This is the best article that I have ever read in sicintly describing how treating underlying systemic medical issues can recover a child from autism. In this article, you may as well exchange the name Sam with our daughter.
Read the article here.
Here's the comment I posted to this article:
Our Story of Recovery
My seven year old daughter is recovered from PDD and Sensory Processing Disorder. She regressed after flu vaccine received month of her second birthday. Immediately after her third birthday we started the treatmentsyou describe here. It took 4 months to get lined up with DAN! doctor but I was able to get basic treatment started with the assistance of the book, Children With Starving Brains. I persuaded our pediatrician to do an IgG test and Oarganic Acid Test through Great Plains Lab. With these results we confirmed the need for a gluten(wheat) free/casein (dairy) free diet and egg in our case. The OAT test defined the basic supplements she needed as well as yeast overgrowth and leaky gut.
Our daughter was an IMMEDIATE responder. We had a dramatically improved child in the first month. Three months later the DAN! doctor ran additional tests and added treatments. While most of her functional recovery took place early on, healing the underlying systemic issues has been a long road...but wow, without these treatments we would have had a daughter who would have never been able to function in our world. Instead she is not only indistinguishable from her peers, she is flourishing.
I know several children who have been diagnosed with autism. All of these children have either recovered or have improved dramatically thanks to this treatment approach. Thank you to all the DAN! doctors. You are giving our children their lives back.