We have been closely following the integrative wellness space to keep an an eye out for which trends, therapies, and treatments will be most helpful to autism families.
Here’s our prediction for which top 5 therapies we’ll see grow in autism community (and we’ll investigate more on our blog, #ChatAutism podcast, and at the Autism Education Summit this year):
1. Hormone Balancing (Supplementation 2.0)
As many of us have learned, autism is a whole body disorder and should be treated as such. As many of our kids peak into puberty, hormones are running rampant leaving many parents to seek out ways to keep them balanced. With hormones being a hot topic in integrative medicine (and more experts link them to fatigued adrenals and malfunctioning thyroids), it’s no doubt this one tops our list!
We expect to see more parents taking supplementation to the next level, exploring adaptogenic herbs (like calming ashwaghanda and rhodiola, a focus-aid) and therapeutic tonics, both of which have been used for centuries.
2. Light Therapy
First introduced at the 2015 Autism Education Summit, we notice a growing trend of parents exploring LED therapy. A non-invasive release of light that can help with anything from inflammation, chronic pain, depression, and can even be a sleep aid for individuals that suffer from insomnia (a struggle we know all too well).
One of the newest growing trends that we look forward to learning more about.
3. Neurofeedback for Autism
We hear it time and time again, “When you meet one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Since every individual is different, it’s very important to get customized feedback that will help support each individual’s specific needs. The same way we encourage our families to do regular lab testing, neurofeedback is another way to pay closer attention to your child’s brain activity and examine what issues are arising and may need to be addressed. We heard Dr. Daniel Amen discuss Brain Imaging at the 2016 Autism Education Summit and we’re eager to see what comes next of this new discovery.
4. CBD Oil (and the expansion of medicinal marijuana)
Medicinal marijuana has made many headlines over the past couple of years. It has been used as a natural remedy for pain, anxiety, and even for many cancer patients. Now, however, we are really starting to see a growth in the use of CBD and THC oil, milder forms of marijuana that have helped individuals with seizures, anxiety, and aggression. We look forward to seeing how this trend progresses and see what benefits parents may see as a result of regular usage. A topic we’re sure to further explore throughout the year!
5. Self-care for Caregivers
This one we’ve always made sure to stress, but now more than ever we see more wellness sites and conferences express the importance of self-care. More and more Mommy Warriors are jumping on board to follow similar treatment protocols, as we investigate similarities in the symptoms we’ve seen in our kids. Chances are, if your child has autoimmune issues, so do you — so it’s best to look into right away and start getting proactive about your health. Our Little Warriors will need the strongest, healthiest caregivers to be a leading example. Whether it’s enjoying a good book or a nice glass of wine, be sure to add a little “me-time” to your list.
Have you tried any of these therapies? Or, which are you most excited to learn more about in the coming year? Sound off on Twitter, tagging @GenRescue with hashtag #ChatAutism #InnovativeTherapies