Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Celiac And Developmental Delays, Speech Delays And Autism Spectrum Disorder
0

9 posts in this topic

Has anyone noticed improvement in a child

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

As a teacher of children with autism, I have noticed with some children there is a significant decrease in negative behaviors on a gluten free diet. I however have seen the opposite with others and seen no effect. From my experience over the past six years, it is a case by case basis, but more often then not in my students it seems as thought it has helped with children with more aggressive behaviors.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Grab a copy of "gluten Free for Dummies" from the library. Great section on autism.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If a child has a gluten intolerance, their behaviors will decrease. If a child does not have any type of gluten intolearnace, there will be no chage.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gluten-free/casein-free is a really standard diet to try for autism. It helped my cousin's children who have Asperger's. If you child is doing better off gluten it's well worth a trial of casein-free as well.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Has anyone noticed improvement in a child

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son is not autistic, but he had lots of "spectrum-like behaviors" and was assessed three different times (as a toddler in EI, in preschool, and in Kindergarten) He would over-react wildly (to loud noises, smells, irritating clothing), flap his hands whenever agitated, make no eye contact, rarely initiate conversation, repeat words and phrases over and over, etc. He was never diagnosed because he didn't quite fit - he was very social with other children. He is also unusually bright and has a memory like I have never seen in a child. He taught himself to read (has an older brother to imitate) and is reading and doing math at two grade levels above what is expected. So all in all, he was just very unusual and every teacher seemed to think he may fall somewhere on the spectrum.

He was in EI for speech delays and gross motor delays (low tone) until age 3.

At age 5 he was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The main symptom we saw was a drastic change in behavior - tantrums, meltdowns over the smallest frustration, nothing we did seemed to help, no consequences seemed to matter. He was also quiet and withdrawn and no longer enjoyed the things he had loved (doing homework, reading, legos, etc.)

Once gluten free, the behavior improved immediately and over time, we noticed that he no longer did any of the "quirky" things that had us so concerned. They just disappeared. Now, if he gets accidently glutened, his behavior is atrocious for about 3 or 4 days, then it gradually improves until he is his regular self.

Perhaps he just outgrew the other behaviors or perhaps they were related somehow to his gluten intolerance - I don't know. But there seems to be a connection.

Cara

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry for the late response, my computer is being repaired. Thank you so much for your feedback!

I

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I asked my 17 yo son (mildly autistic) who has been gluten-free for 10 mths if he noticed any differences since going gluten-free. He said that he has better concentration. I did not lead him or anything-completely his own words.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,334
    • Total Posts
      920,438
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Thank you cyclinglady! We'll just keep pushing forward and we'll get things figured out one way or another. You have been most helpful and informative and given me some great resources and things to consider. I really appreciate it! I definitely feel better as I've felt like a crazy mom lately thinking through the test results and everything. Even if it turns out to not be celiac or gluten related, at least I can say we did our due diligence and looked under every rock to find the source of his troubles. Thanks again!  Take care! 
    • Anxiety is quite a common symptom with undiagnosed celiacs. It should improve if not disappear when you go gluten free. Be sure to CONTINUE eating gluten until the endoscopy!   Welcome to the club!
    • Although serological tests are useful for identifying celiac disease, it is well known that a small minority of celiacs are seronegative, and show no blood markers for celiac disease. A team of researchers wanted to define the prevalence and features of seronegative compared to seropositive celiac disease, and to establish whether celiac disease is a common cause of seronegative villous atrophy. View the full article
    • This was absolutely me before diagnosis.  The worst of all of my Celiac symptoms occurred in the morning.  The anxiety was terrible in the mornings, I had horrible nausea, no appetite, felt light headed, dizzy and shaky, diarrhea, stomach cramps... the works.  Honestly, I don't know if it was the symptoms causing the anxiety, the anxiety making my symptoms worse, or a combination.  I almost dropped out of school because I felt so terrible every morning I didn't want to leave the house to go to class.  The first few doctors I saw insisted all of my symptoms were psychological and tried to give me anti-depressants/anti-anxiety meds, but I knew there was something else wrong with me.  I had always been a bit "high-strung," but for the year I was really sick before diagnosis, the anxiety got out of control. I was diagnosed with celiac disease 6 months ago and have been gluten free ever since.  It took time, but everything is gradually improving.  The morning anxiety is much improved and some mornings, is completely gone.  I realized a month or two ago that I no longer spend the first hour after waking up gagging and dry-heaving, something I had done for so many years that I just thought it was normal for me.  I can brush my teeth and my tongue without feeling like I'm going to puke.  I eat breakfast now, which I have never done, because I was always too anxious and nauseous in the mornings to be hungry.  I am not "all better."  I still have bad days and even bad weeks.  If I get glutened the anxiety comes back full force.  If I'm super-stressed out or letting my health slide (not eating well, not sleeping enough) the AM anxiety seems to return.  But, it has been slowly improving over the last 6 months and has become so much more manageable.   Your anxiety could be a separate disorder from the celiac disease, but for me, it seems it was absolutely related and continues to get better.  Don't get discouraged if you don't see an immediate improvement or experience relapses after improving.  Often, I feel like it's a two-step-forward, one-step-back kind of thing, but it is getting better.
    • I have suffered with GERD for 20 years and accidently found out it was a gluten intolerance. I had gone on Atkins years ago and noticed that I had no GERD symptoms while on the diet. I didn't make the connection at that time. Then I went on the Mayo Diet back in the winter and once again, the constant was having no bread primarily. I had also noticed that I would have major attacks anytime I ate Italian food. I blamed it on the onions, the tomatoes, herbs...but I could tolerate all those foods separately. Then, like a lightning bolt...it hit me...the culprit was the "innocent" pasta. BINGO!!  I went gluten-free in March 2016 and I have had no GERD now in 5 months. I feel as if it is a gift to me.   
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,390
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    tomj777
    Joined