Do older children and/or adults respond to this diet?

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Do older children and/or adults respond to this diet?

Yes. It is true that younger children respond better, and the children who have fully recovered have all, to our knowledge, been under age 3. Older children and even adults have had remarkable improvements however. How much response you see will depend on many factors in addition to age. These include: current level of functioning, condition of the gut, immune function, and of course, the subtype of the disorder. We have heard from high-functioning adults with autism who describe going on the diet as "a fog lifting." Despite the fact that older children and adults have not been "cured," many have achieved functioning far beyond their caregivers' expectations.


The content on this website is not to be taken as medical advice. We have gathered information here so that you can make an informed decision in partnership with your medical practitioner.

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Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. is the author of Special Diets For Special Kids I & II, the foremost books on gluten and casein-free diets for children with disabilities.

Karyn Seroussi

Karyn Seroussi Karyn Seroussi is the author of Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and PDD, the story of her son's autism recovery through dietary and other biomedical interventions.

Helping since 1995

Together Lewis and Seroussi created the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI.) Since 1995, ANDI has been helping and supporting parents using dietary and biomedical interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Last year, Lisa and Karyn again joined forces and put the sum of their knowledge in a new book, The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions. They continue to write and speak on the topic of dietary intervention, and to support other parents around the world.