Autism , Pediatric Integrative Specialty Services

Greater Regional Health

Cheri Standing, MD

Pediatrician located in Creston, IA

Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about how Dr. Standing can help your child.

Autism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism is a medical disorder defined by behavioral characteristics which can include language and communication impairments, difficulty interacting socially as well as repetitive and restricted interests. Some children are born with signs of autism at birth, others regress into autistic behaviors around the age of two.

Dr. Standing follows MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs) recommendations for autism management.

It is thought that there is an overlap of genetic susceptibility, environmental factors, gut microbiome and the immune system that lead to the complex clinical presentation of autism.

What are treatments that help autism?

  • Immune modulation starts with the diet
  • Heal the gut and replenish the microbiome
  • Eat clean food and fermented foods. Sometimes specific diets are recommended like dairy free, gluten-free or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Drink filtered water and breathe pure air
  • Reduce hormone and endocrine disruptors
  • Eliminate plastics and toxic metals
  • Reduce toxin use in cleaning products
  • Avoid pesticides and insecticides
  • Biomedical support with supplements and diet on an individual basis

What can I do to help my child?

Dr. Standing does not profess to cure autism, but there are some interesting new therapies that have been shown to make a difference in the lives of autistic kids and their families. If you are motivated and committed to making lifelong diet and lifestyle changes, contact Dr. Standing today to reserve a seat at her next free dinner talk. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6-month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process to make sure you feel supported.