Nutrition and Developmental Disabilities

Clinical Assessment
  • Daniel J. Raiten
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults. Until proved otherwise, autistic children have the same nutritional requirements for growth and development as nondisabled children. These two facts are generally ignored when considering the relationship between nutrition and autism/pervasive developmental disability (PDD). Although there has been considerable debate about the potential role of nutritional factors in autism, there is little concrete evidence to support either an etiologic link or nutritionally based treatment modality (Raiten & Massaro, 1986). The medical attention given to autistic children is usually centered around behavioral symptomatology rather than growth and development. Consequently, those individuals who have focused on nutrition have emphasized the potential for nutritional interventions as treatments rather than health maintenance regimens (Raiten & Massaro, in press).


Developmental Disability Autistic Child Specific Nutrient Nutritional Assessment Thiamine Deficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel J. Raiten
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral MedicineChildren’s Hospital, National Medical CenterUSA

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