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Autism

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What is Autism?

Autism is a multifaceted neurobiological condition affecting a child’s development of language, social interaction, and behavior. Children who suffer from autism have challenges with socialization, verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive and restricted interests, and repetitive motor movements termed “stimming”. Each individual who suffers from autism is affected differently and they can vary widely in their level of functioning from extremely gifted to severely challenged in thinking and learning abilities.

Sometimes you will hear the phrase “autism spectrum disorders” or “ASDs” for short. ASDs refer to a group of related developmental disorders that are usually identified in early childhood. They include: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s syndrome, and two less common disorders, Rett disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder.

One of the clues that a normal looking child may suffer from autism is that they avoid eye contact and do not have much interest in faces or facial expressions. Children with ASDs can have many other problems including hyperactivity, sleep problems, temper tantrums, rigid routines, finicky eating patterns due to dislike of tastes or textures, and gastrointestinal problems. Some may display sensory over-stimulation to lights, odors, noises, and textures as well as troubling violent behaviors like injuring themselves or others by biting and hitting or striking themselves in the head. Consistent treatment are often vital to both the child’s and family’s well being.

The Autism Epidemic

The diagnosis of ASDs are typically made with a medical/clinical evaluation based on standardized criteria for developmental problems with socialization, communication, and behavior. To obtain an official diagnosis to receive state or school resources typically a licensed psychologist will perform an official Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) examination. ADOS consists of a 30-60 minute protocol with a series of tasks that involve social interaction between the examiner and your child.

Autism Diagnosis and Evaluation

  • If your child is younger than 3 years old, contact the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) at (602) 532-9960 or here on the web. A free evaluation will be conducted by a contracted psychologist and could possibly qualify your child for important ongoing services.
  • If your child is 3 or older, you can request a free evaluation from your local school district. These assessments are accepted by the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to qualify the child for state-funded, home-based services. You can contact the DDD at (602) 542-0419 (or toll-free at 1-866-229-5553) or by visiting https://www.azdes.gov/ddd/.
  • If you are a parent seeking a second opinion to compare to your school district’s evaluation, call Arizona Natural Health Center at (480) 456-0402 and we would be happy to refer you to an independent licensed psychologist in your area of the Phoenix valley to best meet your family’s needs.

Conventional Treatment

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often benefit from Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA), Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. Studies have shown that ABA is helpful to teach children complex communication, social, play, and self-help skills. Speech therapy can be very helpful for problems with language development since it is one of the main challenges that children with autism face. Many children with ASDs have low muscle tone and difficulties with fine-motor skills like writing. Occupational therapists can be very helpful to improve these functional skills. The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) are excellent resources for ABA and other therapies.

Unfortunately, in addition to therapy, conventional medical (drug) treatments for autism have not been shown to be effective. According to a new systematic review of medical treatments for autism, there is a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of psychiatric drugs for children suffering from autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that there is only evidence to support using antipsychotic drugs such as risperidone and aripiprazole for challenging and repetitive behaviors in children with ASDs, yet there is strong concern over significant adverse side effects from these medications. Due to this concern, those drugs are limited to patients with severe impairment or risk of injury. The review also found a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of other medical treatments like SSRI’s (anti-depressants) and stimulant medications (like Ritalin for ADHD) in children with ASDs.

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy provides caring, gentle, and effective all-natural treatment for children suffering from autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), without harmful side effects.

Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances and are prepared so that they are entirely non-toxic. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, regulates the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy improves health by gently promoting the body’s innate capacity to heal and restore balance.

There are several benefits to this type of treatment for children with ASDs:

  • Homeopathic remedies are easy to take and taste good, so most children like them, even very finicky eaters.
  • Homeopathy tends to help the most with sensory integration problems, tantrums, violent behaviors, and language delays.
  • Because homeopathy is a holistic therapy, when we treat children with ASDs, we are also treating the whole body. If the child also suffers from other problems such as chronic recurrent ear infections, allergies, digestive problems, or other health concerns, these issues too may be helped by comprehensive homeopathic treatment.

Interested in learning more about the homeopathic treatment of autism? Click here to watch Dr. Oskin’s webinar.

Other Treatments

Dietary Interventions

Gluten-free, Casein-free Diet(GFCF)

Nutrition provides the foundation for healthy growth and development. A popular dietary treatment for autism is the gluten- and casein-free diet. Gluten is a protein in wheat that makes the dough hold together. Casein is a protein in milk, cheese and other dairy products. Some parents and professionals have reported that gluten-free and casein-free diets are have been very helpful to improve their child’s communication, social interaction, sleep patterns, digestive problems, and autistic behaviors. We recommend you consult your doctor when considering a gluten- and casein-free diet for your child.

Testimonial

“My son was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum in the summer of 2013. After his diagnosis, we were fortunate to find Dr. Oskin at Arizona Natural Health Center.  Dr. Oskin has changed our lives for the better. Soon after beginning homeopathy and the recommendations Dr. Oskin provided, we began to see improvements. I never thought that my son would seek out to pay with peers, become comfortable in loud room, crowded environments, interact positively with his sister or be able to control his compulsivity. However, I am happy to say that with this treatment, he has surpassed our expectations and is well on his way towards recovery. I cannot imagine a more qualified or caring physician to treat my kids for health concerns and for teaching my entire family a better, healthier way to live. I trust and rely on his advice completely with my kids.” 

Book Recommendation

Amy Lanksy, Ph.D. wrote a wonderful book called Impossible Cure that you can read more about at her website. In her book she has a chapter that outlines how her son recovered from autism with homeopathic treatment. She also has an excellent essay on this web page about the homeopathic treatment of autism that offers valuable information for parents seeking a skilled homeopathic practitioner to treat their child as well as what to expect from the process of homeopathic treatment.

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