Autism Spectrum Disorder affects approximately 1 in every 88 children in the U.S.A. – that is about 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls. This is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome combined.
Autism (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized largely by substantial impairments in social interaction, difficulty in communication, and restrictive and repetitive behaviors. Besides classic autism, there is a “spectrum” of autism-like disorders including; Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in six children now has a developmental or behavioral condition that interferes with his or her ability to function. Due to the dramatic increase in neurodevelopmental disabilities noted during the 1990s presents a crisis that urgently requires action on behalf of the clinicians caring for these children.
In May of 2008, I attended Autism Research Institute’s Clinician’s Training. This is where I was first introduced to the vast array of alternative and integrative therapies available to ASD patients. Since then, I have continued to attend classes geared toward addressing the gut-brain connection in relationship to functional health. My focus in treating clients with ASD is to focus on gut health in relation to brain function. Through nutritional supplementation, dietary changes, and eliminating food sensitivities, I provide my clients with a solid foundation for improving their overall level of function which also allows them the ability to receive maximum benefit from other therapies that may be needed.