A Clear Connection
December 11, 2012
I live up in the hills at the end of a street that overlooks a mountain - great location, but cell phone reception is terrible. The most you can get is "2 bars" which means conversations are nearly impossible - you can't hear the other person or they can't hear you. Some texts come through instantly while others are not received until the next day, leading to important information getting lost. This frustrating situation can be compared to that of a parent implementing traditional autism therapies like ABA, Floortime, speech, OT, and RDI without also simultaneously pursuing biomedical treatments. In the 15 years that I have been working with kids on the autism spectrum - starting with my own son at age 2 - I have yet to meet a child who did not also have some co-existing medical problems. I have never heard of a child who recovered who didn’t also do biomedical therapies.
If you do not eliminate allergens (like gluten, casein, soy, etc.), yeast, parasites, strep and other toxins from your child’s body, then your child’s brain is not getting a clear signal. If they are sick or in pain, how can they be expected to learn or make sense of the world around them? The goal here is “5 bars” – your child deserves to have a strong signal - no static and full reception. Optimum health and nutrition are the core objectives of biomedical treatments.*
First, you need to look beyond your pediatrician and find a doctor who has experience treating children with autism. Some of these doctors are found in the newly established MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs).** Others have written books, have websites, are on YouTube or hold free monthly webinars.*** Educate yourself in all things Biomedical - Join TACA, get a mentor, read everything on the TACA website, borrow books from the library, attend medical conferences and webinars.****
Yes, it is expensive and yes it’s unfair that you have to pay for most of this yourself and constantly fight with your insurance company. Nothing, NOTHING about having autism is ever easy, but when you are talking about helping your child be the best he or she can possibly be, the choice is clear. The time is now - it is NEVER too late to start. Don’t look back with regret, look forward with hope and determination. Autism is treatable. Recovery is happening.
*Dr. Martha Herbert, a pediatric neurologist, brain development researcher and author of The Autism Revolution believes that autism is a "whole-body, multi-system disorder." http://www.marthaherbert.org/
***Julie Matthews, nutritionist and author of Nourishing Hope, believes that the process of healing children with autism begins with improving their diet. http://nourishinghope.com/understanding-autism-diet-nutrition-and-supplementation/why-diet-helps-the-science/