I work as a teachers’ aide in special schools and we mainly look after children with autism as well as children with challenging behaviours and high needs. I can tell you from my experience assisting children with autism during snack and lunchtime that most of the kids come with processed food, usually chips and crackers.  Some eat up to 4 small packets a day, as they like the crunchy texture. I can see a child go from calm to extreme change in behaviour after eating foods like BBQ Shapes and some types of Harvest Snaps, both containing glutamates , on top of having sweet snack foods containing 160b (the colour does terrible things to these children but that's another story). Parents feel guilty and giving kids these foods which become their favourites and could never take them away as it's become part of their routine. Eating changes their behaviours significantly, hand flapping increases, closing ears, pacing etc compared to the odd child that has a strict diet of only protein and limited veg and fruit. It doesn't take away the autism but the child is a great deal calmer and easier for us to manage - Sheree

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