Empowering Moms: Nurturing Superhero Kids With Autism To Flourish Again

Being a parent is a bit like being a superhero. You don’t wear a cape (usually), but you possess an incredible power to nurture and support your children. And when it comes to raising kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), that superpower is even more crucial.

ASD isn’t just a single condition; it’s a spectrum of differences that affect how children communicate, behave socially, and experience the world around them. It’s like having a whole team of superheroes with their own unique abilities and challenges.

 

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects approximately 1 in 36 children, making it a common condition that touches the lives of families worldwide. However, despite its prevalence, ASD remains a puzzle for many, including both traditional medical providers and parents. The complexity lies in its wide-ranging effects on communication, social behavior, and sensory perception – which vary greatly from one child to another. While some children may display mild symptoms that are easily overlooked, others may require intensive support and intervention. This diversity complicates the understanding and diagnosis of ASD, leaving many families searching for answers and guidance.

Recent research has shined the spotlight on the intricate nature of Autism, revealing it to be more than just a genetic condition. Instead, we are increasingly understanding Autism as a multi-system disorder that involves disruptions in various aspects of nervous system development. These disruptions can begin as early as pregnancy and infancy, with environmental stressors playing a significant role alongside genetic factors. From prenatal stressors to early childhood experiences, a multitude of influences that impact neurodevelopment shapes the journey of a child with ASD. This broader perspective challenges the idea that Autism is a singularly genetic condition. It underscores the importance of considering environmental factors in understanding its origins and the way it presents itself. By recognizing Autism as a multi-system disorder, researchers and clinicians can better tailor interventions to address the diverse needs of individuals affected by this complex condition.

 

Superhero Training Begins Early

While it is possible to diagnose Autism reliably as early as 18 months, healthcare professionals typically diagnose it around 4 years old on average. This delay can deprive families of crucial support during a vital period of development. 

What can parents do? Watch for subtle shifts in communication, behavior, and sensory processing. Even issues like reflux or chronic ear infections could be early indicators of nervous system dysregulation. Here are a few suggestions:

  • At 12 Months: Lack of response to name, minimal facial expressions, and poor eye contact should raise concerns.
  • At 18 Months: Language delays and sensory issues may become more apparent.
  • At 24 Months: Restricted interests and developmental plateaus might emerge.

 

The Superpower of Early Intervention

  1. Game-Changing Therapies: Early behavioral treatments show remarkable improvements in crucial areas like eye contact and social interaction.
  2. Holistic Approach: Addressing both outward behaviors and underlying neurological dysfunction is key to unlocking lasting progress.
  3. Supportive Therapies: ABA, speech pathology, OT, and sensory integration techniques provide a crucial foundation for development.

 

Finding the Missing Piece

While not a direct treatment for ASD, Neurologically Focused Chiropractic Care focuses on restoring balance to the nervous system, which has profound effects on overall well-being.

Personalized care plans are key! Each little superhero comes with their own set of blueprints – no two are the same. By analyzing case histories and utilizing advanced scans, chiropractors can tailor treatment plans to each child’s specific needs. At Escondido Hills Chiropractic we use:

The Neurothermal Scan – this is like the Captain America of the diagnosing equipment. It is a quick and easy way to uncover health issues potentially hidden under the surface. The scanner is run over the spine and gives a detailed picture of your neurological and physical health. In just a few minutes, our doctors have a view of what your body is trying to say.

The Heart Rate Variability (HRV) scan – Let’s call this one the Ironman of our superhero tools. This tool helps us to understand a patient’s autonomic nervous system health. It can show if you are balanced and fully charged or stressed out and worn out. How does this help our ASD superheroes? Difficulties in social interactions among autistic individuals may stem from issues with the autonomic nervous system, which regulates responses to social stimulation.

The NeuroSpinal EMG Scan – This scan is the most important test we can do when investigating conditions such as Autism, Aspergers or other sensory integration disorders. So this would be the Thor that delivers the lightning to light the way. We look at three different scores from this test. The Total Energy, Pattern, and Symmetry Score. To read more about this amazing instrument and what it can do, click here

The proof is in the hero’s superpower. Parents have been amazed at the improvements their kiddos have experienced through gentle chiropractic adjustments. 

A 17-year-old young lady previously diagnosed with ADHD was taking medication before starting care with us. She told her mom she wanted to try a new and natural solution. In her first month of care, Dr. Angela recognized a huge turn around and the proof is in her progress exam results (click here to see)! She was finally able to truly focus on school without being on medication. Even during stressful times, graduating high school and applying to college, she has significantly improved. Now that is a superhero happy ending!

As a parent, you’re not alone in this journey. With the right support and interventions, your child can thrive and flourish like the superhero they are meant to be. So, embrace your superpowers, and let’s empower these amazing kids to soar beyond expectations! Call our office at 1-760-740-9799 to schedule your appointment. Dr. Angela and Dr. Ariel are ready to don their capes and swing into action!