Nutritional Supplementation and Autism, ADHD, SPD and Other Delays

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, Co-Founder,  Developmental Delay Resources Children who are distractible or have developmental delays need more nutrients than non-affected youngsters. This blog is about nutritional supplementation and autism, ADHD, SPD and other developmental delays. The higher nutritional needs may be due to one or more of the following: poor absorption due to gastro-intestinal issues and/or allergies; self-restricted diets during critical developmental periods; impaired ability to detoxify environmental chemicals and pollutants; nutrient deficiencies passed on from their parents. Parents are justifiably alarmed when a child is eating poorly despite assurances many physicians offer. Poor nutrient intake can decrease intelligence and affect brain functioning, especially if it occurs during the first few years of life. Unfortunately, these indisputable facts are not enough to convince children to eat their whole grains and vegetables. The best most parents can do is offer consistently good choices and eliminate heavily processed, artificially colored and flavored foods. For those who have successfully removed junk…