ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum
October 27, 2010
Our 5 1/2 year old son is on the autism spectrum and was mostly non-verbal until he was almost 3. One of the things we really believe has helped him tremendously is fish oil. If you want to know how and why this works, beg, borrow or steal the book "THE LCP SOLUTION: The Remarkable Nutritional Treatment for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia" by B. Jacqueline Stordy and Malcolm J. Nicholl. Basically, the fish oil helps the brain make the necessary connections that it has trouble making on its own. Also, studies have suggested that autistic brains don't process omega-3 as efficiently as they should, so supplementing is like feeding a starving brain.
He hasn't been formally diagnosed with any of those conditions, but on the chance that his speech problems might be related to verbal apraxia (similar to dyspraxia, speech vs. body), I decided to try giving him fish oil. According to the book, the right type of fish oil is very important and this lemon-flavored Pro EFA Liquid from Nordic Naturals has the perfect formula. Our little guy is a picky eater, and he loves this stuff. He'll even take it by the spoonful. We feel very strongly that giving him fish oil supplements daily has helped his language to finally emerge. He still has language issues, but he's making very significant progress.
Pros:Completely safe, good for overall health regardless of what specific issues you may be facing, really seems to have made a significant difference in our son's speech and language, liquid for children who can't take pills.
Cons:A bit costly (we go through about a bottle a month), but worth it.