How to Help a Child with Autism

How to Help a Child with Autism

We all want to help our kids. But what do we do when what they need is more than we can seem to give? Or more than we can seem to even understand? And what about how to help a child with autism? Welcome to just one of the many challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum. When my son was diagnosed with autism at age 3, my desire to help him led me to make all the wrong decisions. Autism Regression I made wrong decisions about his diet, about therapy, about schooling and education, and I even made wrong decisions in my parenting approach. Being that I didn’t really understand how to help my child, my decisions for him were based on what “professionals” told me would be best.  Well, his autism became more severe over the course of his first year of treatment… and I had become painfully aware that in my effort to help my child, I must have been doing something really, really, wrong. How else could his regression and unbearable behavior be explained? I wasn’t willing to accept the notion that this was just our destiny as many professionals inferred.  The common attitude was that autism gets worse with age, and so that my son’s future was lost and we were doomed as a family. I found this totally unacceptable. So, I made the decision to cut off all ties to the help and advice I was receiving from the mainstream and I resolved to recover my child on my own. Autism Recovery Indeed, it’s a damn good thing I made that call, because...
Is Diet is Enough to Heal Autism?

Is Diet is Enough to Heal Autism?

Is diet is enough to heal autism? The Autism Diagnosis My son used to be autistic. Note I said “used” to be. He was diagnosed with autism when he was three, but today is a happy, friendly, and incredibly bright six year old boy who attends 2nd grade in a private school – without an aid.  I’m sure I can answer some pressing questions you have right away before I get into the meat of this post. #1 No, autism recovery isn’t easy. #2 Yes, sometimes diet can be enough. #3 No, it wasn’t enough for my son. My son’s autism was triggered by the MMR vaccine, but there were other issues that contributed to his condition as well. To hear more about Aaron’s story and his road to recovery, watch this video Healing My Son’s Autism.  Today, as I previously mentioned, Aaron is doing remarkably well. All in all, my child is 95% recovered and it all started with GAPS diet. The Autism Diet Trap Before I found the GAPS diet, I spent almost a year (and a fortune) on the GFCF diet. This is a diet you should avoid at all costs. Read GFCF Diet compared to GAPS diet here. The gist of it was that the GFCF diet which seemed to help for about a month…but after 10 months he was far worse than when he was initially diagnosed. I did the GFCF diet perfectly that year, and yet we had achieved nothing but an unreachable and constantly tantruming resemblance of a child. He was so bad that leaving the house with him was impossible, and...
Specific Carbohydrate Diet vs GAPS for Autism Recovery

Specific Carbohydrate Diet vs GAPS for Autism Recovery

Trying to decode all the special diets for autism recovery can really fry your brain.  I must admit, I’ve burned quite a few brain cells due to spontaneous combustion from late night reading.  But what else is a parent to do when we’ve got to find answers!?!  This article dives into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet vs GAPS for Autism Recovery. Those of you who know my story, know I used the amazing GAPS diet to recovery my son Aaron. Check out Aaron’s story about recovering with the GAPS Diet here. But I didn’t stop studying autism diets once I started GAPS . It’s actually the opposite.  Once we started GAPS, I started studying because I was finally able to understand why some diets work and other don’t. One of those BIG ONES is the GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free) diet.  I think of all the autism diets out there, this one is the most well-known. And, thanks to the advances of processed food production, it now also causes the most damage. To learn more about the GFCF diet and how it stacks up to GAPS diet which is what I used for my son, read Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS. In summary, just beware that GFCF diet generally refers to a method of eating which allows you to eat anything that says GFCF on the label. This dietary approach is dangerous. Mind you, if you follow a GFCF diet which also disallows processed foods, you will have yourself a very different diet. Any wise and experienced health practitioner will warn you of this GFCF food trap. So, if you...
Autism Recovery Timeline Using GAPS Diet

Autism Recovery Timeline Using GAPS Diet

I know what you’re thinking. Just based on the title of this article, anyone who reads this likely falls into one of two camps.  In the best case, you are turning toward diet and nutrition as a way to heal your child from autism; or in the worst case, you are only reading this to pick apart my every word because you’ve already decided that autism cannot be “cured”. Please, if you’re a hater, this article isn’t for you. Politely close your screen and move on with your life. Remember, you don’t believe autism can be healed anyway so don’t let me waste your time. As for the rest of you, you’ve come to the right place. I am writing this for you, to encourage you to do the work to heal the body with GAPS protocol and to help you understand what a real timeline of recovery actually looks like. So here it is, autism recovery timeline using GAPS Diet. GAPS Diet – the foundation for autism treatment First off, before reading any further, you need to fully understand what GAPS diet is and what it is not. Even if you think you know GAPS, please allow for the possibility that there may be things you don’t fully understand yet.  GAPS doesn’t work half-way. It kind of an all or nothing deal. Having said this, I strongly suggest you read What is The GAPS Diet before going any further in this article. Otherwise, the  magnitude and implications of what I say will be misinterpreted and you will be missing out on valuable information. The Two Parts of the GAPS Diet...
How To Travel on GAPS Diet

How To Travel on GAPS Diet

Okay, so you’ve realized that GAPS is right for you and you’ve gotten started on the right track. You’re starting to see positive gains and life is looking pretty good to you. Optimism has found you and the future is full of  exciting possibilities that you’d previously written off as pipe dreams. Things are so good, in fact, that you’ve decided to take the family on a vacation to Disney World. But then it hits you...HOW DO I TRAVEL WITH THIS DIET?!?  Don’t worry, you can do it. You will have to be creative and it will take some specific planning, but it can be done and I will show you how. It’s a little bit like camping, except you can expect the comfort of a hotel bed and shower. I actually got so good at this that I used to brag to friends who thought my commitment to GAPS was impossible that I could get dinner on the table faster than they could go through a drive-thru. There are a few special issues that we’ll need to address, but let’s just start by taking a look at what you will need to pull this off. Here it is…how to travel on GAPS diet. General GAPS Travel Supplies Packing List large cooler insulated lunch box 3-4 thermoses portable electric stove top ice packs stainless steal pot cast iron skillet knives cutting board stainless steel containers or lunch box kits silverware dish soap kitchen towels paper towels epsom salts Staples for Traveling with GAPS ghee salt (Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan) honey stevia 1 dozen eggs ginger water Prepared...