These slides were adapted with permission from a presentation developed by James B. Adams, Ph.D.
Dr. Adams has a teen-age daughter with autism and is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Adams currently serves as president, Greater Phoenix Chapter of Autism Society of America and a Board member of the Autism Research Institute .
A lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people, (e.g., by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
Lack of social or emotional reciprocity (note: in the description, it gives the following as examples: not actively participating in simple social play or games, preferring solitary activities, or involving others in activities only as tools or "mechanical" aids )
(V) There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction) and curiosity about the environment in childhood.
Pioneered by Dr. Ivar Lovaas at UCLA in the 1960s.
Research study (1987) evaluated 19 young autistic children ranging from 35 to 41 months of age. Children received over two years of intensive, 40-hour/week behavioral intervention by trained graduate and undergraduate students.
Nearly half of the children improved so much they were indistinguishable from typical children, and they went on to lead fairly normal lives.
Of the other half, most had significant improvements, but a few did not improve much.
Look for patterns between symptoms and foods eaten in the last 1-3 days
Order IgE and IgG blood tests:
IgE related to an immediate immune response
IgG relates to a delayed immune response.
A study by Vojdani et al. found that many children with autism have food allergies. “Immune response to dietary proteins, gliadin and cerebellar peptides in children with autism.” Nutr Neurosci. 2004 Jun;7(3):151-61.
Rationale : T. Buie at Harvard Medical School found that many children with autism have defective and/or few digestive enzymes or few enzymes – means food doesn’t break down. This is different from a food allergy. Large proteins like gluten and casein cause problems in the bloodstream.
Requires 100% avoidance of all gluten products and all dairy products (and often soy, corn and rice as well)
Give digestive enzymes with food
Caution: need calcium supplement unless on excellent diet
Allergies or not: Gluten-/Casein-free Diet Autism Network for Dietary Intervention: www.autismndi.com
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study (published by Adams et al.) found that a strong, balanced multi-vitamin/mineral supplement resulted in improvements in children with autism in sleep and gut function, and possibly in other areas.
Use an allergen-free multi-vitamin. There are many formulas specifically for ASD.