AUTISM, DIET AND VACCINATIONS
I have a nephew who is severely autistic, so this subject hits close to home. I decided to add this section on autism to my
website because I have been reading about the possibility that some autistic kids may improve when placed on a gluten-free, casein-free diet.
What Causes Autism?
There are a number of theories on the causes of autism. Current research is exploring the possibility of a combination of genetic risk
factors and exposure to environmental triggers. Chemical exposure is being investigated as a possible trigger, along with childhood infections and
Early Clues to Autism
All children develop at different rates, so this information
is to be considered a very general guide only; parents with questions should see their pediatrician.
At around 18 months a child with normal hearing and development should show an interest other people. The child should respond when
his or her name is called, and when spoken to he should look at you and make eye contact.
The child should display imitation behaviors and "pretend play", for example, imitating your actions if you pick up a toy and
put it in a box, or pretending to make a toy dog "run".
The child should also share things that catch his or her interest by pointing at them (or bringing them to you), and should follow
your gaze to locate things at which you are pointing.
Early diagnosis and intervention are critical in treating autism.