Hope for the Autism Spectrum

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When Sally Kirk's son, Will, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, she did everything she could to understand his condition and to find ways of improving his quality of life. In this book, Sally shares the story of her journey with Will and how her discovery of biomedical interventions significantly improved his behaviors and changed their lives for the better.

Based on personal experience and extensive biomedical research, the book shows how important it is to ...

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Overview

When Sally Kirk's son, Will, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, she did everything she could to understand his condition and to find ways of improving his quality of life. In this book, Sally shares the story of her journey with Will and how her discovery of biomedical interventions significantly improved his behaviors and changed their lives for the better.

Based on personal experience and extensive biomedical research, the book shows how important it is to understand both the child's mind and body. It explores how brain function and troublesome behaviors often improve when underlying physical problems are treated. Included are in-depth, yet easy-to-understand, descriptions of the most common physical problems for those on the autism spectrum and the variety of treatments available, such as dietary changes, vitamin supplementation, gut flora repair, minimized exposure to heavy metals and toxins, and careful use of vaccines.

This positive, practical book tells a personal story of hope and provides a wealth of essential information on biomedical interventions for parents of children on the autism spectrum. It is also a useful resource for therapists, medical professionals, teachers, and adults with autism spectrum diagnoses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849058247
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Mumper 9

Many Thanks for Making This Book Possible 11

Why this Book was Written and who is Behind it 13

1 What Is This Book about Anyway? 15

Part 1 Our Years of Searching

2 All Is Well 23

3 It Started with Motor Delay 27

4 The Plot Thickens 30

5 Living with the Wrong Diagnosis: ADHD 36

Part 2 Our Years of Understanding

6 Getting the Right Diagnosis: Asperger's Syndrome 49

7 Asperger's Syndrome and the Autism Spectrum 53

8 A New Footing 60

9 Food for Thought 64

10 Friends and Family 73

11 Back to Our Story 82

Part 3 A Pivotal Discovery: Biomedical Intervention

12 Hello, Biomedical Intervention! 91

13 We Started Biomedical Intervention 98

14 The Wow! of Biomedical Intervention 104

15 Life Goes On 117

Part 4 Biomedical Problems and Interventions of the Autism Spectrum

16 A Foundation for Understanding Biomedical Issues and Treatments in Autism 129

17 Common Problems of Body Chemistry in Autism 158

18 Common Interventions for Ailing Body Chemistry 183

19 Common Interventions for Heavy-Metal Overload 193

20 High Mercury on the Autism Spectrum: Its Sources and Symptoms 214

21 Mercury in Vaccines 233

22 Minimizing Exposures to Heavy Metals and Toxins 258

23 Common Gut Problems in Autism 267

24 Common Gut Interventions: Food Issues 293

25 Common Gut Interventions: Diets 313

26 Common Gut Interventions: Gut Flora 332

27 Common Gut Interventions: Last But Not Least 351

28 Common Immune System Problems and Interventions 356

29 Practical Tips for Doing Biomedical Intervention 378

30 Parting Thoughts, Farewell, and Best Wishes 391

Appendix A Will's Heroes Unveiled 393

Appendix B Ari Parent Ratings of Behavioral Effects of Biomedical Interventions 394

Appendix C Nutrient Supplementation 396

Appendix D Interpreting the Urinary Porphyrins Test 402

Bibliography 405

Subject Index 415

Author Index 430

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