Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, Aspergers, PDDNOS,)
A Mind Body Spirit Client-CenteredApproach
The Spectrum involves a myriad of issues. ASD is NOT a brain disorder. It is a disorder that affects the brain, the hormones, the gut, the energy system balance, the sensory system. It affects the higher order of functioning.
I have been working with ASD for more than 15 years and have never met two any two who have the same autism. A “set” approach does not work. My work begins with where the client is at, with his/her interests, his/her abilities, strengths, challenges and focus. We have to start with the client rather than what society thinks the client “should” be doing. Each client is a journey for me and for the client. So many have come to having a life they want. But there is no one or set way to get that, no matter how many trainings and certifications I have completed.
Autism is behaviorally defined in the DSM IV, and now V. Biology is not in the DSM definition. We have to work with more than the brain and more than the biology to bring an ASDer to more optimal functioning.
Autism is not an illness. It is a syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of behaviors rather than an identifiable biological entity. No one really knows exactly where autism is in the brain or of what triggers the behaviors.There are no medical tests for autism.Diagnosis is anecdotal.
ASD has a lot to do with the ability of the person to connect with another. Alone is their world is a huge. The most important work we can do is working with him in reciprocity. There is no standard way to do this. It must come from the client. The practitioner needs to be open, curious, intuitive, and willing to begin where the client is at.
But behavior is communication. Behavior tells us where the client is at and what s/he wants or needs.
I have found symptoms of ASD to effectively diminished in so many of my clients with solutions that involve hormones, nutrition, brain wiring, balancing meridians, yin and yang, calming adrenals, working on the grid energy system, sensory integrative system, and so much more.
I define myself as working with the spectrum because of my expertise in each of these areas. I have successfully cleared many syndromes besides autism (ADHD, Schizophrenia, autoimmune, Tinnitus, Stuttering, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, PTSD to name a few).
There ARE solutions. There is light in the darkness….
We have to work with the person as a unique individual, highly sensitive, with challenges and with gifts. We have to see the gift and the beauty in each person. From the framework of appreciation, we begin our work. From a place or recognizing the gifts in each of us, we begin to bring the person to where they choose to be.
Click on VIDEO: Chana Klein on Autism
I have heard it said that if you hear someone who has all the answers, head for the hills. Rather go with the professional who is still searching for answers for your specific answers. Getting help for a person on the Spectrum may involve your coach working with you individually to explore alternatives. It may also mean advocating for you with the school and the medicinal professionals. it may involve a search for the right environments, for the right workplace, for the right people to work with, and often for for the right friends and groups with whom to participate.
There is no one diet that works for all autism.
There are various ways of eating that usually improve symptoms.
But there is so much more to healing than the way we eat. The energy body is so much larger than the details of a syndrome.
Often, healing may involve finding for the right diet, the right supplements. There is a vast array of foods and organisms that can block nerve activity and intestinal (gut) health and there are nutritional solutions as well as energetic solutions that are not learned by or practiced in Western Medicine. I have not found a client who has not shown improvement on the gf/cf (gluten free/casein free) diet which means abstaining from eating gluten and casein, no matter what age. I have had clients whose child began speaking after a short time on that diet. Others need even more specific food regimens. But it is advised to begin with that. It is a suggestion based on my experience and my research. I respect when a client chooses not to change his/her eating. We work with what the client is ready for. But when asked, I share research about what diet works with whom.We are each at a different place of readiness. Sometimes a person on the spectrum has allergies that show up in medical tests. But usually the food sensitivities do not. Sometimes there is no test for this other than the improved functionality when getting off of gluten and casein. Not showing up with a diagnosis or a positive allergy test doesn’t mean that the change in diet won’t help. The sensitivity may be inflammation rather than allergy, or it may be something that just works and the person may not know why. One sign that trying this may help is when a person eats only one kind of food. or one color of food and must have that food. Many of my clients tell me they eat only white and/or yellow food, which means foods that contain gluten and casein. When a person feels they must have a specific food and eat that, excluding other foods, it is usually a sign that refraining from that food will result in great improvement. I work with parents in getting their picky eaters to eat food that will result in higher functioning for the child. I also work with gut issues energetically, homeopathically, and in many other modalities.
YIN/YANG OF ASD
I have found also that people on the spectrum are very yang in their energy which looks like being kind of robotic. We work at bringing up the yin energies and that gives more flow and makes one more comfortable in his own body.
The answer for each is individual. You may find that the child across the street does well with a specific treatment, or coaching strategy, or educational accommodation, and that your child does not. Or the other way around. It cannot be predicted. We must keep on trying.
The search itself is often the answers. The act of searching brings us light. I find it amazing how a child who has a parent or guardian who searches in all places for his healing somehow gets healed. I often wonder if it is the search itself that offers the solution. I still do my part though. We never know for sure. We just have to never give up.
Read my story on this – http://thespectrumcoach.com/power-in-the-search/
Each person on the Spectrum is Unique. Each has his or her greatness. Each has his own inner healer and knows what he or she needs. The parent, coach, educator, physician, must each find what works best for that person.
It is important to listen to the ASD adult and child. They may have the answers for themselves when questioned effectively and respectfully. They often know so much about themselves and what can work that we have not even thought of. Behavior is their way of telling us what they need.
This is a Mind-Body-Spirit approach. It has been highly effective for those with people on the Spectrum as well as for ADHD, Schizophrenia, autoimmune, Tinnitus, Stuttering, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, PTSD to name a few..
My clients have gotten jobs, friends, gotten a life….
In those who are high functioning, the needs are no less significant than other priorities, but are often overlooked because of their high functioning.
**ADHD is considered by many professionals to be on the Spectrum, even thought I have found it to be very different, I have devoted a separate page to ADHD Coaching because my experience and training in that area is so extensive…
I am blown away by how proud I feel about how much sense my son is making and what a joy he is to be with after working with you for just a few months. ~ Parent of 18 year old
“The adult brain is both plastic and resilient and always eager to learn. Experience, thoughts, actions, emotions actually change the structure of our brains. By viewing the brain as a muscle, that can be weakened or strengthened we can exercise our authority to determine who we become.” ~ A Users Guide to the Brain. By John Ratey, MD
Some of the results gotten:
To understand and to be understood…
- to Create awareness about the gifts – and the challenges–of being on the spectrum
- to accentuate your gifts and your strengths and to build from that so you may become your best person
- to Function in the way you aspire
- to understand others and to have them understand you
- to Develop the relationships you want to have – To have friends
- to Address sensory problems of ASD – Better understand sensory issues and to find or create an environment in which to function optimally
- to Have greater opportunities that lead to a productive, fulfilling, rewarding, and self sufficient life
- to Achieve greater self-acceptance
- to Live independently in the world
- to Set up support systems that work
- to Choose what you want to do and help you to find ways to do it
- to Choose what you want to achieve and partner to achieve it.
- to explore nutritional options
- Improved gait
- More flow in energy system making client less robotic
In my grueling transition to adulthood she accepts me totally, but also demands my best, teaching me to love and respect myself. ~ Corporate employee
Each client is treated thru the way he or she thinks and through his or her interests…
Before I began coaching with Chana, I felt like I was living in a fetal position. Her coaching has brought me to standing upright and to being independent. I am even making a lot of money now and I couldn’t have done it without her! ~ Entrepreneur
Co Existing Conditions
I put many tools and trainings to use when working with my Spectrum clients, based on the various co-existing conditions presented. Most people on the Spectrum experience co-existing conditions such as addictions, obsessions, insomnia, depression and anxiety, Tourettes, OCD, behavior problems and other issues. In an effort to help my clients to have the life that they want, I continue to participate in many trainings and have developed tools that really work for my clients.
Autism is definitely not a Risperdal deficiency just as ADHD is not a Ritalin deficiency.
You are truly committed to my success. Your passion and commitment to do whatever it takes to help has inspired me. ~ Entrepreneur
The success of my clients is my priority and commitment to them even if that means giving extra time, getting even more training or doing whatever it takes. I go the extra mile.
Chana has made herself available on a daily basis. She responds to their phone calls as soon as she can, which is most often in a matter of hours or sooner. She does this 24/7. ~ Parent of two young adult clients
Chana’s clarity and insights get right to the heart of the matter. ~ Educator
I work with people in person as well as on the phone. My clients are local as well as international.
You have helped my son more in three weeks than years, and years, and years of therapy. ~ Parent of 12 year old
Chana understands as a professional and as a parent.
I have experienced the frustration and powerlessness of being a mom of children on the spectrum. I do not write more about that because I preserve the anonymity of my family just as I do that of my clients. But I can share with you that I have grappled as a person, a mom, a teacher, a coach and a friend. I have felt the embarrassment and the loneliness of being on the spectrum myself and of having close ones on the spectrum as well. Today, I no longer experience those challenges because of all of the work I have done and the solutions I have discovered. Today my main focus and purpose are to help you who are on the spectrum, to partner with you and/ or your family member to have the life you may have thought was out of reach. I can share with you too, that today each person close to me is highly successful, living independently and doing what they are passionate about.
Chana’s coaching gave me the insight, confidence and support to save myself and live. May God bless her and all of the clients fortunate enough to have her insight, strength and light. ~ Business person
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Aspergers. PDDNOS & ADHD Discovery, Differences, Challenges, Solutions
I began working with people on the Autism Spectrum (ASD)as part of my ADHD practice, and from the moment each ASD client walked in the door or worked with me on the phone, I quickly saw how different ASD is from ADHD, even if their challenges outwardly appeared to be similar. What I discovered is that what works with ADHD may not be effective in helping the ASD client and vice versa. Each challenge involves different parts of the brain and different sensitivities, so it’s not effective to work with both in the same way. So I help my ASD clients to function in the world on their terms, so that they become the chooser instead of the victim.
I hired you to help my husband and you helped me! ~ Spouse of person with Aspergers
She has a unique ability to speak to young people on their level, and to help turn negative attitudes into more positive and productive ones. ~ Parent of 14 year old
I have read almost every book on the market that was written by or about someone on the Spectrum, and have attended conferences and trained with the HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency) program which explains the Neurodevelopmental aspects of ASD and ADHD, the why’s and what to do’s in order to create better functionality through “gentle enhancementsm”.
But most of what I have learned about the Spectrum has been from my clients and from their families who have so openly shared with me and for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration. The way I work with ASD expands my clients’ independence and self esteem.
After working with Chana, I actually express the real me. She has helped me to find my true self. ~ 12 year old
You managed to be such a guiding force in the lives of these girls. Only an angel would be able to achieve what you have. ~ Shiri Sher, Dorm Counselor
I work with both individuals and their families. Because of this approach, families have become better able to understand each other and to live together with more harmony
After a few months of Chana’s coaching, our son says “It’s like I came back home from another planet.” ~ Parent of 11 year old
SPECTRUM COACHING – (ASPERGERS, PDDNOS & ADHD) A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach
Most people on the Spectrum have co-existing conditions such as addictions, obsessions, depression and anxiety, Tourettes, OCD, behavior problems, gut problems, social issues, insomnia, relationship issues, and many others.
In an effort to help my clients to have the life that they want, I continue to participate in many trainings and have developed tools that really work for my clients.
I am an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner . This study of Chinese Medicine has given me a deeper understanding of the issues and processes that are involved in the Spectrum.
In addition, in 2011 completed the work for my certification as a teacher of the Sounder Sleep System® an all-natural, drug-free solution for stress-induced insomnia.
Relationships with others and with self are very much affected by the the spectrum.
As you open up to me with your issues, I can be an effective detective to evaluate what systems are affected and what will be most effective to help you have the life that you want. I have found that even if 20 people have the same symptom, what works for your child or for you may not be the same as what works for your neighbor.
My approach is individualized based an years and years of training and experience