Fifteen years ago, when Sam was first diagnosed with autism, the biomedical movement was just getting a toe-hold. There were still a lot of misconceptions about the disorder:
• There’s no cure.
• It’s a psychological/neurological disorder.
• Nobody knows what causes it.
• There’s nothing you can do, just learn to live with it.
In the time that has passed, we have learned the above statements to be absolutely false.
• We have a pretty good understanding of the cause.
• We understand that it’s a medical disorder that affects the entire body.
• There’s a LOT you can do to remediate or even eliminate symptoms.
• Many children have experienced a managed recovery from autism.
It seems the only ones still believing the misconceptions are the pediatricians and diagnosticians. It’s unfortunate because they are in the perfect position to guide families toward prevention and treatments that really do address why the child is sick. In their defense, they don’t get an education in treating autism appropriately unless they seek it out for themselves, and few without a personal connection to autism usually do. Without a complete understanding, they can’t wrap their heads around this multi-systemic, complex disorder. They are taught to treat one symptom with one pill. Period.
So when you go to your pediatrician with a symptom, here’s how they view it:
• He’s not sleeping = Ambien (yes, it is only approved for adults but given to children 33% of the time).
• He’s constipated = Miralax
• He’s anxious = Zoloft
• He’s hyperactive = Ritalin
See the pattern here?
But think about it. Would you take your very expensive, high-performance Ferrari to Bill’s garage down on the corner to get it fixed? No, because Bill can’t possibly understand the complexities of a high performance sports car. Your child with autism is like a high performance sports car. He or she is very important. He or she is also very complicated. That’s why there is a specialty area of medicine just for treating autism. It used to be called DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!). It’s now called MedMaps (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs) www.medmaps.org.
But there’s something else you should know. MedMaps physicians are very busy, as you can imagine, and often do not accept insurance. Some can charge up to $380/hour, making them out of reach for most people.
So what’s a reasonable alternative, you might ask? Well, we are. Integrated Connections. As you learned earlier, most professionals in the field of autism got there because they have a loved one on the spectrum. They were motivated to truly learn about the disorder and how to treat it. Kara and I are both parents of a child with autism and were highly motivated to understand autism and how to successfully treat it. Kara’s son is living in managed recovery, meaning, he is virtually indistinguishable from his peers but his body still needs support to maintain that level of recovery. My son is also making great strides toward recovery. We know that biomedical interventions work. Conventional medicine simply did not.
And because we understand what it’s like to struggle with autism, to not find answers in traditional medicine, and unable to afford the specialty doctors, we have built a unique treatment center that guides families down the road toward recovery. We have assembled a team of professionals that include all the pieces to a managed recovery plan:
• A MedMaps physician who looks at the genetics and biochemistry to understand and treat the real MEDICAL problems.
• A certified health coach to help families understand the role food plays in health.
• A structural/sensory PT to diagnose and treat underlying structural issues.
• A psychologist to help families deal with the diagnosis and issues it brings to the family.
and perhaps most importantly,
• A parent who has been there before you to guide you every single step of the way.
And we make it affordable. Insurance companies understand that autism is complicated. That’s why they refuse to cover treatment. It would literally bankrupt them. But we have some creative ways to help you afford the treatment that your child needs. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
We are changing the way autism is being understood, addressed, and treated. We are part of an autism revolution. We don’t believe that autism is something to be managed, but rather treated and eliminated. It’s no longer acceptable to follow blindly what your pediatrician is telling you. They treat Buicks. You have a Ferrari. It’s time to find someone who understands Ferraris. We do.
Maya Angelou once said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” We now know better. It’s time to do better. And we can help. Give us a call and schedule your one-hour intake appointment with us. It will be the best $50 you’ve ever spent. 937-428-5669.