Autism & Treatment Approaches

As with everything in life, there are many different roads and approaches one may choose from. What our task is and what each of us has to learn from it will be consequently very unique and different from anyone else’s journey.

So it is also with the treatment options available for the individual with autism. The choices are vast, unique and may appear to be at times overwhelming. Caregivers and parents will need to choose according to their own belief system. What works for one individual or family may not work well or easily for another.

Dr. Pautz’s approach to treating individuals with autism is based on the wholeMaine russning res philosophy of the practice: first things first. What is true for the rest of us, is true for them too. For instance, if water helps us to flush out toxins, that is true for the autistic person also. If nutrition plays an integral part in a person’s life and how they feel, then this is again true for the autistic individual and must be taken as seriously for them as for any other person.  When these are taken into consideration and implemented then the other many different therapies/modalities you may choose for your loved one will work more effectively.

Dr. Pautz believes, among several other things, in bio-nutritional interventions and will help her autistic patients with more dynamic remedies such as, but not limited to homeopathy, movement & music therapy. Her expertise in evaluating the needs of the individual with autism will help with choosing modalities/therapies that will enhance progress, resulting in improvement and increased quality of life for the patient and those around them.

 With treatment she has seen children dramatically improve in many areas such as language skills, awareness of physical surroundings, improvement in mood, increased interaction with siblings, parents, friends and general increase in verbal skills. This is evidenced by going from (in some cases) being non-verbal to exciting verbal interactions with those around them within a period of one year.

It has also been noted that direct eye contact, as well as ability to follow commands may improve greatly. In many, self care and desire to perform activities of daily living such as dressing and undressing is markedly improved and able to be accomplished without direct supervision. Some may even no longer need or meet the diagnosis of autism by conventional psychological assessment (which we do not offer nor perform in our office). Major improvement  of physical complaints such as profoundly bad smelling bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea is often seen. 

 As with everything in life, commitment, sticking to the therapies and sessions chosen, trial and error is going to be crucial for any long term shifting and improvement.

DSC03604Just remember: whatever treatment intervention you may choose for your loved one: it is going to be work. As many parents of autistic children will tell you, the work you put in will with time, effort and perseverance pay off. Several parents of autistic children that Dr. Pautz has seen over the years have shared with her that their autistic child ultimately brought the whole family to a healthier life style again and also closer to a spiritual path for the whole family. They are grateful to the contributions from that family member, as everyone ultimately benefited.

As with everything that Dr. Pautz does: if the parent or parents relate to her approach, the results are different than when a parent does not relate. We need to work closely with the child, teenager, or autistic adult through the parents, caregivers, and teachers. The decision of the parent’s willingness to implement the chosen therapies congruent to their own philosophy on life will be crucial in how effective the different endeavors and therapies will ultimately be.

Music and movement is of utmost importance. They can be outlets to facilitate XX DPconnecting and are used as a bridge for the child to express and be comforted. Such is true for most of us. Even with “normally” developed children: some of them sing and even dance before they speak! Let’s help all of them with music and movement too.

For more questions or to schedule an appointment or to join us at our open house, please call (904) 246-3583.

The information provided on this website does NOT treat or diagnose any medical condition. If you need medical advice, consult with your health-care provider.

Testimonial – Lynnette & Maine

“My name is Lynnette and I have a 6 1/2 year- old son named Maine who suffers from autism spectrum disorder. 2 years ago, I researched Persephone Healing Arts Center on the internet, and learned that Dr. Pautz was the founder of the practice, and treated internal ailments through the holistic approach.

At the age of 2, Maine was assessed through Early Steps Intervention for limited language, communication, and social skills. A specialist did an auditory test which he passed, and demonstrated age appropriate pictorials and toys to examine development. The result, Maine was then diagnosed as being developmentally delayed, and had to undergo speech/language/play therapy at home, and was in an ESE pre-school classroom with Duval County Public Schools.

When Maine and I first visited Dr. Pautz, she explained her philosophy and what she practiced in holistic medicine. I was deeply amazed and was willing to be proactive with the treatments that she requested for Maine so that he might be on the road to recovery. I also did my research, and learned that some studies suggested that holistic interventions are known to cure or prevent diseases and developmental issues.

Since Maine and I visited Dr. Pautz, both our experiences have been remarkable. Maine is a lot happier than he was prior to his treatment with her. He is initiating language, social, and communication skills, he hardly ever gets ill or catches colds, and he is spiritually connected.

I tend to get lost on the way to Persephone Healing Arts Center for our appointments quite regularly. Maine will literally freak out when we do this, being afraid that we will not get to her. Does he know the way there better than I do?

One time Dr. Pautz told him that we were going to help him start speaking. He thrashed himself into her lap and laughed, like he knew exactly what she had said.

In the beginning when we first saw Dr. Pautz, he would run around the office without any facial expression other than just a blank expression with no emotional expression, turning door knobs and water faucets notoriously. Now he runs around and smiles and laughs and plays with some of the play toys even meaningful. At our most recent visit the other day he was running in the garden space with one of his shoes off, having so much fun for me to chase him. He just simply seems happy at times. There is plenty of space to be comfortable and move around, it is a big space. The garden space is surrounded by a chain link fence and I do not constantly have to worry where he is because he cannot get away that that easily.

On his activities of daily living, he can dress himself now and undress himself, which he was unable to do when we first started seeing Dr. Pautz.

As for me and my family, we rarely get sick, and we are eating healthy organic foods. We still have a long way to go, but we made a commitment to stick with Dr. Pautz 100% all the way!”


Lynnette F