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I recently received an e-mail from a friend wanting to help her another friends’ daughter.  They are desperate but it is a story all too familiar for families with children on the autism spectrum.  This little girl, who is in grade school, is impulsive, frustrating other children to the point where they are worried for her safety, and is slipping in school because she cannot sit or focus.  Her parents are broken hearted and just do not know what to do.  They are looking at medication, but have not really tried alternatives.  Sound familiar?

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When a child is diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or another Autism Spectrum Disorder, doctors really have little to offer.  I know that when our daughter was diagnosed, our doctors were very sympathetic, but had two options: traditional therapies and western medication.  For our daughters severe sensory issues, medication was not even an option.  Thankfully, we had earlier seen physical symptoms and gone down a nutritional path.  By 10 months old, she, like many of the spectrum, had severe digestive issues and was in alot of pain.  She had stopped making milestones and we associated them with her digestive issues.  She also began to get sick alot.  We were able to deal with many of those issue with supplements.  In addition, her physical therapists noticed a big difference in her ability to concentrate, at 18 months, with her chewable multi before therapy.  Thus began my obsession with getting my now 8 year old healthy.

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Natural Nutritional Therapy, in my opinion, is one of the safest and first interventions that can help our children.  We now offer consulting services to other families looking at nutritional therapies and alternatives and compliments to medication.  While we do believe there is a time and place for medication, much can be done to heal the many physical issues that our children suffer and thus heal their bodies.  To learn more about or to schedule a nutritional consultation for you or your family member on the autism spectrum, contact us at asdperspectives.  Our approach is gentle and we work with each family individually.

Autism Awareness Month

April is autism awareness month, though every day really could be.  Today, 1 in 117 children are diagnosed on the spectrum and 1 in 70 boys.  (According to some organizations, the number are even higher.)  The numbers are growing with every passing month, and to tell you the truth… I find this downright scary.  When I first saw these growing numbers, I had many questions… I wanted to know why.  Was it because of over-diagnosis?  Was it because the medical profession was only now starting to properly diagnose?  Was it because parents were looking for a diagnosis to explain away other issues?  Sadly, I have learned that none are true.  The numbers are really growing that fast.  And until the government starts funding “real research,”  these numbers are not likely to go down.  By real research, I mean research that is not funded by businesses and organization with a vested interest in the results not pointing to outside influences like vaccines, toxins or other possible non-genetic factors. 

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In our home, we have 2 diagnosed children on the spectrum.  While their are no known cures for autism, we have made great strides, as have many other families, by using bio-medical (nutrition therapy) and other therapies.  For example, the vast majority of children with autism are believed to have digestive issues that prohibit them from absorbing nutrients.  Because of this, we have done alot with pro-biotics to help repair their guts and the results have been amazing.  Most DAN doctors (Defeat Autism Now), concur that probiotics are necessary in healing the gut, in addition to diet changes.    Many families also use a gluten free/ cassein free diet and find it important to make sure that their supplements are Gluten Free.

For more information about autism, check out the links included on this site.  And stay tuned for our next post. 

Blessings-

Becky

Autism Stats increasing

Autism stats continue to increase.  I heard today that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer and I was shocked.  I am thrilled that the word is getting out, that women are getting screened, that research is being done (albeit a bit biased), but I am left with a simple question….  “Where is the autism research, where are the government studies, where are the national studies…?”  Oh, I know the answers.  It is simply not profitable for the government or the pharmaceutical companies to do these studies-  But, we are losing an entire generation of children.  1 in 117 children and 1 in 70 Boys are diagnosed on the spectrum.  This is a National Epidemic of staggering proportions.

I would love to hear what your area of the country/ world does to be heard int he community.  What companies do you see doing fund-raising or making a difference?  What has your state done to make a difference?  We live in Indiana and our State actually passed a mandate requiring insurance companies to cover all services for children with autism.  This only applies to companies in Indiana, but it is known as the “SuperBill” and a giant step for our children.

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FASE Expo, what we learned… you need to know

FASE, a family support group for those with special needs and differing abilities in Indianapolis, hosted their annual expo on Saturday, March 13th.  ASD Perspectives (under A to Z Nutrition and Wellness) was thrilled to be one of many sponsors.  More exciting was the incredible opportunities I had to talk with and share the stories of so many families.

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One family asked many questions and listened attentively as they worked to figure out symptoms that may lead to their sons diagnosis.  Another lady dragged her friend over to our table to learn more about supplementation and consultations for families on the Spectrum.  We were greeted with open arms by families, professionals and event presenters alike.

I learned a bit myself.  Do you have a will for your children?  I know- not a fun topic and for those of us with special needs- a down-right scary topic.  The majority of families do not have a will because they do not know who to chose as a guardian.  But there a very big reasons why you need both a Will and a Special Needs Trust for your children.  That’s right- A special needs trust.  i learned yesterday, that a trust is not good enough for those of us who have children on the spectrum.  A special needs trust ensures that our children are taken care of, and yet STILL qualify for Medicaid (which has income caps.)  The last thing we want is to leave life insurance for our children only to find that that insurance was not distributed in a way that protects them.

If you have not already, I encourage you to contact a financial planner (who is well versed and specializes in estate planning for special needs children).  Contacting an Autism Support Group or center in your area can link you to these providers or upcoming seminars.