The Autism/Nutrition Connection
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an overarching term for a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders of the brain affecting cognitive development, verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and repetitive behavior. These behaviors are typically addressed in therapies such as Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Social Groups, and many others. These therapies are completely vital to treating ASD, but amidst treating the symptoms, the root cause can often be overlooked. Many times, the root cause of a behavior is completely unknown, possibly stemming from somewhere deep inside the brain. Other times, the root cause can be quite simple.
During a consult, I will take a holistic and comprehensive approach to pinpoint and treat your child's nutrition problems. These can manifest in many different ways such as:
Food selectivity or extreme “pickiness”
Food aversions to textures, appearance, smells, or temperature of foods
Avoidance of entire food groups
Frequent constipation and/or diarrhea
Bacterial or yeast overgrowth
Present or suspected food intolerances/allergies
Poor weight gain, underweight, or failure to thrive
Excessive weight gain, overweight, or obesity
Eczema or other skin conditions
Anemia or other nutrient deficiency
Suspected poor nutrient intake
Feeding or eating disorders
Craving non-food items (pica)
Read more about the success of nutrition intervention (diet and nutritional supplements versus medication) on autism through a study done by the Autism Research Institute.
(HINT: parents report higher success with nutrition intervention than medication usage).
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Can You CURE Autism?
To date, there is no known definitive cure or cause of autism. What I WILL do is provide your child with an individualized nutrition plan that will help treat root causes of autistic behaviors and assist you in helping them reach their nutritional recommendations. By following certain diets, participating in feeding therapy, healing the gut, and decreasing systemic inflammation, we are able to treat many behavioral symptoms that stem from these underlying nutrition and medical problems without medications and help heal your child from the inside out. A large majority of people see great improvements in their child's behavior, academic performance, cognition, gastrointestinal symptoms, which all contribute to one's autistic behaviors. Just as every child is different, every child's improvement will be different.