Through the eyes of a mother: A boy's recovery from autism

Lauren Burton


What happens after you tell someone “I’m sorry, there is nothing you can do.”?  In this talk a Palo Alto mother retraces the many steps and missteps in helping her son recover from high functioning autism, depression, hand wringing, and suicidal ideation which started at age 7.  Successful steps included learning to read symptoms of inflammation, putting her son on a gluten-free, dairy-free, additive-free diet, OT, Berard Auditory Integration Therapy, and a key underlying diagnosis leading to a nutritional approach under a doctor’s care to successfully treat—without side effects—his anxiety, depression, hand-wringing, and suicidal ideas.  Sometimes, after you tell a patient “there is nothing you can do,” they step out of the mainstream and find things that work.
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