Children’s Series: A Holistic Approach to Autism

autismAutism is a developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. Children and adults with autism show poor social communication skills and a difficulty in relating to others. Often, they demonstrate repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests. Taking a holistic approach to autism can help.

Autism symptoms usually start before a child is 3 years old. Usually, parents first notice that their toddler has not started talking yet and is not interacting like other children the same age. But it is not unusual for a child to start to talk at the same time as other children the same age, then lose his or her language skills.

Autism is believed to be genetic, but environmental factors are also thought to play a role.

Today, one out of every 100 children is affected with autism or a related disorder. Thus, it is more prevalent than breast cancer or childhood diabetes. The recurrence rate for having a second child with autism if one already exists within a family is thought to be 15-20%.

Symptoms of autism may include: Continue reading “Children’s Series: A Holistic Approach to Autism”

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Study: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gluten- and Casein-Free Diets

If you have a child who is on the autism spectrum disorder, you should read this interview with Laura Cousino Kelin, PhD. She discusses the results of her study, which looks at the effectiveness of gluten-free (protein found in wheat) and casein-free (protein found in milk) diets for children with autism spectrum disorder.

If you find going gluten-free and casein-free a daunting task, do not let it discourage you from trying it. The availability of casein- and gluten-free foods has increased substantially over the years and they are readily available at your local grocery store. Reading labels is also important, as these two ingredients can be hidden in things like soy sauce, salad dressings, and even spaghetti sauce.

To learn more about Dr. Klein’s findings, click here to read the full interview.


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August 2021