What Is the Difference Between Autism and ADHD or Other Developmental Delays?

What Is the Difference Between Autism and ADHD or Other Developmental Delays?

What Is the Difference Between Autism and ADHD or Other Developmental Delays?

Those of you who have struggled though the maze of medical tests and diagnoses know that the difference between autism and ADHD or other developmental delays such as pervasive developmental disorders or Sensory Processing Disorder are sometimes difficult to distinguish. It is true that a diagnosis can be helpful from a medical point of view or for insurance reimbursement. However, when one focuses on appropriate therapeutic treatment and educational programming, the label is of far less value. An emphasis on physiological status and sensory processing works from the inside out; the focus is on each child, not the diagnosis. Inside out treatments ready a child’s body for learning at all levels.  A generalist starts by taking a health and developmental history. Many clues are there as to why a child may have had function and lost it or never gained it in the first place.  Digestion, neurology, metabolism and the immune system take priority over sensory processing. If any of…

Asthma and Dairy

Asthma and Dairy

Asthma and Dairy

My older son got sick a lot, especially after he started preschool when he was 3. He would go to preschool for a week then be out the whole next week because he was sick; the preschool didn’t want kids coming in who were sneezing and coughing. Constant Sickness Turned to Asthma When he was 4 years old, he had a severe asthmatic episode after we went to Los Angeles to visit my husband’s family. We woke up the first morning after we landed in LA to discover that the whole valley where his parents lived was engulfed in smoke from forest fires in the San Gabriel Mountains. They stayed on fire the entire week we were there, and, although we didn’t go out in the smoke too much, we couldn’t help but breathe in some of it in. When we came back home, he had a severe asthmatic attack, which he had never had before.  It was so bad…

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

by Ayelet Connell-Giammatteo, P.T., I.M.T.,C. Recently, I visited with my son’s new preschool teacher.  One of the first questions that she asked me was if my son had any allergies.  I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, my biggest fear in having my son begin school was that his food sensitivities would not be accommodated. When I mentioned that he had gluten sensitivity and peanut sensitivity, she exclaimed, “That’s great! We have plenty of gluten-free snacks in the classroom and the school is a peanut-free zone!” In fact, she mentioned that the only snacks that they provide to the children in the classroom are those that can be eaten by everyone. Now, I know that not every classroom is as allergy-friendly as this one.  But it leads us to consider a future of more possibilities. Allergies are becoming so commonplace today.  It is a rare family that does not have a child and/or parent with allergies. There are many signs and symptoms…