Ask the Horizons Team: How a Child’s Diet Impacts Health


Ask the Horizons Team: How a Child’s Diet Impacts Health


I’m trying to understand more about how my child’s diet and general health may be impacting her symptoms, specifically her sleep and irritability.  She has a diagnosis of autism.  Do you have any books or resources you recommend?

-Brian in Michigan


Hi Brian,

First of all, I’d like to congratulate you on recognizing that what your child is eating and the state of her overall health may be impacting some of the challenges you are experiencing with her.  These issues can occur with autism, ADHD, and many other disorders, and can be an important part of treatment for autism and related disorders. I’d like to direct you to one of my favorite books on this topic written by my colleague Judy Converse.  The book is called Special Needs Kids Eat Right, and it has a wealth of information that is easy to understand and provides strategies for addressing things like sleep issues, limited diets, stomach issues, and many more.  You can find it on Amazon and many other places online.  Judy is a dietician who specializes in these kinds of issues, and she has a way of explaining things that is very parent-friendly.  Check out the book and let me know if you find it helpful!

Take care,


    April 4, 2012

    Hello from Rhodes island Greece. My 8 years old son is into autism spectrum.He is a picky eater.He eats fried potatoes cut into aspecific way.He eats diferrent kind of breads.he loves specific kind of tinned juices and also specific kind of chocolates.He eats croissants choosing to eat only the marmelade.How can I possibly help him?What kind of help shpuld I ask?

  • Nicole Beurkens, PhD
    April 4, 2012

    It sounds like your son has many significant feeding issues. It is very possible to improve these issues, but you will need to get treatment support from a professional who understands the underlying needs and how to treat them. If you would like to get some specific ideas about how to help, or some additional resources to investigate, please contact our office and set up a consultation with Erin. She is our feeding specialist and can give you information to help you get started on the right path.

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