The Un-Prescription for Autism
A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child
Author: Janet Lintala
Pub Date: April 2016
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814436639
Page Count: 304
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814436646
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The Keys to Reaching and Teaching a Child with Autism:
Recognizing and Addressing the Underlying Health Challenges
For children on the autism spectrum, invisible health challenges often affect sleep, behavior, mood, cognitive clarity, eye contact, social skills, language, and more. It’s hard for highly skilled and trained therapists and teachers, let alone overwhelmed parents, to break through this maze and haze of medical issues. It’s just as hard for children with autism to wade through all of this dysfunction and discomfort as they try to pay attention, cooperate, learn, and go about their day.
“We are asking them to do their best while, unbeknownst to anyone, they may feel their worst,” declares Dr. Janet Lintala, autism mom, clinician, and advocate. “Therapies and learning opportunities are much more effective when the child is feeling vibrantly healthy.”
In her new book, THE UN-PRESCRIPTION FOR AUTISM: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child (AMACOM; April 6, 2016), Dr. Lintala sheds light on the hidden health issues that aggravate the behavior, sleep, and bowel problems common to children on the autism spectrum. Here’s a list to help parents spot signs of internal tormenters:
• Gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction:
• Immune dysfunction:
More prone to allergies and asthma
Susceptible to viral infections and catches colds more frequently
Prone to fungal infections (particularly, candida and dysbiosis in GI tract)
• Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress:
Slow at processing information
Dull, “spaced out” appearance
• Mitochondrial dysfunction (acquired):
Low muscle tone
Poor eye-hand coordination
Crashes when sick
• Higher rates of anxiety
• Nutritional deficiencies:
Pica (persistent eating of non-food substances, such as dirt and paint)
Impaired metabolic cycles
• Sensory integration problems
“Medications can be powerful tools in the tool box,” Dr. Lintala acknowledges, “but they are being aimed at the wrong culprits. When these underlying health challenges and medical conditions cause irritability, aggression, disrupted sleep and constipation, it seems natural to reach for a prescription or medication to calm difficult behaviors down. But the side effects of many medications can exacerbate the original medical problems without resolving them, resulting in what I call ‘Side Effect Hell.’ Once these health challenges are properly addressed, prescriptions can then be used appropriately, in conjunction with dietary changes, vitamin and mineral supplements, enzymes, and other natural strategies—and not just for behavior control.”
From The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child by Janet Lintala with Martha M. Murphy, AMACOM Books; April 4, 2015; $18.95 hardcover; ISBN: 9780814436639.
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