My non-profit, the Un-Prescription, has a mission to educate autism families and healthcare professionals about the often invisible health challenges of the autism spectrum.
We sponsor speaking engagements, give away books, create educational videos, and do free community workshops for families, teachers, therapists and healthcare professionals.
Let’s see what global research is revealing about the silent struggles autistic children and adults may face each day:
- Fatigue and grogginess due to the poor sleep patterns of ASD
- Poorly integrated sensory information
- This is an individual that needs to move and have a sensory diet to be able to pay attention
- A busy classroom is like having 10 radios on, all tuned to different stations
- He or she may be seeing double, in which case all the skilled teaching in the world will not help this child read or learn better. When an overwhelmed brain doesn’t integrate the sensory input from both eyes, it can be very hard to read, do math or catch a ball at recess. Such a student will benefit from a developmental optometry exam and prism lenses. Learning will have a better chance of success with a child who can actually see correctly to begin with.
- Immune dysfunction:
- Congested, runny nose, frequent colds
- More allergies
- Autoimmune attack on various brain tissues
- Chronic inflammation, including brain inflammation
- Oxidative stress
- Gastrointestinal dysfunction:
- Acid reflux is very painful and many cannot express this discomfort with language, so it comes out as irritability
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Stomach aches
- Insufficient digestive enzymes
- More prone to GI infections (Candida)
- Opioid peptides may form in the gut, enter the circulation and affect cognition, language, mood and behavior
- Food sensitivities
- Children with ASD are prone to more food sensitivities, which can affect attention, hyperactivity, handwriting and learning.
- Anxiety and other mood disorders
Once these medical conditions are appropriately supported, the individual often enjoys a much higher quality of life, and some may see improved cognition, mood, sleep, gastrointestinal and immune health, as well as communication and interaction with others.
You may contact the Un-Prescription at:
2401 South Kanawha Street
Beckley, WV 25801
The Un-Prescription website is currently under construction and will be available soon. You may request presentations and speaking engagements at www.JanetLintala.com. Fundraising projects are available for clubs.