April kicks off Autism Awareness at IVY Integrative! Autism diagnosis has become more common in recent years and now covers a broad spectrum of disorders due to its vast range of symptoms.
Autism is defined as a complex neurobehavioral condition including impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviors. It typically begins in early childhood and lasts throughout later life. The effects are usually a combination of both genetic and environmental factors.
Children with autism have a very different way of learning, thinking, problem solving and often experience difficulties with communicating. Autism can make it challenging to understand what other people think and feel, making it exceptionally hard for autistic individuals to express themselves with words or through gestures and facial expressions.
Very sensitive children with ASD may be greatly troubled — sometimes even pained — by sounds, touches, smells, or sights that seem normal to others. Routine is extremely important for this population as well as the ability to predict the outcomes of certain behaviors and places. A break in routine or exposure to loud, overstimulating environments can overwhelm a person with ASD, leading to outbursts of anger, frustration, distress, or sadness.
Many dietary recommendations suggested to benefit this population have changed over time, and I will dive deeper into this in later emails this month. But in this email I wanted to highlight some of the amazing benefits seen in treating ASD children with the Bowen Therapy Technique!
Common benefits of Bowen treatment noted by parents:
Quieter, happier children
Improved interaction in play / with pets Reduction of obsessive / repetitive behavior
Decrease in anger / frustration
Reduced destructive behavior of self / property Improved use of language
Increased eye contact
Improved family life
Parents’ load relieved – family togetherness enhanced
Book your child’s Bowen therapy session today as another amazing piece to your wellness puzzle and holistic treatment plan!
At IVY Integrative, you can work with one practitioner or build your own team of holistic practitioners! Reach your optimum health in-person or online. Check out our Get Started page to learn how to work with us!
Author: Dr. Sarah Kingsley PT, DPT, RYT
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This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.