I’m a mother of 3 amazing children. My 2 pregnancies weren’t great, so when my husband and I decided we wanted to add a third child to our family, adoption seemed like a logical choice.
Our biological daughter had been premature, and there were some medical conditions that we had to deal with during her first year of life. The were all minor, but the fact that we were able to cope with them made us think that we would be good parents for a child with a medical condition, so we chose to take that route in our adoption. As often happens, life throws unexpected turns your way. Our son’s medical condition is very manageable, but what we hadn’t anticipated was having a son with developmental delays. As time went by, it became apparent just how severe these delays were.
The process of parenting my adopted son has been my greatest challenge. It is filled with more emotional turmoil than I would ever care for any parent to have to experience, but I have come to meet many parents who are dealing with similar experiences or who have multiple children with special needs. We have been extremely fortunate in the support and resources we have been able to access, and continue to access, but there is a gap in these resources: a nutritional gap.
There are amazing assessment tools to determine exactly where your child’s areas of strength and deficits lie, and equally amazing therapies. Many of these therapies focus on adaptive skills to help your child function with their areas of weakness. These therapies can be enormously beneficial, but they don’t address the root cause.
A nutritional approach is one of the growing number of therapies that looks to address part of the underlying root cause. By providing the nutritional requirements that address specific imbalances in the body, or that support specific biochemical processes, children’s bodies can then function optimally, and symptoms of their diagnosis can be reduced or sometimes completely eliminated. Assessing these imbalances, and providing dietary recommendations is where I come in.
I’ve been a teacher for many years. Having completed my holistic nutritionist training allows be to combine my nutritional knowledge with my love of teaching to fill the existing nutritional gap by educating families with children with special needs about the benefits that dietary changes can produce.