Stay-at-Home Mom & Author
The Autism and ADHD Diet: Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF)
Barrie Silberberg's most important job is being a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM) to her two children. She currently works part-time around her children's schedules, freelance writing, teaching American Sign Language, interpreting American Sign Language, employment and life skills assistance for individuals with disabilities and working as an aide for children with special needs.
Barrie holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies (Education) and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, plus she has completed post-graduate work with an emphasis in special education from California State University, Northridge. She is active in her local chapter of the Autism Society and national autism related causes. She speaks to general mom’s groups and autism support groups. She offers tours of local health food stores and spends a lot of time on the GFCF Kids Yahoo message board and the Delphi Forum Celiac Disease web site. She emails her four-page starter guide on the GFCF (Gluten Free/Casein Free) diet to hundreds of families around the world. This diet is her passion, as it has helped her son soar and lose many of his autistic traits.
Barrie has been published in several national and local area magazines such as The Autism Perspective and Living Without magazine, writing about the Gluten Free/Dairy Free lifestyle. She is on several advisory boards, and on the ANDI parent support site and is a generation rescue angel www.generationrescue.org offering help with the GFCF diet. She also has had several articles published in several newspapers.
Barrie has done numerous radio and tv shows. She gives GFCF seminars and offers support via her Facebook page.
Barrie's family is a volunteer foster family for rescued kittens. She shares her home with a dog and three cats.
Prior to having children she was a vocational rehabilitation counselor, elementary school teacher and director with the Girl Scouts. She has always been involved with charity work related to disabilities, cancer, children and animals, helping to obtain donations and market for their causes. She is also a Girl Scout leader.
Barrie single handedly contacted former high school alumni from seven years of graduating seniors from her high school, who were in the award winning marching band with her many years ago. So far she has successfully organized two reunions, where several hundred alumni, their director and assistants showed up with their families.
Barrie's book, The Autism and ADHD Diet, A Step-by-Step Guide to Hope & Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) and Other Interventions, gives parents and adults detailed information about the GFCF diet, along with details on avoiding artificial ingredients and other helpful interventions.
Barrie's book discusses ways to implement this specialized way of eating, where to shop for these foods, what foods and other items to avoid, which foods to eat, what to eat each day, reading labels, why it works, ideas of menus, how to eat away from home, how to avoid cross contamination, how autistic traits and digestive problems can be improved and so much more. It is written in an easy-to-read, step-by-step format to answer every question that parents or adults who are branching out on this new adventure can think of in order to proceed forward with this diet and other interventions.