Managing our kids on the spectrum
Biomedical treatment means healing treatable issues. Getting to the core of the problem and treating it. Not by putting on a bandaid, but by investigating the child’s biology via simple medical testing.
I often think if our child was diagnosed with coeliac disease he or she would be treated immediately and put onto a gluten free diet for the rest of life. If diagnosed as a diabetic, a strict diet would be indicated for life. Why then is autism not medically recognised as a treatable disease, because it responds so well to gluten/casein/soy removal and a restricted fruit and veg diet?
Autism has long been considered a psychological diagnosis. The majority of physicians can see no value in looking for medically caused issues. This attitude has caused millions of children throughout the world to be denied the opportunity of overcoming their diagnosis, or at the very least, improving considerably their quality of life.
Yet the autistic child is beset with gastrointestinal problems, immune dysregulation, food allergies, bowel problems, the inability to sleep at night, sensory issues and bacterial and viral infections, all of which are identified and treated by our dedicated biomedical physicians.
The behavioural problems we see in our children are a cry for help. How else does a spectrum child who cannot talk make us understand he or she is hurting and desperately needs us to find answers? I assure you answers are available if only we are prepared to step outside our comfort zone and dedicate our time to finding and implementing those answers.
The younger the child when we start to follow a biomedical pathway the better the final outcome will be. But we have progressed so much in the biomedical world in recent years that teenagers, young persons and adults are also gaining tremendous benefit from following biomedical principles. It is never too late to start.
Gifted practitioners who are naturopaths, homeopathy consultants, chiropractors, and who have the patience of Job, all have a role to play in improving the lives of our collective children. Those of us who have implemented diet corrections and give daily supplements also look to 'others' for an additional percentage of healing that will assist our child to confront life in an adult world. The improvements in the majority of children are awesome to witness.
Whilst there are certain biomedical protocols that are followed for all spectrum children, the diagnosis of autism is complex and each child has unique individual needs caused by poor health and an overloaded immune system that can no longer effectively excrete toxins. It takes time and patience to negotiate the clues to effective treatment. All of our biomedical physicians/practitioners are prepared to devote time to helping our children. As parents we implement their strategies 100% in order to give our child the opportunity to progress.
If we think it is hard to have a toddler with autism, it is far worse to have a teenager with attitude and size, trying to cope in a world that is completely out of sync with the world everyone else lives in!
Traditional therapies such as applied behavioural analysis, relationship development intervention and the many other early intervention therapies become much more effective when the child is biomedically treated. There is nothing to lose and so very much to gain from the biomedical world.
The book guides us every step of the way.
Imagine. You're standing on a pier and your child is drowning (autism). You can't swim and desperately look around for a life jacket (physician). Then you find a rope (diet and nutritional supplements), but passers-by warn you against throwing it in, because it hasn't been proven safe (authorities are waiting for completed scientific studies to appear in peer reviewed journals). Meanwhile, your child is still drowning (exhibiting autistic symptoms). If you were the parent standing desperately on the pier, you wouldn't wait for blind clinical trials. You would pick up the life jacket and throw it to your child. Paraphrased from Dr Jaqueline McCandles, who has been a ‘life saver’ for so many of our children.