There are many ways to find out that your child has one of the autism spectrum disorders:
Autism, developmental delay, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. A preschool teacher may tell you, or you can hear it from an audiologist or speech therapist.
Autism is so prevalent that many people recognize its symptoms. You may get your first indication from your child’s aunt or uncle, or even another mom from his school. Or the awful realization may dawn on you while you are researching his issues on the Internet.
Pediatricians are often the last to recognize the problem. You start feeling that something is wrong with your son. Your pediatrician tells you that he is fine. Sometimes you know something is wrong. He’s not babbling as much anymore.
But your doctor tells you that he may be a little slow in motor development and speech perhaps, but boys are like that. They don’t develop as fast as girls. He suggests that other family members may be talking for him or catering to him so he doesn’t have the motivation to speak or walk.
Your husband is saying you are being neurotic. You start doubting yourself. You don’t want to make trouble. You back off.
But you don’t understand why your son has so many issues around food. All he wants to eat are Goldfish, milk, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and pizza. He hates the smell, the taste, the color, the feel of certain foods, especially vegetables. He turns his head away, refusing to let you put them in his mouth.
Chewing is a problem, swallowing is worse, and once the food is swallowed, it can come back up, or have trouble going down. It just sits in his bloated stomach for a long time. He is always constipated and his bowel movements smell awful. Something is wrong.
You watch him at the park. Other kids are playing with each other. He is by himself, lining up toys outside the sandbox. He is holding a car up to his face, spinning its wheels and watching them for as long as you will let him. He seems even more silent than in the past. For sure, his eye contact is not as good as it used to be, and he hardly smiles any more.
Your discomfort grows.
You go back to your pediatrician and tell him that your son is tantruming a lot, not wanting to transition, wanting to do only very few things, and that he has a lot of repetitive behavior. But the tantrums and the screaming are driving you nuts, and they are getting out of control. The doctor tells you to spank him hard for that behavior. You listen to this advice, but it doesn’t sound right. It doesn’t sound like something you want to do.
Then one day your son has a screaming fit, an absolute throwing his body down on the ground screaming fit. You realize that there is something wrong with him. He is not trying to control you, he is in pain. You go to the Internet and look up his symptoms. In a short time, you are at autism sites. You’ve heard of autism. Another mom mentioned it to you. There is a list of symptoms. You think, “Oh my God, that’s him.” No one has to tell you he has autism. You figure it out yourself.
Back in the pediatrician’s office, you are told that, in fact, your son does have autism. Hearing it from the doctor has horrific impact. Your heart sinks. It feels like someone punched you in the stomach. Then the doctor tells you there is nothing you can do. You are flattened, too devastated to even respond.
Thinking about it at home, though, you realize that this doctor does not know anything about autism. It is a lonely moment, but one full of power. A few days ago, he was telling you to spank your son, that his symptoms were behaviors that must be punished. Now he’s telling you that you have a hopeless situation.
You are not going to listen to one more word he says. You are the one who figured out that your son has autism, and you are going to be the one who figures out what to do about it.
You find out that in fact he is in pain, that most kids with autism have some degree of gastrointestinal dysfunction that translates into pain. You learn that a majority of kids improve when gluten and casein are removed from their diet. You remove them from your son’s diet. He starts to follow simple commands again. His eye contact seems greater, his bowel function improves and maybe he is even developing more language.
But your doctor is concerned that without dairy, your son may not get enough calcium.
You and your doctor live on two different planets.
You learn about other nutritional interventions, enzymes to help digestion, omega 3 fish oil, vitamins, and good bacteria. Other moms are a great source of strength and information. You get set up for services, behavior training, speech therapy, occupational therapy. It all helps, but there is a long way to go.
There are many therapies to consider and choices to make. Your head starts to swim. You have quit your job, you are spending all your money, and you are involved with your son all day. There is a special diet to make, a special school to attend, and after school, multiple therapy appointments. It’s a real game changer, this diagnosis of autism.
Your son is getting better, but he is still not well. His treatment seems to have lost momentum. His rate of improvement is slowing down. You are not sure about what you are doing now or what to do next.
If this is where you are, please download my e-book.
In this book, I describe the treatment of autism, and the stumbling blocks in its treatment. Your child must be on the right diet, a diet that is the best for him in particular. There is no one diet that is right for every child.
The environment inside of his gastrointestinal (GI) tract must be free of organisms that produce toxic molecules, molecules that get into his blood stream, go to his brain and interfere with his brain function.
His GI tract must have beneficial organisms and healthy fiber that support his digestive processes and immune function. If you do not succeed in optimizing his diet and the environment inside his GI tract, you will not succeed in removing the symptoms of autism.
Nutritional supplementation needs to be very specific. It needs to be directed by biochemical and genetic testing. Recommendations that seem rote and uninformed by thoughtful consideration of your particular child and lab testing will not get you through. Shotgun supplementation and guesswork will not do either.
You waste time and money on the cure of the month. You need testing that uncovers the important abnormalities and correct information about what to do then.
I have spent years studying and treating children’s illnesses. When autism spectrum disorders became epidemic, I focused a lot of attention on them. You can get the benefits of my experience from this e-book. It outlines the solutions you can apply and the steps you need to take.
I have helped hundreds of kids to function normally.
They lost the ASD diagnosis, literally!
Even if you are just starting out on the autism recovery journey, this book is a must read and costs you nothing.
Listen to what Dr. Julie Gershwin has
to say about my work with her son:
“Of all the doctors I saw, you were the person who knew most about what you were doing. You were right about both the diagnosis and treatment of my son’s problems. You were able to start, follow through, and get him functioning normally without a lot of mis-steps and guess work. His life is back on track…. I am grateful beyond words!”
There is a sea of health care providers claiming to be able to treat your child, but they may have no overall plan. They may not have enough information to get your child successfully started on the road to health, let alone through to recovery. You can waste a lot of time and money doing a potpourri of supplements and the latest cure-of-the-month.
Read what this happy mom has
to say about my help:
“Dr. Mullan has been invaluable in the recovery process of our son who is now almost fully recovered. Having her to count on as my son’s doctor has been a huge relief. In fact, when I found her, I finally felt like I could breathe again. Navigating the world of biomedical treatments is extremely confusing. Not only is Dr. Mullan profoundly competent and knowledgeable, but she is caring, kind and down-to earth. I would not want to be doing this without Dr. Mullan and I feel so thankful to have found her.” Joelle Adajian