As you may already know, food allergies are prevalent in the autistic community. In addition to the food allergy responses we are most familiar with, certain foods have been reported to provoke a behavioral reaction. As Kelly Barnhill, Director of Clinical Care at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development, in Austin, Texas (speaking on the Autism Speaks website) points out, “Clearly such symptoms [such as hives, GI responses, anaphylaxis] can cause a bad day for anyone. This can be particularly true of a child or adult living with autism – who may not be able to communicate or fully understand or explain his or her discomfort.”
Today is International Autism Awareness Day and the entire month of April is Autism awareness month. So, you may see people going blue today in support of Autism research and hear of autism awareness walks. And you can lend a hand, too! Download ContentChecked’s app today. ContentChecked helps those with food allergies find grocery products that are safe for their specific allergies. For each download (free or paid) during the month of April, ContentChecked with donate $1 to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.
For more information about ContentChecked, check them out online or read my post, “Look Who’s Blogging at ContentChecked…”