Dietary Intervention

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Some dietary treatments have been developed by reliable therapists.  But many of these treatments do not have the scientific support needed for widespread recommendation. An unproven treatment might help one child, but may not help another.

Many biomedical interventions call for changes in diet. Such changes include removing certain types of foods from a child’s diet and using vitamin or mineral supplements. Dietary treatments are based on the idea that food allergies or lack of vitamins and minerals cause symptoms of ASDs.  Some parents feel that dietary changes make a difference in how their child acts or feels.

If you are thinking about changing your child’s diet, talk to the doctor first. Or talk with a nutritionist to be sure your child is getting important vitamins and minerals.


The Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet is the removal of all wheat protein (gluten), and milk protein (casein) from the diet.

Many parents and physicians have found that implementing the GF/CF diet relieves many of the symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders.

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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is a scientific diet based on chemistry, biology and clinical studies. It is detailed in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, written by Elaine Gottschall. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was designed for patients with intestinal diseases. Many individuals with autism suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases including Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

Remember, each individual with autism is unique.  There are many other types of dietary intervention that may be helpful in addition to the two noted above.  Speak to your doctor or nutritionist to determine what’s best for your child.

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Dietary Approaches. (2012). Retrieved July 24, 2012, from

Dietary Intervention. (2011). Retrieved July 24, 2012, from