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ERIC Number: ED406761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
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Effects of a Gluten-Free Diet on Rate of Achievement in Autistic Children in an Applied Behavioral Analysis Program.
Gemmell, Melissa; Chambliss, Catherine
This study used both between-subjects and within-subjects analyses to examine the effects of a gluten-free diet on the academic achievement of autistic children. The between-subjects analysis included data from eight autistic children (ages 5 to 7) with four on a gluten-free diet and four serving as controls. The number of attempts needed before mastering an assigned goal was used as the measure of achievement. No significant achievement difference was found between the two groups. The within-subjects analysis compared rates of achievement from 10 trials of 3 male participants before and 1 month after placement on a gluten-free diet. Analysis revealed a significant improvement in the rate of achievement following diet initiation. Possible reasons for these conflicting results are noted. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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