There is (and always has been) a lot of confusion as to what autism and the autism spectrum disorders are. This starts with a significant problem with the way autism is classified. Autism is considered a ‘mental disorder.’ Since it has been classified as such since the 1940s, most physicians learn little to nothing about it. Its classification further breaks down autism to be impairment in social interaction, repetitive behaviors and problems communicating. With these ‘defining characteristics,’ it is no wonder that these children are placed into a structured special learning environment accompanied by behavior modification with little to no medical intervention.
We understand autism to be a biochemical and neurological problem that alters the way the brain and body develop, which eventually results in the social, behavioral and communication problems that these individuals experience. These characteristics are symptoms, and the result of a multi-system breakdown that went undiagnosed. We have let an entire generation of children slip through our fingertips and it is time to mobilize and get them back.
If the top three defining characteristics were: under-connected brain circuitry, chronic metabolic dysfunction and underlying autoimmune/inflammatory processes, we would see a very different treatment criteria established for autism. In fact, based on the research, these three things are the true problems of autism which eventually lead to the cognitive impairments.
Spectrum of Extremes
People on the autism spectrum are so individually different. Some are ‘high-functioning;’
Some are ‘low-functioning.’ Some cannot talk at all, while some talk early. Some exhibit extreme sensory-based behaviors (stims) and some don’t. Some are highly intelligent; while others may have I.Q.s under 50. Some are considered ‘mildly affected,’ and some are ‘severely affected.’ Some have vestibular or motor planning problems, and some are athletic. The list goes on.
With all the differences between individuals, what do people with Autism have in common?
All people with autism spectrum disorders seem to have one thing in common; a core deficit. Autistic Spectrum Disorders arise from a bio-neurological condition; a weakness in a child’s biochemical and neurological development. They seem to go hand-in-hand and both need to be evaluated for and treated as early as possible. All individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have these weaknesses in varying degrees.
Based on our clinical experience, the neurological common denominator appears to be the brainstem. The brainstem is at the center of a myriad of vital body functions that involve most of the organ systems of the body. The list of vital functions is long and encompasses many of the problems we see in Autism, including anxiety, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, vestibular (balance) disorders, motor coordination issues and more. These functions are predominantly autonomic (without conscious control) and arise from a structurally intricate system of brain cell networks. If there is a problem in the brainstem, information coming from the body to the brain is altered and from the brain to the body is changed as well.
The Center for Integrative & Innovative Therapies
Bridging the Gap from an Unhealthy Brain to a Healthy Brain
The CIIT Center’s mission is to approach each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a total entity by enhancing the biomedical, neurological, nutritional electrical and immune system of each of our patients and combining this with occupational, physical and speech therapies, along with applied behavioral analysis. This gives each child every opportunity to reach their potential.
Our team of expert biomedical doctors, neurologists and therapists create a personalized, integrated treatment program for each of our patients. Our unique, comprehensive approach starts with identifying the underlying factors that may be holding the child back, not just treating their symptoms.
The CIIT Center has a “Complete Child Approach” where our team of medical professionals all work together to create an integrated, individualized treatment approach that has the child at the core of the customized program. Some of our advanced therapies consist of sensory integration therapy, where sight, sound and motion are all being stimulated through the Senex machine. Only three Senex machines exist in the United States and The CIIT Center has two of these technologically advanced machines. Our doctors have seen extraordinary progress in children’s developmental milestones using the Senex machine.
The CIIT Center also has a beautiful Intravenous (IV) Suite for various treatments, such as chelation, which is a heavy metal detoxification therapy that removes metals from our bodies, helping a patient feel well-balanced and stronger than prior to their treatments.
At The CIIT Center, we have experienced therapists working with children and adults on physical therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis and speech therapy. Each of our therapists and doctors work together in unison to address the health of each patient as a total entity.
Speech Therapy Room