Proteins are the building blocks of life, necessary for our cells, neurotransmitters, and many other things. Without the amino acids that make up proteins, our bodies just won’t function properly. So where can we fit protein into our autistic children’s diets?
The Nemechek Protocol seeks to decrease brain inflammation by addressing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (often called SIBO). There is an important connection between the brain and the gut, so treating SIBO is a sensible way to address brain inflammation–which itself is a common problem for our kids with autism.
We’re often told that our autistic kids need things like occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and ABA. Many of these interventions are necessary, but why wouldn’t you do the best you could to make the most progress in the shortest amount of time?
Functional medicine tries to find and resolve the root cause problems in our bodies. In this way, functional medicine can serve as a helpful complement to more traditional therapies like speech, feeding, and occupational therapies.
If you have an autistic child there’s a good chance they’ve participated in occupational therapy at some point whether it was for sensory issues, dexterity problems, or balance and coordination deficits. Occupational therapy can be very helpful for children with autism.
Speech delays are one of the most common characteristics of autism. Early intervention, in the form of speech therapy, is one of the most effective ways to address this concern. However, the road to language acquisition can be long and tiresome.
One way to accelerate your child’s progress in speech therapy is to complement it with supplements.