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Chiropractic & Autism

Embracing Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding, Support, and Natural Care Strategies

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a range of neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.

For parents of children with autism, navigating the journey can be filled with love, challenges, and the pursuit of the best support strategies. Understanding autism’s nuances, the role of the nervous system, and exploring natural care approaches can empower parents to support their child’s well-being and development. This guide offers insights into pediatric chiropractic care, lifestyle adjustments, and the supportive role of INSiGHT Scanning technology in caring for children with autism.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a spectrum, meaning it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to supporting children with autism in achieving their full potential. Recognizing the early signs, such as delays in speech and social communication, limited interest in play or interaction with others, and repetitive behaviors, can prompt valuable early support.

Natural Approach to Autism
Natural Approach to Autism

The Nervous System and Autism

The nervous system plays a critical role in processing sensory information, regulating emotions, and supporting communication and social interactions. For children with autism, there can be differences in how their nervous system interprets sensory inputs, which can contribute to the unique challenges they face.

Pediatric Chiropractic Care for Autism

Pediatric chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to supporting the nervous system’s health, which can be particularly beneficial for children with autism. By addressing spinal misalignments, chiropractic adjustments aim to enhance nervous system function, potentially improving the body’s ability to process sensory information more effectively.

  • Gentle Adjustments: Specially tailored for children, chiropractic adjustments are gentle and aimed at improving spinal alignment and nervous system function.
  • Non-Invasive Approach: As a drug-free, natural form of care, chiropractic offers an alternative or complementary option for parents seeking holistic support for their child.

Advantages of INSiGHT Scanning Technology

INSiGHT Scanning technology provides an innovative, non-invasive method to assess the health of the nervous system, offering insights that can be particularly useful for children with autism.

  • Targeted Care: With detailed scans, chiropractors can identify specific areas where nervous system disturbances may occur, allowing for customized care plans tailored to the unique needs of a child with autism.
  • Progress Monitoring: This technology enables the tracking of changes in nervous system function over time, helping parents and caregivers understand the impact of chiropractic care and other interventions.

Supportive Lifestyle Adjustments

Alongside chiropractic care, incorporating supportive lifestyle adjustments can significantly benefit children with autism:

  • Structured Routines: Consistency and predictability can help reduce stress and anxiety for children with autism, providing a sense of security.
  • Sensory-Friendly Environments: Creating spaces that accommodate a child’s sensory sensitivities can help them feel more comfortable and engaged.
  • Diet and Nutrition: Some parents find that dietary changes, such as gluten-free or casein-free diets, can positively impact behavior and health, although it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes.
  • Engagement in Physical Activities: Activities that promote movement and interaction can support motor skills, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being.

When to Seek Professional Help

A multidisciplinary approach is often the most effective way to support a child with autism. This can include working with pediatricians, neurologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and psychologists, in addition to exploring complementary therapies like chiropractic care.


Caring for a child with autism involves embracing their unique perspective, understanding their needs, and seeking out supportive strategies that nurture their development.

Pediatric chiropractic care, enhanced by INSiGHT Scanning technology, offers a natural and holistic approach to supporting children with autism, focusing on optimizing nervous system health. By combining this care with supportive lifestyle adjustments and professional guidance, parents can provide a comprehensive support system that encourages their child to thrive.

Dr. Tyler Shearer is a pediatric certified neurologically-focused chiropractor, local here in Cache Valley. Give us a call to see how we can help your child.