Autism and Elimination Diets – Join the Food Detectives

Diets.   Do you flinch when you hear that word?   There’s no need to – it’s time consuming but certainly not impossible. Gluten and casein free (GF/CF) diets are often mentioned in relation to autism and yet some professionals are still skeptical about them.  But despite that people from all walks of life suffer from those intolerances too – […]

Autism and medication. A Spoonful of Sugar?

Now to the controversial area of medication. While it is certainly worth trying a sensory and dietary approach first it would be foolish to ignore the fact that the correct medication – given in the right amount – can help at times. A sweeping statement? No. Firstly it is based on my own experience of […]

Autism and Food Intolerances – Dietary tools

The last few articles have focused on leveling the playing field for your child, giving him (or her) some of the tools that will help them get the most out of life. But now to turn the spotlight on food allergies and intolerances; problems which often appear at the same time as the sensory differences become apparent. […]

Autism and Neuro-developmental delay – It’s not all about the money.

If you’ve been following this series hopefully by now your child should be feeling less stressed and perhaps even has one sense that actually gives accurate information about the world around him. So what should you do next? People who make the mistake of thinking that the problems are behavioral will tend to follow a […]

Autism and Food Intolerances – And finally

In a previous article I mentioned a girl who became seemingly ‘drunk’ after eating carrots and a boy who, after ‘scoffing’ a whole packet of chocolate and orange biscuits became really hyperactive.  Seemingly strange behaviours you might think and yet they are reasonably common amongst children on the Autism Spectrum as many parents will tell you. So […]

Autism and other potential food ‘hazards.’ Still Detecting.

We’ve already discussed elimination diets in relation to the ‘usual (ASD related) suspects’ gluten and casein.  Even so there are other potential food ‘hazards’ too that need investigating in case they are relevant to your child. The first is personal so please bear with me while I tell you a story.  You’re probably too young to have […]

Autism and Hearing – Another Survival Tool

For some children the visual problems mentioned in my last article are less distressing than the auditory differences, some of which, like hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to some sounds), can cause great distress in many situations. So this is for you if your child dreads going outside because the birds sing too loudly. If he tries to […]

Autism Basics – Tools for Survival

Autism has long been associated with food allergies and intolerances but we’ll return to them later in this series, for now I’m going back to basics. Regardless of just where the child is on the spectrum, most parents share common worries regarding the lack of communication and social abilities. For many parents the most pressing […]

Autism – Treatments and therapies. Where should you begin?

Do you take your child’s autism in your stride, seeing it, simply, as a different way of being: one that is very much part of him? Do you see treatments and therapies as unnecessary; believing that autism is just a different way of learning? Or are you a ‘warrior mom’ who, feeling your child has […]

Autism and thinking. Second thoughts.

Is your child’s speech appropriate even though he takes some comments literally? Are you concerned that although his understanding is good he still finds it hard to understand abstract concepts, sarcasm or jokes that have double meanings? Or gets confused when people say things like ‘that film was a good watch’ or ‘the game is […]