ADHD, ODD & FOOD ALLERGIES, WOW...IT IS REAL!!!
We are now about 10 weeks into an elimination diet for my son Michael, and I can say that the results are lasting. He is continuing to improve. I have to admit, I thought it was a fluke; or was concerned that it was a fluke, but it is not.
Last week Michael started summer school...the true test. Would he stand up to the pressures of learning and still hold his new cooperative/focused/non-oppositional status....HE DID!!!
One glitch. The third day, Michael felt the pressure, and went back to "old" tools. He quit. The teacher tried to real him back in and failed. In the end he called me. Michael and I had a very firm conversation about what is no longer an option for him anymore: Quitting, ignoring instruction, any disrespectful behavior....OMG! It worked. My son turned his behavior around and finished the day with good performance.
I have to share with you, that over the last3 year's, this would have never happened. In the past, he would have shut me out, hid under a table and there would have been nothing that anybody could have done to turn the moment around.
Today, over the last 10 weeks, things have been different. My son is still 8 at the end of the day. He still has moments. But the difference is that He is able to be reached. Emotionally, and cognitively.
The elimination diet has changed his world. He is happy, functioning, and more sensory organized. His anger, oppositional tendencies have all but disappeared, and when they crop up, I am able deal with him with traditional parenting ways.
For today, I have a different child.
I am grateful and thankful for the research that has led to answers for my son.