ASD refers to a wide range of disorders characterised by difficulties in speech and nonverbal communication, lack of social skills, and repetitive behaviours. The medical community defines autism as a psychiatric disorder, however with a functional medicine understanding it should be classified as a neurological disorder. Autism is based on a set of biochemical imbalances that create neurological and neurotransmitter imbalances, which result in psychological symptoms. More often than not, you are taught that mental health is genetic, and cannot be changed but “sometimes” managed. Well, this needs to change! Psychological disorders are symptoms with root causes.
Research studies have revealed that autism is influenced by the combination of environmental and genetic factors. Each person with ASD possesses a unique set of challenges and strengths. The symptoms of ASD can affect the routine activities of the individual by affecting their ability to learn, think, and manage life situations. In spite of these challenges, there have been many cases where individuals with autism have been able to lead an independent life in adulthood.
So far, the treatments of autism spectrum disorder largely involved improving the social skills of a child, correcting behavioural challenges, and teaching occupational skills. The aim of these treatments was to allow them to be socially acceptable and financially independent during their adulthood.
However, although important these approaches never get to the underlying root causes. In order to support a child with ASD, it is imperative to identify the functional causes of autism and the subsequent imbalances.