Children with Asperger's Syndrome want to connect with you, but just don't know how. Find out more about Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Body Ecology's natural solutions towards preventing and overcoming Asperger's symptoms in your child.
According to the Centers for Disease Control's most recent estimates, up to 1 in 166 children have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)1.
Asperger's Syndrome is one of the 5 development disabilities classified within ASD. While there are some similar characteristics with autism, we'd like to describe the differences and offer some possible options for natural treatment.
Similar, but Not the Same
The debate among some professionals as to whether or not Asperger's is simply a milder form of autism has led to the notion that a child with Asperger's Syndrome is a "highly functioning" child with autism.2
And yet much controversy still exists over the slight diagnostic differences between a child diagnosed with high-functioning autism and a child diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The reason for the controversy is the wide range of differences in cognition, motor skills, social interaction, language development and age of onset.
Because it is difficult to make a distinction between autism (especially in the case of a high-functioning autism diagnosis) and Asperger's most experts would agree that treatment should be the same. The main difference between a diagnosis of autism and Asperger's Syndrome is the severity of symptoms. Asperger's Syndrome is thought to be much less severe, with the child or adult often having an easier time of fitting in socially and developmentally.
General Characteristics of Children with Asperger's Syndrome:
- Frequently have good verbal, language and cognitive skills. They don't exhibit the delayed speech patterns, or lack of speech that children with autism do.
- May use language in different, or uncommon ways. Their speech may lack the inflection or rhythmic nature that characterizes normal speech, causing them to sound monotonous.
- Have an impaired understanding of subtle body cues or gestures that go along with speech. Their gestures may not be appropriate to what they are saying. They may not "get" subtle cues in language such as irony, or humor.
- Don't exhibit the cognitive delays characteristic of autism, and most possess average to above average intelligence.
- Will oftentimes exhibit clumsy or awkward movements, even though motor difficulties are not specifically associated with Asperger's.
Perhaps one of the most interesting traits that many children with Asperger's Syndrome have is to show intense, or obsessive interest in one or two very specific and narrow topics like rocks, train schedules, weather patterns, or sports statistics.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Brain Connection
Unfortunately, parents have yet to find real solutions from mainstream medicine. A long- standing theory is that Autism Spectrum Disorders are genetic, or hereditary, and incurable. I don't agree.
ASD is not the fault of the parents, but is a harbinger of our modern environment and health care systems gone amiss. Children diagnosed with autism or Asperger's Syndrome are here to teach us, to wake us up. To learn more, read: Autism's Wake Up Call and What You Can Do Right Now. From work with children diagnosed with autism, we are learning more about the human brain.
Current research confirms that a car accident, or even mild head trauma can create enough inflammation and brain damage to cause behavior, memory, or personality changes.
Inflammation in the brain as a cause of Autistic Spectrum Disorders is slowly beginning to gain recognition too.
Studies have found that children with autism have abnormal amounts of immune system components in their brains called cytokines that promote inflammation, which supports the theory that they have inflammation in their brains3
I have long held the belief that children with any ASD have an infection in their brain that is causing inflammation and damage.
I also believe that creating a stronger immune system may prevent or alleviate this inflammation.
For more information read: The Root Causes of Autism: A Supposed Mystery that Is Not So Mysterious and The Myths and Truths of the Mercury/Autism Connection
The Natural Solutions are Here at Body Ecology
The old thinking in modern medicine was that we're all born with a fixed number of brain cells for life, and what's damaged is gone for good.
Now we know that this is not true!
Scientists have discovered that not only are some brain cells able to regenerate, but that the immune system helps them to do so.4
I believe that naturally building healthy immune systems is the first step to prevent and even reverse autism, Asperger's, and all other childhood developmental and brain function disorders.
To prepare for conception, creating a vibrant inner ecosystem in her digestive tract and her birth canal with healthy microflora (good bacteria and yeast) for your child to literally "inherit" is one of the best gifts an expecting mother can give her new born baby before he or she enters the world.
Unfortunately, many women today are so lacking in beneficial microflora themselves, that they unintentionally pass on mostly pathogenic bacteria and yeasts like candida to their child, instead of the immune-strengthening bacteria and protective yeast that their baby must have to live safely in this world.
This is why I always recommend that both parents go on the Body Ecology Diet for six months to two years prior to conceiving a child, to increase the chances of passing on excellent health and immunity to their child.
For further information on the natural steps you can take read: What Every Girl and Woman Needs to Know NOW If They Ever Want to Have a Baby And if you're already pregnant, there are still many things you can do. Adding fermented foods and drinks to your diet is key!
Parents of children who already have ASD know that intestinal ailments, and digestive problems are common in these children, which is just further proof that they have severe inner ecosystem imbalances.
They have seen symptoms ease when foods containing gluten and casein are removed from their diets, because these foods irritate their gut.
This is a good start, but it's not enough to heal their digestive tract.
Focus on adding fermented foods and drinks like cultured vegetables, and Young Coconut Kefir or CocoBiotic to your child's diet. These will lay the foundation needed for healthy microflora in their guts so that eventually their bodies can digest foods, and absorb nutrition.
Parents who have children with ASD begin to see improvements soon after incorporating these changes into their children's diets. For many the results have been truly miraculous.
Once your child's digestion improves, start adding healthy fats like raw butter, and raw cream (which may contain insignificant amounts of casein) that will nourish their intestines, and help their brains regenerate and improve.
The Natural Autism Solution is a comprehensive, 12 CD roadmap of proven natural strategies towards conquering many childhood developmental disabilities like autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and more. Don't make our children wait any longer for your help.
If you are serious about helping our generation prevent and overcome these disorders, or know anyone who wants to conceive a child, or is already the parent of a child with ASD, you please take the time to purchase and listen to our 12 CD set called:"The Natural Autism Solution".
The Natural Autism Solution is a recording of an intensive 3-day seminar for which a diverse group of parents and expert health professionals came together to discuss natural solutions to this modern epidemic.
Our children are falling victim to these preventable and treatable disorders at an alarming rate, and a passionate call to action must be sounded.
The energy and power emanating from the speakers and participants at this seminar was so inspiring and life-affirming that its message needs to be passed on to every parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle so that they too can do their part towards reversing the direction that our children face in the future. There is a great deal of heartbreak ahead for the human race if we do not act quickly.
I urge you to pass the vital message that Body Ecology brings to the world with others who share our concerns.
Together we have the power to heal our children and our planet.
- Asperger's Syndrome
Autism Society of America - Asperger's Disorder
NIMH: Autism Spectrum Disorders - (2007 Addendum on prevalence)
- Cognitive and Symptom Profiles in Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
- Brain Inflammation Link to Autism
- Weizmann Institute Scientists Suggest that Immune Cells Help to Maintain Cognition and Brain Cell Renewal
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