Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

by Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, AADP I am fortunate to have Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD, as my sons’ behavioral optometrist.  Dr. Schulman wrote the chapters on the role of vision therapy and optometry in Patty Lemer’s book, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, which I reviewed earlier.  Patty was the one who recommended Dr. Schulman to me, and she practices in my area. Patty has always talked about the importance of vision therapy for people with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD), learning disabilities and other neurological disorders.  Now I know why.  In fact, Patty’s book was published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, which should give you a clue as to the importance of vision in neurodevelopmental disorders. Vision Problems a Cause of Many ASD Symptoms I was astounded to learn that vision problems are a CAUSE of, not a by-product of, many ASD symptoms. …

Ear Infection Treatment and Prevention

Alan R. Gaby MD discusses ear infection treatment and prevention, including whether or not your child may need ear tubes. One of the most common medical problems in children, surpassed only by colds and sore throats, is otitis media, inflammation of the middle ear. Nearly one-third of all two-year-olds will have had three or more episodes. The annual cost of diagnosing and treating this condition exceeds $2 billion. Although typically treated with antibiotics, acute ear infections usually run their course without treatment. Doctors disagree whether long-term antibiotic therapy is advisable for children who suffer recurrent infections. Although such treatment does prevent recurrence, benefits are limited. Are Ear Tubes Necessary? More controversial is whether children with chronic ear infections should get ear tubes. The tubes’ purpose is to equilibrate pressure on both sides of the eardrum, thereby improving hearing and preventing problems with speech development and learning. However, putting a hole in the eardrum can allow bacteria to enter the middle…

Antibiotic Alternatives

Dr. Michael Schmidt provides information about the overuse of antibiotics and antibiotic alternatives in this article. For decades, antibiotics have been the cornerstone of treatment for bacterial infections. Antibiotics have saved many lives during this time. However, doctors have come to rely too heavily on these miracle drugs and the overuse of antibiotics has led to serious problems. For all of the potential benefits of antibiotics, a growing list of adverse health consequences has emerged because of overuse. A sample of these is listed below: Children with chronic earaches who take many series of antibiotics experience 2-6 times more recurrent ear infections. Antibiotic overuse can upset intestinal integrity. Antibiotic overuse can suppress immune function. Factors That Lower Immunity We know that there are many factors that lower immunity and thus make the body more susceptible to infection.  These include: Nutrition:  Low vitamin C and zinc lead to sluggish immune response. Diet:  Excess sugar consumption slows the ability of white blood…