Welcome! I am the mother of a child on the autism spectrum who wants to share the story of his remarkable transformation in the hope that it can inspire and empower other families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I created Core Needs NYC primarily for parents on this journey who want to go beyond the standard prescribed therapies and take a more holistic path to help their children thrive.
Through my personal experience with what worked best for my son, I came to understand 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 nutritional approach is a crucial piece of a child’s intervention protocol and can make behavioral therapies more effective.
There is a growing number of professionals in multiple fields providing lesser-known but proven and effective treatment options that go deeper to the the root issues to help our kids be the best they can be. 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 as early as possible so that they can ultimately decide what is best for their family.
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. 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 offering new and innovative 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