Children can recover from autism to live normal happy lives. Lots of them do. Autism is reversible. Parents who have reversed their childrens’ autism are screaming their successes from the rooftops. Their testimonials are online and in abundance. (More on that later)

A few years ago I attended a seminar on autism in Sydney. A paediatrician displayed a photo of a nine-year-old boy. His parents were told he was retarded, and that they would be best to institutionalise him. The boy was treated by the paediatrician using diet, nutrition and selected medications, over several years. It turned out that he had a very high IQ and he went on to live a normal life.

 Sadly, a minority of parents are given information or hope of this possibility. It is a travesty when parents are told: “Nothing can be done, find a support group, arrange care for your child and get on with the rest of your life”.

When physical and metabolic imbalances are identified and treated, children can and do recover. This is called ‘biomedical’ treatment and it is how the nine-year-old boy recovered.

We’ve heard about ‘Tiger Mothers’ when it comes to intensively teaching kids, but it has to be said that the mothers and fathers with autistic children who stop at nothing to recover their children are deserving of this title too. There are two success stories in Good News for People with Bad News. Each family had two children on the autistic spectrum – one severely autistic child and a less severely affected younger sibling. They are great examples of ‘tiger parents’ who don’t take no for an answer and fight for their child until they get recovery. If you email me I will send you a chapter.

Many autistic kids also suffer from physical problems like repeated ear infections, coughs, colds, constipation, diarrhoea, tummy pain, eczema and other allergies. When these physical symptoms are treated, the mental symptoms improve too.

Where do you go to get information and help about biomedical treatment?

The Global Autism Collaboration networks and collaborates with autism organisations internationally and provides links to the each organisation.

The Autism Research Institute is a high-quality comprehensive international resource, with free online learning through webinars, videos, newsletters and chat groups. It conducts and sponsors research aimed at improving the quality of life for today’s generation of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders .

With the internet teeming with websites on autism, these sites are a good starting point. The information is accurate and reliable, with contributions from doctors from around the world. You can find a website relevant to your country from there. If not, ask them.

Keep asking. Keep going. Find parents who have succeeded. They will talk to you and inspire you.