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We recently had the pleasure of viewing the movie “Temple Grandin”. If you haven’t had a chance to watch this movie I highly recommend it. It an autobiography about a woman’s struggles with autism at a time when very little was known about this disorder.
If you would like hope that your child could achieve diplomas, a greater education, or even learn how to survive on his/her own – check out this movie!!
After reading my posts for awhile you may come to believe that the only thing I recommend is supplements without a change in diet. This is not the case. When I first started studying the treatments and options for autism, I had heard about the GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein Free) diet. Our family tried instituting this in our home for about a week without much change in speech.
We have noticed many improvements with the oral exercises and nutritional supplements. However, there is always a risk of problems if you blindly take too many supplements but do not make dietary changes. One of the most important dietary changes you can make for your child is to start juicing. As you know that nutrition is sadly lacking in a child with autism and ADHD, therefore, the question now becomes how do I get my child to eat his fruits and vegetables when we are struggling with how to get him to eat. The best option that we found was the juicer.
I was blessed a few months ago, with being able to purchase a good fruit/vegetable juicer for under $10. If you have one available start juicing carrots, tomatoes, celery, cranberries, apples, grapes, lemons, oranges, etc. Juicing helps your body get the vitamins and minerals faster than to have to wait for the body to break it down and digest it, which can take many hours.
If you decide to purchase a juicer – An important consideration in a juicer is to look for one that will juice both vegetables and fruit. If you can’t afford to purchase one then a fruit juicer is better than not juicing at all.
I highly recommend organic vegetables but again to start the process, just use what you have on hand. Try contacting the grocery stores and Dutch bakery stores in your area for discounted prices on organic produce in bulk. This has saved our family quite a bit of money.
If you are trying to locate a good juicer – stop by a thrift store, Pawn store, garage sales, friends and family who might be looking to get rid of theirs. There are a lot of good juicers to choose from – if you are really wanting to invest in a good juicer the “Norwalk Juicer” comes highly recommended for those on the “Gerson Therapy“, cancer treatment therapy and those needing to build up their immune system fast, as it will get out all the juice from the pulp.
However, the most important step to your child’s improvement is to build up their health with essential vitamins and minerals from food. Start with the basics (low end juicer, if need be) and work your way up, or you may become so overwhelmed with the cost and/or the time that you won’t even start. I don’t recommend giving your child store bought juices unless you carefully read all the labels as they will put High Fructose Corn Syrup and other preservatives in some of the most “healthiest” juices.
I would like to take this time to personally recommend some very helpful resources:
“The Late Talker” by Marilyn C Agin, M.D., Lisa F. Geng, and Malcolm J Nicholl
“Activity Schedules for Children with Autism” by Lynn E. McClannahan, Ph.D. & Patricia J. Krantz, Ph.D.
I have found these resources to be of great assistance in my sessions to improve my son’s health.
We started using Bacopa last week, so far we haven’t seen much improvement. However, like some herbs it might take awhile for any changes to take effect. This week we have been working on reviewing the alphabet and colors. He is still struggling with remembering some of the things we have studied in the past, but he is getting better in some areas.
I just started reading a book about setting up a schedule and teaching him how to work independently. He still struggles with being able to do an assignment without someone working directly with him at all times. It is very interesting and I am looking forward to helping him gain some independence on his academic skills. This evening we did one of the suggested precursor exercises and I was amazed at his capabilities. Several months ago he couldn’t complete the Memory card game without difficulty. This evening he was finding the matching cards and telling me what they were!! With that accomplished we can move on to the next step of this book.
If you are finding it difficult trying to make someone talk, there are some exercises that you can do to help increase the oral muscles.
One suggestion in improving oral motor skills is to: “heighten the taste of foods with flavorings. Experiment with spices not commonly chosen for children, such as pepper, Tabasco, mint or garlic. Have your child suck on fresh lemon or lime slices, or Altoid mints. Sour candies can also wake up the mouth.”
(2) You can also have your child suck favorite soft foods through a straw. Experiment with pudding, yogurt, applesauce, superthick shakes, or even mashed potatoes. To make the task more difficult, try various types of silly straws and thin drink straws that are used to stir coffee. It will help the tongue retraction and strengthen the oral and cheek muscles. These tips come from the book titled “Late Talker” by Marilyn Agin M.D.
We have tried these suggestions in the past and have noticed an improvement in his oral skills. If you combine these exercises and the supplements suggested you will help to increase your child’s speech.
Once I start using the suggested schedule for increasing his ability to work independently I will share the results.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful. If you have any comments or suggestions of what has worked for you and your family, please feel free to share.