Q&A with Jenny McCarthy
JM: Most people recommend getting rid of dairy first. Be careful because even though labels say "lactose free" you have to check the back for the work CASEIN. Do not buy if Casein is in the ingredients. Then after about a week or so move into getting rid of gluten. There are so many things at Whole Foods that you can find that your child can eat. I will be making a "getting started on the diet" list for Oprah.com in the next week of exactly the foods you can buy. In the meantime type in GF/CF on Google and you will see many online stores to choose from. My favorite is orgran.com. Also TACAnow.org even has kid recipes!!
Q: Can you tell me more about the signs that were obvious to you in retrospect? Especially any signs prior to your baby turning 1 year old?
JM: Evan was completely on target with all milestones in the first year of life. I always said you had to work a little harder to get him to laugh, but for the most part there were no obvious signs.
Q: What do you mean by window? Is there an age the window is shut for good?
JM: I was referring to a window of time. The best outcomes seem to happen with early intervention from ages 2 to 6. The window does NOT close. Kids and even adults can get better with treatment. Besides diet, supplements and detox I also recommend a therapy called RDI. Its like a behavior therapy but teaches the parent to become the therapist. It does great things for ALL ages of kids on the spectrum. More info at rdiconnect.com.