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 Impairment in Autism

Understanding motor planning impairment in autism treatment To best understand why it is so important 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…

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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 Issues in Autism

90% of children diagnosed with autism have sensory issues.  There are a number of medical causes of sensory issues in autism: Untreated digestive disorders Untreated sleep disorders Nutrient Deficiencies Impaired methylation leading to altered balance of brain chemicals One of the biggest reasons that biomedical treatment helps children and adults with autism is becausetreats the…

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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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Autism and Eye Contact

Autism and eye contact; is there an autism treatment that can improve eye contact for children with autism? Or why do they look out of the sides of their eyes (side glancing)? What about the cause of visual stimming or looking at toys and people very closely (sometimes moving like a camera lens in and…

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Are you worried about autism?

If you are worried about autism, it is important to get the facts and start treatment as soon as possible. Many parents are worried about autism. Parents reach out to us when they see symptoms in their babies and toddlers that may be red flags for autism. 1 in 6 Canadian children has a developmental…

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Are you pregnant, planning pregnancy or a parent of young children?

  Please join us on June 4th for our PREVENTION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY and OPTIMIZING DEVELOPMENT lectures at our 6th Annual Biomedical Conference.  Lectures include:   The Golden Hour and the first 1000 minutes in Newborn Care; Is it all about Breastfeeding?  Come learn from Attie Sandink, nurse and lactation consultant from Birth and Baby…

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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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