Behaviours in Autism

There are many types of behaviours in autism including:

Stimming, Stereotypical and Self-Stimulating

Repetitive, Scripting, Echolalia

Obsessive, Compulsive and Fixated

Aggression and Irritability

Hyperactivity

Toe walking

Jumping

Biting

Self-injury

Picky eating

Crying or Laughing for no reason

There are many behaviours in autism. Children and adults have many behaviours and as a result have difficulty learning, interacting socially or functioning 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 by assessing and treating the following root causes.

Improving methylation and increasing glutathione which improves behaviours in autism:

  • The methylation cycle is responsible for supporting 200 other cycles in the body
  • For instance, methylation makes and repairs cell membranes
  • Methylation produces and regulates brain chemicals and making glutathione
  • Brain chemical balance is an important part of treating “autistic” behaviours
  • Biomedical treatment improves serotonin, dopamine, glutathione and GABA production
  • Glutathione is the most important antioxidant in the body
  • Antioxidants like glutathione reduce oxidative stress and as a result improve mitochondrial function
  • Glutathione reduces the excitable brain chemical glutamate
  • Elevated glutamate in autism leads to IMMUNOEXCITOTOXICITY
  • The CORE 4 biomedical treatments improve methylation and glutathione production and therefore reduce autistic behaviours
  • Of the CORE 4 treatments, B12 injections and diet are the most important treatments for behaviours in autism

Improving microbiome / digestive health improves behaviours in autism:

  • Pain is the root of many behaviours seen in autism
  • Chronic constipation, diarrhea, reflux and other digestive disorders cause pain and discomfort. Up to 85% of people with autism have digestive dysfunction.
  • Altered microbiota in the gut impact negatively impact brain function
  • For example, some microbes play a critical role in autistic behaviours
  • A recent study showed microbes were capable of “eating” GABA, a brain chemical needed to calm the brain, in contrast to glutamate which creates potentially toxic levels of excitement (see immunoexcitotocicity).

The Human Microbiome Project (HMP):

  • Research from the The Human Microbiome Project has shown the gut and brain are interconnected therefore changing our understanding of autism
  • Firstly, disruption in one will cause disruption in the other and secondly the gut-brain axis.
  • Specifically, opportunistic microbiota and altered microbiome is found in autism
  • Additionally, the microbiome will cause behavioural concerns in autism by shifting food craving toward sugar, dairy and complex carbohydrates in an attempt to stem the cell danger response resulting in altered neurotransmission, sleep disruption, irritability, aggression and mood swings.
  • The gut is responsible for making brain chemicals required to process sensory information and Impaired gut function therefore results in abnormal neurotransmission contributing to sensory issues in autism. Sensory issues cause behaviours in autism.

Sleep Problems in Autism:

  • Sleep problems are extremely common in autism including difficulty with sleep onset, latency and maintenance.
  • The methylation cycle makes melatonin, which is often deficient in autism.
  • Sleep disturbances are a major contributor to behavioural issues in addition to decreasing optimal development of language, social and cognitive skills.

Improving mitochondrial function

  • Mitochondria produce all the energy in the body
  • Mitochondrial impairment is a hallmark of autism
  • As a result of decreased energy production children with autism have many behaviours because they are trying to stimulate their brain or help their brain process information
Behaviours in Autism