Doris Rapp, MD, one of the most highly regarded doctors on environmental allergies, poses the question: «What did your child touch, taste or smell?» When your child has a meltdown, it is important to consider the most recent daily living occurrences in order to understand what is altering behaviors and why. The environmental toxins your child is exposed to on a daily basis may be some of the contributing factors to your child’s behaviors. These toxins can trigger allergic reactions which are capable of altering your child’s personality. As Dr. Rapp explains in her book, Is This My Child, that most unsuspecting culprits can be within your home or your child’s school, or during a certain season or time of day or even on the school bus. Since many children with ASD are unable to articulate their misery, it is our job as parents to investigate our child’s environment to determine what the triggering factors are. In your investigation you should also consider the community in which you live.
Sometime entire communities may have pockets of illnesses such including autism, allergies, asthma, ADHD, and other integrative illnesses. When an entire community seems to be sick with something, not just within a family, we should consider the environment they share, the air they breathe and the water they drink.
If your child has these symptoms followed by a sudden change in behavior, consider his environment and discuss with your physician. This is a list of some allergic symptoms:
Below is a list of some possible environmental exposures:
Introduction to the Mold Help Organization
Description: This site has a lot of data about mold and your health.
Description: Vaccine ingredients and side effects.
Some forums require you to sign in to Yahoo or Facebook to locate forum names.
Forum/Blog Name: Autism’s Environmental Component: New Research Upends Scientific Orthodox Strangling Autism Progress
Description: Sally Bernard from SafeMinds talks about her own personal situation with her son with autism. For years she has been convinced that a variety of environmental factors were the cause for her son’s autism. Now the research exists…burying the theory that autism might possibly be entirely genetic.
Forum/Blog Name: Toxic Mold — Rediscovering Health and Wellness
Description: This group is for anyone suffering from the health effects of mold. This can cause health issues for the entire family.
Forum/Blog Name: Supporting Autism Safe Environments (SAFE)
Description: This Facebook page is a community outreach initiative supported by the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, and it provides information and research regarding autism and the environment.