I have been doing a lot of reading and talking to people and encountered almost daily the advice to try a Gluten free/ Casein free diet to help everything from severe Autism to ADHD. I read that a lot of children with sensory integration issues have digestive problems (which Luke seemed to be experiencing) and that Gluten and Casein seemed to be extra difficult for these children to digest due to damage in the intestinal tract.
Then, about 2 months ago (since Luke has started speaking more) Luke started telling me almost daily that his tummy was hurting. So I was thinking about trying this diet but was scared to start because Luke eats so few things. He was basically eating pureed baby food, bread, and milk. But I finally decided that we needed to bite the bullet and make some changes to see if it worked to help him.
Luke has been off of milk for 2 weeks and gluten (wheat and oats) for 1 week. So far he has stopped complaining that his tummy hurts, his chronic runny stools have cleared up, he is sleeping better at night, AND he has made leaps and jumps in his development. He is focusing better, and has made a big increase in the number of verbs he is using and in the complexity of his sentences. We've gotten great reports from school and from his therapists and are so glad we tried this.
His progress makes the challenges of this diet completely worth it.
(And as an added benefit, I've lost 3 pounds!)