One of the first things I am often asked about when the topic of autism comes up is the gluten-free, casein-free diet. We started Alanna on a gluten-free diet (we never eliminated casein because we deemed it too restrictive) some time ago. Now that it's been several months, what are the results? I'm not sure if it is impacting her behaviour much but a lot of the elimination problems seem to be better. She still craves gluten though - Alanna likes to steal her brother's bread products. We try not to eat it around her because, let's face it, that's torture.
Gluten-free products are expensive. I want to take her off, especially in the light of this recent study out of the University of Rochester, but I'm too chicken. Bok-bok-bok! I don't want to lose any gains we've made. So she's sticking to gluten-free until we can muster the courage to try to re-introduce anything.