Been There, Done That

by Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed., NCC, M.S. Bus. Annette and Tom were stunned by an article they read in “Parents’ Magazine”.  A boy just like their Skyler had improved markedly on a special diet for children with autism.  When his family removed foods containing gluten (protein found in grains) and casein (protein found in dairy products) from his diet, he had begun speaking and was now considered “typical.” At first, Annette and Tom were skeptical and apprehensive about taking away Skyler’s cereal and milk.  He could starve!  But the immediate differences they saw were encouraging.  He looked at them now, spoke in sentences and slept better.  He still hated those tags and twiddled his fingers in front of his eyes when he was tired.  They contacted me for suggestions. Debbie called from Maine.  She’d read The Out-of-Sync Child.  “It was as if Carol Kranowitz had spent a day with my Sarah.  I found a good OT nearby who knew about…

The Straight Scoop on the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet

By Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND The gluten free casein free diet, otherwise known as “the diet,” is finally receiving well-deserved attention. Many families are now aware of its potential benefits. However, word-of-mouth dissemination has caused some confusion. Here is the straight scoop on the most common rumors surrounding this powerful tool for eliminating symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, autism and other developmental delays. Rumor:   If your child is not doing well on “the diet,” you are not being strict enough. Straight Scoop: One third of children with developmental issues appear to be strong responders to the diet. They demonstrate many clear positive behavioral changes. Another third or more are non-direct responders. They may sleep better or their ability to engage may improve. When a response is delayed or when other interventions are in effect, progress cannot be attributed solely to the diet. One third of the children do not appear to benefit. They may indeed be improving but in…