Special-Needs Kids Eat Right: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn, and Thrive [NOOK Book]

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Good news for parents of special- needs kids: a proven approach to everyday meals that fosters learning and development.

Any parent of a child with autism, Asperger?s, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or other developmental disabilities knows that special-needs kids often have food sensitivities and can be very fussy eaters. Plus, they've been told to avoid such common ...
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Special-Needs Kids Eat Right: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn, and Thrive

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Overview

Good news for parents of special- needs kids: a proven approach to everyday meals that fosters learning and development.

Any parent of a child with autism, Asperger?s, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or other developmental disabilities knows that special-needs kids often have food sensitivities and can be very fussy eaters. Plus, they've been told to avoid such common ingredients as gluten and casein, making it even harder to give them the balanced, healthy meals all children need.

Now, Judy Converse, a registered, licensed dietitian, offers new advice and guidance on how to use food as an essential tool for development. Based on the latest research, Special-Needs Kids Eat Right includes:

? Simple substitutions that can be easily customized to suit any child's needs
? Advice for helping the whole family?along with school staff and caregivers?adjust and take part
? Strategies and tips for staying on track at restaurants, holiday gatherings, school parties and lunches, and overcoming obstacles
? Shopping and resource guides
? A long-term program for measuring progress and making adjustments


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Editorial Reviews

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The number of children diagnosed with autism is rising, and parents of autistic children often discover that it is difficult to find solutions. Nutrition is frequently neglected because physicians receive little training in the subject, but many parents and nutritional therapists find that using special diets helps children to calm down, focus, and communicate better. These three books written by parents of autistic children provide useful information about nutrition therapy for children on the autism spectrum; Converse and Lord are registered dietitians certified by the American Dietetic Association. Converse's Special-Needs Kids Eat Right is the most comprehensive, including information about the diagnosis and treatment of autism, special diet plans, and the use of supplements, as well as explanations of the various special diets being used. Lord and Silberberg concentrate on the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. All three books provide sound advice about getting children started on the diet, shopping lists, recipes, and dealing with picky eaters. Silberberg offers an excellent list of web sites, including sites providing information about sticking with special diets while visiting other countries. Converse provides an extensive resource guide with materials on both traditional and alternative therapies. All three books are highly recommended; buy Special-Needs Kids Eat Right if you can afford only one.
—Barbara M. Bibel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101024676
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,359,082
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD, is a registered licensed dietician specializing in dietary intervention for autism patients.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Nutritionist on the Front Lines ix

1 Engaging Your Providers: Working Together on Nutrition Care and Special Diets 1

The Big Gap 2

Why the Gap Exists: History, Holes, and Controversy 4

History: The Dark Ages 6

Holes: The Nutrition Disconnect in Modern Pediatrics 7

Controversy: The Sacred Cow 11

How to Engage a Reluctant Provider...and When Simply to Move On 15

Closing the Gap, Getting to Work 18

Finding an Expert 18

What Licensure in Nutrition Means for Your Child 19

A Final Word About Vaccines 23

Nutrition Therapies and Special Diets Are Effective...No Matter Where You Stand in the Debate 24

2 Nutrition Therapy 101: The Essential Steps to Take, Terms to Know, and Principles to Understand 28

Individualized Nutrition Is Best 28

Use These Steps in This Order for Safe and Effective Special Diet Measures 31

Some Nuts and Bolts About Child Nutrition: What You Need to Know to Succeed 36

What Special Diets Do: Ketogenic, SCD, Body Ecology, Low-Oxalate, GFCF, and More 45

Special Diet Strategies for Babies 52

Working Through the Nutrition Care Process for Autism, Step by Step 54

Is Your Child Growing As Expected? 55

Last but Not Least: Fix Your Child's Food Intake Before Tinkering with Supplements 64

3 Making Sense of Lab Tests: Defining What to Do for the "One in Six" 66

Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam 67

If You Are Ready for Lab Studies, Where Do You Begin? 71

First, What to Avoid 75

Identify and Treat Problems with Gut Bacteria: Why and How 81

Using Probiotic Supplements 84

Bowel Flora Signs and Symptoms 86

Lab Tests That Identify Bowel Flora Problems 89

Optimizing BowelFlora 93

Lab Tests for Food Allergy, Sensitivity, and Intolerance 97

Should I Cut Gluten from My Child's Diet? 105

Food Intolerance 110

Toxicity Testing and Replenishing Micronutrients 116

Wrapping It Up 134

4 Best of All Worlds Special Diet: A Kid-Focused Way to Find the Right Diet Plan for Your Child 136

What Works, What Doesn't 141

Pick a Strategy: Is This Your Kid? 154

What to Expect from the Nutrition Care Process 169

Getting Started and Getting Sick 170

5 Supplements: Medical Foods and Making Sense of a Dizzying Array of Options 174

Functional Nutrients, Nutraceuticals, and Medical Foods: What Are Those? 174

The Story of EO28/Splash 177

The Importance of Classroom Calories 181

Is Splash Right for Your Child? 183

If You Want to Try Splash 186

Other Medical Foods 189

Starting, Adding, and Mixing Supplements 190

Getting a Better Multi 193

Therapeutic Dosing 194

Nutrition Supports for Seizure Control: Can Supplements Mitigate Seizures? 194

Final Thoughts on Supplements 203

6 Shop, Cook, Eat: Making Nutrition Work in Your Kitchen 205

What to Tell Your Child 207

Shop 209

Allow for a Gradual Transition 210

Withdraw the Lesser Opiate First 212

Sources for Gluten-Free Foods 213

Adding the Casein Restriction to Your Shopping List 215

Cooking Strategies: It's Easier Than You Think 221

Meal Plans 223

There Is Plenty to Eat 225

Classroom Strategies 225

Recipes 226

Sauces and Dressings 247

Desserts and Treats 251

Smoothies for Kids with Diet Restrictions 257

Wrapping It Up 260

Resources and Further Reading 261

Reading on the Biomedical Treatment Model for Autism 262

Books About Vaccination 264

Resources for Well Child Care 266

Helpful Websites for Families Affected by Autism 268

Monitoring Your Child's Progress 269

Calorie Recommendations for Children 269

How to Determine Your Child's Ideal Body Weight 270

Nutrition Diagnosis Codes 274

Lab Tests Quick Reference Guide 276

Index 279

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Great book!

    I am a mother of a daughter with autism and a daughter with ADD. This book was so helpful in making a plan of treatment for both my daughters! We couldn't get any help from their doctors who are clueless about the role nutrition plays in these disorders. The author was great in showing the pitfalls we might run into dealing with autism specialists and traditional doctors and how I, as a parent can safely plan a diet and supplements to improve the health of my children and help with their disorders. I feel very empowered and confident now in implementing the authors recommendations and hope it improves the health of our whole family. I would highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with autism or ADD in their children!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    A wonderful resource

    Special Needs Kids Eat Right is a wonderful resource for parents of children with a wide range of disorders, not just autism. It does not espouse any particular diet but rather offers common sense advice to help parents and health care providers determine the nutritional requirements and pitfalls of their special needs children. This book has been extremely helpful to my family.

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