Anthroposophic Pediatrics for Autism
Dr. Blanning works with a lot of unusual and complex medical problems, but working with children who are struggling with autism and other developmental or behavioral challenges is one of his specialties. It is an area where very good and important work can be done using Anthroposophic therapies and medicines. Dr. Blanning has in fact been collaborating with teachers, acting as a developmental consultant, and observing children intensively for the past fifteen years. He is the author of the upcoming book “Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs,” which is devoted to finding holistic approaches to children’s behaviors and struggles.
Autism is a complex interweaving of many different possible developmental challenges. There are many different areas that need to be looked at—some relate to diet and digestion, some to immune system development and stress, some to sensory integration, some to emotional imbalance, some to problems self-soothing.
Many people ask “what is the cure for autism?” but the truth is that autism is such an individual process that it simply has to be looked at one child at a time. Taking an anthroposophic, pediatric approach means that we take the time look very carefully at your child, and together work to build a plan for support.
Our therapeutic goals for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
What is universal for all children with autism spectrum disorders are our therapeutic goals. We are always striving to find ways to:
- help a child find the best possible comfort in his or her body
- strengthen capacities for the way a child takes in the world—through healthy digestion and immune function.
- provide exercises and experiences that guide a child to find socially-healthy ways to calm and orient, and be less dependent on repetitive, ritualized behaviors
- help a child better learn to understand other people.
Our therapies focus on holistic approaches that use gentle therapies, natural medicines (herbal and homeopathic), parenting strategies, and developmentally-supporting sensory experiences.
Schedule an appointment today to explore if anthroposophic medicine can help you and your family.