If you are the parent of a child with ADHD or autism, you most likely spend a great deal of time and energy finding the “best” practitioners, working with school systems to ensure that your child has an appropriate learning plan, and coping with other related issues. Food acceptance is one of those areas that plague parents of children with disabilities. Some focus on diet in hopes that it holds the key to improving symptoms, while others lack the energy to effectively address it. Science has not found various diets (gluten-free, sugar-free, additive-free) or dietary supplements to be effective at treating the behavioral, emotional or learning difficulties associated with these conditions, but that doesn’t mean that diet isn’t important. Children challenged in this way are more likely to be deficient in nutrients due to a narrow list of accepted foods and erratic eating patterns. Often this is the result of sensory issues. A child may be particularly sensitive to specific smells, tastes, or feel of foods.
Dr. Dolins helps families reduce the stress of mealtime by working with your child to improve the range of accepted foods and ensure a nutritionally adequate diet.