MD, a scientist and Pediatric Emergency physician at said center has identified a new syndrome, for at least some of the children afflicted by the condition.
This syndrome, which seems to be caused at least in part by food allergies/gluten sensitivity and nutritional malabsorption, sheds new light on the causes of apraxia (dyspraxia) and how to treat it. The study, published in the July/August issue of
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, involved almost two-hundrred amilies with children dealing with verbal apraxia/dyspraxia and malabsorption, as well as low muscle tone,sensory integration problems and poor coordination. In twenty-six of the children low carnitine levels, abnormal celiac levels, gluten sensitivity and vitamin D deficiency were present. Though the sample size is small, it is worth noting.
The neurological problems also are present with vitamin E deficiency as well. This may indicate that vitamin E treatment may be beneficial in this subset of children.
The evidence for omega 3 fatty acids has long been out there, this just cements it.
The most important thing to note: children who have been diagnosed with apraxia also need a full metabolic work up to check for markers found in the study. Armed with this information, parents may be able to use it to gain more information and treatments for their children.