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what are some natural regimens for children diagnosed as autistic and with?adhd?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Healthy diet: Kids with autism (restricted diet) and kids with adhd (reason unknown) are at risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies. So a multivitamin a day makes sense. There is evidence for modest benefits from fish oil in both autism and adhd. Good luck with trying to get a kid to take fish oil! :-) regular physical activity. Time in nature helps adhd symptoms. Good sleep. Limiting environmental stimulation.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Omega 3's & 6's had a "slight positive effect" only on children with ADHD who were taking appropriate stimulant medications. Their efficacy for kids with ASD has not been proven. Autism Speaks, quackwatch.com & http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/ have lists of unproven treatments & explanations of why subsets of patients respond to certain things like Vitamin B 12 & others do not.
Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Regular stuff: If you mean regimen that doesnt involve medication, then try these. Strict routine. Healthy nutrition sleep & exercise. Appropriate school placement. Structure is so very important for add, autistic and, yes, even regular kids. Hold your child accountable for her actions. Be consistent. Herbals, potions and such are useless for these patients.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
SEVERAL: Intensive behavioral therapy and intensive behavioral therapy are recommended as level 1 interventions by the aap.Cbt, parent training, neurofeedback have met with some success.Auditort integration training, hyperbaric oxygen, chelation, herbals and supplements (other than fish oil) have shown no beneficial results in or thare are no significant scientific studies to support them.

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Can a child be autistic and adhd?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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Yes. : Yes. Though, depending on severity of autism, it can be tough to accurately diagnose adhd.

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