Welcome! I am a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum who wants to share the story of his remarkable transformation in the hope that it can inspire other parents to help their kids. I created Core Needs NYC primarily for parents who find themselves on this journey and want to dig deeper into the world of healing modalities as they realize that Autism and related disorders are treatable.
Because I believe parents should be informed of the several interventions available to their family as early as possible, I set out to share my own and countless others’ personal stories and viewpoints through short-form videos that have been categorized by topic into different channels. My hope is to give you a glimpse of the many lesser-known but effective treatment options and resources available to help your kids be the best they can be, as seen through the lens of those who have first-hand experience with them.
Inspired by my own family’s account and years of research, the content will focus on alternative routes to the more traditional therapies of ABA, Speech, OT and PT. This is not to say that those therapies do not have their place. I simply believe that learning and growth happen when we support our children’s and our own physical, emotional and spiritual needs – our “core needs” – through ways that address issues in our bodies, minds and hearts at a foundational level. As a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach I believe a healthy diet and lifestyle is an integral and crucial part of a child’s overall treatment protocol.
There is a growing number of professionals in multiple fields now helping families like ours by supporting and implementing these various methods, but it is ultimately up to us parents to decide which ones we wish to try. I think you will see over time that what works for one child does not work for another, but the fact remains that it works for many and for this reason it is important that parents have access to this information.
When your child receives a diagnosis it can feel like the end of the world, but the truth is there is so much you can do to improve your child’s quality of life and the well being of your family as a whole. There is also a village out there of therapists, caregivers, and many more from a wide array of professions who wish to be of service to families like ours and are providing new ways to meet the needs of our kids. We hope to introduce you to some of them here and encourage you to move forward after a diagnosis not from a place of fear, but from a place of love and hope.
- Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,
- Listen to the DON’TS
- Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
- The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
- Listen to the NEVER HAVES
- Then listen close to me-
- Anything can happen, child,
- ANYTHING can be.
- ~Shel Silverstein