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    Parents Try Alternative Treatments for Autism
    Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
    There is a new article on WebMD Health News discussing the research that shows gluten-free and casein-free diets are among treatments for kids' autism.

    ?Treatments for Autism: Research shows that about 21% of children enrolled in a large autism registry use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as part of their treatment plan for autism. Results showed these children were on special diets that included gluten-free, casein-free foods. Additionally, 27% of patients on the registry received at least one medication to manage their behavior. Prescribed medicines were used for hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors, irritability and attentional concerns.

    Why It Matters: An estimated 1 in 110 U.S. children has autism. Knowing the safety of CAM treatments combined with a doctor's prescribed treatments is important. The FDA has only approved two medications to treat certain symptoms of autism but many others are also used.

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    dakotatwins responded:
    My 3yr old has eating sensory, hes very limited on what he eats I keep hearing about this diet but how would I implement it for him?
    Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to dakotatwins's response:
    Hi Dakotatwins,

    WebMD has posted the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diets for Autism , along with some other helpful information, which you can find in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Health Center .

    I also found another website that offers Mealtime Hints for Children with Food Aversion , that may give you some ideas on how to begin implementing new food introductions into your son's diet.

    Please be sure to speak with your pediatrician about the changes you are interested in making -- and ask lots of questions -- before you get started with any new treatment.

    Good luck! Please come back and share your experience.

    dakotatwins replied to Andie_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you for the info. Another question I have is do you know if we are intitled to any financial aid for services that insurance doesnt cover like speech and ot during the summer? Our hospital offers those services but they charge $200.00 every half hour.
    Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to dakotatwins's response:
    I am not sure about specific aid you may qualify for, but I did do a quick search to see what information was available for families with autistic children.

    I have heard that the quality of assistance you may receive will differ by city and state, so look into as many as you can. My suggestion would be to talk to other parents about their experience and success with different programs.

    These are the links I found:

    Let me know of other suggestions you have.
    darkwingduc responded:
    This is an issue of concern. I think that all children diagnosed should not be considered as different than people who are not diagnosed
    darkwingduc replied to dakotatwins's response:
    I surely wish your 3 year old the best, and I hope the child recovers.

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