Read itOct/Nov 2009 Issue

Living Without Books: Feed Your Special Child

Give any 2-year-old child a doughnut and soda just before bedtime and you’ll see the relationship between food and behavior. Eating for Autism, The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child’s Autism, Asperger’s or ADHD by Elizabeth Strickland (Da Capo/Lifelong Books) is a book devoted to nutritional therapy for autism spectrum disorders. Here parents will find a useful tool for understanding the autism-nutrition connection. There’s guidance to achieving a better diet and instructions on how use proper nutrients, vitamins and supplements to maximize food’s impact on the body and brain. Youngsters will love the 75 or so gluten-free, casein-free recipes, including kid-favorites like pizza crust, pancakes, spaghetti and chicken nuggets. Written in layman’s language, Eating for Autism will help you determine whether there’s a dietary connection to your child’s behaviors and, if so, how to proceed.

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