Speech Development in Autism
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have a more difficult time learning and using language. Children with autism may also need extra support with communication and social skills. As every child is unique, what works for some kids do not work for others. Therefore, it is important to personalize the treatment to the child. If your child is experiencing setbacks in speech development, seek treatment as early as possible. The most important is speech therapy. Please discuss this with your Medical Doctor.
Naturopathic treatments can be implemented to support the body and correct any nutritional deficiencies to improve overall health. A state of overall improved health is important when starting any new intervention. Our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, ND, can customize a treatment for your child based on his or her lab test results and individual assessments.
Individual Child Assessments
To determine the best course of treatment, our naturopathic doctor investigates various components that are essential to the healthy development of the brain. Some areas and components of the brain we focus on include:
The body’s chemical messengers used by the nervous system to transmit messages between neurons – e.g. dopamine, GABA, serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.
A biochemical process that is used in nearly all body functions, as well as the production of neurotransmitters, making of proteins, replication of genetic DNA, and detoxification.
The process of removing harmful toxins from the body, such as heavy metals, which can affect nervous system development and brain health.
Microbiome, or gut health, is the genetic material of all types of microbes and affects good bacteria, fungal infections, and viral and bacterial parasites.
Analysis of the digestive tract includes measuring levels of stomach acid, bile release, digestive enzymes, and bacteria within the large and small intestine.
Testing of vitamins and minerals in the body is important as what your child eats and how he or she digests food can impact everything else. Deficiencies can be tested for and treated.
Putting It All Together
While your child’s speech may be your main concern, it’s important to realize that various systems within the body can all contribute to developmental delay. That is why we look at the whole picture when creating a supportive treatment plan.
For an individualized treatment plan, we look at our assessments for each component of the body. From gas, bloating, and constipation to allergies, sensitivities, and sleep issues, all of these factors may have a direct impact on a child’s development.
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