Regression

“What is it?” Regression is a normal part of the healing process. Some kids lose a skill while gaining other bigger skills. Keeping a journal will help find out what went wrong. More testing may be needed but the most common cause of regression is yeast so check the diet.

Repeat Testing

From time to time, your MAPS doctor will need to repeat some tests including : Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), Immunoglobulin G (IgG) food, comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), complete blood count (CBC), red blood cell count (RBC). Have your regular doctor order these under insurance! Consider an MRI every 3 years for comparison.

Supplements

At a minimum, most children with autism need the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of vitamins and minerals missing from their bodies and/or not being absorbed naturally via food. Common supplements The following are the most commonly used supplements for individuals with ASD. Dosages are set by the doctor, based on weight, preferably after testing shows […]

Advanced testing

Advanced testing can really vary by the patient’s previous medical tests and history. Some of the more common “next level” tests include glutathione, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), (Tumor Necrosis Alpha (TNFa), C-Reactive protein, urinary porphryins, pterins, endocrine, autoimmune, ASA titers, anti DNAse antibodies, copper/zinc ratio, oxidative stress, methylation, metabolic diseases, myelin, basic protein, viral […]

Get a MAPS Doctor

MAPS is the Medical Academy of Pediatrics Special Needs. MAPS doctors specialize in the medical issues commonly found in individuals with autism, using a functional medicine approach. A group similar to MAPS was DAN! (Defeat Autism Now), but they closed in 2011. You can find doctors online or on your insurance plan’s list, but recommendations […]

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease.

Relaxation and Fitness

One of the top-rated treatments for individuals with ASD is cardiovascular exercise. Research shows decreased blood flow to autistic brains; exercise also helps with sleep, depression, anxiety, muscle tone, gait, detoxification, and more. Adapted yoga, running/walking, gym exercise, sensory input, and tai chi for coordination and muscle tone. Get them moving every day!

GFCFSF Diet: Remove all gluten, casein and soy.

The Gluten-, Casein-, Soy-Free (GFCFSF) diet, known as the “Autism Diet” has been around for many years and has helped many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) improve their lives, health, and functioning. Starting the diet can be daunting, but we have a lot of helpful information. Start with removing all of the gluten, casein […]

Future pregnancies

If you get pregnant again, follow the safety guidelines – The mom and baby should follow the Gluten-, Casein- and Soy-free (GFCFSF) diet and take no acetaminophen or vaccines, for you or your baby.

Neurological and Seizures

Get a non-sedated 24-hour EEG and an MRI You will need to see a neurologist for an MRI or EEG, but unless your child has seizures or other neurological conditions, neurologists do not treat autism. A regular pediatric doctor CAN prescribe these tests (so you don’t need to visit the neuro too), but pediatricians rarely […]

Baseline testing

Some of the most common baseline tests include Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), lipids, amino acids, Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin E food and environmental allergies, Organic Acids Test (OAT), comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), complete blood count (CBC), red blood cell count (RBC), zinc, 25-hydrozy vitamin D, blood and urine immune panel, hearing, celiac and a […]

Co-morbid issues

Pica is the eating of non-food stuff, like hair, wood, drywall, and is caused by a mineral deficiency. Have their mineral levels tested and supplement accordingly. Hearing sensitivity is common in ASD. Check bacteria, minerals and yeast first. Consider listening therapies like Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) and use noise-cancelling headphones or an iPod to drown […]

Heavy Metals

People with detoxification issues, as many with ASD have, have a hard time clearing metals and pesticides from their body. Urinary porphyrin concentrations can reflect increased heavy metal or pesticide levels in the kidney and are markers of the metal burden in the body. Detoxification treatments can reduce the toxic load.

Toxins: Reduce exposure

We live in a very toxic world today. Poisons and dangers abound and keeping yourself and your children healthy can be tricky. Living “green” can greatly impact your child’s health and it’s not so hard to do once you know what to look out for. Get your water tested. You can get water treatment companies […]

Recurring Yeast

The healthy gut contains both yeast and good bacteria, in balance with each other. In many individuals with ASD, however, one or the other can be out of balance. Bacteria can overgrow, or there can be a complete lack of bacteria. Also, bad bacteria can develop and take over, rather than good bacteria, causing major […]

Genetic testing

If your insurance covers it, you should consider getting a genetics workup, ideally through a geneticist. Some of the common tests run on children with ASD are MTHFR, Fragile X, Rett Syndrome, Wilson’s Disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, Chiari 1 and PON1. If your insurance covers it, obtain metabolic and mitochondrial workups as well. Your pediatrician may […]

Autism Diagnosis

Getting a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is the first step to services and treatment. Autism can only be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional or licensed psychologist. School psychologists are very rarely licensed psychologists, thus they are not qualified to diagnose autism. You want to start with a pediatric developmental specialist, pediatric neurologist […]

Gastro Symptoms

Studies show that 70-85% of people with ASD have treatable gastroenterological disorders such as colitis, Crohn’s Disease and inflammatory bowel diseases. Noticeable symptoms include undigested food, chronic or alternating diarrhea and/or constipation, posturing and bloated belly. Diagnostic testing can include colonoscopy, endoscopy, pillcam and Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA).