Many people believe that autism is not treatable and that the only improvements one can expect to see in an affected child come from behavioral therapy or behavioral modifications. In reality, autism is a medical disorder, and it is treatable.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a heterogenous group of disorders and the symptoms vary from child to child, but some of the symptoms may include:
- Limited/impaired/no speech
- Social impairment
- Lack of eye contact
- Sleep difficulties
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Repetitive motions (spinning, rocking, flapping)
- Seizures, tics
- Sensory integration/processing disorders
- Aggressive/defiant or other problematic behaviors
- Dyspraxia, apraxia (impaired motor skills)
- Allergies, anxiety, depression or other “comorbidities”
Children with autism have profound systemic biological dysfunctions. These dysfunctions correlate with neurological and behavioral symptoms.
Most children with an autism spectrum disorder suffer from gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation–even those without blatant gastrointestinal symptoms or who otherwise appear to be “healthy.”
Many studies confirm the fact that children on the spectrum have higher rates of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria in their guts than their neurotypical (“normal”) peers. Many also have diagnosable gastrointestinal disease. Both of these findings point to the reality that children on the spectrum suffer from gut dysbiosis.
An increasing number of children on the autism spectrum are now being identified as having mitochondrial dysfunction. To learn more about mitochondrial dysfunction, click here.
Autism is a treatable environmentally-driven illness (with noted genetic/hereditary susceptibilities). Treatment requires a highly-individualized approach.
A healthcare practitioner must take into consideration the child’s particular environmental exposures and medical history. Functional laboratory tests and biomedical analysis can help a practitioner uncover what has contributed to the child’s condition and what must be done to improve the child’s symptoms.
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The most important part of recovery requires that a parent or caregiver become a primary advocate and a “health detective” on behalf of their child.
To read the story of children who have recovered from autism, click here.
Below are some excellent resources for parents looking to recover their children from autism.