My 6yo DD has Asperger's/ADHD and we have her on a strict GF/CF, preservative free, dye-free, MSG free and probably a few other things that I can't remember right now! LOL
We have done this diet for over two years now, and every time we experiment and let her eat one of the above toxins she regresses. It took about a year of eating this way for her to broaden her diet and now she eats some pretty amazing foods!! Things that she wouldn't touch a couple years ago. Things her brother and sister will not touch much less eat!
I have been told that this does not work for everyone. I have also been told that some children can handle the dairy, but not the gluten or vice versa. We have found that my DD can handle goat milk, goat cheese and other goat products just fine, but the cow's milk makes her very sick to her stomach. Once you have established that it's working, you can do some experiments by adding one thing back in for a week or so and watching for behavior changes.
As for results, for my DD, she isn't so "fluttery" from thought to thought from activity to activity. She can actually sit and concentrate. She has lost a lot of her tantrums and what we call her "quirky" "crazy" behavior.
She CAN control her behavior most
of the time.
For the first month when we started I remember her getting very sick. I almost stopped completely because I wanted her to eat and not throw up or have diarrhea. But the doc told me that she's experiencing a detox.
For a child that was completely constipated, she's fairly normal in that area also. A very welcome change!!
I am not saying this diet cured her, because it definitely did not. But to me, it definitely helps her with her out of control behaviors.
My biggest suggestion would be to either video or document some specific activities. Implement the diet, full boat. (I know it's hard in the beginning, but I promise it gets SO much easier over time!!) Then after a month, I would do that same activity again and watch for changes.
We can always tell when my DD has gotten something she shouldn't have, because her behavior over the next couple days is very different again.
We notice a lot of misbehaviors when the dyes have gotten into her system, so we try to avoid them as much as possible. It's all very inconvenient, but if you knew my daughter before and know her now, it's such a change that's worth any inconvenience of my part!