Would you like your child to take part in a QUT research project on prebiotics and behaviour in children with ASD?

We are looking for children with a clinical diagnosis of ASD and between the age of 4 and 10 years to take part in our study.

The aim of this study is to see if modifying the gut microbiome through a prebiotic supplement will reduce daily stress levels of children with ASD so that they can better cope with their daily activities and be more responsive to behavioural therapies.

What happens during the study:
• We ask that your child take approx. ½ tsp of either prebiotic (GOS) or placebo (maltodextrin) daily for 6 weeks.
• We will measure the gut microbiota through a stool sample, and the stress hormone cortisol by collecting your child’s saliva on day 1 and day 42. These are non-invasive methods chosen to minimise stress.
• We will ask you to fill in some questionnaires to enable us to measure changes to behaviour, ASD traits, sleep, diet and gastrointestinal symptoms.
• You will be asked to attend 3 appointments with a paediatric dietitian specialised in the area of ASD. She will teach you some of the principles of the SOS Approach to feeding, a method based on desensitisation.
The study takes 6 weeks and you will receive a summary of the results. Both products are a type of carbohydrate and are completely safe for consumption. A test dose will be available before enrolling. All costs will be covered.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the lead researcher, Jacqui Palmer (Paediatric Dietitian, APD)
by email: j.palmer@hdr.qut.edu.au or
by telephone: 0470317447 (8.45am to 6pm)
and you can read the participant information sheet here ETH_prebioticASD_INFORMATION-SHEET_v5_16-04-2019.

This study has QUT ethics approval (number 1800000774) and clinical trials registration (ACTRN12619000615189).

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