A qualitative investigation of parental experience of eating problems in children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the professional support they have received and desire

Zoe Connor, S. Cooke, Kathleen Hennessy-Priest, Rosie Kneafsey, Deborah Lycett

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Background:Currently there is a paucity of quality evidenceto support the use of restricted diets in Autism SpectrumDisorder (ASD) and NICE guidelines do not recommend theuse of restricted diets to treat ASD(1)although there are con-siderable positive anecdotal reports on the efficacy of the Glu-ten Free Casein Free diet (GFCF). Moreover, since there is alack of medical treatment available for autism, parents oftenturn to various complementary and alternative therapiesincluding restrictive diets as a means of treating their children(2). The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of four dif-ferent types of restricted diet–the (GFCF), the Specific Car-bohydrate Diet (SCD), the Gut and Psychology Syndrome(GAPS) and the Ketogenic Diet (KD) as a means of treatingchildren with ASD
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
Number of pages2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Feb 2018
EventBDA Research Symposium 2017 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Dec 20176 Dec 2017


ConferenceBDA Research Symposium 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom


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