Sunday, October 21, 2007
This is the diet that we are now trying with Nick. It is Gluten Free/Casein Free, and a lot of autie kids are on it. One reason might be that gluten and casein are responsible for improperly broken-down dietary peptides-part of the opiod theory of autism-or that the immune system dysregulation causes an abnormal immune response, whereby the body reacts to these and attacks itself. So, we are going to give this a try. In the past week or so, we have noticed a slight improvement with him. Nick is more verbal. One thing that we have Nick on is Cod Liver Oil (CLO). Some research shows that CLO has a positive effect in raising attention levels.
We are just trying these right now. If it goes well(which it has so far) then we will look into making it more permanent. We have seen some changes in him and that is what keeps us going. He is initiating more contact with us, using more words, and has had fewer tantrums.
I just want my little man to feel better. If this helps, then that is great. I am not searching for a "magical cure" for his autism. In a lot of ways, his autism is beautiful. The way he goes about singing, humming, and his gentle personality are all a part of who he is. He is simply Nick.