The program for children with Autism and ADD/ADHD was developed from my passion to assist the children and families who desperately seek answers to this multi-facetted and complex condition and to support these children and families with the heightened challenges ahead.
With an increasing epidemic of childhood conditions such as Autism and ADD/ADHD there is an urgent need for an integrative and holistic approach to address the influencing biochemical, genetic, environmental and nutritional factors that contribute to the development of these conditions and the impact these conditions have on individuals, families and the wider community.
Multifactorial conditions like Autism are complex and considerations must account for the many and individual variations we see in Autism. There is no single cause to the development of these conditions as many factors act together to influence their development. As our understanding of these conditions changes and scientists unravel the possible causative factors for these conditions, treatment should reflect relevant and evidence base protocols.
In addressing Autism and ADD/ADHD there is increasing evidence on the pre-disposing factors that play a role in the development of childhood conditions. Recent research is alluding to the role of the gastrointestinal microbiome, the influence of methylation and genetic factors including those of pyrrole disorder and MTHFR SNPS, neurological inflammation, oxidative stress, total allosteric heavy metal and environmental burden influencing the development of these conditions in childhood and more recently the development of adult conditions in neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s and autoimmune conditions.
The role of neurological inflammation in childhood conditions such as Autism and ADD/ADHD as a result of the over-excitation of nerve pathways in the nervous system and brain, contributes to misfiring, exhaustion and ultimately death of neurons. This results in a cascade of neuronal inflammation; poor nerve signalling and altered immunity as also observed in conditions such Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ADD/ADHD, Autism and sensory processing disorder.
The same underlying factors that contribute and influence the development of Autism may also be influencing the development of autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, mitochondrial dysfunction, fibromyalgia and the complexity of these modern ailments that frequently present in adult conditions.
Current Association Memberships and Certification:
Mindd Foundation MAPS Certificate 2013; 2015 and ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine) Foundation Member, Primary Course in NEM, Childhood Conditions, Gastrointestinal Conditions, A-Z of NEM.