Comprehensive Treatment Approach to Children with Autism and Developmental Disorders


Dr. Chapman feels that every child with autism deserves a complete medical evaluation including laboratory analysis, physical exam, nutritional intervention and referral for specialist evaluation when appropriate.  Children with developmental disorders frequently fall through the cracks of the conventional medical system due to social, communication and sensory struggles.  Dr. Chapman strives to uncover and evaluate physical issues that, when treated, can allow a child's brain and body to function more elegantly.  When children are physically healthy, we allow them to reach their full potential:  emotinally, behaviorally, cognitively and socially!

A typical evaluation will consider all of the following:

1.  Detailed symptom inventory, physical history, physical exam and bloodwork.
   
2.  Referral to appropriate specialist if indicated (ie:  neurologist, gastroenterologist, HEENT)
   
3.  Evaluation of current therapeutic interventions and referrals  (Occupational therapy, speech therapy, RDI etc.)  
  
4.  Dietary and nutritional counseling including the identification of dietary sensitivities and/or allergies
    
5.  Identification of nutritional deficiencies and supplementation with appropriate vitamins and minerals
    
6.  Assessment of toxicity and detoxification mechanisms
   
7.  Assessment of immune or endocrine system abnormalities
   
8. Homeopathic Medicine if appropriate
   
9. Evaluation and recommendations for pharmaceutical intervention or referral if necessary.

10. Intravenous therapies such as Phosphatidylcholine, Vitamins, Minerals, Glutathione and HCL.

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Keep in mind that every child is unique.  There is no "one-size-fits-all" protocol for treating autism.  We include a broad range of diagnostic and treatment modalities based on each child's individual physical symptoms, history and characteristics. Because metabolic changes can be quite dramatic during the course of treatment, children will need periodic retesting to monitor progress and changing nutritional needs.

We value relational, occupational, physical, speech, educational and other adjunctive therapies and welcome collaboration with these practitioners in the management of your child.  We also find that these behavioral and speech therapies become more effective once underlying biomedical conditions are addressed.  Removing the physical obstacles can make a profound difference in your child's readiness to learn.

Lab Testing

Specific lab tests are helpful to evaluate the underlying impairments in children with Autism.  Dr. Chapman will guide you in choosing the tests that would be most informative and valuable in the treatment of your child.

Testing may include: