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Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Hope for the Autism Spectrum

Hope for the Autism Spectrum

by Sally Kirk


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When Sally Kirk's son, Will, was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), 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 behaviour 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, and explores how, when underlying physical problems are treated, brain function and troublesome behaviors often improve. It describes in depth the most common physical problems for those on the autism spectrum and the variety of treatments available such as minimizing exposure to heavy metals and toxins, alterations in diet, and use of vaccinations.

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 will also be a useful resource for therapists, medical professionals and adults with autism-spectrum diagnoses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843108948
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sally Kirk lives with her husband and their three boys in Midlothian, Virginia. Over the years, the diagnosis of her son Will changed from motor delay to ADHD to Asperger's syndrome despite numerous therapies, special education and treatments. Biomedical interventions, starting three years ago at age eleven, continue to have a dramatic and beneficial impact on Will's life.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Elizabeth Mumper, MD. Many Thanks for Making this Book Possible. Why This Book was Written and Who is Behind It. 1. What is this Book About Anyway? Part I. Our Years of Searching. 2. All is Well. 3. It Started with Motor Delay. 4. The Plot Thickens. 5. Living with the Wrong Diagnosis - ADHD. Part II. Our Years of Understanding. 6. Getting the Right Diagnosis - Asperger's Syndrome. 7. Asperger's and the Autism Spectrum. 8. A New Footing. 9. Food for Thought. 10. Friends and Family. 11. Back to Our Story. Part III. A Pivotal Discovery - Biomedical Intervention. 12. Hello, Biomedical Intervention. 13. We Started Biomedical Intervention. 14. The Wow! of Biomedical Intervention. 15. Life Goes On. Part IV. Biomedical Problems and Interventions of the Autism Spectrum.16. A Foundation for Understanding Biomedical Issues and Treatments in Autism. 17. Common Problems of Body Chemistry in Autism. 18. Common Interventions for Ailing Body Chemistry. 19. Common Interventions for Heavy-Metal Overload. 20. High Mercury on the Autism Spectrum: Its Sources & Symptoms. 21. Mercury in Vaccines. 22. Minimizing Exposures to Heavy Metals and Toxins. 23. Common Gut Problems in Autism. 24. Common Gut Interventions - Food Issues. 25. Common Gut Interventions - Diets. 26. Common Gut Interventions - Gut Flora. 27. Common Gut Interventions - Last But Not Least. 28. Common Immune System Problems & Interventions. 29. Practical Tips for Doing Biomedical Intervention. 30. Parting Thoughts, Farewell, and Best Wishes. Appendix A: Will's Heroes Unveiled. Appendix B: ARI Parent Ratings of Behavioral Effects of Biomedical Interventions. Appendix C: Nutrient Supplementation. Appendix D: Interpreting the Urinary Porphyrins Test. Bibliography. Subject Index. Author Index.

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Hope For the Autism Spectrum 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most parents of a child recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum will tell you that fear and terror loom large in their minds and hearts. The uncertainty of the child's future - and the ability of parents to manage that journey with their child - sits as a constant undercurrent, diluting the glimmers of hope held by even the most optimistic moms or dads. Perhaps that's why personal stories of struggle and success become such an oasis in the desert of everyday life with autism. They replenish not just the body, but the soul. "Hope for the Autism Spectrum" is the oasis every parent longs to find, the wellspring that nourishes body, mind and spirit at each reading. Sally Kirk, mom of three boys, one who is on the spectrum, offers her story with valiant honesty. She is generous with "if only I'd known" moments, hard-won wisdom that can help other parents avoid the potholes and landmines of all that is the autism spectrum. Kirk's life-altering revelation about her child - that his autism was something more than behavior, or social deficits or sensory challenges, that he was a child who was not physically well - forms the basis for an impressive second half of the book. Addressing the maze of options that come under the heading of "biomedical intervention", Kirk presents very detailed and well-researched information in language any parent will welcome. She explains things like body chemistry, heavy metal overload, toxins, food issues, gut problems, immune system challenges, special diets, and supplementation. She discusses the science in a way that makes sense, and is sensible, augmenting this with a wealth of practical tips. As Kirk puts it, "These pages give you shortcuts to the godsends while steering you clear of the hazards." In the end, what is priceless about the book is the infinite hope it offers to even the most down-trodden parent. Hope exists; Kirk provides a roadmap to find it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sally's book tells you what to do in easy to understand language to help your child rapidly improve. The book is a quick, enjoyable book to read. It will truly give you both the hope and tell you how to give your child their best chance possible to live a great life.