Does My Child Have Autism?

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Does My Child Have Autism?

Does my child have autism? When parents, grandparents, or caregivers ask this question, it is prudent to seek medical evaluation. In some cases, their fears can be laid to rest. In others, autistic behaviors are simply the result of food allergies or nutritional deficiencies that can easily be addressed. Too often, however, the diagnosis is truly autism. The symptoms of autism may be present from birth or develop at any time prior to age three. Many children have a period of typical development followed by a plateau or an actual loss of skills. Receptive language, expressive language, social skills, eye contact, and interest in previously enjoyed toys and activities decline, sometimes quite rapidly and dramatically. These changes may occur after an illness, vaccination, toxic exposure, or for no obvious reason. Autism can run in families, but in most cases there is no family history of the condition. It is frequently associated with recurrent ear infections, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation, multiple food allergies or sensitivities, abnormal sleep patterns, eating disorders, and obsessive compulsive behaviors. Effective treatments for these symptoms exist and can be very beneficial. Warning signs of a child at risk for autism include the following: Language delays or loss of receptive or expressive language Loss of coordination or motor skills Loss of interest in social interaction Lack of response to name Lack of interest in peers Poor eye contact Minimal interest in toys Abnormal toy play such as lining up or stacking toys Fascination with unusual objects or parts of objects Failure to use gestures such as pointing or waving Repetitive or odd behaviors Insistence on rituals or routines Picky eating habits Craving of gluten or dairy products Hand flapping Toe walking Lack of awareness of danger Sensitivity to noise, touch, or light: easily over-stimulated Erratic sleep pattern Hyperactivity Preference to be alone or apart from others Excessive tantrums Problems with attention, communication, and behavior are often associated with challenges in coordination, balance, muscle tone, strength and/or motor skills. These concerns may be related to nutritional deficiencies, metabolic disorders, chronic intestinal inflammation, toxic exposures, or infections. If any of these areas of concern pertain to your child, a “wait and see” approach is not advisable.  It is time to take action. Please contact us for information regarding assessments and treatment options. Dr. Cindy Schneider and the staff at...

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Your First Appointment

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Your First Appointment

Dr. Cindy Schneider practices functional, integrative medicine. Functional medicine emphasizes the identification and treatment of the underlying cause of medical conditions rather than just the treatment of symptoms. ┬áHer approach to health challenges includes the optimization of each patient’s nutritional status and key metabolic pathways. A detailed history is obtained on every patient, which begins the process of discovering the cause or causes of his or her symptoms. Many have suffered needlessly for years and gone through extensive medical workups elsewhere, only to find that their health problems were entirely treatable with lifestyle changes and proper nutritional support. Our approach at the Center for Autism Research and Education emphasizes the following: Comprehensive nutritional and metabolic testing Lifestyle and dietary counseling and education to minimize exposure to environmental toxins An organic, nutrient-dense diet is a critical component of any treatment plan Food allergies and sensitivities are frequently the cause of unusual or difficult to treat medical issues and can easily be addressed. Today’s children are alarmingly over-medicated and the long-term side effects of these medications are largely unknown. Once underlying health and nutritional issues are addressed, most children can be treated without prescription medications. It is always easier to reverse health challenges that are relatively recent in onset, but it is never too late to achieve better health! What to Expect at your First Visit We allow 110 minutes for our new patient visits. Because most of our patients have significant medical challenges, this time is necessary to obtain a detailed history, review previous medical records, and conduct a physical examination. In all honesty, the current medical system has failed most of our patients. More comprehensive visits are needed to understand each patient’s unique constellation of symptoms and create a personalized treatment plan. To make the best use of your appointment time, please bring the following documents: Completed new patient questionnaire Copies of any important medical records and laboratory results. We do not want to waste valuable appointment time making photocopies of records. A list of any prescription medications and exact dosages Printout of the supplement facts of any nutritional supplements. If you prefer, you can bring the supplements to your appointment. A recent photograph: This will help us remember you or your child when test results come in and when you call our office. Vaccination record Growth charts Due to the chemical sensitivities of many of our clients, we ask that all family members and caregivers attending the appointment refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and scented lotions the day of your appointment. Likewise, many of our patients have food allergies and sensitivities and need to be protected from accidental exposure. Feel free to bring a water bottle to your appointment, but please refrain from other beverages and limit snacks to items that are gluten, casein, corn, soy, and nut-free. We look forward to working with you to improve your health or the health of your loved one. Dr. Cindy Schneider and the staff at...

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