Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of conditions impacting, communication, behaviour, social skills and development. Challenges involving speech, nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours may also be seen.
In Canada, the prevalence of ASD is 1 in 66 Canadian children and youth (ages 5-17). Males are four times more likely to receive an ASD diagnosis compared to females.
Interestingly, patients with ASD have higher rates of epilepsy, sleep concerns, digestive issues, sensory sensitivities and impaired metabolism of food to usable energy for cellular function, particularly brain cell function. They may also experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). All of which offer clues to underlying imbalances.
There is no known cause for ASD and researchers are suggesting a multifactorial etiology.
As Naturopathic Doctors we investigate underlying factors that may be contributing to your child’s ASD.
Factors we assess include:
Using a biomedical approach we work on supporting the overall health of the nervous system, cognitive function, detoxification pathways, gut and immune health.
Supportive treatment options: