Autism, ADHD and Related Conditions
We take the time to carefully and thoroughly evaluate your child’s overall development, including his or her strengths and abilities, as well as challenges. From this process, you and your child will then receive a treatment plan that emphasizes natural and safe interventions, and that complements your family’s unique needs and values.
In addition to conducting an initial evaluation and providing recommendations, we will work together over time with you and your child to adjust or change our treatments to ensure your child’s long-term success.
How Integrative Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics can Help Your Child:
Children with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD and autism can benefit greatly from an integrative approach.
Although many children benefit from stimulant medications such as Ritalin, they can have significant side effects, and many parents are uncomfortable with the idea of long-term use of these medications.
What is not as well known is that there are many safe, effective, and well-researched natural therapies that can significantly improve ADHD symptoms. We will help you work with your child’s diet to ensure optimal functioning, order appropriate laboratory testing for vitamins and minerals, and use those nutritional supplements that have been proven to be effective. We will also discuss home-based behavioral interventions and help you make sure your child is receiving the best possible school program.
When necessary, we will also help you determine whether your child will benefit from Learning Disability testing or referrals to psychologists for other testing or counseling. If medication is currently being taken or is being considered, we will help you coordinate it as part of the overall treatment program. When appropriate, you may receive referrals for neurofeedback, computer-based training, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, massage, or other beneficial therapies.
Dr. Sanford Newmark’s Interviews about ADHD:
- Treating ADHD Naturally, radio interview with People’s Pharmacy (begins at 6:30 mark)
- Dr. Newmark’s 2014 interview on ADHD with Anton Titov, MD (video)
“Do 4.2 Million Children Really Need Ritalin? An Integrative Approach to ADHD:”
We practice a “biomedical” approach to autism, which recognizes that autism is a complex, multisystem syndrome, which, regardless of severity or age, retains the possibility for significant healing and change. The biomedical approach may include dietary changes, nutritional supplements, specialized testing, and other interventions that address the many gastrointestinal, nutritional, allergic, and immune problems that often accompany the behavioral symptoms of autism.
Our goal with this approach is to decrease specific symptoms, reach an overall improvement in autistic behaviors, and help your child function at the very highest level possible. We will help you sort out the multitude of conflicting recommendations coming from the internet and other sources, using only those that are safe and have a high likelihood of success. We will also help advocate for and coordinate important therapeutic interventions, such as intensive behavioral management, speech and other therapies that your child needs and deserves.
Dr. Sanford Newmark’s Interviews about Autism:
- Patient Power, sponsored by UCSF
- NPR KQED’s Forum (one hour)
- KCBS (five minutes – click arrow below to listen):
Our integrative medicine pediatrician specializing in neurodevelopmental pediatrics is:
Sanford Newmark, MD
Dr. Newmark is also happy to see children with other chronic conditions, such as gastrointestinal problems, asthma and allergies, or other developmental issues.
We do accept insurance for this service.
Please visit our Appointments page to schedule a visit.