There’s not a one of us who has not been touched in some way by autism. With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, the search is on for solutions. As parents, we hurt when our kids hurt. And when our kids can’t articulate what’s hurting, it’s all the more disheartening.
I was a child that did not feel heard. I remember both the emotional and physical pain of being an outsider, with no help, no tools, no way to change my circumstances.
With these disconcerting experiences, I started my decades long search for relief from social awkwardness. I moved through life with an outer shell of competence. I learned the words to say and when to smile, but inside all was chaos.
Long after my children were grown, I stumbled on nutrition and its link to brain chemistry. I learned about the symptoms attributed to those on the autism spectrum, and started to see patterns in myself and my family of origin – sensory issues, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, anxiety and depression, ADD, self injurious behavior, social awkwardness, being bullied, information and sensory processing difficulties.
And then, I experienced firsthand how food choices removed the internal static I thought I'd just have live with. I learned about compounds in food that wreaked havoc with my internal world – compounds you would never suspect to be lurking in nutritious food! I customized my diet, changing how I interface with my world.
When I retired, I formalized my knowledge, returning to school. Then, I started on a mission to show others how to figure out these issues, starting with those who hurt the most and who are dependent on those who have gone before to show the way. Together with families, we determine what foods your child is reacting to in a negative way, and which ones clear the static. We figure out a strategy that works for your circumstances, empowering you for the long term.
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