Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

If your child has autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder such as ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder, it can be empowering to develop a biomedical plan.

Use this biomedical plan as a symptom checklist to work with your practitioners to guide treatments, medications, biochemical interventions, therapies and evaluations.

Now objectively think about your child and circle the symptoms that apply to him/her. (You may want to print this page out and use it as a worksheet!)

Physical Symptoms

Symptoms of Physical Motor Impairment (Fine and Gross)

Symptoms of Oral-Motor Difficulty

  • Drooling
  • Gags when eating
  • Swallowing issues
  • Oral motor weakness that results in food aversions (prefers pureed foods)
  • Poorly chews food/exhibits mouth stuffing
  • Poor articulation
  • Expressive language delay
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Digestive System (GI-Related) Issues

Symptoms of Sensory-Integration Issues

  • Sound sensitivity
  • Touch avoidance/may not want to be cuddled of hugged
  • Hypersensitive to smells
  • Distractability
  • Proprioceptive seeking behaviors (a desire for deep pressure)
  • Self-limiting diet to particular food textures
  • Apparent insensitivity to pain
  • No real fear of dangers
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Speech and Language Problems

  • Non-verbal
  • Delayed speech
  • Can not communicate ideas/difficulty expressing needs (expressive language delay)
  • Low oral motor tone (open mouthed, drooling)
  • Difficulty being understood (poor articulation)
  • Does not understand what is said (receptive language delay)
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Cognitive Pathologies

Symptoms of Social-Emotional-Behavioral Problems

  • Not responsive to verbal cues (acts as if deaf)
  • Withdrawn into self
  • Prefers to be alone
  • Reduced social skills
  • Difficulty being with other kids
  • Inappropriate social response to others
  • Lack of spontaneous peer interactions
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Echolalia (repeating words or phrases heard)
  • Pedantic areas of interest
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors (OCD)
  • Inappropriate attachment to objects
  • Sustained odd play
  • Spinning objects obsessively and inappropriately
  • Oppositional behaviors
  • Temper tantrums (beyond what is age appropriate)
  • Outbursts for no apparent reason
  • Extreme distress for no apparent reason
  • Resistance to change/rigid/insistence on sameness
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Allergy and Food Sensitivities

  • Red, hot ears after eating a certain food
  • Red, hot cheeks after eating a certain food
  • Distended “pot belly”
  • Re-current (often painful) diaper rashes
  • Eczema
  • Hives/dermatitis
  • Stooling issues (diarrhea or infrequent stools/constipation)
  • Strong craving for a particular food/food group (dairy, gluten)
  • Urination accidents in an already potty-trained child
  • Night time bedwetting/ inability to potty train through night
  • Oppositional or “off behaviors” after eating certain foods (sugar, highly processed foods, foods with dyes, etc.)
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Immune System Dysregulation

Symptoms of GI/Bowel Problems

  • Constipation (slow motility)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Infrequent stools
  • Diarrhea (possible pancreatic enzyme insufficiency)
  • Mucous in stool
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Off-color stools (white, mustard, black colored)
  • “Sandy” stool
  • Malodorous stools
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies

  • White spots/ridges on finger nails
  • Peeling feet
  • Thinning hair/hair loss
  • Weight loss
  • Pica (a desire to eat non-food items)
  • Other______________________

Symptoms of Energy Production/Metabolic Problems

Other Concerning Symptoms Your Child Exhibits

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Underlying Issues

Now that you have thought about individual symptoms your child exhibits, do you think your child has any of these underlying issues?

Refer to the above checklists and circle what applies to your child.

Metabolic Screening

Any child that has been diagnosed with autism and/or has a global developmental delay DESERVES a full metabolic screening for disorders of energy metabolism in order to obtain more information about your child’s metabolic state and overall health status.

You are going to pursue a metabolic screening through: (Circle one.)

  • Pediatrician
  • Neurologist
  • Functional-medicine doctor
  • Geneticist
  • MAPS doctor
  • I am not going to have a metabolic screening done
  • I have already had a full metabolic screening done

Specialists for Further Evaluation

Circle any specialist you may want to visit for further evaluation:

  • Gastroenterologist
  • Allergist
  • Nutritionist
  • Neurologist
  • Geneticist
  • MAPS doctor
  • Naturopath
  • Functional-medicine doctor
  • Endocrinologist
  • Audiology screening
  • Developmental optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Chiropractor
  • My child does not need any new evaluations at this time

Additional Therapies

Think about your child; is he/she currently receiving the right therapies for his/her symptoms?

This is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any specific treatment options.

Its sole purpose is to introduce you to possible treatment options outside the main stream medical model for the treatment of autism.

Prioritizing Issues for Your Biomedical Plan

What are the three most pressing issues to address for your child?

Most concerning behaviors/symptoms?

What is the developmental area in which he/she is most delayed?

This is the “TO DO” list.

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2.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Top Priority for Your Biomedical Plan

My top priority is to:

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Further Learning

Topics I am interested in learning more about:

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Still Looking for Answers?

Visit the Epidemic Answers Provider Directory to find a practitioner near you and help you develop a biomedical plan for your child.