Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian specializing in nutrition therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has over 30 years of experience ranging from providing individual nutrition therapy, training professionals and parents, and presenting seminars nationwide on the topic of nutrition and autism. She is an accomplished lecturer with a professional, yet approachable style that has made her a sought out presenter for professional and parent audiences alike.
Elizabeth also provides nutrition therapy to children with autism. She works closely with parents to develop a nutrition care plan to address the individual nutritional needs of their child.
Elizabeth is also a published author, "Eating for Autism ... The 10-Step Nutrition Plan To Help Treat Your Child's Autism, Asperger's, or ADHD."
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To enhance professionals and parents' knowledge, skills, and practice competencies to improve the quality of nutritional care provided to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Registered Dietitian (RD); Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian (LD); State of Texas
Bachelor of Science (BS), Dietetics; Louisiana State University
Master of Science (MS), Foods and Nutrition; University of Georgia
Post-graduate Training, Nutrition Therapy for Children with Special Health Care Needs
American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Texas Dietetic Association (TDA)
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine ADA
Autism Society of America (ASA)
Elizabeth is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Currently, she lives in Glen Rose, Texas (near Ft. Worth/Dallas), with her husband, Keith Sauls. She has three children (Jacob, Jessica and Jackson).
Autism is the most puzzling childhood disorder. Treating autism is like putting pieces of a puzzle together. Parents and professionals must work together to find the most effective combination of treatment approaches that help the individual child. Nutrition is a critical piece of the autism puzzle that is often missing.
Children with autism are at risk for many nutritional problems such as nutrient deficiencies, drug/nutrient interactions, food allergies/sensitivities/intolerance, gastrointestinal disorders, and feeding problems. Identifying and treating nutritional problems can have a positive impact on the child's health, maximize brain function, and enhance their response to other treatment approaches.
Parents are increasing recognizing the important role nutrition plays in improving their child's autistic symptoms and gastrointestinal problems. However, parents are overwhelmed with the massive amount of nutrition information they learn about from support groups, the press, the Internet, and other sources. Parents need help from professionals to guide them through the maze of confusing nutrition information. Unfortunately, most professionals do not feel prepared to assist parents in this area of treatment. Professionals need training on the current scientific based information in order to help families make informed decisions regarding diet, nutritional supplements, and feeding problems.
Recognizing this need, I formed ASD Nutrition Seminars & Consulting with the goal to educate professionals and empower parents to make informed decisions regarding integrating nutrition into the child's comprehensive treatment plan.