Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders are thought to have a genetic basis that is triggered by environmental factors. There is strong evidence for a genetic immune vulnerability, and it is theorized that genetic variants culminate in a weakened ability to cope with environmental stressors and toxins. Autism is diagnosed by the symptoms and behaviors we observe as the outward manifestation of what is going on internally. We now know that autism is most adequately characterized as a whole body disorder. Often, addressing diet proves beneficial, and supplements may also be indicated. 

 

 

 

 

 

"There’s a lot of evidence suggesting that people can improve and recover from autism."
-Dr. Martha Herbert, pediatric neuroscientist, world reknown autism researcher, and author of The Autism Revolution
 
Child Development

Child Development

Environmental toxins and disease

Environmental toxins and disease

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

Supplements

Supplements

Autism as a Whole-Body Disorder

Autism as a Whole-Body Disorder

Gainesville Autism Resources

Gainesville Autism Resources

Additional Readings

Additional Readings

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Before your initial autism consult at our practice...

 

If your child has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and this is your first appointment at our office, please fill out this Autism Intake Questionnaire and bring it to your first visit. This will help us better understand your child's history.

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Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

A GFCF Diet eliminates two of the most immunoreactive proteins we can consume from the diet. Food allergens and sensitivities are a major contributor to environmental risk factors and stress to individuals both with and without autism. When indicated, this diet eliminates these highly reactive proteins in an effort to reduce environmental risk. This is one major way to overcome genetic vulnerability and positively affect our epigenetics (the way our genes express themselves). Click for more.

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