Improving eye contact in children diagnosed with autism

Does your child look out of the sides of their eyes? Does your child watch their fingers while they move them in front of their eyes or tract them along surfaces? Does your child like to watch wheels spinning? Does your child look away from people instead of seeking eye contact? Eye contact is a…

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ARE YOU WORRIED YOUR CHILD HAS AUTISM OR ADHD?

It is estimated that 1 in 6 Canadian children has a developmental delay.  The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased over 2000% in the last 10 years.  Up 30% in the last two years alone.  If this isn’t an epidemic, I don’t know what is.  1 in 68 children is now estimated to have…

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All your Questions about Biomedical Treatment Answered!

Dr. Sonya answers the most popular questions that are asked by families looking into biomedical treatment.   1.       What is biomedical treatment? Biomedical treatment is an individualized medical treatment program to prevent and treat developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, OCD, Tourette Syndrome and Speech Language Delay (Apraxia, Dyspraxia). 2.       What type childhood disorders can benefit…

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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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How does yeast and clostridia overgrowth contribute to Autism and ADHD?

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. William Shaw a few weeks ago.  Dr. Shaw is the Director of Great Plains Laboratory and is the person responsible for first linking abnormal fungal metabolites from yeast overgrowth to Autism Spectrum Disorder.  With a background in chemistry and toxicology, he was able to uncover metabolic issues with…

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Yeast, The Spring and Regression in Autism and ADHD

MORE THAN 50% OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND ADHD WILL HAVE BEHAVIOURAL REGRESSION IN THE SPRING DUE TO YEAST    Our youngest has been on a grain free diet since May, 2012, to address a developmental regression he experienced after surgery to correct a severe birth defect.  All told, he has been on 5 rounds…

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New Research in Autism Treatment!

It is a few sleeps away from Autism Awareness Day. I want to write a blog that will update the thousands of children and families touched by autism.  It is 5 am. I am a little punchy. Those of you who know me know that I am not an early riser. So why am I up at 5…

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Methyl B12 Injections

In my practice, 92% of children have benefited from MB12 treatment. ~ Dr. Sonya Doherty, N.D., FMAPS (Cand.)   What is Methyl-B12 (B12)? B12 (cobalamin) is a vitamin “family” with five unique family members that each do different things.  Out of the B12 family, only methyl-B12 has the ability to activate the methionine/homocysteine biochemical pathway directly…

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