Behaviour Issues in Autism

Behaviour Issues in Autism Stereotypical Repetitive Obsessive and Compulsive Behaviours Aggression and irritability Hyperactivity Children and adults have behaviours that make it difficult to learn, interact socially or function in different aspects of life. While the underlying contributors to these behaviours are poorly understood biomedical treatment has been shown to dramatically improve these “autistic” symptoms…

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Developmental Delays in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Language – expressive, receptive, echolalia, scripting Children and adults with autism often have delayed speech and language.  There is no consensus on which underlying medical concerns contribute to impaired communication but the clues may lie in which biomedical treatments are most likely to improve language. Expressive language is dependent on praxis which is dependent on…

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Head Banging

Head banging and autism:  Why kids bang their heads and how biomedical treatment can help Head banging is very common in children diagnosed with autism.  From a biomedical perspective, head banging is considered a sign or symptom of an underlying problem.  Something is triggering the need to head bang.  Children with autism have dysregulated brain…

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Eye Contact, Side Glancing and Visual Self-Stimulatory Behaviour (Stimming)

To understand why children diagnosed with autism have…. Trouble making eye contact Repetitive behaviours like “stimming” in front of their eyes, watch shows or parts of shows or even credits in the shows over and over? Symptoms like looking out of the sides of their eyes, line up toys, lay down and like closely at…

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Praxis

Praxis – How apraxia, dyspraxia and childhood coordination disorder are connected and result in impaired sensory motor planning in autism Dyspraxia – This is an umbrella term for neurogenic impairments that involve the planning, executing and sequencing of movements Limb or motor apraxia – involves programming of hand or whole body movements like tying shoes,…

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Motor Planning

To best understand treating motor planning, consider reading an overview of motor planning and mitochondrial function. Want to hear about a simple, elegant and effective way to improve language, social and cognitive skills for your child diagnosed with autism? Dr. Claudia Morris has shown that motor planning can be improved by helping to repair the…

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5HTP

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is largely responsible for mood, learning, language, and sensory integration among many things. It is also used in early development to differentiate neuronal networks in the brain. 5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, is a precursor to serotonin that is commonly taken orally for sleep and anxiety. Croonenberghs J, et…

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Ninety percent of children diagnosed with autism have sensory issues.  The medical roots of sensory “scrambling” are most likely linked to: Untreated digestive disorders Untreated sleep disorders Nutrient Deficiencies Altered brain chemicals – too much glutamate, reduction or impairment in others like serotonin and GABA One of the biggest reasons that biomedical treatment helps children…

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Picky Eating and Autism

“Picky” or restricted eating is extremely common in autism.  The roots of this symptom lie in different areas and comprehensive assessment is often needed to identify each child’s individual underlying contributors.  Environmental toxins like lead, mercury, aluminum, pesticides, bisphenol A and other plastics, fire retardants, phthalates etc. deplete nutrients required to support appetite. Zinc deficiency…

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Eye contact, visual stimming and side glancing in Autism

Why does your child with autism have trouble making eye contact, look out of the sides of their eyes, stim in front of their eyes or look at toys and people very closely (sometimes moving like a camera lense in and out)??? Years ago I watched a Ted Talk called How Brains Learn to See.…

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