Perspectives about Autism and ADHD from a Developmental Pediatrician

Perspectives about Autism and ADHD from a Developmental Pediatrician

Perspectives about Autism and ADHD from a Developmental Pediatrician

We will be interviewing Mark Freilich MD on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern about perspectives about autism and ADHD from a developmental pediatrician. You can sign up to join the webinar live here: A parent may consider having a developmental pediatrician conduct an evaluation if their child exhibits any of the following symptoms: Developmental delays Speech and language delays Sensory issues Social-emotional issues Behavioral concerns Problems with focus and attention Dr. Mark believes that each child develops and learns in his/her own unique and individual manner. He knows that differences in development and learning may interfere with skill development, social adjustment, academic productivity and behavior. Because he believes that the exclusive reliance on standardized test scores as a sole means of understanding a child’s difficulties is insufficient, he undertakes a thorough evaluation of a child that includes interactions with each person involved in the child’s life. Join us and ask your own questions! About Mark Freilich MD Mark…

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Feingold Diet

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The Feingold diet can improve physical reactions and behavioral changes that happen after your child eats certain foods. Your child’s behavior and learning ability may be impaired by certain chemicals such as artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives in their daily diet. Food controls mood and behaviors and affects cognitive ability. Our gastrointestinal tract (gut) is the direct link to the brain. The gut is often called the “second brain” because most neurotransmitters that affect mood are made there. Sometimes parents of children with autism have their children on a gluten- and casein-free diet or the GAPS diet, but for many it is only after they add the Feingold Diet that they see some significant improvements. Parents of children with ADHD, learning disabilities or dyslexia may not realize how powerful the Feingold diet may be for their children. The Feingold diet may be the key to eradicating behaviors and improving cognitive functioning without relying on pharmaceutical medications. History of the…

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter imbalances are common in mood and behavior disorders such as: Bipolar disorder Depression Anxiety Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Pyrrole disorder Eating disorders Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ADHD/ADD Schizophrenia Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Addictive behaviors Many children, especially those on the autism spectrum, also experience: Mood swings Anxiety Self-stimulatory behaviors Aggression Depression Anger Irritability Self-injurious behaviors One way to really understand what is going on neurologically with your child is to test for different biochemical imbalances that which can help you determine where the issues are and how to nutritionally correct them. It is important to note that neurotransmitter imbalances often begin in the gut, both because intestinal microbes play a critical role in the production and metabolism of neurotransmitters, but also because nutritional precursors to neurotransmitters are derived from the gut. If your child is exhibiting mood or behavioral symptoms, the first place to look is the health of their gut and the composition of their diet. Below are…

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The epidemic means that least 54% of U.S. children have a diagnosed chronic health condition such as an autoimmune disorder, neurodevelopmental disorder or mood/behavioral disorder. Why? Why does 1 in 12 children have an anaphylactic food allergy? Why do almost 10% of kids have ADHD? Why does at least 1 in 8 children have asthma? Why does 1 in 36 children have autism? It wasn’t like this when we were kids ourselves. School nurses’ offices weren’t lined with epi-pens and inhalers. We didn’t know anyone who had autism; now, almost everyone knows of at least one kid with it. What changed? We’re here to help you find the answers to these and similar questions. Root Causes When our own children were younger, we often wondered if other children had as many diagnoses and were on as many medications as ours were. We, too, wanted to know why our kids were so sick with conditions like acid reflux, failure to thrive,…

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

We interviewed Emily Abbott and Jessica Burdg of the Who Is Carter Foundation and The Brain Possible project about the new book, More Than a Diagnosis. Instead of focusing on what your child can’t do, have you ever wondered what they could do? Emily and Jessica have connected with dozens of families who put blinders on to the noise of gloom and doom, of negative predictions or assumptions, of their children’s diagnoses such as: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as concussions Cerebral palsy Autism Cystic fibrosis Dyslexia Spina bifida Down syndrome Epilepsy Rare genetic conditions PANS/PANDAS Through their work, they have discovered stories of hope of children with these conditions. Many of these parents looked outside the box of their children’s diagnoses and tried a variety of therapies that are typically not recommended by traditional, western-medicine doctors. However, by doing so, they have become empowered and informed by looking into non-traditional therapies such as: Orton-Gillingham multisensory phonics technique for children…

