Prince has been on the gluten and dairy free diet for Autism for many years. It seemed to make a difference, at first, to his behaviour, so we have stuck to it. When you have a child with ASD, you do whatever you can if you think it helps.
Over the years, the diet has been poo-pooed by some in the medical profession as not having enough evidence to prove its veracity. In truth, there have been only a couple of experiments done, with small groups, and one cannot say either way in terms of a scientifically proven link. Still, thinking that we had better be sure, we reintroduced gluten into Prince’s diet. There have, seemingly, been few ill effects. We were excited to try to introduce dairy. Utter disaster. The demanding-anxious-controlling behaviour has increased dramatically, and last night we had the latest screaming tantrum. When you have an adolescent screaming at you, it ain’t pretty…
So we said we’ll stop the dairy – and if the behaviour continues despite stopping dairy, we’ll put it down to hormones, and it’s back to the drawing board, and if it does decrease, we’ll know it’s the dairy.
It’s all very draining. Especially on top of everything else.
In some good news: the police have received statements from some of my friends and family and from my former counsellor, and I believe they are looking to wrap up their case and hand it over to the CPS for them to decide how to proceed. This means either they will take it to court, or they will say there is not enough evidence after all this time.
At the least, it has made me realise that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the devastating long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse, and that this needs to be taken into consideration with regard to sentencing, and when paedophiles are released from prison. When an accident or negligence happens to a child and they are left with long-term physical effects, there are pay-outs to meet their ongoing needs. As yet, there is no recognition of the fact that childhood sexual abuse is emotionally crippling and can affect the individual for the rest of their lives. Trauma changes the brain. Repeated trauma changes the brain sometimes in ways that cannot be undone. And at the very least, a person is prevented from leading the life they would have had the potential to live and should be supported in whatever ways possible to live a ‘normal’ life.
Anyway, I’m off to throw all this approaching-middle-age angst into my writing. Frank and I decided I would officially call myself A Writer. So I had better get on with it.