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Topic 1. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Session A: Efficacy of Nutrition Based Treatments including the Gluten Free Casein Free diet 
For Topic 1. Autism Spectrum Disorder there are three Journal Club Sessions.  This is Session A. Each session is worth one continuing education unit (CEU)  from CDR. After completion of any of the sessions by registering for the Journal Club, reading the assigned articles and posting to the forum board you will receive a certificate of participation, one CEU per session. For details on how to obtain CEU’s, see attachment below.

SessionsTopicsDates of Participation
Session AEfficacy of Nutrition Based TreatmentsSeptember 1-30, 2010
Session BNutritional Status of Children with ASDOctober 1-30,    2010
Session CIssues Faced by FamiliesNovember 1-30, 2010

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Session A :  After this session participants will be able to summarize, discuss and apply the current status of the evidence based research on the efficacy of the Gluten Free Casein Free diet (GFCF) as nutrition based treatment for ASD.  This section includes a current Cochran Database Review by Millward, an expert panel review by the current researchers in the field by Buie, a commentary by Marcason of the American Dietetic Association and an updated article by Elder who has recently completed a study on the use of GFCF.

Articles :

  • Millward w. (2008)  Gluten- and casein-free diets for autistic spectrum disorder. Cochran Database Review
  • Buie (2010) Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders in Individuals With ASDs: A Consensus Report,  Pediatrics
  • Elder JH (2008) The gluten-free, casein-free diet in autism: an overview with clinical implications. Nutrition in Clinical Practice
  • Supplemental -Marcason W. (2009) What is the current status of research concerning use of a gluten-free, casein –free diet for children diagnose with autism? Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Some thought questions to get you started:

  1. What are the implications from these articles for new policy and practice?
  2. What is the quality of the science we are basing this on?
  3. Do the findings from these studies resonate with your experience?
  4. Please take some time now to post your thoughts on the forum board. 
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