I am writing this for a friend of mine. Her sister just passed away from melanoma, and was the mother of two young boys including an 8-year-old with Asperger's. The mother used to arrange all of his therapies and was the one who knew best how to communicate with and relate to him. As you can imagine, the boy's father is devastated and feeling unable to cope with his son's issues right now. Most of his care is being provided by an old-school grandmother who sees his difficulties as manipulative and is less than sympathetic. Prior to his mother's death, he was on a pretty restricted diet. My friend isn't sure if it was gfcf, but he was eating mostly fresh, unprocessed foods without preservatives. When they had initially switched to this diet, they saw an immediate change in him. Since her passing, he has been fed highly processed, sugary foods (lucky charms and pop tarts for breakfast, for example). And his behaviors have been challenging, a combination of many things certainly (chief among them serious grieving), but I can't imagine his current diet is helping matters.
Do any of you know of a book (or books) that explains
-the link between diet and Asperger's/Autism
-a straightforward explanation of Asperger's and associated behaviors
-relatively easy kid-friendly recipes that a grandmother who is fairly set in her ways could master?
TIA for any and all suggestions!
Mom to DD1 (Feb 2006) and DD2 (June 2008) with HIE, CP, dev delays and reflux