For the past three weeks, we have been hanging out at home for the holidays. No school, no speech therapy, no ABA therapy, no where that we “had” to be. It has been pure bliss. I have heard so many people say that they are ready to get back on a schedule and get back to their routine. Routine. Is that the root of my problem? Routine?

My four year old, Cody, was diagnosed with autism two years ago. Since that time, we have thrived on routine. Is it bad that I think the routine is draining? I spend my days driving from therapy to school, to another type of therapy, and all the while trying to figure out what “works” for Cody and what doesn’t.

We shook up the routine right before Christmas vacation and had a consultation with a new occupational therapist. Cody lost his mind. He could not handle the new environment, and the result was terrible behavior.

Has routine set us up for failure whenever we try to do something different?

I have been asking myself this question for the past three weeks. I just want to know why we have to live in this heavily structured life to help Cody to reach his potential.

I am one of millions of moms who want to know why my son has autism and what is the best course of action to overcome an autism diagnosis.   Is it possible? Can something as simple as a diet change turn this ship around?

I am an advocate of researching every possible avenue to come up with these answers. I am grateful to the researchers, the mice, the humans who are volunteering for the clinical trials – any and everyone that can find the answers.

Learn more about the potential for probiotics to help people who struggle with autism and the many ways that mice are helping to find answers:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141114-autism-gut-brain-probiotic-research-biology-medicine-bacteria/

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