What Is Customized Autism Treatment?
Customized Autism Treatment (C.A.T) is a unique treatment tailored to specific autism symptoms, which helps to decrease symptoms such as temper tantrums, obsessive behavior, stereotype movements and to improve symptoms such as focus and attentiveness, cognitive abilities, lack of appetite, social communication, understanding of simple requests, tolerance of others and sleep patterns.
C.A.T’s effective treatment strategy is based on the prior treatment of hundreds of children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Experience has taught us that symptom severity can be significantly reduced, thus enhancing children’s verbal, mental, cognitive, motor and social skills – and improving their and their families’ quality of life.
Customized Autism Treatment is suitable for children under the age of six.
What Are the Bio-Chemical Principles Behind Customized Autism Treatment?
Let’s examine asthma as an example. Research has proven that in areas with high air pollution levels, the percentage of children who suffer from asthma rises considerably above the percentage of children with asthma in the general population.
Air pollution causes children with potential sensitivity to develop chronic asthma. In many cases, research shows that asthma is caused due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors (allergies, air pollution, etc.). In fact, reducing negative environmental factors can reduce illness and disability symptoms. How does this occur?
Symptoms stem from the interaction between a person’s genes (genotype) and the environment. When exposed to significant environmental influence such as lifestyle and nutrition, the information coded within the area in charge of gene behavior causes the genetic messages to manifest. This means that even if we have genes that carry certain illnesses or disabilities, they may not manifest themselves if we avoid specific environmental factors that promote their manifestation.
How Does This Bio-Chemical Principle Relate to Autism Treatment?
Children diagnosed on the spectrum often suffer from diverse impaired metabolic processes that can be diagnosed via comprehensive laboratory tests. The sooner we diagnose the impaired processes, the sooner we’ll be able to identify the environmental factors that must be neutralized in order to significantly reduce autism symptoms.
The following are examples of metabolic processes:
Impaired methylation processes that influence the creation and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenaline.
Impaired sulfation processes that influence the body’s ability to remove toxins (including heavy metals).
Oxidative stress that can cause failure in mitochondrial functions (failure in structural functioning of each cell’s cytoplasm – where the cell’s energy is created), which increases the sensitivity of children on the spectrum to opportunistic pathogens. These pathogens can directly or indirectly delay proper digestion and create additional oxidative stress within the body. This vicious circle continues to delay various chemical pathways that are necessary for correct neurological functioning as well as proper functioning of the immune system.
Excess growth of fungal yeast and harmful bacteria in the digestive system stemming from the release of metabolic products of the same harmful bacteria, which can consequently cause behavioral problems, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, fatigue and immune system problems.
C.A.T’s goal is to repair the impaired metabolic processes by understanding the root of the specific problem relevant to each person receiving treatment – and designing a customized treatment protocol. It is important to note that although all children diagnosed on the spectrum receive an identical definition for their dysfunction , the manner of treatment will be different and varies from one patient to another.
Treatment lasts approx. 7 months and includes four professional consultation meetings. Each meeting includes a number of clearly defined goals. The treatment focuses on the ongoing process and not on the individual meetings; therefore, the main focus will be placed on daily phone consultation that includes specific instructions adapted for the development of verbal, cognitive, motor and social abilities, as well as the reduction of negative symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disturbance, temper tantrums, repetitiveness (stereotypical movements) and fixations.
The duration of this meeting is one hour and requires the patient’s presence. Over the course of the meeting, a comprehensive interview will be conducted in accordance with the case and the patient’s medical history. The goal of this meeting is to learn first-hand about the current difficulties. Following the interview, a broad questionnaire will be provided, which includes dozens of questions relevant to the patient, his or her lifestyle, behavior and habits. This questionnaire must be filled out at a later time and returned via email prior to the second meeting.
The questionnaire includes questions relating to the patient’s relationship with his or her surroundings, emotional expression, repetitive “rituals”, motoric functions, temper tantrums, the existence or inexistence of self-affliction or affliction towards others, attention & concentration, eye contact, food intake, digestive issues, known sensitivities and allergies, sleep patterns, hearing deficiencies, “tuning out” and “staring”, fatty acids (that impact skin conditions, depression, lack of concentration, constipation, cholesterol), issues pertaining to dopamine (that are related to the willingness or lack of willingness to perform certain actions), issues pertaining to serotonin (self-appreciation, obsessive behavior, temper tantrums, intolerance, anxiety, craving sweets/simple carbohydrates), issues pertaining to the digestive system (in order to examine the possibility of candida or dysbiosis), issues pertaining to sensory processing and parameters such as acetylcholine, magnesium, zinc, vitamin D and more.
In addition, referrals will be provided for broad-spectrum testing in order to analyze laboratory blood and urine parameters (among others). These tests include a food intolerance test for identifying food sensitivities (as opposed to tests for food allergies), nutritional status tests, red blood cell magnesium tests, comprehensive stool sampling for the digestive system, tests that identify toxins and heavy metals, tests that identify candida and organic acid urinalysis.
The second meeting will be arranged shortly after receiving the information questionnaire and laboratory test results.
Over the course of the second meeting, a treatment protocol will be provided in response to specifically impaired metabolic processes, including nutritional deficiencies that have been identified by comprehensive testing. In addition to the treatment protocol, nutritional recommendations will be provided, in accordance with food intolerance testing.
The protocol will include accurate and detailed supplementation personally adapted to the patient’s needs. Supplementation includes vitamins, amino acids, probiotic, minerals and herbal remedies in synergistic combinations (in which each one strengthens the action of the other), while preventing contraindications (combinations that contradict one another).
From the beginning of the supplementation period, there will be daily contact and follow-up for six months in order to encourage compliance and document changes and improvements over time.
The third meeting will be arranged approx. one month after the treatment begins. The meeting’s goal is to receive unmediated feedback with regards to early treatment results and any improvements that have been attained. Over the course of the meeting, additional recommendations will be provided as needed for continuing the existing treatment.
The fourth meeting will be arranged approx. four months after start of the treatment. The goal of this meeting is to concretize any changes and improvements that have been attained. In addition, professional consultation will be provided with regards to the possibility of additional further treatment.