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I recently read the book, “The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies For Making Life all it Can be” by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD with Karen Weintraub, published by Harvard Medical School.
The author does not claim to have found the cure for autism.
Instead she informs the reader of what she feels she has learned based on observations she has made in her own medical practice treating patients with autism.
From her observations, she has concluded that autism is actually a collection of symptoms that can be addressed and in some cases solved.
The collection of symptoms that Dr. Herbert noticed in most of her patients with autism is that they suffered with many of the same problems, namely frequent ear and throat infections, digestive issues, large heads, sensory issues, and communication problems.
The author then developed and recommends the following ten tips for helping people with autism to achieve to their full potential and live productive, fulfilling, and happy lives.
I personally believe that these tips are common sense, attainable for the average family, and really good for anyone and everyone, not just the person with autism!
- Don’t define or limit your child by his/her autistic symptoms. Expect that your child will some day be capable of amazing achievements.
- Know what you can and can’t control. The genes we have at birth are the same genes we will have our whole lives. We can control the environment that we subject our children’s genes to. Therefore, we should strive to provide their genes with healthy and nourishing environments.
- We should repair and support our children’s bodies’ cells and cycles by providing them with the proper nourishment
- We need to keep our children’s guts and digestive systems healthy. Gluten free/ casien free diets have helped many children with autism.
- Build better brain health for our children. Brains need the proper energy and nutritious supplies. Our children may need nutritional supplements to achieve optimum brain functioning.
- Calm autistic children’s brain chaos by making sure that they have enough sleep, addressing any sensory issues or seizure activity they may have, and limiting exposure to stressful situations.
- Join our autistic children’s world. We can search for the reasons behind their behaviors and decode their hidden messages. Help them to communicate. Don’t just medicate symptoms.
- Love, rejoice, and make breakthroughs. Once symptoms begin resolving we can strive to enrich and broaden their experiences. Celebrate successes.
- Lead the revolution. We should share what treatments have helped our children with others.
- Dr. Herbert suggests that parents of autistics should consider autism as something that develops, not something that is destined. We should view autism as being the outcome of a bunch of cascading events that can be unraveled and fixed one at a time to bring our children back to health!