High levels of phenols and salicylates in certain foods seem to negatively affect some children with autism and individuals with sensitive digestive and immune systems.
Several underlying medical issues, common to autism, can cause or contribute to aggressive behavior. When these underlying issues are properly treated, challenging behaviors may decrease or even disappear altogether, significantly improving your child’s outcome and quality of life.
Students with autism may display challenging behaviors that interfere with their education or another student’s education. When this happens, schools should address behavior issues by conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to create a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). Doing so will help identify why the behavior is occurring and to address it appropriately. Furthermore, schools should make every effort to prevent the need for the use of seclusion and restraint.
Executive function is an umbrella term used to describe a set of cognitive skills we use to successfully navigate everyday life. We rely on them to learn, achieve goals, manage emotions, pay attention, organize, plan, and adapt to our environment. While everyone must learn and develop executive functioning skills throughout their life, people with autism often struggle with executive function, requiring accommodations and explicit instruction in order to thrive.
Common Symptomatology Between Lyme and Autism When speaking with children who are chronically ill, it can be difficult to understand what is causing their symptoms. Children, naturally, might not know how to accurately describe their pains or illness. When there are multiple symptoms, it can be even more challenging as they grow and change so […]
Behavior is communication. Sometimes our kids with autism are communicating their medical issues to us through their behavior. Figuring out underlying medical causes requires patience, keen observation, and an experienced doctor who can help you with proper medical testing and guidance. In this article, you will find a list of documented behaviors associated with autism […]
The most common therapeutic interventions for autism are occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). When exploring therapeutic interventions for your child, there are many options to consider. Therefore, you will want to make a prioritized list of your child’s needs. Take into consideration your child’s strengths and learning style as […]
Puberty can be daunting for any teen. Physical changes, rapidly changing hormones, new routines for hygiene, and mood swings place added stress onto our teens with autism. Developmental delays only compound the hardship parents face when helping their child navigate adolescence. It is important to start preparing yourself and your child for these changes prior […]
Anxiety is very common in autism. A meta-analysis showed that almost 40% of kids with autism have at least one comorbid anxiety disorder. This article will discuss symptoms, calming strategies, medical and non-medical reasons for anxiety, and supplements and medications that can help alleviate it. We hope you find it helpful. Symptoms of Anxiety Anxiety […]
Folate (vitamin B9) is very important to brain development. Current research is revealing that many kids with autism have low folate in their brains. This condition, called Cerebral Folate Deficiency, is treatable. Why is Folate Important? Folate supports the metabolism of purines and pyrimidines, which are the building blocks of RNA and DNA, and they […]
Autism and gastrointestinal problems go hand-in-hand for many kids. This meta-analysis of several studies published in the Journal of Pediatrics estimates that “the odds of GI symptoms in children with ASD are four times more prevalent than for children without ASD.” The analysis indicated higher levels of GI symptoms in all four areas including general GI concerns, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.
Complex gastrointestinal issues in autism require more complex action. When your child is still suffering despite dietary intervention, supplementation, and remedies mentioned on the Poop Page, it is time to find a qualified gastroenterologist. Behavior is communication. If your child with autism is having frequent meltdowns, they may be due to chronic gastrointestinal pain that […]
Studies show that 53% percent of children with autism have at least one frequent sleep problem. Unfortunately, typical treatments are often short-lived as they don’t always deal with the underlying cause of the sleep issue. In this article, we will provide some tips to help improve your child’s sleep and discuss common medical causes of […]
Imagine a child in math class, at a time when the students are expected to work independently. With a shout, the child sweeps papers, textbook, and pencils off the desk, drawing stares from peers and an immediate response from the teacher. A number of factors influence what happens after the child’s supplies end up on […]
One of the most exciting areas of research in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is in the role of mitochondrial function. Research studies looking at mitochondrial function in those with autism are transforming the way we think about the causes of autism and are pointing to medical therapies that could have a significant impact. This article […]
Yeast overgrowth is a medical issue common to autism that can cause sleep disturbances, sensory issues, hyperactivity, picky eating, stimming, and more. Even more concerning, yeast overgrowth can cause physical pain. However, when treated, symptoms can lessen or disappear altogether, significantly improving your child’s quality of life. In this article, you will find information about […]
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. Although we focus on the pediatric population as part of the PANDAS syndrome in this review, immune-mediated OCD/Tics/Neuropsychiatric Disorders can also affect adolescent and adult populations and should always be considered when specific signs and symptoms emerge.
Richard E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D. Updated: December 2012 Seizures and Epilepsy Seizures and epilepsy are fairly common in childhood. Many children will experience a seizure during childhood and a type of seizure known as a febrile seizure is very common during early childhood. Epilepsy is simply defined are having two seizures without an obvious […]
Aggression is not uncommon in autism spectrum disorders where it’s usually a reflection of pain or lack of communication. First things first. Make sure it’s truly autism and not an emotional disorder such as ODD, Conduct Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or undiagnosed anger and conduct issues. These issues are rare, but should be […]
Tantrums and outburst for children affected by autism can be one of the hardest, most pressing issues for parents and professional team members to address. These often crop up at the worst times, in most public locations and can go on for hours. These outbursts can also generate much more intensity than a typical child’s […]