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

We interviewed Beth Lambert and Patricia Lemer about soft signs of a compromised immune system, which are red flags of your child’s health. Soft signs are symptoms that affect the immune system. Typical soft signs are: One or two red cheeks after eating Chronic runny nose or cough Chronic mouth breathing Recurrent ear infections Chronic or recurrent sinus infections Cradle cap Dark circles or bags surrounding the eyes Colic, excessive crying or irritability in babies Chronic constipation or diarrhea Food sensitivities, intolerances and/or allergies These soft signs indicate that the immune system is dysfunctional, which can happen for many reasons such as birthing practices, antibiotics, diet and toxicity. Soft signs often precede more complicated diagnoses such as: Autism ADHD Allergies Asthma Autoimmune disorders Developmental delays Dyspraxia and apraxia Failure to thrive Emotional, behavioral and mood symptoms Learning disabilities PANS/PANDAS Sensory Processing Disorder Speech and language issues Because these symptoms many times precede these diagnoses, it indicates that even neurodevelopmental disorders…

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

We interviewed Julie Matthews CNC about nourishing hope for autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and allergies with dietary changes to improve health, learning and behavior. Implementing a gut-healing diet, correcting nutritional deficiencies and eliminating food sensitivities are the foundation of recovering your child or yourself from a chronic health condition. If implemented correctly, such a diet can significantly improve the results of your child’s therapies. Julie believes that there is no one-size-fits-all dietary program for children with autism or other chronic health conditions; she calls this bioindividual nutrition. Each child is unique with individual biochemical needs and requires a unique bio-individual nutrition approach. In this webinar, we discussed healing diets such as: Elimination diet Gluten-free casein-free diet Specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet Paleo diet Low oxalate diet Body Ecology Diet Failsafe diet Feingold diet Low-glutamate diet Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video….

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

We interviewed Suzanne Goh MD about mitochondrial dysfunction, which is common in children with seizures and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. The best way to think of mitochondrial dysfunction is like thinking about economics:  supply and demand. People with mitochondrial dysfunctions can’t supply enough energy to meet their bodies’ demands. Seemingly typical things to most people can cause an energy drain in those with mitochondrial dysfunction. Breakthroughs in neurological research have shown the essential role of mitochondria to healthy brain function and development. Key nutrients to target mitochondrial function can have a positive impact on language, communication, and social ability – from infancy to adulthood. Watch this webinar to find out more about this subject that might be more common than is currently suspected. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Suzanne Goh MD Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric behavioral neurologist, a neuroscience…

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

We interviewed registered dietitian Vicki Kobliner about the importance of preconception and prenatal care in the age of chronic childhood diseases. Because Vicki works with many children with autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, her passion is educating potential mothers about preparing their bodies for conception so that their children don’t end up as another statistic in the growing epidemic of chidren’s chronic diseases and disorders. Over 54% of American children have some form of chronic illness, whether it’s autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, mood disorders, diabetes or obesity. When that many kids are sick, it’s time to take a look at helping potential mothers understand that their toxicity, gut dysbiosis, nutritional deficiencies and stress responses can get passed onto their children. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Vicki Kobliner MS RDN Vicki Kobliner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with over 20 years of…

Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder

Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder

Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder

We interviewed our own Maria Rickert Hong, author of Almost Autism, about recovering children from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Sensory Processing Disorder isn’t a true diagnosis, yet, because it is not a standalone diagnosis in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). However, most children with autism have it, and many children with ADD/ADHD, PANS/PANDAS and Lyme disease also have it. It can also be a standalone disorder, meaning that a child is over- or under-sensitive to lights, sounds, motions, tastes, smells and more. The good news is that children CAN recover from it. In this webinar, Maria discussed: What led her to the world of “almost autism” What some of the key behavioral symptoms that a child with SPD has If there are any physical symptoms that are warning signs that precede symptoms of SPD When she realized that nutrition and sensory processing were related What some common practices that our medical advisors recommend that…