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ERIC Number: EJ878576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diets in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review
Mulloy, Austin; Lang, Russell; O'Reilly, Mark; Sigafoos, Jeff; Lancioni, Giulio; Rispoli, Mandy
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v4 n3 p328-339 Jul-Sep 2010
This paper systematically reviews research on the effects of gluten-free and/or casein-free (GFCF) diets in the treatment of ASD. Database, hand, and ancestry searches identified 15 articles for review. Each study was analyzed and summarized in terms of (a) participants, (b) specifics of the intervention, (c) dependent variables, (d) results, and (e) certainty of evidence. Critical analysis of each study's methodological rigor and results reveal that the current corpus of research does not support the use of GFCF diets in the treatment of ASD. Given the lack of empirical support, and the adverse consequences often associated with GFCF diets (e.g., stigmatization, diversion of treatment resources, reduced bone cortical thickness), such diets should only be implemented in the event a child with ASD experiences acute behavioral changes, seemingly associated with changes in diet, and/or medical professionals confirm through testing the child has allergies or food intolerances to gluten and/or casein. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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