Autism

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Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

Sammy at 6 months

 

Autism rocked our world in 2008 when my youngest son, Sammy, was diagnosed on the spectrum at 2-1/2 years old. 

At the time I knew very little about autism. You can read more about the day of Sammy's  autism diagnosis. After the diagnosis, I quickly started researching to learn how I could best support my son. What I found was that early intervention is “key” to helping the young autistic mind. We immediately moved forward with therapies and then also decided to experiment with diet intervention.

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Sammy, now in managed recovery, was mainstreamed into school without assistance at 6 yrs. old.

I read several stories of autism parents who had put their kids on a gluten and dairy free diet to improve health and brain function. In a study led by Dr. Nga M. Lau at Columbia University Medical Center, gluten antibodies were significantly higher in children with autism compared to healthy controls in their research group. I had just discovered my sensitivity to gluten, added to my already known sensitivity to dairy (cow’s milk specifically), and I know much of this can be genetic. It made sense to put Sammy on the diet too. The results were astounding. Sammy is now in "managed recovery." You can read more about his transformation in Sammy's Recovery Story.

Through this journey I learned that autism is a classification of behaviors and can be  caused by a collection of metabolic disturbances as indicated by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. My job was to figure out what was causing chaos in Sammy's body and there by affecting his brain function. Identifying these causes and treating them changed the course of his life. Below are some of the resources I found help along the journey. If you suspect food sensitivities in your child, you are probably, correct. Never under estimate the intuition of a parent. I offer a FREE 30 minute health assessment to see if my coaching services might benefit your child. Submit this form and I'll contact you to set an appointment.

 

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Sammy before his recovery lining up
objects is a common autistic trait.

 

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Sammy on his first train ride.

Autism Resources

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Email Kim Rice at kim@thrivinggf.com

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phone: 1.888.609.1088

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