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Topic 1. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Session B: Nutritional Status of Children with ASD 

For Topic 1. Autism Spectrum Disorder there are three Journal Club Sessions.  This is Session B. 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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Topic 1. Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Session B: Nutritional Status of Children with ASD 
In each section there are three articles for discussion.  As you read the articles, please reflect on the following questions and post your thoughts on the forum board.  Posting to the board is the only way to get CEUs for participation and it will allow you to interact with your peers.

Session B: After this session participants will be able to analyzye and compare the views of experts the current research on the altered nutritional status of children with ASD.  This section includes a study on bone development by Hediger, a diet comparison study between chlidren with ASD and without, a more recent comparison which includes specific nutrient levels and finally a review of 17 studies published dealing with altered folate metabolism in children with ASD.

Articles :

  • Hediger M (2008) Reduced bone cortical thickness in boys with autism or autism spectrum disorder.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  •  Herndon AC (2009)  Does nutritional intake differ between children with autism spectrum disorders and children with typical development. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder
  • Bandini (2010) Food Selectivity in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children. The Journal of Pediatrics
  • Supplemental – Main P AE (2010)  Folate and methionine metabolism in autism: a systematic review. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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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