Caring for our children's future
Gastrointestinal complaints are commonplace among children with Autism. Some studies have found that up to 90 percent of children with Autism suffer from intestinal problems. According to the Centre for Disease Control, they're more than 3.5 times more likely to experience chronic diarrhea and constipation than their typically developing peers.
Australian clinical research, reported at the 2005 Victorian Autism Conference by Drs. Jacques Duff and Henry Butt revealed striking differences in the distribution of bacteria in the gut of autistic versus typically developing children, a condition known as Intestinal Dysbiosis.
More recently, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have shown for the first time that this imbalance may actually contribute to the disorder. The behaviours of rats with Autistic behaviours improved with specific probiotics.
Although Autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy these studies suggest that redressing the gut flora can improve behavioral symptoms. At the Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic in Melbourne redressing intestinal Dysbiosis is an integral part of treatment for Autism. A faecal microbiology analysis is used to study the gut flora and dietary changes are used with specific probiotics to normalise the gut flora and improve symptoms.
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