Over the years I’ve been contacted by many parents from all the over the world searching for answers. Many reported to me that there were no specialists in their country that treated autism and no one was doing biomedical therapy. I reassure them that it’s a blessing in disguise. I don’t mean that in a bad way.
What I mean is that in the early days there were no doctors in the U.S either that were treating autism. This lead parents to find treatments and start collecting the information about what worked. These were the pioneers of autism therapy.
When we began our journey we had just our pediatrician who didn’t really know how to treat autism. The doctors we saw that specialized in child development didn’t seem to either. They could confirm our observations and give it a name but ultimately like us, most parents were told it was a psychological brain disorder that was untreatable.
I’ve even talked to parents who were told to institutionalize their child and move on. (GASP!) That was the mentality then and left many parents feeling hopeless. We sure have come a long way!
When I looked into autism doctors, called “DAN doctors” in 2006, I found that they were so expensive there wasn’t any way we could go to one. The only one I could find near us was in another state. The idea of driving with a child that screamed in the car because of the motion was impossible. They wanted to charge me a fee to look over any testing we already had done. Another fee to see my child and still another fee for any testing they wanted. Of course they did not take insurance either to help buffer some of the cost. Back then nothing for autism was covered by insurance anyway. We were looking at thousands of dollars and not even to cure him. Just to define the problem. We already knew the problem. My son was metal toxic and acting autistic.
As a mother I was driven to no ends to find answers. I spent a lot of time online learning about natural therapies that were working. I talked to and learned from other parents who were doing therapies for autism with success. Our financial limitations probably saved my son from IV-chelation and some other bad fads of that time. It drove me to find safe natural things we could do ourselves to help improve his health.
I don’t want parents out there to feel that because they don’t have access to a DAN doctor, or autism specialist or because they can’t afford to see one, that they can’t help their child. They can.
We have entirely managed this process on our own. Since blood testing, urine metals and other testing is not necessary on this protocol, you don’t really need a specialist for frequent dose chelation, most supplements or dietary interventions.
If your child needs blood work for something else like ruling out a thyroid problem, you can use your child’s primary care doctor. In many places there is access to self ordered lab tests too.
It’s easy for us to become conditioned to thinking we need a doctor or a “specialists” because our children are so complex and it’s really overwhelming when you’re new to autism but parents are powerful and have more determination and care for their child’s well-being than anyone. This drive is what leads to learning safe natural interventions and you can do that even if you don’t have access to a doctor in your part of the world!