Parents' and Child Health Professionals' Attitudes Towards Dietary Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elizabeth Winburn, Jenna Charlton, Helen McConachie, Elaine McColl, Jeremy Parr, Anne O'Hare, Gillian Baird, Paul Gringras, David Wilson, Ashley Adamson, Sandra Adams, Ann Le Couteur*

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Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) use a wide range of interventions including poorly evidenced dietary interventions. To investigate parents' and professionals' experience of dietary interventions and attitudes towards a proposed trial to evaluate the gluten free casein free diet (GFCFD). Survey of UK parents of children with ASD, and professionals. 258 parents and 244 professionals participated. 83 % of children had received a range of dietary manipulations; three quarters of professionals have been asked for advice about GFCFD. Respondents identified an inadequate evidence base for dietary interventions in ASD and suggested modifications to a proposed trial design. Both parents and professionals supported the need for further evaluation of dietary interventions in ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-757
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Autism
  • ASD
  • Dietary interventions
  • Gluten
  • Casein
  • CASEIN-FREE DIET
  • INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY
  • YOUNG-CHILDREN
  • GLUTEN-FREE
  • COMPLEMENTARY
  • PREVALENCE
  • THERAPIES
  • PEPTIDES
  • SYMPTOMS
  • BLIND

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