Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 747–757

Parents’ and Child Health Professionals’ Attitudes Towards Dietary Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Authors

  • Elizabeth Winburn
    • Solent NHS Trust
  • Jenna Charlton
    • Communication and Language SciencesNewcastle University
  • Helen McConachie
    • Institute of Health and Society, Sir James Spence InstituteNewcastle University
  • Elaine McColl
    • Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit, The Medical SchoolNewcastle University
  • Jeremy Parr
    • Institute of NeuroscienceNewcastle University
  • Anne O’Hare
    • Child Life and HealthUniversity of Edinburgh
  • Gillian Baird
    • Guys and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Paul Gringras
    • Guys and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • David C. Wilson
    • Child Life and HealthUniversity of Edinburgh
  • Ashley Adamson
    • Institute of Health & Society and Human Nutrition Research CentreNewcastle University
  • Sandra Adams
    • Department of Nutrition and DieteticsNorth Tyneside General Hospital
    • Institute of Health and Society, Sir James Spence InstituteNewcastle University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1922-8

Cite this article as:
Winburn, E., Charlton, J., McConachie, H. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2014) 44: 747. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1922-8

Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) use a wide range of interventions including poorly evidenced dietary interventions. To investigate parents’ and professionals’ experience of dietary interventions and attitudes towards a proposed trial to evaluate the gluten free casein free diet (GFCFD). Survey of UK parents of children with ASD, and professionals. 258 parents and 244 professionals participated. 83 % of children had received a range of dietary manipulations; three quarters of professionals have been asked for advice about GFCFD. Respondents identified an inadequate evidence base for dietary interventions in ASD and suggested modifications to a proposed trial design. Both parents and professionals supported the need for further evaluation of dietary interventions in ASD.

Keywords

AutismASDDietary interventionsGlutenCasein

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