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Does your child have ADHD or autism spectrum disorder? Are they not paying attention and not listening? Are they five years old, but still in diapers?

Then keep reading, because this is where it gets personal. I'm a mother of a beautiful little girl, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. And I want to let you know that I wouldn't change her one single bit.

Does she have her challenges? Yes. Does she make me tired when she's having her bad days? Oh yeah!

Do I believe that there is a "cure?" No.

Do you know why?

Because I believe that her autism is a gift. So why would I want to impede that with chemicals and medications?

There are varying degrees of people on the spectrum, and everyone's experience is different. However, there are certain things that we do that help her be happy without drugs. Perhaps one of these suggestions might work for your child too?

1. We watch her diet. Dairy, gluten, and sugar are treats. Period. These foods plug up the digestive tract and create bloating, gas, and pain. School can present challenges to a healthy diet, but as long as meals are balanced at home, kids are usually okay.

2. She gets some sort of chiropractic adjustment almost every day. Now, as a chiropractor, this is possible for me. Having your child be adjusted multiple times a week can be difficult if you don't have a chiropractor closeby. Gentle adjustments and massage regulate her nervous and digestive systems, while getting her used to physical touch. As a result, she is comfortable around most people.

3. She gets acupuncture when she needs it. Acupuncture can be more powerful for treating certain ailments than chiropractic. Even though she likes chiropractic more - most kids do - when she has the stomach flu or a fever, she gets acupuncture. 

4. We get her out of her comfort zone. We make her acknowledge people - if she doesn't say "hello," then she has to give "high-fives." She has to work through her discomfort and be polite. She also has to eat her food and is expected to eat what is on the table. She doesn't like the texture? Okay, but she still has to try it. But because we are doing steps 1-3, this is amazingly easier.

So now that I've shared with you, do you think that any of these suggestions might work for your child? Don't force them all at once, especially if they are older? But start with the first step. Slowly remove sugar, just don't replace it with the fake stuff! Then remove dairy and then gluten. See what happens? Even if the improvement is slight, at least they will feel better. 

Just a side note, make sure that it's okay with them before you send them for chiropractic, massage, or acupuncture. While it is good to get kids out of their comfort zone, sometimes it is counterproductive to throw everything at them all at once.

In some instances, kids may need medication, but most times... No. 

Don't let that inner light in your child be dimmed by drugs. That happened to my husband. He shows me pictures when he was a kid and I don't even recognize him. You want that inner light to shine and chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture allow that to happen.

If you have any questions, please call me or shoot me an email. I will be happy to answer.

A More Balanced Lifestyle

My mission is to help you discover a healthier, happier, more balanced lifestyle. Having seen the profound positive effects that acupuncture and chiropractic medicine can have, I am sincerely grateful to be able to share these benefits with my patients. Together we can work to achieve your health and wellness goals.