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ERIC Number: ED437782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
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Changes in Rate of Learning in Autistic Children Following 9 Months on a Gluten-Free Diet.
Pontino, Jamie Lyn; Schaal, Kelly; Chambliss, Catherine
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the effects of a gluten-free diet on three males with autism between the ages of 5 to 8 years old. All subjects were also participants in prior studies on the effects of the gluten-free diet on the learning processes of children with autism in an applied behavioral analysis program. The three subjects on the gluten-free diet had an average of 2.1 years experience of applied behavioral analysis. Rates of learning of five behavioral targets of the participants involved the number of attempts required to reach a behavioral target during a pretreatment baseline and at 9 months after the initiation of the gluten-free diet. The total number of attempts for the last five targets mastered following 6 months and 9 months on the gluten-free diet comprised the post-treatment scores for each participant. Both the between subjects and within subjects measures revealed no significant increase in the rate of learning following the implementation of the gluten-free diet over a 9-month period. The report discusses the etiology of autism, the background of the gluten-free diet movement, behavioral analysis, the search for new treatment strategies, and treatment effects of facilitated communication. (Contains 30 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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