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Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kenneth Aitken



Given the increased interest in the relationship between diet and autism spectrum conditions, this is a timely publication which is both thorough and balanced in content. Parents and professionals alike will find this book of use by virtue of Ken's meticulous reviews of current scientific evidence for a variety of diets combined with practical advice on the application of such interventions.'

- Dr. Paul Whiteley, Autism Research Unit

'Dr. Aitken provides a timely synthesis of diet interventions in autistic spectrum disorders set within a framework of historical and political references. This informative work offers invaluable assistance to the wider clinical team, further enabling effective support and guidance to the ASD community in its quest for a healthy future.'

- Rosemary Kessick, former CEO of AiA (Allergy Induced Autism)

Research in autism increasingly indicates the existence of different forms of the condition, and the possibility of dietary interventions having a positive effect on symptoms and behaviours associated with autism.

The author explores the main dietary approaches that have been advocated in ASD. For each approach, the author explores the potential benefits; evidence for and against the diet and its relation to different genetic conditions; and information, where available, on relevant publications, web resources and support groups. The author proposes an approach, the Simple Restriction Diet (SRD), which he describes in detail, explaining how to implement this approach and how to use it to work out whether a dietary approach is of benefit.

This book will be a valuable resource for families, individuals and professionals wishing to understand and explore the possibilities of dietary interventions and the benefits they can have for those on the autism spectrum.

Often overlooked by professionals, dietary interventions in autistic spectrum disorders can be very helpful and more importantly, are something that parents and carers can actually do to help the children. However, many different diets have been suggested and parents/carers can waste time and money trying the wrong diet for their particular child. Dr Aitken's book gives much-needed practical advice on matching the diet to the child and clear explanations about the biochemical background involved. Essential reading for anyone caring for a child with ASD.
Dr Rosemary Waring, University of Birmingham
There is a great deal to praise about this book: the format, the style where science is both readable and comprehensible, the facts, the theories and claims, and a hefty dose of reality.
Whitterer on Autism
this book provides an excellent overview of dietary interventions and would be a valuable resource approach is thorough and balances technical and practical information skillfully.
Eletronic Journal of Applied Psychology
Kenneth J. Aitken is an experienced psychologist and author with a specialist interest in ASDs. He works as an Independent Consultant, based in Edinburgh and as a Clinical Psychologist for the LD-CAMHS Service, Greater Glasgow, and was previously Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. He is co-author of Children with Autism, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 History of the current crisis
Chapter 3 The Bretton Woods System
Chapter 4 Trade and capital
Chapter 5 The more we pay the more we owe
Chapter 6 ...the less we have
Chapter 7 Environmental and political implications
Chapter 8 Alternative solutions?
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