Monday, March 29, 2010

No Why?!?

My baby is dead.... My laptop.... I want to cry... It was so young ... I am going to try my hardest to repair it but it doesn't look good ... Good thing I am a good ... I backed EVERYTHING up today. I knew something was wrong... Mommy always knows.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gluten Free Casein Free Diet for the Al's

I believe that education is the key to success.... I am sure everyone can agree to that. Since that loon of a Speech Therapist spoke about a casein free diet, it has been in the back of my mind.

Like I said in my last post, I am willing to try any thing for my kids.

So what on earth is a Gluten Free Casein Free Diet or GFCF diet autism?

It is one of several alternative treatments for children with autism. When following this strict elimination diet, all foods containing gluten and casein are removed from the child's daily food intake.Some parents of children with autism believe their children are allergic or sensitive to the components found in these foods. Yet even when no allergy is confirmed, many parents of autistic children still choose to offer the GFCF diet. Among the benefits they report are changes in speech and behavior.

How does a gluten-free/casein-free diet for autism work?
The gluten-free/casein-free diet is based on the theory that children with autism may have an allergy or high sensitivity to certain foods. In particular, the theory targets foods that contain gluten and casein. Children with autism, according to the theory, process peptides and proteins in foods containing gluten and casein differently than other people do. Hypothetically, this difference in processing may exacerbate autistic symptoms. Some believe that the brain treats these proteins like false opiate-type chemicals. The reaction to these chemicals, they say, leads a child to act in a certain way. (Webmd)

I have reached out for help on this topic... the more information I can get the better.

Speech Delays....Autism....& Milk Protein Allergies?

Well I had no idea what a casein-free diet was until Little Al's former Speech Therapist told me to completely remove Milk from Big Al's diet. I had hear of gluten-free diets but never casein-free.

I am at the point in my life where I would try anything for my children to live a better life...but this therapist seems to be more interested in getting my kids off of milk then providing services.
Last month, when Little Al's services were set to begin, her Speech Therapist went M.I.A. She waited two weeks to contact me. Within the month of February she was scheduled to see Little Al's nine times. She saw Little Al .....ONCE! She conducted an interview with me via telephone and was uninterested in getting history on Little Al's but getting information about Big Al's diagnosis and diet. That was clue number one. After our "interview" she didn't contact me for another week. She set a time to provide service to Little Al with my husband present. When she arrived one hour late, she began to push my husband to completely stop milk in Big Al's diet. As soon as she left my husband text me, "I don't have a good vibe about this chick." That was clue number two. He told me that she was trying to read "Green Eggs and Ham" to Little Al. THREE! THAT'S IT! I picked up the phone and called my service coordinator and told her I need a new Speech Therapist.

Reasons why I needed a new ST:

1-She is not a Doctor nor a medical professional to tell me what to do with my son's diet. Especially since you are to service my daughter.

2-She was not serious about providing services....You saw her ONCE!

3-Why would you read "Green Eggs and Ham" to a delayed one year old child. It's a reading level of a seven year old and should be read to normal children that are four. Did you really thinking Little Al was going to listen to you, shoot I know I wouldn't have.

A few days after services were stopped the ST call me at 10pm. She wanted to see Little Al the next day. I told her services were stopped please speak to my service coordinator if you have any questions. She didn't like my professionalism. She stated, "I tired to help you, you know." I hung up. She was lucky she didn't wake up any of my kids calling that late...ROAR!

This pass week, we finally got a new ST set to start soon....I hope she is not a loon.

HOLY COW! What a month!

I have no idea where to begin.

Between PT's , OT and ST, I have been one busy mommy. I have spring break from work this week and I hope to have a few more post before I have to go back to work.

I leave you today with a picture.