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August 27, 2004

Definition of Autism — a developmental disability that includes delays in social skills, language and behavior. Autism is a true spectrum disorder and affects different children in different ways. For example, some children have speech while others have little or no speech. Children with autism in general lack conversational back and forth language. Incidence of autism California data states in 1970 1 per 2500 and in 1999 1 per 285. Currently, autism is thought to affect 1 in 200 children with a 4 to 1 ratio of boys to girls.

Seizures are thought to occur in 25% of autistic children. The accepted rated of mental retardation of 75% is vastly overrated. Children with autism need to take non-verbal intelligence test to get a better indication of what their true intelligence actually is. Chronic diarrhea and/or constipation are very common. Other common problems include — sleep disorders, low muscle tone, sensory issues to sound, sight, touch, taste, smell, vestibular proprioceptive issues.

Important interventions include — diet — casein free/gluten free then soy and corn free, as well as the Feingold Diet. This should be done first then the family should consider the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The book to read is Elaine Gottschall’s — “Breaking the Vicious Cycle.

The next most successful intervention is treating the gut. Other interventions such as Methyl B-12, nutritional supplementation, chelation and Secretin should also be considered. For some children Applied Behavioral Analysis, Auditory Integration Training, Speech therapy, Sensory Integration Programs, Occupational and Physical Therapy can be very helpful.

Click here to read a summary of the recent DAN (Defeat Autism Now!TM) Meeting held in August, 2004.