Being April, the words “autism awareness” are being strewn everywhere. However, “awareness” of autism prevalence alone falls short. People need to know WHAT autism is, and HOW you can improve the lives and families of those affected.Sadly, too many Autism Awareness articles do not honestly tell people what they can do to help. The greatest “autism awareness” that you can share, is the fact that the trajectory of the disorder CAN be influenced by the CHOICES a parent makes regarding treatment and therapies. Things cannot improve until you know that they can! Improving what you feed your child is very powerful, any family can begin right away. When a child’s body is healthier and functioning better, mood and learning improve, and subsequently children can get even more benefit from ABA, speech, and other therapies. For Autism Awareness Month, I propose we adopt Autism Action Month. During this month, help spread the word that diet and nutrition intervention can improve autism. Some ideas:
- Talk to a family at the playground whose child is eating a blue lollipop, tell them what you know about the influence of the dyes and chemicals.
- WRITE SOMETHING to share with your child’s teachers and therapists on how making particular food choices has helped your child be healthier and learn better – this way, those who work with other families will have knowledge of the benefit (they have their “hands tied” to some extent, but everything starts with awareness).
- SEND a link, video, article…to someone you think can benefit from a small bit of awareness.
- Point them to my Free Parent’s Guide.
- Share/read a comment on this page below about how diet and nutrition has helped you/your child