Posted on 07 June 2010 by admin
Let me tell you something about clay baths. Now clay baths have been around for quite some time in the Autism community. Clay baths are used primarily for children who are sitting in the bath tub to help with detoxification. Now at first I was a little skeptical of clay bath treatments, wasn’t quite sure how this would fit in, how it would work, particularly when you are talking about metal toxicity or metal detox. But I have found now over time with many parents coming back, particular parents who were looking to do things more naturally, more gently, things that they can control, things they can purchase on their own, clay baths seem to have a beneficial influence for the majority of kids who are using them. So I have had some very good feedback from parents stating such that they really liked the effects the clay baths can have. So what I just wanted to point out to you is that I think this is a viable therapy, it is something you can look to do with your child.
Clay baths aren’t something from my experience that have really worked immediately meaning that you do a clay bath and within 2 or 3 days there is some immediate positive changes but it is something that helps over time. Whether it is with eye contact, whether it is sleeping problems, whether it is behavioral issues, I can’t clearly say that a clay bath treatment or one specific clay bath remedy is going to have a specific targeted effect on a behavioral issue. It just seems to help overall with kids being more clear, being more healthy and just being more well adjusted. So if you are looking to use something natural, something more gentle, something that you could purchase on your own, something that you could control in your own home, the clay bath therapy may be the way to go. There are plenty of websites on the internet that support this therapy. So check it out, do some research into it but I think you will find, for your child, particularly if your child is real young and still taking baths, obviously it is much easier to do if they are still taking baths. But clay bath therapy may be something that could help your child.
Posted on 06 June 2010 by admin
The summer is upon us, we are now heading into June and July, etc. One of the things that is going to be happening, depending where you are, is that the days are getting longer. So there is going to be a natural tendency for your children to stay up longer because it is going to stay lighter longer, so it is just not going to get dark. So expect with that there can be some behavioral changes that occur. Your child may have a certain routine where they like to go to bed at a certain time whether that is 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm, maybe you have on the other end of the spectrum where you have a hard time getting your kid to sleep. One of the things I have seen is that kids when the clock either changes from daylight savings time and back or there is a natural increase in the light so the sunlight is staying out longer, it is staying lighter longer, kids have a natural tendency to want to stay up later. But that can create some problems behaviorally too.
Just remember sometimes it is simple changes in the environment that can impact a child on the spectrum behaviorally whether it is irritability, whether it is hyperactivity, whether it is aggressive behavior, whether it is tantruming, etc. You try to keep your child on a routine and it is now staying lighter longer, you may need to get some sort of dark out shades for their room or just allow for that natural tendency to stay up a little bit longer. As I have mentioned before, biomedicine is a very unique form of a medical approach to Autism but it is not always about a diet, a medication or a supplement. Sometimes it is lifestyle changes, changes in the environment that can make a world of difference. Just noticing and recognizing that those things can happen and many times can transition from one yearly cycle to the next.
Posted on 06 June 2010 by admin
Let me tell you a little bit about exercise and Autism. There has been some recent information that’s come out about exercise and depression. What they are finding is that individuals who are on an exercise program, at least 30 minutes a day, 3 to 5 times per week, have a significant reduction, up to 45%, in their depressive issues. That is quite significant when you think of depression in this country being treated primarily with anti-depressive medication. So this simple aerobic exercise of 30 minutes a day, 3 to 5 times per week can have a significant effect on depression.
One of the things I have seen over the years too is with kids on the spectrum functioning more appropriately, whether it is behavior, attention, focusing, anxiety, etc. when they actually get exercise. It could be going to the park and letting the child run around on the play gym, working out things that way. The child can ride a bike certainly, just being physically active. Swimming for example is a great activity. So I really encourage parents particularly now as the summer months are coming along, the days are getting longer, to get their kids outside in the fresh air and the natural sunlight, and let them run, let them play, let them explore if your child is inclined to do that.
So many kids now are trapped inside, they are either inside stuck to the computer, or stuck to video games, or movies. I know kids certainly a lot of kids are in therapy sessions all day long and they get out of those therapy sessions and they tend to be agitated, or hyper, they are anxious, they have difficulty sleeping. So simple lifestyle changes like that can make a world of difference. Maybe it is going on a walk after dinner at night because it is not all about medication, it is not all about a diet, it is not all about supplementation. Sometimes just pure good physical exertion, physical activity can really set the tone for a better attitude and a better mental state with your child on the spectrum.