Autism Support

About Autism: Biomedical Autism Support

If you are doing research for a child with Autism you are perhaps looking for something specific or this may all be very new to you and you may not know exactly what you are looking for.

There is new and mounting research that shows conditions on the Autism Spectrum (as well as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder, asthma, allergies and other similar problems) may be due to environmental exposures that aggravate small inborn problems in several body systems including: digestion, the immune system, and the nervous system, including the brain which can show up as some of the patterns associate with the Autism Spectrum.

The DAN! or Biomedical Autism Support was born out of the Autism Research Institute (ARI), which is a fantastic resource for many families. ARI was founded by medical physicians and parents and do extensive research into the triggers and therapies for systemic symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

What to expect from your first few visits:

1ST VISIT (1HR)

The primary focus is to collect a very detailed and complete history.  It is best if your child can come to part of all of this appointment.  Our office is very kid friendly with toys and space for your family to play.

Treatment goals:

1. Remove dietary irritants -GFCF Diet trial, shift to clean Whole Foods
2. Replace deficiencies – often Zinc, Calcium/Magnesium and Omega 3 Fats
3. Address most acute symptoms – often sleep, anxiety, constipation
4. Consider testing to evaluate the system most in need of support

2ND VISIT (1/2 TO 1 HR. GENERALLY IN 2-4 WEEKS)

The goal is to evaluate progress and adjust plan to suit and to review labwork and address results. For example: a Stool analysis shows yeast overgrowth and low digestive enzymes and so we will treat or remove yeast and replenish enzymes, repair the digestive system.

FUTURE VISITS (1/2 – 45 MINUTES. GENERALLY AT 1-3 MONTH INTERVALS)

The ongoing goal is to repair systems and replenish deficiencies. To do so, we work through lab testing and symptoms to pinpoint dysfunctions. When we are confident detoxification systems and the gut are healthy, we can move on to other areas of focus.

TESTING OPTIONS (WHY WE MIGHT CHOOSE EACH AND THE COST)

Please note that we only choose the tests that are applicable for your child.

We use these testing options as sometimes it takes detective work to discover the source of the concerns inherent to these kids. Some tests can be done through a family medical doctor, but to determine food allergies/sensitivities or levels of toxic metals, solvents or yeast, we recommend accredited labs in Canada and the US that specialize in these areas of testing and are considered leaders in their field. Some of the diagnostic tests may be covered by extended health plans or autism funding in BC. Check with your plan or with the Ministry of Children and Families in Victoria, BC for specifics about autism coverage.

Descriptions of some of common tests available can be found below:

  • Urinary Organic Acids. Comprehensive analysis of metabolic function, vitamin status and gut bacteria health.
  • Complete Stool Analysis (CSA). A complete analysis of gut microbes and yeast, digestive status and inflammation. May include parasite testing.
  • OR Microbiology testing. Analysis of gut microbes and yeast.
  • Yeast testing. Various methods for analyzing yeast overgrowth and the immune response to yeast.  This is included in the Organic Acid testing as well as the CSA and Microbiology testing.
  • IgG and IgE food testing. Various tests available for measuring food sensitivities and allergies.
  • RBC elements. Analysis of mineral status.
  • WBC Micronutrient testing. General overview of nutritional status: B vitamins, some amino acids, some fatty acids, some minerals, carbohydrates, and antioxidants.
  • Fatty acids. Measure of essential Omega 3 status.
  • Urinary Amino Acids. Basic to Comprehensive amino acids testing for protein deficiencies.
  • Heavy metal analysis. Urinary test to evaluate heavy metal load. Can also be used to roughly identify nutritional element status.