Turning Interest Into Action
Autism has been a highly controversial subject over the years. People disagree if it is a disorder or a different way of being. What causes autism? What are the best therapies? Should we work towards acceptance or a cure?
There are two schools of thought, one approach states that autism is a lifelong developmental disorder which is supported by World Health Organisation(WHO), recommending these therapies: Picture Exchange communication system (PECS), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children (TEACCH), Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), sensory integration and speech and language therapy. The other side of the argument state, that autism is a genetic and environmental neurological disorder that underlines other pathological issues like inflammation/toxicity.
There is growing concern that we are exposed to an unsafe amount of air pollution and other environmental toxins, many "believe" vaccines are the biggest contributing factor to an increase in autism, but this theory is unproven. Leaving many families turning to alternative forms of treatment via way of the World Wide Web. These unproven theories and supplements "promise" to cure autism, but when the desired outcomes aren’t actualized they can lead families to a state of emotional, financial and social deprivation.
When my daughter turned one year of age, we noticed something was different about her. As new parents, it was difficult to accept and identify what was wrong. When she became two years of age, we started the assessments which were finalized by the time she was four. I will never forget the doctor's words. ‘Your daughter has autism, we do not know the causes and there is no treatment. What we advise is speech and language therapy, some parents have seen positive results by removing gluten and casein from their children's diet. Here is a booklet with information and links to parent groups so you can look into what other parents do". Before that day, we had heard the term "autism", but it was still a shock to hear it from our doctor's mouth and even more heartbreaking she couldn't offer clear answers to help our daughter. The despair and the pain we felt at that moment is difficult to put in words.
At the same time, my two-year-old son was also diagnosed with autism, not to mention my husband and I was going through a separation. The plethora of information, protocols and remedies were overwhelming, some good, and some bad but mostly too confusing.
There are a variety of components that play a significant role in health. Healing autism is possible, but it is not going to happen by just changing the diet, getting some supplements or using magical oil.
Going through a painful divorce with four children while trying to help my two autistic children, gave me clarity on the importance of how my children’s health was connected to my mental well being. So before we start working on our children it is essential we heal ourselves first.
I know how difficult it can be for parents, how drained we are, how lonely and painful situations can be.
That’s why we started Future for Autism and we are determined to investigate and share evidence-based information so to separate fact from fiction. Finally, bringing together parents and professionals for long-lasting solutions for autism.
Happy and supported parents lead to healthy children.