Speech Delays – Part 4
THE GREAT EXPERIMENT begins …
We have an associate whose son crossed the 2 year/3 month threshold and still was not talking. After consulting with her on our Speech Delays – Part 1 article, she conducted an experiment for us by temporarily putting her family on a gluten-free(GF)/dairy-free(DF) diet.
She began by writing a menu containing some of her son’s favorite foods. Because this diet change was an experiment, she did not want to invest a lot of money into specialty foods. So she bought a few staples to supplement their meat/potato/vegetable/fruit diet – enough to take her through a few weeks:
- almond milk(vanilla flavor)
- almond flour
- GF frozen waffles
- corn tortilla chips
- rice cakes
- GF cereal
- rice or corn pasta
- a few GF/DF frozen dinners
Armed with the above supplies, both mother and son began this new eating regimen. Below is a brief log of her findings to date:
- Day 1: Day was normal until around 5:30pm. Son did not want to watch his favorite video or any TV. He just wanted to play quietly. At 7:30pm, he signaled that he wanted to go to bed. Quietly. Without any meltdown or resistance.
- Day 2: Same as Day 1.
- Day 3: Son said “DaaDee.” Only said “DaaDaa” before.
- Day 4: Son’s appetite increased. Liked ground beef and ate it! Less picky about food choices.
- Days 5 & 6: Accidentally ate wheat gluten in some McDonalds’ hash browns and sausage. Slept fitfully for two days but slept for 12 hours each night.
- Day 7: Mother noticed that SHE was thinking more clearly – increased cognitive function.
- Day 8: Son said “Na Na,” as in “No.”
- Day 9: Son said “HaDau” as in “Hot Dog.”* Said “Bir” as in “Bird” while watching a children’s video with a bird in it. Mother also noticed improved behavior. Story time at the library went well. Son is more patient. Gets frustrated less.
* Note: Keep in mind that speech development begins with initial sounds – the first letter and vowel sound of a word. Ending sounds do not arrive until sometime later. (See A Rhyme in Time)