My Son has just been diagnosed with Asperger's, what's next?

Seija - posted on 11/09/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My seven year old son has just been diagnosed with Asperger's (finally) and I was wondering what is next. We are in Australia. Also I was wondering if anyone has tried a gluten free or dairy free diet and had any success. The doctor suggested we give one or the other a trial for a month to see what happens. Any other advice also welcome. Thanks in advance.

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Stephani - posted on 11/15/2011

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Hi Seija,

My 11 year old son has Aspergers and ADHD. We have used the GFCF diet (also without additives and chemicals...) with great success. It's been almost 6 years now!

Yes, it's true. Even if you got an allergy or sensitivity test proving it, the only way to know if the diet will help is to actually try it out. It takes time to see consistent results, so don't give up!

I help parents figure out dietary options for their kids with ADHD/autism. If you'd like more support on this, feel free to contact me there. I always offer a free consultation by phone AND we just started a brand new community to support each other, with resources and a monthly giveaway for members. We are a small group, but growing. Plus, it's free to join.

I would suggest that a month trial be the very minimum you try before deciding if it works for you. Especially if you are struggling with consistency or hidden sources you aren't aware of. It's easy when you get the hang of it, but a good solid 3-6 month commitment is best. Of course, if you do see results and want to keep it that way, you'll have to stay GFCF. I'm just referring to the fact that some people give it a couple of weeks in trial and decide that it doesn't work before they have fully gotten these foods out of their system. (The residual effects of gluten can last up to 6 months after you stop eating it, but most still experience positive changes long before that!)

Hope that helps!
Stephani
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Seija - posted on 11/11/2011

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As if he had already been diagnosed. (seriously annoying trying to type posts on my phone). sorry the posts are disjointed

Seija - posted on 11/11/2011

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The school has been fantastic. I think it has been easier because his teacher referred him to school guidance officer so i had heaps of information to give the doc. His teacher is the best. As soon as she had refered him she tried as much as she could without extra funding/help in the classroom)

Katherine - posted on 11/10/2011

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Autism Speaks, your local Autism Chapter, IEP. Make sure the school is aware of it.

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