Biomedical Testing for Autism, ADHD, SPD and Chronic Disorders

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, Co-Founder, Developmental Delay Resources Medical testing has changed dramatically over the last few years, despite our attempts to cling to the illusions of the past.  The familiar family doctor, who knew which test to order, to evaluate every possible problem, is long gone.  This blog post is about biomedical testing for autism, ADHD, SPD and chronic disorders such as asthma, allergies and mood disorders. Today, often a harried stranger is trying to serve too many patients while being relentlessly pressured by laboratories, insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms to run tests, prescribe drugs, and save money, all at the same time. For the families of children with developmental delays, seeking medical care is more complex because there is no standard protocol for such a diverse population.  The tests sold to insurance companies-and, therefore, to you through your doctor because they are reimbursable – are useful for only a small percentage of the developmentally-delayed population. For instance,…

Preconception: Reflections from an Autism Mom

Preconception: Reflections from an Autism Mom

Preconception: Reflections from an Autism Mom

Jennifer Elrod, mother of a toddler boy who is in the process of recovering from mild autistic symptoms, speech delay and gross motor delay, tells us about the importance of preconception in this blog post. As the mother of a toddler who has developmental delays, symptoms of autism, and signs of mitochondrial dysfunction, when I look back at the year before I became pregnant, I have a list of “I wish I had dones” and “I wish I had knowns”. Many of the items on those lists can probably be dismissed. But even after weeding out the less rational fears and doubts, a few things remain. These remaining items can be dismissed on the basis of “don’t feel guilty” or “move forward”. But they can’t be dismissed on logical grounds as opposed to psychological grounds. My goal in looking back is to help somebody else. I have seen the women in the online forums asking other women what they wish…