Autism and Aggression

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.13.34 PMAggression is a difficult, and sometimes devastating symptom that can occur in children for a variety of reasons—some known and some unknown.  Some of these are nature and others are nurture.

It’s a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak.

Potential causes of aggression:

  • It may be an imbalance of neurotransmitters or hormones.
  • Sometimes the aggression is caused by pain (often gastrointestinal), and people injure themselves or others—we know this because parents and doctors report that for some children when serious GI disorders are addressed, aggression have been know to disappear.
  • Low blood sugar can create feelings of anxiety and a sense of urgency around food that can be aggressive.
  • There is scientific evidence that certain nutrient deficiencies are associated with aggression.
  • And finally, food reactions have been associated with aggression.

Certainly, aggression can happen from the frustration or anger associated with a child being denied a food.  For the purpose of this article though, we will focus on foods that can trigger /cause aggression from consumption.

Read the rest of my article, published in the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of The Autism File Magazine, where we will discuss food related causes of aggression, including:

Gluten, Dairy and Food Allergens

Phenols and Salicylates

Amines and Glutamates

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Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Author, and Published Researcher. I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism, ADHD, and related disorders can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their learning and behavior. With 17 years of experience and my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives. Join us.

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One response to “Autism and Aggression”

  1. Great information, I’ll be sharing this with my clients who need to know about it.

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