Autism Specialist

Kenneth P. Stoller, MD

Integrative Medicine & Functional Medicine & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center located in Santa Rosa, CA

Autism is diagnosed annually in 1 in 59 children in the United States. To help you cope with the impact of autism, Kenneth P. Stoller, MD, offers early autism intervention services. At his integrative medicine practice in Santa Rosa, California, Dr. Stoller uses the latest diagnostic techniques, including tests for brain inflammation, to confirm a diagnosis. He focuses on biomedical intervention strategies designed to improve your overall quality of life. Schedule a diagnostic appointment for autism with Dr. Stoller to learn more about your options for treatment. You can book online or by calling the office today.

Autism

What is autism?

An autism spectrum disorder, or autism, is a range of medical conditions that affects our behaviors, communication, and social skills. As a spectrum disorder, those with autism have specific challenges and strengths that affect their everyday life, ranging from exceptionally high functioning to severely challenged.

The root cause of autism is an environmentally triggered immune encephalopathy, the risk for autism may be increased by genetics, pesticide exposure and vaccines.

So, autism is a misnomer but for the sake of convention that is the word that will be used here.

Dr. Stoller is also at the leading edge of research into the influence of brain inflammation on autism diagnosis. This inflammation often stems from underlying dysfunction in the immune system.

What are the symptoms of autism?

Autism symptoms vary from person to person but may be noticeable in children as young as six months. Hallmark symptoms of autism in infants and toddlers include:

  • Limited eye contact
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Preference for solitude
  • Lack of babbling and other sounds
  • Limited or no physical gestures

Older children and adults may have limited interest in activities, difficulties relating to other people, and intolerance for certain smells, tastes, and sounds.

How is autism diagnosed?

After a review of your symptoms, Dr. Stoller evaluates your personal and family medical history to determine if other factors may be influencing your behavior. He may request in-office testing to assess your brain health and identify the presence of inflammation.

Using certain autism screening tools, Dr. Stoller can determine your specific strengths and challenges to create the right treatment plan.

How is autism treated?

Taking a comprehensive approach to increasing your quality of life with autism, Dr. Stoller focuses on biomedical intervention strategies. He creates an individual plan that may include a combination of treatments like:

  • Medications
  • Supplements
  • Dietary improvements
  • Psychological resources and parent training

Dr. Stoller also addresses the environmental issues that may be playing a part in the development of autism symptoms, such as heavy metals in your blood and exposure to toxins in your daily environment.

If you have an underlying autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your brain or other parts of your body, Dr. Stoller determines the best way to treat it to improve your health and reduce your autism-related symptoms.