I’m sure it comes as no surprise to other parents of autistic children that 40% of children with autism are considered nonverbal. Speech delays are one of the defining characteristics of autism. What may be surprising is the use and success of biomedical or functional interventions to treat speech delays.
When you think of histamines, the first thing that comes to mind is probably allergies. But histamines play many other roles in our bodies.
The processes occurring within our bodies are interconnected. When the level of one substance is off there is often a trickle down effect on other substances and body processes. One of the most important connections in our body is the relationship between lithium and vitamin B12.
Lithium is an important mineral found naturally in the earth and in certain foods. This mineral is important for optimal brain function, as well as mood and behavior regulation. It’s not uncommon for autistic children to also struggle with mood issues like anxiety or depression and supplemental lithium can make a noticeable difference for these challenges.
Autistic children, like everyone else, need prebiotics in their diets to achieve a balanced and healthy gut microbiome. Inulin is a prebiotic fiber which means it has to be in your child’s gut to feed the probiotics.
Inositol, not to be confused with inulin or insulin, is a supplement found in some foods (like cantaloupe) that aids in the important task of promoting communication between cells. Inositol plays an essential role in the health of our neurotransmitters and growth hormones and it has a lot of different applications for autistic kids.
Many of us put a lot of thought and energy into stocking our kitchens with healthy food, snacks, and beverages. But we often don’t give enough thought to stocking our kitchen cleaning supplies with safe, non-toxic products.
Toxins have the potential to affect us in a variety of ways. Our kids with autism are especially at risk since they tend to have more trouble detoxifying than their neurotypical peers.
Build up or exposure to toxins can cause troublesome behaviors in our kids. Learning about these toxins can help you make educated choices about what you want your kids exposed to and which healthier alternatives you may want to try.
Like it or not there are toxins everywhere, even in our own back yards. And while we’re all trying to do what’s best for our kids, that becomes challenging if we don’t know which products are dangerous and need to be avoided.
Here are some common backyard toxins and safe alternatives.
There are so many products in our bathrooms that have the potential to contain harmful toxins. Any items like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and lotions that go onto our skin or into our mouths will be absorbed into our bodies. It’s important to ask yourself if you’re comfortable with all of the ingredients found in those products getting absorbed into your child’s body.
Before you can begin replacing these dangerous items, you need to be able to identify them.