In 1999, Dr. Leder attended her first DAN! Protocol Conference in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The focus at that time was on nutrient therapies, enzymes, and secretin, and the presentations about their effectiveness were moderately positive. More importantly, though, there was a lot of excitement and optimism about the new developments in this rapidly emerging field. In 2004, Dr. Leder returned with a nutritionist friend to participate in the Mclean, Virginia DAN! Conference and to take the clinician’s course. The two made plans to work together on this treatment venture - but life intervened with family health problems and loss, and so, the planned autism sub practice was put on hold. In the fall of 2008, Dr. Leder again embarked on a much deeper personal course of study and, after a trip to San Diego’s DAN! Conference and yet another clinician’s course, as well as a course in the use of hyperbaric oxygen, bringing her years of alternative, psychological and autism training to bear, she began to see patients on the spectrum regularly at her Hackensack office.
“Since my first DAN! Conference in 1999, the “biomedical” treatment of spectrum disorders has indeed evolved dramatically – discussion of methylation and B-12 shots, more on Candida and it’s interface with chelation, PK flushes, PANDAS, Hyperbaric Oxygen, novel anti- inflammatory approaches, new twists on diet – all making one thing quite clear: As this area continues to evolve, yesterday’s treatment is not enough for today’s new group of kids. And, as Dr. Kenneth Bock points out in his popular book for parents, the applications of the treatment approach laid out by DAN! are not limited to spectrum disorders alone – the work applies to asthma, ADD, and the implications of the research and methodology carry far beyond these boundaries to affect my whole practice.
As always, I continue to learn as much or more from my patients as I do from the invaluable ongoing courses available through the Autism Research Institute, Autism One, and others. I am grateful for the opportunity to do this innovative and much needed work
with my young patients and their dedicated
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