Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Why They Don't When They Don't

Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Why They Don't When They Don't

by Kenneth Aitken

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Given the increased interest in the relationship between diet and autism spectrum conditions, this is a timely publication which is both thorough and balanced in content. Parents and professionals alike will find this book of use by virtue of Ken's meticulous reviews of current scientific evidence for a variety of diets combined with practical advice on the application of such interventions.'

- Dr. Paul Whiteley, Autism Research Unit

'Dr. Aitken provides a timely synthesis of diet interventions in autistic spectrum disorders set within a framework of historical and political references. This informative work offers invaluable assistance to the wider clinical team, further enabling effective support and guidance to the ASD community in its quest for a healthy future.'

- Rosemary Kessick, former CEO of AiA (Allergy Induced Autism)

Research in autism increasingly indicates the existence of different forms of the condition, and the possibility of dietary interventions having a positive effect on symptoms and behaviours associated with autism.

The author explores the main dietary approaches that have been advocated in ASD. For each approach, the author explores the potential benefits; evidence for and against the diet and its relation to different genetic conditions; and information, where available, on relevant publications, web resources and support groups. The author proposes an approach, the Simple Restriction Diet (SRD), which he describes in detail, explaining how to implement this approach and how to use it to work out whether a dietary approach is of benefit.

This book will be a valuable resource for families, individuals and professionals wishing to understand and explore the possibilities of dietary interventions and the benefits they can have for those on the autism spectrum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846428609
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kenneth J. Aitken is an experienced psychologist and author with a specialist interest in ASDs. He works as an Independent Consultant, based in Edinburgh and as a Clinical Psychologist for the LD-CAMHS Service, Greater Glasgow, and was previously Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. He is co-author of Children with Autism, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Kenneth J. Aitken is a practising clinical psychologist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is active among many charitable organisations and research initiatives dedicated to building a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders and related conditions.

Table of Contents

Contents: How to Use This Book. Part I: Diets, ASDs and Dietary Interventions. 1. Introduction to Diet and ASDs. 2. Dietary Inverntions. Part II: Diets for people with ADSs. 3. So, What Diets Are Currently Used With ASD and Why? 4. The Mackarness (low carbohydrate, high-protein) Diet. 5. The Feingold Diet. 6. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet. 7. The CF-GF Diet. 8. The Low Oxalate Diet. 9. The Low Glutamate Diet/GARD (Glutamate-Aspartate Restricted Diet). 10. The Low Phenylanine Diet. 11. The Low Phenol Diet. 12. The Body Ecology Diet. 13. The Rotation Diet. 14. Possible Problems Which Can Present With Current Diets. Part III: The Simple Restriction Diet. 15. About the Simple Restriction Diet and Getting Started. 16. Living on a Simple Restriction Diet. 17. Reintroduction of Foods. 18. How Long is Long Enough to Give Benefit? 19. Summing Up. Resources: Food Table. A Chronology for Dietary Intervention. Background History Form. Food Diary. Further Information on Specific Diets. Glossary of Terms. Helpful Contacts and Websites. A Bibliography of Some of the Best-Known Books on Low-Carbohydrate Diets. References. Subject Index. Author Index.

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