jacqui in mo Posted June 14, 2012 Share Posted June 14, 2012 I started my 10 yo ds on a GFCF diet on April 23 (trying to help his Asperger's symptoms). As far as staying on the diet, we'd been doing fairly well but I wasn't sure if I saw differences in behavior. Yesterday I discovered that ds had eaten several Nutrigrain snack bars which have gluten over the past week. (they were leftovers from a trip my dh and dd had just returned from, otherwise I wouldn't normally have those around). Now I don't know what to do about the diet. I'm trying to school him over the summer to try and help him with basic math facts speed and consistency. He had been doing somewhat better at speed and focusing on drills for 2-3 minutes at a time. This week though he wasn't able to even beat the 3 minute timer on drills that are still pretty simple. Could this be a possible result of the GFCF diet? (i.e. that he had seemed to be doing a little better on speed drills, then after an unintended gluten challenge, he isn't doing as well?) I wonder b/c I could also attribute it to not having practiced consistently over the past 4 days, or that inconsistency is normal for him, or the fact that the newness of earning a reward token for beating the timer has worn off (although he was upset today that he couldn't seem to beat it.) Other than this math possibility, my dh and I haven't seen much that stands out and says GFCF helps ds. My dh would really like us to stop the diet. So: Do I just stop the diet now and attribute the math to the inconsistency in academic performance my ds has almost always shown? Do I plug on with the diet because it hasn't even been 2 months yet and see if the change in math skills comes back consistently or not? If I do continue the diet, do I have to consider it as starting all over again to clear the system of gluten? I had been thinking of trying a dairy challenge to see if we needed to keep that out, but now should I wait on that too? If you feel like you've had success with a GFCF diet for an ASD child, how long was it before you saw any changes? I've heard anywhere from needing to stay on gfcf from a month to a year. After a longer period of time though, how would you know improvements are attributed to the diet, and not something else like maturity or therapies being done simultaneously? Thanks for reading all this and any information you can share. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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