gfcf

@lvmybz (125)
United States
November 2, 2008 1:40am CST
We are debating putting our son on a GFCF diet. He will be 6 this month and I swear he is getting worse. I think acadmecally he is getting better. But I think a lot has to do with him having a great memory. Such as he can tell you is phone number becasue we drilled it in him. The same goes with spelling his name. Socially he is getting worse. He rarely resonds when is brother talks to him or any other child. He just seems more and more out of my reach. His language abilities are no better. He has great vocabulary he can say a ton of words and knows over a 100 different objects. When you ask him to say something he will, but he rarely if ever ask questions. He does a lot of self talking as well. Now I know our children with autism are effecting in these two areas social and language, but if there's a chance he can be a tiny bit better. Any ways I would love to hear from anybody that has put their child on this diet. Did it work? How long did it take? And so on. Additionally I wold love to hear someone who disagrees with the diet. Thanks again for listening.
3 responses
@irishidid (8097)
• United States
3 Nov 08
It's personal to everyone. I've never had my daughter on anything but a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Being diligent in how you relate to your child is key. Quick fixes are pretty much out when it comes to autistic children. It is a matter of over and over again. I've heard that improvements seen have nothing to do with the diet, but the time you are spending with that child.
@lvmybz (125)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Hello, thanks for your response. It is wonderful you have your daughter on a healthy diet. I am lucky my son does love is fruits and veggies, which is more then I can say for my typical two year old. But that is another discussion. I guess I feel it couln't hurt and who know maybe it could help him.
@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
3 Nov 08
We had our son on the diet for almost a year, we didn't notice a change. But keep in mind just because it didn't work for us, it could work for you. It won't hurt to try it... talk with your sons therapist & doctor to see how they feel. We are now off the GFCF, but I continue to keep him off cows milk. He is a rice milk drinker these days. I think the best thing for your son is therapy, therapy & more therapy. I think therapy is the best we can do for our children. You can even do therapy at home. I do therapy everyday with my son, even on days he had already had therapy with his therapist. It's the most important thing we can do right now. I think trying to find ways to help us with our Autistic children will actually throw us off track... I'm not saying don't try new things, just don't get your hopes up & keep the faith & focus on therapy! Most important, make sure you talk this over with your sons doctor & his therapist.... Good luck & remember the GFCF Diet takes lots of work & you need to be strong & you can't slip or it throws the whole diet off... Good luck!
@lvmybz (125)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Hello, thank you so much for your response. I agree it wouldn't hurt to try, my only concern is my son is very underweight, so I would find a lot of food that he could eat that has a lot of fat. He is in a program at school for 6 hours a day. Then he recieves ABA therapy 6 days a week for 3 hours. Two of those days are with me. I know putting him on the diet wouldn't be a quick fix, I also know the diet takes a lot of work. About a year ago we tired putting him on a GF diet it lasted about a month or two. Of course we didn't see any changes. I think I just have to make up my mind and see.
• United States
8 Nov 08
I agree it doesnt hurt to try it, unfortunately this diet didnt work for us either. We are trying supplements. DMG, Vitamin B6 & Cal-Mag, Multivitamins. We still have our good days and bad.