Did you know that 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed with autism? This is a 100% or a 10 times increase since 2006. So why the sudden increase? Is it vaccines, imbalanced microbiome in the gut, increase in genetic mutations due to the toxic burden? The short answer is, we don’t know, but it is likely a combination of multiple factors. We do know that only 50% of the genetic mutations found in children with autism are inherited from the parents, so the other 50% is coming from another source. Signs of autism can be present as early as 3 months old, although autism is usually diagnosed around 18 months. Signs to look for include: lack of smiling or other joyful expressions, lack of eye contact, delayed/lack of speech, lack of interactive hand gestures.
Holistic Treatment Options for Autism
Despite not knowing the definitive cause(s) for autism at this time, there are still ways to approach autism that are both effective and cost-efficient. Traditionally, children with autism are given heavy-duty medications that are either stimulants, anti-psychotics, or medications for seizures - sometimes, all three! It is essential to know that there are alternative treatments that don’t involve giving your little one heavy duty pharmaceuticals. Homeopathy is an invaluable tool in the treatment of autism, in addition to diet changes, craniosacral therapy, supplement usage, and sensory and motor development programs. Not knowing the cause(s) of autism does not stop us from taking an individualized treatment approach.
The sooner these therapies are started, the better it is for your little one’s developing brain. If your loved one is already developed, that’s okay too. We can still make a powerful impact. It is important to remember that our goal is not to make your little one like the kid next door. Our goal is to improve cognitive functioning and behavior. There is no magic pill to cure autism, but we can make great improvements.
Autism Checklist - does my child have Autism?
For parents wondering if their little ones are exhibiting signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refer to the checklist below to guide you as to whether he/she may need further assessment.
If you have gone through the checklist and it reveals that your little one needs further assessment, make sure you’re going to the right place to get that done. A diagnosis that will be accepted by the school system will come from a developmental pediatrician or a neuropsychologist. If your child is diagnosed, the prescribing physician will most likely recommend some sort of behavioral oriented therapy program, which is often helpful.
If your child is exhibiting symptoms of Autism or has been diagnosed, please contact us for a free phone consultation.