Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of behaviors and developmental delays that are believed to be caused by brain abnormalities. An autistic person is often referred to as being "on the spectrum" because the behaviors and affectations are so varied, that no two people will present the same. Some autistics are completely non-verbal while others talk but have difficulty understanding the subtler forms of communication, such as sarcasm and jokes. They may have trouble navigating the waters of normal social interactions, which can cause others to find them odd or rude and insensitive as their manner of speech sometimes doesn't encompass the social niceties of polite society. They don't censor themselves in an effort to avoid hurting feelings, for example. Because of their communication issues, they can frequently become frustrated, which in turn can be difficult for their caregivers to deal with. Additionally, they may be hypersensitive to noise, light, and textures. Research has also shown a possible connection with other conditions, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, clinical depression, and bipolar disorder.
Much is misunderstood about the disorders, and as scientists continue to conduct research and develop pharmaceuticals to help, many parents of autistic children are doing their own research into things like the effect of heavy metals in vaccines, fluoride in the water, and the role of diet and nutrition in the life of their children. Here are some natural or alternative options, such as from Spectrum Awakening , you may want to consider.
In a healthy digestive tract, millions of helpful bacteria live in the gut, helping to breakdown foods and aid in digestion. Some autistic children are lacking in the usual flora and fauna present. Eating yogurt, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kefir, and taking supplemental probiotics can be useful.
Autistic children who have sensory issues may be difficult to feed and ensure they are getting the necessary nutrition. Making smoothies in the blender can help this by eliminating the different textures they find unpalatable for some reason. A smoothie is the perfect vehicle for medications, protein powders, and hiding vegetables in.
Essential fatty acids are difficult for anyone to get through diet alone. Fish oil is high in DHA, a major essential fatty acid necessary for a healthy brain. This and other supplements can be added to their daily smoothie.
Make Dietary Changes
There is some anecdotal research suggesting putting your child on a casein and gluten-free diet can be useful. Limiting processed foods and artificial flavorings and dyes can also help as they certainly aren't good for anyone.