Year of Publication

2009

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Agriculture

Department

Hospitality and Dietetic Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Hazel Forsythe

Abstract

The incidence of autism continues to rise with no cure or understanding of the cause of the disorder. Approximately one in 150 children will be diagnosed with an (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder although recent prevalence data suggest one in 91. The objective of the study is to assess medicinal intake regarding prescription and nonprescription medications of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and its affect on their nutritional status compared to age, and sex matched healthy children. The study included families of children with autism in which they completed questionnaires and 24‐hour recalls. There were 26 children used within the questionnaire and 13 were utilized in the 24‐hour recall, ranging in age from 2‐11. Results demonstrated that children with autism were not deficient in relation to vital nutrients needed for neurological function. Prescription and nonprescription medications also did not pose many side effects; however, there was slight weight gain in their utilization. Information from the assessments of the child’s nutritional needs and drug nutrient interaction will allow parents, paraprofessionals and healthcare professionals to provide education to families.

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