Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism is a treatable condition that has touched Dr Ayla Wilson’s life personally. As a former Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist, she spent five incredible and challenging years working with a young girl with autism. A girl who inspired her to help other families untangle the amazing personalities within these children.
We identify the causative factors underlying the symptoms of your child’s autism before recommending a specific treatment protocol catered to their unique needs.
1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism, and boys are 3-4 times more likely to receive this diagnosis than girls. The recent increase in these statistics over the past several decades indicates that the incidence of autism is on the rise.
Children with autism may show difficulty with social interaction, impaired or abnormal use of language, repetitive behaviours and strict adherence to routine.
Autism spectrum disorders (autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger’s syndrome) are the result of a complex blend of factors. A single cause for autism cannot be identified, but more and more research points to a multifactorial etiology, which may include several of the following factors:
- Immune system dysfunction
- Chronic infections (including yeast/fungal overgrowth, parasites, Lyme disease and Co-infections, viral infections, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and intestinal dysbiosis
- Brain inflammation due to Streptococcal or other infection (PANDAS / PANS)
- Toxins and heavy metals
- Impaired detoxification pathways in the body
- Excess inflammation
- Autoimmune reactions
- Vaccine injury
- Food sensitivities and allergies
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Abnormal brain chemistry
The biomedical approach is based on the most up-to-date scientific research about the biochemical pathways in the body. In contrast to earlier theories, such as the Refrigerator Mom hypothesis, which blamed autism on emotionally distant mothers, current research tells us that autism is treatable.
Since there are so many potential contributing causes to autism spectrum disorders, a series of tests can be used to identify which treatments are best suited to the individual patient.
Testing may include:
- Viral and bacterial titers (chronic viral infections, Strep bacteria, Lyme and Co-infections)
- Food Sensitivity Panel
- Heavy metals testing / other toxicity testing
- Organic Acids Testing (OAT)
- Gluten + casein peptides
- Stool analysis for digestion and absorption markers, yeast overgrowth, parasitology and bacteriology profile
- Immune deficiency testing
- Specific vitamin and mineral levels
- Blood count and blood chemistry
- Cholesterol panel
- Thyroid function
- Neurotransmitter testing
- Kryptopyrrole testing
Treatment is based on what is found during testing, and the specific protocol is catered to the child and the needs of their family.
Treatment may include:
- Diet and nutrition counseling
- Supplementation to compensate for deficiencies and support various organs and systems
- Detoxification programs
- Heavy metal chelation
- Natural or pharmaceutical anti-microbials to address yeast/fungal, bacterial, viral, or parasite infection
- Natural neurotransmitter balancing
- Gastrointestinal treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and other imbalances that may influence the Gut-Brain Connection