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.
Through my personal experience with my son and what worked best for him, 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 holistic approach that includes a healthy bio-individual 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 many lesser-known but effective treatment options to help our kids be the best they can be, 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 as early as possible.
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