What is autism?

Autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders that may affect the brain function and other areas of the body.

"Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them." ref:National autistic society 

These conditions (ASC) are characterized, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger's syndrome. ASC can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some people with ASC excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

The most obvious signs and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age or before.
However many children may not receive a diagnosis until later. This may be confusing and not helpful for parents with children that are showing some signs of autism, or developmental delay such as coordination difficulties or speech delay. 

Nutritional Therapy and Autism Spectrum Conditions 

The key role of the Nutritional Therapist here is to address some key areas of concern.  Parents usually seek advice if their children  are not developing as neuro-typical children, but also if they present with ongoing problems in the following areas:

Diet

Digestion

Elimination

Immunity

Food Allergies/Food intolerance 

Beyond the Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet

It is a common mis-perception that a Gluten Free/Casein Free (GF/CF) diet is the key to possible recovery for children on the autistic spectrum. This couldn't be more far from the truth.  Diet is only one part of the puzzle. When we start to investigate the health of an autistic child or adult many more issues around diet, digestion, detoxification and immunity arise.  These all need to be dealt with in a structured way by an experienced therapist. 

New Hopes Nutrition supports bio-medical treatment strategies for our children with developmental delays, autism and ASC. This involves diet, laboratory testing and based on findings nutritional supplementation.  

Qualified Nutritional Therapist Susan Davis is the mother of an autistic child and naturally attracts clients that have children on the Autistic spectrum to her clinic.  She continues to improve on her knowledge in this area of nutrition by attending autism related conferences and following related publications.

 

Call in to book a consultation on 01425657687 susandavis@newforestnutrition.co.uk

Autism & Nutrition Ringwood, Fordingbirdge, New Forest