I’m having a great e-mail conversation with a lovely woman these days & she said something that I thought really needed to be explored.
People told her not to pursue the GFCF diet because her child was responding so well to ABA and other therapy.
Wow. Do people think the GFCF diet is a stand-alone intervention? Or a last ditch effort to solve the autism puzzle? The thing you try when nothing else works, so why not this too?
I’m telling you – IT’S NOT ONE OR THE OTHER!! Diet interventions work hand-in-hand with other therapies. Think about it, if you feel horrible, fuzzy headed or tired all the time, how can you pay attention to holding a pencil? Or putting one foot in front of the other? Or learn to ride a bike?
The short answer is, you can’t. Imagine being hung-over. Really badly, college-aged hang0ver and being forced to learn a new skill. Think about how all you want to do is go to sleep and ignore the world. I think that is what it must have felt like for Nathan. So, with the diet, we’re clearing out the hangover and allowing his natural talents and gifts to shine through. Are we finding all the keys to helping him? No. But we’ve made progress.
We have got to get the message out that Biomedical interventions are part of treating the whole child. ABA therapy all on its own isn’t the answer and neither is biomedical. The fact remains that the kids need other therapy, often simply because their development has been delayed by their medical problems. The speech, occupational, physical and play therapies are necessary to “catch them up” to their peer group.
We also have to get the mesage out that the GFCF diet is just food. There’s more to “biomedical” than just the diet. There is a difference, though most parents doing GFCF are also doing biomedical plus conventional therapy. There is hope out there. Nathan is a shining example of it. Show off your shining star – spread the word.