Can a special diet help my child with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a common developmental disability. It affects the way in which your child communicates and relates to others around them.

A commonly used diet by some people in an attempt to improve these behaviours and mental function is a ‘gluten and casein free diet’. This involves removing casein (a protein found in cow’s milk) and gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, oats and barley).There is some evidence that a gluten and casein free diet may help some people with Autism. However, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that it will help everyone with this disorder.

It’s important to note that when you avoid foods, you are more at risk of nutrient deficiencies that will effect growth and development. Plus, children with Autism may find change upsetting. Therefore, it is important to seek advice and to avoid implementing this diet without medical help.