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ERIC Number: EJ829854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
What's the Scoop on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nutrition?
Wallace, Lee Shelly
Exceptional Parent, v39 n2 p28-30 Feb 2009
There is much discussion among families about the relationship between nutrition and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are claims of diets that will "cure" ASD: gluten-free, casein-free, specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). There are claims of benefits by adding nutrients to the diet, such as vitamin B-6 and magnesium, vitamin B-12, or essential fatty acids. All of these possibilities can leave a parent wondering what to do. While there are many food-related issues for people with ASD, medication and nutrient interactions, and gastrointestinal problems, this article: (1) defines an "evidence-based" treatment; (2) gives tips on how to set up and evaluate any treatment plan for one's child; (3) summarizes some of the popular diets and supplements and how they claim to benefit those with ASD; and (4) examines how to evaluate some of the current nutritional theories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
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