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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

For a little over a year now, our family has been shifting our eating habits in order to deal with various health issues including digestion problems, ADHD, and allergies/ food sensitivities. It has already been quite a journey, and we are still just beginning! There is so much to learn and it can be hard to figure out, “Okay! So what CAN we all eat and enjoy?” Thankfully, there are authors like Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. who have “Been there! Done that! Wrote the book!”

This version of Special Diets for Special Kids is actually a compilation of the previous volumes 1 and 2 with updated information and recipes from more recent research. It is an informational book and cookbook in one, and also includes a CD of over 200 Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GF/CF) printable recipes!

What is “Gluten-Free/Casein-Free” any way? Lewis does a great job of walking readers through the meaning behind this term, and how and why such a diet has been beneficial for children with issues such as Autism, ADHD, allergies, and more. She also outlines a few other variations of the diet for those who are affected by different food sensitivities such as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the Body Ecology Diet (BED), and the Low Oxalate Diet (LOD).

If you are just learning about how your child(ren)’s (or your own) medical challenges can be helped through diet, Special Diets for Special Kids is a great starting point. If you already follow a GF/CF diet or variation, Lewis’ book is a great refresher course that will also add to your recipe choices. Lewis includes a variety of recipes to choose from (including four different pancake recipes!) to suit different tastes and sensitivities, as well as a range of cooking and baking abilities and level of cooking interest. Special Diets for Special Kids is full of resources and recommendations for other books, organizations, websites, and helpful and delicious products and where to find them.

Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis is an excellent resource for dietary intervention. It is well designed and organized, and full of great information and good eats!

Rating: 4.5/5

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Future Horizons and Sensory World. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.