Monday, April 13, 2009

Behavior Issues, Autism and the Digestive System

Many children on the autism-spectrum suffer with digestive problems. Pain from gas bloating, loose stools, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease have been well documented in this patient population. This is a very important subject, and critical for people to understand. The bowel problem with children on the autism-spectrum is a HUGE concern, and can lead to constant pain which can translate to behavior, sleeping, cognitive, and academic problems. Is it really a mystery that a child who is sick and doesn't feel well physically is not in a receptive mood or even capacity to learn? Of course not - we all recognize this to be true.

Also, if you think of yourself when you do not feel well - whether it is from not enough sleep, too much alcohol, nausea, fever, head cold, etc. you do not feel like conversing, and most people want to be left alone. So is the case with children on the autism-spectrum which is compounded by their inability to communicate effectively. They often act out in frustration because they are in pain. This article by Dr. Krigsman is a good reminder of this issue. Dr. Krigsman is a specialist in evaluating the intestinal systems of children on the autism-spectrum. Through specialized analysis we can obtain important information about the integrity of a child's digestive system and implement appropriate biomedical therapy such as dietary changes, medications, and more based on these findings. The biomedical assessment for individuals on the autism-spectrum is critical for long-term health.

1 comment:

Mac said...

Clinicians want more time to do what they always intended to do, and what they do best—evaluate and treat individuals and families seeking assistance with behavioral healthcare issues.

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