Autism spectrum disorders have been the fastest growing epidemic in the United States. Studies find that 1 out of 88 children have Autism Disorders. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent per year putting a generation of children at risk. In most states, health insurance reimbursement for the treatment of autism is extremely limited or nonexistent.
Multiple contributing factors such as genetics, vaccines, and environmental toxins have been explored. With a lack of an organized approach to diagnosis and treatment and a lack of trained professionals, children have not been receiving timely interventions.
Autism Spectrum Disorders are neurobiological developmental disabilities which impact the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with ASD typically have difficulties in verbal and nonverbal expression, social interactions, and other activities. Individuals with ASD often suffer from numerous physical ailments, which may include, allergies, asthma, immune system dysfunction, genetic disorders, epilepsy, digestive disorders, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, emotional and compulsive disorders, sleeping disorders, persistent and recurrent infections. It has been found that many children with ASD also suffer from Lyme disease.