It is estimated that the prevalence of Autism is 1 in 59 children. Autism is characterized by having social and communication delays, limited imagination, and cognitive delays. It is Called Autism Spectrum Disorder(s) because of the diversity in symptoms from child to child and the different disorders under that umbrella.
Currently what is considered on the Autism Spectrum Disorder is Rhett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, what some call Classic Autism (no genetic component), Pervasive Developmental Disorder and what was once called Asperger’s Syndrome, now “high functioning Autism.” When there is a genetic disease present such as Fragile X, Turner’s, or Noonan’s Syndrome that is called Syndromic Autism. Unfortunately, that means that child, or adult has a genetic mutation with specific characteristics of that disease that has also led the individual to be developmentally delayed with Autistic traits.
Classic Autism is now broken down into levels 1-3, 3 being the most severe. Whether we are dealing with a child or adult with severe Autism, or a genetic disorder such as Rhett’s we have had results that families are happy with. Whether a genetic component is present or not the brain is still plastic (changeable) and that means we can increase function. Results will be limited with genetic issues however when there is no genetic defect the gains in function can be life altering for the individual and the family.
Regardless of the type of the Spectrum Disorder, our concerns are what areas of the brain are not working well, and can we activate them to increase function? We also address diet, and lifestyle changes at home, school and recreational activities. We run routine, advanced and cutting-edge lab work to further find areas to address and maximize results. As well, we help advise children’s team of people that care of him/her (including the teachers and care staff at school) on what we recommend can be done to further benefit the patient.