affect some characteristics of autism, as well as providing a range of useful recipes for making mealtimes fun for children with autism and related conditions who are embarking on such a dietary change.

Co-author Paul Whitely told Autism Daily Newscast:

For many years the topic of dietary intervention, and in particular the use of a gluten- and/or casein-free (GFCF) diet, has been discussed in research and lay circles with autism in mind. The collected science so far does not support any universal effect from diet on all cases of autism. It does however hint at the possibility that there may be one or more sub-groups on the autism spectrum where such a dietary change may positively affect some of the core or peripheral symptoms characterising the condition.

“Our book is an attempt to provide a readable overview of that science and at the same time, offer some practical hints, tips and recipes for those considering such a dietary change”.

The authors have also launched a website www.theautismfoodclub.com to support and compliment the book and provide even more useful information.

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