Tag - Treatment



By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP According to the American Heritage Desk Dictionary, the word apprentice is defined as “one learning a trade under a skilled master; or a beginner.” I find both of these definitions to be relevant to the work I do each day, as well as the way I think about apprenticeship in …


Prioritizing Needs and Treatments for Children with Autism

I recently had a parent refer to the many needs of her daughter in this way: “It’s like there are three floors of the house burning! Where do we start and which level do we fight the fire on first?” This provides an excellent visual metaphor for determining priorities in treatment. When a child has …


The Gut and Nutrition

We see many children and young adults in our practice, and find that many of them benefit from a special diet, elimination of certain foods, or use of supplements.  There are many conflicting studies out there that make it difficult to know for sure if there is a connection between nutrition/gut issues and autism; but …


Ask the Horizons Team: What does “remediation” mean?

Question: This may be a silly question, but what does the word “remediation” mean?  I see you reference it in some of your articles and online, but I’m not sure I know exactly what it means. Thanks – Jenna in Vermont


The Importance of Small Victories: Reflections on Treatment for Autism, ADHD, and Related Disorders

I was conducting a seminar recently when a member of the audience asked me if I believe that treatment for autism can lead to “recovery”, or if I believe autism and related disorders can be “cured”.  These types of questions are asked often by parents and professionals and are worth addressing.  While it may be …


Fixer or Facilitator?

As a former itinerant staff member in a local school district, I can identify with how difficult it is to feel like you are really making an impact.  From the large caseloads to student schedules, to the traveling from building to building, and everything in between, it can be hard to know if you are …


Treatment of Yeast Overgrowth

A previous article spoke about the damaging effects on our overall health and functioning caused by yeast overgrowth. This article will focus on the treatment of yeast overgrowth. In general, treatment of yeast overgrowth can include medication, supplements, special diets, or a combination of these. If you suspect yeast overgrowth, it is important to begin …


The Diet Debate

In the world of autism spectrum and related disorders, there is debate about the effectiveness of a Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) diet.  Some research says that the GFCF diet improves the symptoms of autism, while other research reports that it has no effect.  Still other research reports that some other type of diet is needed.  …


Testing for Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

In a previous article, I provided a description of the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities. In this article I will discuss testing options for both. In brief, a food allergy is a sudden onset of symptoms following the consumption of an intolerable food substance. The reaction can sometimes be life threatening. A food …


Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: 4 Essential Components of Treatment

By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed.   Whether your child has been diagnosed with autism, or another neurodevelopmental disorder, or you suspect that your child has some atypical developmental characteristics, you may feel confused and overwhelmed regarding treatment options. There are many different approaches that can be beneficial depending on your child’s specific symptoms and needs. It …

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