A father recently told me how much more intense the behaviors of his son, who has Autism, were before he began a new diet. Prior to the diet, the son displayed violent behavior towards others and himself. Throwing vases, plates and many other objects were nearly a weekly occurrence. With his new way of eating, although not completely, many of the behaviors and their intensity decreased.
The diet being referenced is one form of Autism treatment called the Gluten-Free, Casein Free (GFCF) Diet. With the acknowledgement provided clinical research, the use of changes in diet can be a treatment avenue for individuals with Autism.
The Gluten Free diet focuses around food allergies and sensitivity to wheat, oats, barley, rye and all products in which the items can be found ; they can reduce the progress of many people with Autism. Gluten is found in foods as well as non-food items. For example, depending on the manufacturing process, even paper plates. Gluten can be used to hold paper together and even keep paper plates from sticking to one another when stacked.
The dietary restrictions of Passover provide foods that are unavailable other times of the year. During the week of Passover, wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats and foods that include them are considered leavened food that may not be eaten during Passover. For a short period of time, just before and during Passover, these foods are readily available. To make the availability of wheat free products person can either find a store with a Kosher section or stock up on items when they are available.