Autism and Special Needs Nutrition Biomedical Nutrition Protocols for Children with 
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), ADHD,
Developmental Delays and other Special Needs

Current statistics show that 1 in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism.  Likewise, children are being diagnosed with ADHD, ADD and other developmental delays at highly alarming rates.


Children with autism often have moderate to significant nutrition issues. These nutritional deficiencies can cause havoc in children’s growing bodies and minds, which can negatively affect growth, sleep, behavior and overall health.


Nutrient deficiencies cause serious health issues for children and adults.  Often nutrient deficiencies in children with autism are magnified compared to their non-autistic peers.  Correcting nutrition issues can give a child relief from unnecessary suffering and bring comfort back into the life of the whole family.  Trained practitioners around the country are seeing positive results using specific nutrition interventions in children with autism and other developmental delays.


Due to the complexity and lack of understanding of autism, most nutrition problems go undiagnosed by pediatricians and other health care providers. A thorough nutrition assessment takes time and requires intensive training.  Staci Small is a Registered Dietitian specifically trained to perform a detailed nutrition assessment for special needs children as well as provide nutrition care and monitoring for each individual.


Many MAPS practitioners utilizing a biomedical approach will recommend adjustments to a child’s nutrition before progressing to additional medical treatments. Practitioners and families have seen better results with biomedical interventions once nutritional deficiencies are corrected and the overall health of the child is more stable.


Common Improvements found with Proper Nutrition Intervention
in Children with Autism and ADHD:


   Behavior and social

   Increased speech and language skills

   Sleep patterns

   Bowel health


   Weight gain

   Fewer infections

   Happier, healthier child and family


Early intervention is key to the healing and recovery of children with autism and other special needs. If you are currently trying a special diet with your child and not seeing results, there may be pieces missing from the puzzle. Before beginning any nutrition adjustments to your child’s diet, it is imperative that a complete nutrition assessment is performed to maximize safety and effectiveness.


As you may have already discovered, it can take six to twelve months on a waiting list to see a doctor trained in using biomedical interventions.  Staci Small MA, RD is a Registered Dietitian trained in biomedical nutrition protocols for special needs children and is ready to address your child's nutrition needs immediately.


Autism, ADHD / ADD, Developmental Delays and other Special Needs Assessments


Nutrition care is vital to the health and well being of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), ADHD and other special needs. A detailed nutrition assessment will be completed by Staci Small MA, RD. Once evaluation is complete, an individualized nutrition care plan will be developed for your child which may include lab testing, diet changes, intake adjustments or supplementation. We will work together to determine the best course(s) of action for you and your family. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor progress and make adjustments as needed. The client may be asked to provide requested preliminary data, if applicable, before the initial session.


Autism, ADHD / ADD, Developmental Delays and other Special Needs Diets


Staci Small MA, RD is trained and experienced in implementing and monitoring the following special diets for children with autism and other special needs:


   Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet (GFCF)

   Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

   Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS)

   Candida Diet

   Low Oxalate Diet

   Feingold Diet / Phenols and Salicylates


Implementing any of the above special diets for children with autism and other special needs can be challenging for both children and parents, especially without proper guidance.  Meeting with a practitioner that is trained in proper implementation protocol is highly important. After reviewing your child’s personal history, previous diagnosis as well as your goals, specific diet modifications will be recommended.  Follow-up consultations are usually necessary to monitor diet modifications and progress.


Laboratory Testing


The Wellness Philosophy offers various forms of laboratory testing to provide a more clear picture of your child's symptoms. The following testing is available:


   Food Sensitivity / Food Allergy

   Gluten / Casein Peptides

   Candida (yeast overgrowth)

   Vitamin and Nutrient Deficiency

   Stool Analysis

   Organic Acids

   Metabolic Pathways




Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs often need supplementation to strengthen their bodies to aid in the healing process.  Recommendations will be made during your initial and follow up consultations if supplementation is determined to be necessary or beneficial.  The Wellness Philosophy offers only supplements, probiotics and enzymes that are rigorously third-party tested for potency and purity.


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