We achieved remarkable results using the GAPS diet to recover our son from Autism. After about a year on the diet James’ speech, eye contact, and swimming remarkably improved.
Before GAPS diet:
James was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. He would often exhibit autistic behaviors such as flapping his hands, toe walking, and banging his head on the ground when frustrated. James would run around aimlessly in circles. He did not point at objects. Potty training was not even a consideration. James would obsessively play with trains for hours. He had no interest in opening Christmas presents, literally dropping them on the ground and walking away. James would play by himself, even in a roomful of children. He rarely looked people in the eye. A standardized speech test put James down in the 6th percentile. When he did speak, he used one word utterances like “cracker” or “train”. When my husband and I spoke to James, he literally couldn’t understand what we were saying to him. He also exhibited echolalia, where he would repeat things that he heard without understanding a word of it. James never asked any questions.
After GAPS diet:
Within a year of starting GAPS James was enrolled in regular preschool, speaking in complete sentences, using pronouns correctly, potty trained, playing with other students, and asking questions. I could hold actually conversations with my child, and he was popular with friends at his school. Within 2 years we dissolved his IEP completely, and he discontinued OT and speech therapy. James lost his Autism diagnosis.
In order to track your progress, you’ll want to keep records before and after. I suggest you take a moment today to:
- Complete the free Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) ARI offers the ATEC in several languages. Be sure to date it.
- Shoot videos of your child’s challenging behaviors.
- Make a list of what your child is currently eating, and date it.
Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.