Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


Dietary alternatives for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are less commonly known and discussed, leaving some children untreated and vulnerable to negative consequences. However, numerous studies have examined the behavioral and academic benefits of following diets as alternative treatments for ADHD. This literature review answers the question: Can school performance, negatively impacted by ADHD, be managed in children by following diets that eliminate artificial food coloring (AFC) or by taking iron supplements? The review found that some children with ADHD can benefit from following an AFC exclusion diet or from taking iron supplements. Benefits were more common in children pre-screened for AFC sensitivities and those who had abnormally low iron levels.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis