Managing autism, ADD & aspergers

Managing Autism, ADD & Aspergers Through Diet

Are you worried that your child might be on the autism spectrum? Well, there is good news, a diet refraining from gluten will free your child of much of their behavioural issues and help with managing autism, ADD and Aspergers. We came across an interesting article by Annalies van Rijswijk.

You might be concerned that your child:
– Does not start to talk
– Throws tantrums & screams when things change
– Does the same thing over and over
– Lines things up or spins them ( and we aren’t talking about fidget spinners
– Walks on his toes
– Prefers to play on his own for hours
– Talks about the same subject all the time … and the list goes on.

It’s easy to misdiagnose

Parents have been going to doctors, paediatricians, speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and then eventually get a diagnosis. (Some parents say they are going to write a book on being misdiagnosed.) To have the diagnosis is in one way a relief, but on the other hand, the parents now need to find the correct treatment for the child to help in managing autism, ADD & Aspergers. There’s still a problem, you need the know-how to solve this problem, to help the child. You cannot just let things stay as they are.

When a child is on the Autism spectrum it is not the end of the world. Parents need to work through all the different emotions they experience, like anger, sadness, depression, regret, resentment, etc. Many times denial keeps them from hearing and starting to do something that will be the journey to improvement, development, and progress.

To those parents in denial remember this, you do not have to admit that it is autism if you don’t want to – start by working on the problems, like speech delay etc. By the time you are ready to say your child has autism, your child has made progress and you are coping better, as you are empowered on how to deal with the issue.

Behaviour Modification

In the first place, parents need help with the child’s difficult behavior and the understanding of what autism really means. As soon as parents feel empowered and the child is complying, then the learning process will start.

Managing Autism Through Diet

Almost 95% of the children have an inflammatory or leaky gut and are intolerant to gluten, caseine and sugar. By eliminating these foods out of their diet and supplementing them with Omega 3 Oils, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamins and Zinc, it has been proven to improve many a child’s behaviour and enhance his learning.

Taking Gluten away makes major differences in children’s lives.  It has been proven that early intervention and the correct individual program with as many hours as possible of one-on-one tutoring, is the most effective way to help the child with a developmental delay to improve and progress. Then, when he has progressed sufficiently he can be phased into a school setting where the teachers are also supported and helped to understand the child.

Other interventions 

When the child is compliant and cooperating then Speech, Occupational and Physiotherapy can be incorporated to ensure optimal learning. There are many more interventions available, but they are supplementary to tutoring and the diet. The diet, especially cutting out of gluten, is what makes that “cloud over the brain disappear”. Many children have improved beyond expectations but the parents and the program must work together and each has a 50% share of the work to do. Do not think that big dosages of tutoring alone are the answer. The parent has an important role to play in implementing the principles of the program whenever the child is not being tutored (for example during evenings and weekends). This speeds up progress. A child with Autism has a good memory and he can learn if it is brought to him with love, patience and perseverance and as a team you never, never, never give up!

Compiled by Annalies van Rijswijk – SNAP Education cc

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