Because it takes time to introduce biomedical interventions such as a dietary change, visits will usually be spaced 2-3 months apart.
Tests that are needed will depend upon your child’s unique needs but may include samples of blood, stools or urine. Some tests can be collected at our office, but some can be done at home and mailed.
Testing and interventions are dependent upon each individual child and may include:
Dietary Intervention – This can include removing gluten, dairy products and soy and buying organic foods. Some children can have many food allergies and need to remove or rotate those foods. Limiting carbohydrates and sugars can help them, too.
Supplements and Vitamins – Children on the spectrum commonly have vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Appropriate supplements can help sleep, hyperactivity, speech, immune system, gastrointestinal pain and function, behavior, attention, skin, social skills, eye contact,aggression, allergies and overall health.
Gut – the American Academy of Pediatrics says at least 70% of children with an ASD have problems such as reflux, colitis, Crohn’s and Inflammatory Bowel diseases that should be tested for and treated.
Immune – Immune system dysfunction and allergies may be part of the issues these children can have. Sometimes they don’t handle viruses properly and can harbor off the chart viral titers to some diseases.
Metals – Children on the spectrum are thought to have problems with the chemical pathway that allows them to detoxify metals. Testing can indicate if your child tests high for heavy metals. With support of the body’s natural ability to get rid of such metals, these children can increase their function and health.