Tourette Syndrome, Tics and OCD

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.  The first symptoms of TS are almost always noticed in childhood often include: eye blinking and other vision irregularities facial grimacing shoulder shrugging head or shoulder jerking vocal tics including coprolalia (uttering swear words) or echolalia (repeating the words…

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Top Autism Docs Come to the GTA

On May 14th, at the Burlington Art Centre was host to the 2nd Annual Treat Autism & AD/HD Biomedical Conference. For those who attended, hearing two pediatricians speak about their biomedical journey was both inspiring and informative. Dr. Julie Buckley, MD, author of Healing our Autistic Children, and Dr. Wendy Edward, MD, both have children…

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Recent Advances in Biomedical Treatment

  In our own southwestern Ontario backyard, researchers at the University of Western Ontario are helping to build the case that autism is a biological disorder impacting the digestive tract, immune system and the brain.  With his team, Dr. Derrick MacFabe, M.D., Director of the Kilee Patchell-Evans Group, is investigating the possible role of gut…

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Defeating Autism Now!

 It’s 4:30 a.m. and I am exhausted. The effort it takes to lift myself out of my warm bed is tremendous. However, I am up to nurse my two-month-old daughter. I move quietly to the La-Z-Boy in the corner of the room and wrap us up in a warm blanket. My baby girl begins to…

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Healing the Gut

The microbiome is the environment of the digestive tract.  According to the National Institute of Health, the microbiome is responsible for postnatal development.  There are hundreds of trillions of microbes that live in the digestive tract.  Some are harmful and some are helpful microbes called probiotcs or good bacteria.  A balanced microbiome is associated with…

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AD/HD

   ADHD is a neurobehavioural developmental disorder impacting approximately 7% of children around the world.  Characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractability, forgetfulness and inattention, this disorder is chronic and disrupts a child’s ability to be successful in a number of different environments.  Biomedical treatment of ADHD focuses on identifying weaknesses in a child’s system through individualized…

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Aspergers

Asperger’s syndrome is a milder variant of autism.   Both Asperger’s and autism are in fact subgroups of a larger diagnostic category referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  In Asperger’s, affected individuals are characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. There are impairments in two-sided social interaction and non-verbal…

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Autism & PDD

  Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is an umbrella term for an array of complex neurological conditions (disorders) characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development, including social interaction and communications skills. There are five sub-categories and Autism is one of them. Asperger’s Syndrome is also included although it does not have a designated…

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Focus on Parents and Caregivers

I feel very lucky to work with so many wonderful families to help children reach their developmental potential. I wanted to write a special note to parents and caregivers about taking care of yourselves! It is my hope that you will all include in your 2011 resolutions to ensure that you are putting some time…

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