Food for Thought

Can Probiotics Help Teen with Autism and Lactose Intolerance?

“Our 17-year-old son has autism and has developed diarrhea that we think is related to lactose intolerance. Would probiotics help?”

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Food for Thought: Why Does our Son Cover Everything in Ketchup?

“What is it about autism and food condiments? Our adult son covers pretty much everything he eats in ketchup. Now we’re hearing that this sort of thing is fairly common with individuals on the spectrum. Is it okay to indulge it... More...

Autism and the Gluten/Casein-Free Diet: When Can We Stop?

 “My son has been on the gluten-free casein-free diet for two years. How do I know when to take him off?”

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Adult with Autism Overeats to Self Soothe, Seeks Healthier Approach

“This is a question about me. Some of us on ... More...

Help! 10 Year Old with Autism Gorges Till He Throws Up

Advice on breaking the cycle from specialists in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

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Autism and Social Acceptance: The Importance of Table Manners

“We heard autism educator Peter Gerhardt talk about how important table manners are for social acceptance. Our 17 year old has come a long way in other aspects of his social life. But he still grabs food almost before it’s serv... More...

When Medical Issues Complicate Autism's Eating Challenges

Our daughter (who has autism) had a feeding tube for her first two years of life due to laryngomalacia. Now she fears swallowing. What’s a family to do when feeding challenges are complicated by medical conditions?

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Grade-schooler with Autism Nauseated by Food Smells

“Our son, age 9, has a lot of food aversions. Just the sight or smell of many foods make him feel sick. Besides making it difficult to get him to even taste a new food, it’s a real problem at school where just walking into the cafet... More...
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