Although in the past some emphasis has been given to changing the diet of individuals with Autism diagnoses, some evidence suggests that all children may benefit from improved diet- defined by this article as increased protein and nutrients. This particular article recommends providing high protein choices for children in the morning, and decreasing carbohydrate offerings- particularly for breakfast.
And protein may not be the only beneficial component. Based on a double-blind study (the ‘gold standard’ of such research), children in the lowest 20% of a study sample demonstrated increased performance in reading when supplemented daily with DHA Omega-3. It is important to recognize that children gained just 0.8 month on standardized testing; however, this gain was accomplished in just 4 months and in addition to the gains of those students who took placebo supplements. Those in the study sample who were the lowest performing 10% demonstrated a gain of 1.9 months performance. Again, it is important to note that this particular study was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, but that additional studies are being planned.
Have you noticed a change in a child’s behavior or performance after modifying diet?