By Shirley Blaier-Stein | January 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM EST | 6 comments
Diets, supplements, prescription drug cures, droppers of unknown substances you name it I tried it. I am a mother of two autistic children and because of that my world revolves around helping my children heal, physically, mentally and emotionally. After years of being on “THE DIET” which for those who are not familiar with it is the gluten/casein free diet. Often this diet also includes foods which children “react” to which can include soy, nuts etc. After four years following strict protocol with no infractions I decided to stop it entirely and really see what would happen happened. Please keep in mind that I know many people have had success with alternative treatments and I am not trying to discount this but there are in my opinion many types of autism caused and helped by many different methods. I though, in my mother’s intuitive gut sensed that each time I would get excited “See it’s the …fill in blank...that is making her/him talk more!!” the low would come when they returned to their same state or sadly they became worse from the trauma of the new vitamin or lack of their favorite food.
Fast forward 3 years…me now divorced and the children thriving in a special needs school which seemed to have fixed a ton of their issues. I decided to test out “THE DIET”. My son is a great reader and had wanted to try Kit Kat’s on Halloween. I reluctantly gave him one...”Yummy chocolate Kit Kat” he looked me in the eye and stated. Hey, I thought, maybe I’m on to something here! Then my daughter “I want some Kit Kats for Halloween please”…suddenly Kit Kats became the favored snack for my children in the afternoon. This is crazy but I swear my son started talking in sentences!! Who knew after all these years of diets and supplements that a damn KIT KAT would make my children TALK! They did talk before of course but suddenly there seemed to be some kind of awakening.
Now...fast forward a few months. First came the Kit Kats…then came the Happy Meals…then…brace yourself SUGARY BREAKFAST CEREALS AND OREOS!!! Yes there I said it! They love them! Now when we go to the store they can count out 3 boxes of this…two boxes of that. Could it be that sugar, gluten and casein have caused their brains to calculate better??? My God I have to share this I thought! All these years of following a strict diet and being a “good mother” and trying to do everything for my children I could to get them better…I could relax …just a little. J