Autism is Treatable: Biomedical Interventions
For many years, Autism was considered nearly untreatable. Thankfully the hard work and dedication of countless parents and professionals has changed this view point and parents can have hope in knowing their child can progress.
Autism is a complex developmental disorder directly affecting many areas of development. This is why there are so many theories, interventions and programs designed for children with autism or a related disorder. Within these many options, biomedical interventions are one group that seems to yield progress in many children. It is known the earlier intervention begins, the better the outcome and biomedical treatment is no exception.
No matter the intervention, or combination of treatments used, implementation should begin immediately upon receiving a diagnosis. Early Intervention typically refers to children less than three years of age, however, some children do not receive a diagnosis until this age or even later, so for our purposes, early intervention in this context mean immediate treatment.
With so many treatment options now available, parents can individualize interventions specific to their child’s needs. Upon learning the pathology of autism, many parents implement biomedical treatments. These include, but are by no means limited to dietary changes, vitamin and nutrient supplementation, or removing heavy metals and toxins from their child’s body – a process known as chelation.
Outwardly, it can be difficult to see that autism can be treated with these and other biomedical interventions. After all, autism is not considered a disease, like cancer, and does not have a standard biomedical treatment protocol – at least not one embraced by most mainstream pediatricians.
In the United States there is one group of practitioners promoting the use of biomedical treatments to help children with autism. The Defeat Autism Now! Protocol, or DAN!, is one of the best known biomedical treatment protocols due to its long history of research. Of course there are other groups and individual providers available to parents and it is ultimately a personal decision that has to be made when choosing a professional to work with. Due to the various options and combinations of available biomedical treatment, parents are advised to obtain an experienced provider to guide them through this process.
Parents across the world report positive changes as the result of biomedical interventions. Not all children respond to the same treatment, nor do they respond to the same treatment in the same way, but have hope because over 60% of parents report progress with dietary changes alone!
Parents report seeing changes across areas of development that commonly include: increased expressive and receptive language, increased eye contact, decreased stimulatory or aggressive behaviors, increased ability to tolerate changes, interest in social situations and much, much more. A few of the physical benefits usually seen are: increased gastrointestinal health, decreased seizure activity, normalized sleeping patterns, and disappearance of skin abnormalities. The overlooked but best benefit of these interventions may simply be restoring a child’s health and ensuring they are nutritionally sound.
There are numerous theories as to why dietary and other biomedical interventions work so well when used to treat autism. A very broad and generally accepted theory is that autism is the result of neuro-immunological disturbances, and these are further aggravated by lack of nutrients and exposure to other elements. There are environmental implications on this theory, including the use and frequency of vaccinations, so it should be no surprise there are many researchers investigating these dynamics.
While researchers continue investigating, parents continue to intervene and use biomedical treatments to treat autism and they continue to report substantial progress and promising results. Like any treatment, there are many steps to take and a lot to learn, so obtaining a professional familiar with these treatments is necessary. Parents are encouraged to continually educate themselves and begin intervention as soon as possible to experience maximum effectiveness.