Autism & ADHD

Autism Intervention with Clinical Nutritionist Shawna Kunselman, MSACN

65% of children on the autism spectrum and 75% of children diagnosed with ADHD are on psychotropic medications!

These medications come with a long list of side effects including:


Loss of Appetite

Emotional Instability

Weight loss


Neurological Tics

And even Addiction

So many of these kids are over-medicated and experience these multiple side effects.

When my son was first diagnosed with moderate Autism, my research continued to lead me to resources regarding gluten free/casein free diets for autism and the importance of the health of the digestive tract for autism and related conditions.

We decided to meet with Clinical Nutritionists and specialized doctors, and learned what was happening in his body on a biochemistry basis, which in turn, led to specific behaviors. We had our son tested for food allergies, food sensitivities, specific bacteria, yeast, and viruses. He tested with a high intolerance to gluten, dairy, and citrus.

 The gluten and casein(protein found in dairy) were reacting like drugs in his body which is why that was the only thing he would eat.

His gut was low in good bacteria, and high in bad bacteria and yeast. He tested low in several critical nutrients such as B12, Vitamin E, and Chromium–all very important in neurological function.

The bacteria, yeast and food intolerance's were preventing him from absorbing important nutrients.

 With the nutritional implications we set in place, he was so much more able to focus and learn in his therapies. We continued improving his diet and added supplements needed based on nutritional deficiencies.

Research shows that diet is foundational and when diet is wrong, symptoms remain.

I became intently focused on understanding the biochemistry of our bodies and the specifics of using special diets to help autism and other inflammatory conditions.


 Food Sensitivity’s can lead to multiple behavioral symptoms and inflammation which can lead to insomnia, frequent illness, and pain.

Potential Benefits:


·               Improved Digestion

·                 Improved Mood

·                 Improved Behaviors

·                 Improved Immunity

·                 Improved Sleep

·                 Better Focus

·                 Reduced Pain



During your initial appointment we will discuss details such as specific goals, history, current diet, special dietary preferences, sensory issues, and family history.

  • Physical exam

  • Health history review

  • Lab work analysis if needed (Lab work not included in price)

  • Nutrition counseling

  • Dietary nutritional analysis

  • Assess nutrition, dietary needs, and dietary/environmental toxins

  • Steps to take to get started right away, or make progress with current diet.

  • Dietary options will be discussed and a nutrition intervention strategy will be determined for moving forward.









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