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AshleyB wrote:Yes, that is what we are doing. This program is through the school district too although I think I said state before? He will most likely be starting a specialized pre-school program in the fall. One of the reasons I was hesitant to get him evaluated is because I don't like labels. And I also know that if the school found out your kids was labeled with something they would force you to give them psychotropic drugs and I am very much against those. So it's not really about the "label". It's not what's important. It is just about figuring out what their special needs are and knowing there is a spectrum helps to give some guidelines as to where to start with the treatment process. The name is very secondary but you need somewhere to start. I feel that eventually my son will overcome these things too because I plan to get the problem areas treated and not try to just cover it with a "band-aid" or cover up the symptoms. You have to get at the root of the problem which really boils down to detoxification and getting the immune system under control with diet and supplementation. And the behavioral stuff is secondary to that imo but also helpful during the process.
I agree with you on the label. Autism has been defined so broadly that it really doesn't mean anything anymore. I think we just focused on the developmental milestones and how to help him move forward. The 1 on 1 help sped him right along.
AshleyB wrote:Interesting story Alpine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. And Fiannan I definitely think there is some truth to that. I agree that the word doesn't really mean much anymore. And every child is so different. Not two are exactly alike. So I cherish the help of the Holy Ghost.
AshleyB wrote:I currently have both my kids on a gf/cf diet. I give them both a few different types of vitamin supplements everyday. We eat as many raw and organic whole foods as I can get my hands on. I haven't given him an antifungal treatment for candidas though. That is the only thing I haven't done. But Im looking into natural and safe supplements to give them. I was actually looking into garlic because it seems a lot gentler then some of the other things and I don't worry it will harm him. And I also have them both going to an allergist soon to have them properly tested for food allergies. I am hoping the allergist will have some good plans as well for how to help them. I have been reading up tons on the autism spectrum, the immune system and digestion and am learning lots of things. I am following what the spirit guides me to do.
AshleyB wrote:Does muscle testing also give signs to food sensitivities too? I know sensitivities are different than a full on allergy.
AshleyB wrote:As much as I would rather that be the case I don't think my son does. His speech isn't that great. I'm still trying to teach him the alphabet. I looked up criteria for gifted kids and my son doesn't really display most of those things. He can have a very short attention span if its something hes not interested in but if he is genuienly interested in something he can do it for long periods of time. That's about the only thing he has in common with high iq children. I can barely have a two way conversation with him because he runs his words together and doesnt pronounce things. You can bring up one subject and try to engage him with it and he will always change the subject to whatever thoughts are floating around in his brain. Sometimes some of which make no sense what so ever. Or at least they dont seem like they do because his communication skills are still limited and I can't tell what he is really trying to say.
That is funny about what your son's teacher thought. Lots of people will give you will looks if you try to approach things from a more hollisitc approach which I find interesting. Since the hollistic approach actually makes much more sense. You treat the problem and not just the symptoms.
Called to Serve wrote: Unfortunately, in the real world, labels do a lot of good.
My older brother was treated so terribly by others growing up: friends, other peers, teachers, ward members, etc. Just about everybody seemed to see him as some kind of broken person who just needed a firm hand to be "fixed." It breaks my heart to think of some of the cruelty he endured, especially from teachers and other adults. You can understand the kids, but the adults' behavior was just simply awful. (For example, one teacher used to send him outside to sit in the cold during winter without his jacket to punish him for his "bad" behavior.)
On the other hand, everyone treated my younger brother with a double portion of sweetness and kindness because he obviously had some problems. There was no question that he had problems and so people would treat him like they treat little children, with lots of understanding and gentleness. Everyone was more than willing to excuse the problems they had to deal with because of my little brother's disruptive behaviors. The ward bent over backwards to help my parents out in church and other situations.
So while I believe the need for us to have labels is not a good thing, in this world, it's so much better to be putting labels on people who are just a little different than others because then people seem to make the effort to understand. I hope some day we'll stop needing these labels and just look objectively at each person and determine what they need. As you said, Ashley, before your son was diagnosed, you were already inspired to take certain measures. That's the way it should be.
AshleyB wrote:Yeah, that is exactly the reason my husband and I refused to sign anything labeling our son with Autism. Its nice to have some kind of starting point but we didn't want him being held back by a label. All the stuff on the spectrum are really just symptoms to other problems and they choose to just stick a label on them to excuse themselves from doing anything about it. Most of which can be cured with the right tools. Detox, diet, behavioral and speech therapy. The thing that has made the biggest difference with my son so far is the speech therapy. I kept telling him that is what I though his main problem was. But they really only gave him the speech therapy in order to make me happy. Sigh...
Penstress wrote:My ex husband has aspergers. It's why I left him. I didn't know initially, it was a very empty life. It's a very hard thing in any relationship. I beleive the vaccinations cause it.
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