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The study is nicknamed the VIDOMA study, short for VItamin D and OMega-3 in Autism.
Children with ASD often have deficiencies in their diet due to physical and behavioural issues related to the condition. Some of the nutrients which can be deficient in children with ASD are known to affect brain development and function. The two nutrients that this study is going to investigate are vitamin D and omega-3. Recent studies have shown that there are a variety of methods by which both these nutrients can affect the function and connectivity of the developing brain.
If shown to be effective, increasing the vitamin D and omega-3 status of children with ASD may be a powerful, non-invasive and low cost strategy for improving some of the symptoms of ASD and improving the quality of life for children and their families.
As a participant in this study, your child will have a number of assessments which are not usually available through standard care from the District Health Board. Any nutritional deficiencies will be identified at the beginning of the study and addressed. You will receive a wealth of information about your child’s responses to the psychological assessments which are normally valued at approximately $400. You will also be helping with research which, if successful, could make an important difference for many other children and families like yours.
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Last updated on Monday 06 March 2017