Diet for Autism

Leading experts and parents agree that the process of healing children with autism begins with improving their diet. Dietary intervention is based on sound science, nutritionist’s clinical experience, and parent’s anecdotal reports from around the world.  For parents, taking charge of diet is a powerful avenue of healing and a suggested component of any early intervention plan.

Significant scientific research and overwhelming experiential data indicate a link between autism symptoms and diet. As reported by Autism Research Institute (ARI) in a survey of thousands of parents; The Gluten- (wheat) and Casein- (dairy) free (GFCF) diet has a 69% improvement rating, and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) has a 71% improvement rating.  That is, most parents who diligently apply diet and nutrition intervention report positive affect on behavior, cognition, general health, or well being.  In research funded by Autism Speaks, 85% of parents reported improvement with autism diets. This is affirmed when networking with other parents on our Facebook group: Nourishing Hope for Autism Diet Community, or in many other online support forums for those following autism diets.


There are varied dietary strategies for children and adults on the autistic spectrum. The best for a particular individual depends on many factors such as digestive capacity, bio-individuality, family history, symptoms and more. The two most common diets are the GFCF diet and SCD.

Success in applying nutritional intervention is crucial. Parents need to be fully empowered to be most effective, as they are the greatest influence on their child’s potential. Parents truly are the champions of the health and treatment plan for their child.  Parents note the following improvements in their children when following  special autism diet:

  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced constipation and diarrhea
  • Less rash or eczema
  • Physical pain relieved
  • Aggressive behavior ceases
  • Language skills increase
  • Ability to focus & cognitive readiness
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Increased eye contact
  • Easier toilet training