Date: 15-05-12 11:42
So glad to help. It is such a relief when others have been through it and share what worked for them. Those books will be very worthwhile, good for you for getting onto it fast.
As for the gluten, trace amounts of gluten seem to be fine, but a small bite of gluten at a party or grandparents house will set him off for three days. It helps if relatives and friends stick to it too. I give him gluten free party food and cake to take along. I tell people he has a behavioral allergy to gluten. Now if he sees something with gluten he will pull back and say he doesn't want to be angry. Oats are iffy, I avoid all oats as I get stomach pains (gluten symptom) myself from them and popcorn too, strangely. Also, gelatin puts me and DS into that angry state, so I avoid marshmellows and jelly-like treats etc. Cadbury flake seems to be the only chocolate I can eat and remain happy, (haven't tried DS on it yet) chip flavouring is wheat based so choose plain everything and rice crackers or rice cakes are good bread substitute for lunches as GF bread can be pricey. There is a milo substitute that is quite nice from health shops. Here are some GF websites that may help.
GF WORKSHOP http://www.glutenfreemadeeasy.co.nz
Also, for people living in Auckland there is a retired chef and hotel manager couple living in Pukekohe advertising a GF made easy workshop with new recipes, conversion of your favourite old recipe info and novel ideas and tips on food bearing gardens and finding retailers who sell ingredients at the right price. The workshops run for 5 hours on some Saturdays. Click on link above or ph. 021 395 593. (I just copied this straight from the paper and intend to book a place for myself soon, so will let you know how it goes. $95)
Also, I can understand people who don't want labels put on their kids. In our case, the label of gifted helped halt other labels of ADD and ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) and because it is a registered special need it must be supported and every effort made to integrate the child into normal school life, plus the gifted label is more positive than the label of "bully" "class clown" "disruptive" or "the naughtiest kid in class". Kids get labeled anyway, it's just a matter of which one parents prefer. For my younger two, the gifted label is unnecessary as they could coast through school with out raising an eyebrow as they are dutiful, helpful, happy and co-operative. What teacher is going to mind that? The only problem would be purposeful underachievement. In that case the gifted label may help the teacher to challenge them more and expect more of them. Personal decision either way.
Good luck, Kate. I hope it all works out.