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Here is some info sent over regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder along with gluten-free recipes!
Includes 175 Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Recipes!
The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment, or disability, that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, but others are severely disabled.—National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. R. GARTH SMITH, MBBS, FRCPC, is the medical advisor for ASD. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, and Head, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, and Medical Director and Developmental Pediatrician in the Child Development Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital. He received his Medical Degree from the University of the West Indies, in 1981, and completed his Pediatric training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1986.Garth’s clinical work involves children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning and Attention Deficit Disorders, Hearing Impairment, and Neuromuscular Disorders as well as Acquired Brain Injuries. Research interests include Autism and Complementary (CAM) Medicine use, and the impact of Multiple Concussions on Quality of Life, among others. He is involved in a number of multicentre research projects looking at a variety of issues impacting on the clients he serves. He regularly presents seminars and talks to parents, teachers and professionals and has earned three teaching awards. He was co-editor and co-author of the now famous Residents’ Handbook of Pediatrics (The Hospital for Sick Children) in 1987. Garth resides in Kingston, ON.
SUSAN HANNAH, BA, BScH, is a respected health author, a volunteer researcher at ASD-CARC, Ongwanada, and a former research associate at the Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University. Susan is also a freelance writer, book designer, photographer, and co-author of The Complete Migraine Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook. She is keenly interested in lifestyle choices and diet as possible therapeutic strategies for improving health conditions and quality of life. Susan resides in Kingston, ON.
ELKE SENGMUELLER, BASc, RD, is a clinical dietitian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is a registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience providing pediatric nutritional care for a wide variety of health conditions in acute care, community, and home-based settings. Elke is passionate about helping kids and adolescents meet their nutritional needs to optimize their growth and development. She runs a private practice, Family Nutrition Counseling. Elke has reviewed the dietary information in this book and prepared the gluten-free casein-free meal plans. Elke resides in Toronto, ON.
Discussion Points for ASD
- What is autism? What are the symptoms? What causes it?
- How is autism diagnosed? How is it managed?
- Currently, approximately one out of every 88 children (or more) is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
- Boys are diagnosed three of four times more often than girls
- To date, there is no reliable medical test or definite biomarker to identify autism, making this condition more difficult to diagnose and then develop an effective treatment plan
- Although typical onset is during the toddler years, autism symptoms can appear at any time from early infancy to young adulthood
- Did you know that 60% or more kids with ASD have bowel-related issues
- Autism occurs in children of every race and in every ethnic and socioeconomic group
- Did you know that over 60% of kids with autism are “picky” eaters, with the frequency increasing from infancy to childhood (making mealtimes stressful and eating in a restaurant impossible)
- Kids with ASD have a greater risk of “gluten sensitivity” (non-celiac related) than typically developing children
- Roughly 50% of children with ASD have some intellectual disability, whereas the others do not
- Bowel-related issues can exacerbate negative behaviours in kids with ASD
- A multidisciplinary approach (dietician, OT, pediatrician/GI specialist) is best in evaluating and treating feeding problems in kids with ASD
- Keeping a diary can be useful in possible foods (or other factors) that may contribute to behavioural issues
- This book addresses a topic that is rarely covered but in great need of coverage. It is back by “evidence-based” information, plus discusses controversies, and areas in need of future research
- Autistic kids are complex and require a holistic approach to their management. They are often picky eaters, and therefore predisposed to nutritional deficiencies (e.g. Iron, Zinc, etc) which can further perpetuate their eating issues. Bowel-related problems are common and in many cases this is contributed to by selective and inappropriate dietary practices and in some cases “sensitivities”
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