Autism Spectrum Disorders
Nutritional Therapy is the discipline that is of prime focus however certain other therapies and additional tools are used to enhance the benefits from Nutritional Therapy.
Autism, we are led to believe by orthodox medicine is a mental disorder. The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is proving time and time again that Autism is a medical condition that affects the brain and needs to be addressed. In fact it is the integration of the sciences that is vital in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Nutritional intervention in Autism is crucial since the digestive tract is the vehicle by which nutrient assimilation takes place. Maria has attended the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) training in the USA and is deeply committed to the alleviation of suffering experienced not only by Autistic children but also their families.
The DAN! philosophy which involves trying to understand the underlying causes of the symptoms of Autism is based on laboratory testing, scientific research and clinical experience and an emphasis on nutritional interventions.
The acronym DAN! is now no longer used and the program is now referred to as a Biomedical Approach to Autism.
Evaluation of the diet, the monitoring of toxic metals in the body and the rate of detoxification as well as re-balancing the gut flora and re-establishing proper gut function of the child is the way forward as has been shown in many children.
The Biomedical programme will not help every child but it has helped many thousands of children on the spectrum to improve, some slightly, some dramatically. Since no two children are the same, there are no guaranteed outcomes, however by improving brain and body health it can make it easier for the body to cope and may improve the efficacy of other interventions such as ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Speech Therapy, Sensory Integration and other related therapies.
Prior to appointment, the Children’s Questionnaire needs to be completed, along with a 7-day Diet Diary. The Children’s questionnaire is available once an appointment is made. The Diet Diary may be down loaded under the Downloads tag.
Once starting on the Biomedical journey, commitment to the programme is vital to obtain positive results. A partial approach is best not started at all. The journey can be very hard, very long, but any positive outcomes will be well worth it. The child’s health, happiness, and potential is the final goal
ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorders
Nutritional Therapy is a safe and natural alternative to prescription drugs for alleviating such symptoms of ADHD as being fidgety, disruptive, aggressive, impulsive, frustrate and unable to concentrate. Typical of ADHD is a short attention span and clumsiness. Common among ADHD sufferers is being a poor sleeper and a poor scholastic achiever despite having an average or above average IQ. It has been postulated that lack of interest as a result of boredom may be responsible for this .There are varying degrees of severity of this condition and there are a variety of different causes such as heredity, oxygen deprivation at birth, smoking during pregnancy, air pollution and even heavy metal toxicity.
Nutritional therapy looks at all of these possibilities, together with a dietary and supplement regime, and a few lifestyle changes can bring rewarding results to both child and parents.