Sleep disorders affect 83% of children diagnosed with autism

If you have a child diagnosed with autism, or who you suspect is on the spectrum, chances are your child is having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.  Sleep is essential to support optimal development.  Research at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute has identified that 90% of children diagnosed with autism have methylation impairments. Methylation impairment…

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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 chemicals (neurotransmitters) that impair their ability to process sensory information.  This sensory processing impairment causes…

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Is your child’s behavior linked to sensory issues?

I have been practicing naturopathic medicine for 10 years.  I have three wonderful children.  And they all have sensory issues.  You would think with 10 years of experience as a DAN! doctor and FMAPS candidate, that I would be able to pick up sensory issues very easily.  My practice is focused on prevention and treatment…

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Sensory Processing Disorder and haircuts!

Yesterday we had to endure the horror of cutting our son’s hair.  He is 2 ½ years old and a year ago he developed sensory processing disorder after his stage I surgical repair of a severe birth defect.  Hypospadias can range from mild to severe but in Magnus’s case, it was one of the worse…

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Autism Symptoms: Early signs of developmental concerns

As a naturopathic doctor specializing in treatment and prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders; the most important thing for parents to do is to keep track of their child’s milestones.  While all children hit milestones at slightly different times, it is crucial that infants, toddlers and children are gaining language, social and cognitive skills on schedule. As…

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