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What is Asperger Syndrome?

      Asperger syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Compared with those affected by other forms of ASD, those with Asperger syndrome do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. Some even demonstrate precocious vocabulary.

Asperger  Symptoms

The following behaviors/symptoms are often associated with Asperger syndrome. However, they are seldom all present in any one individual and vary widely in degree:

 

  • Limited or inappropriate social interactions

  • “Robotic” or repetitive speech

  • Challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures, facial expression, etc.) coupled with average to above average verbal skills

  • A tendency to discuss self rather than others

  • Inability to understand social/emotional issues or nonliteral phrases

  • Lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation

  • Obsession with specific and unusual topics

  • One-sided conversations

  • Awkward movements and/or mannerisms

As you glance over the root causes below it is important to remember that a child may exhibit 2 or all of them,

there is no magic number because all children express their root cause(s) differently.

You may want to consult with your primary care provider and discuss these factors

Root Causes of Asperger Syndrome

Despite the decades of research done on autism, no one knows the exact cause of autism in children. This is in part because there is no one single cause, making it hard to nail down, especially when you try to make it applicable to every child diagnosed. In fact, most of the proposed causes of autism are considered to be controversial in the medical world. Many have presumed that the cause of autism is only genetic, some feel it is triggered by vaccines, or simply a psychological disorder and many see it is an immune dysfunction. So who is correct?

 

According to the science, children with autism have abnormal GI, immunological and/or toxicological systems due to a combination of genetic factors, undiagnosed food allergies, chronic infections, overuse of medications, GI dysbiosis (imbalances in the gut), vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and poor diets to name a few. In the last 10 years, studies have shown a strong genetic link between the Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) mutation and autism, Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP, RN, BCIP has also seen this link in her practice. In addition, there is research from the Autism Research Institute (ARI) discussing the nutritional aspects of children with autism and their inborn deficits. For example, Nutrition Research Reviews published an article in July 2014, which reported the continued connection between autism and nutrition as is relates to the brain and gastrointestinal system. They specifically noted the differences in GI flora between those with autism and controls. They concluded nutrition-related factors play a causal role in autism and its symptoms.

 

When you put the whole picture together you can see why a child with autism is at a higher risk of injury. As the environmental toxins and exposures accumulate, the struggling body can no longer deal with them appropriately and damage occurs. This damage may be the first symptom a family sees. There is not one event that causes a child to be diagnosed with autism, not every child with autism acts or looks the same, nor is every child medically treated the same. There is no such thing as a one size fits all treatment for autism.

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Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, MSN, CACCP, BCIP, RN is a pediatric expert bridging alternative and traditional medicine by providing individualized and comprehensive approaches to pediatric 

wellness. Her experience is unique, as she is Board Certified in Integrative Pediatrics, Board Certified as a Pediatric Chiropractor, a Family Nurse Practitioner and Craniosacral Therapist.

Dr. Brooks, DC, MSN, CACCP, BCIP, RN has been extremely successful in assisting her patients in achieving optimal health and wellness by using the best integrative methods to help support their growing bodies. She provides traditional and alternative medicine for maximal health. Dr. Brooks has developed specialized methods to answer today's biggest pediatric health problems including allergies, constipation, chronic ear infections, birth trauma, developmental delays, digestive problems, Autism, ADD/ADHD, MTHFR, nutritional, and behavioral problems.

Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, MSN, CACCP, BCIP, RN has extensive experience solving complex pediatric and unique perspective of diagnosing the problem rather than treating the symptoms has led to remarkable results worldwide. Parents praise her current, yet practical, guidance to what a

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