Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorders as an Epigenetic Epidemic

March 23, 2018


8:00am - 12:00pm

West View Recreation Center
10747 W 108th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80021
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$100 per participant



Course Description:

This course is intended for therapists, teachers, and professionals working with children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or related neurodevelopmental disorders. It would also be appropriate for parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who are interested in furthering their knowledge on the following information.

In the late 1980s, the national rates of autism were estimated to be 1 in approximately 10,000 children. Most recent data from the National Health Interview Survey, collected during 2014-2016, reveals Autism Spectrum Disorders impact approximately 1 in 36 American children, ages 3-17 years old.

What has changed in the last 30 years?

What is causing this dramatic increase in diagnosis?

What are we doing differently as a culture and society that could be contributing to the rise in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

This course will teach audience members how to view ASDs through an “epigenetic lens” by exploring the impacts of our environmental exposures and lifestyle choices on our genetic expressions, discussing how this has contributed to the increase in ASDs and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

We have a unique relationship between our digestive, immune, endocrine, and neurological systems.

Eating the ‘right foods’, specific to each child as an individual, can help children be in a more "ready to learn" state, which can make education and therapies more effective and faster to generalize.

This course aims to offer a deeper look at integrative, holistic, and nutritional options to complement traditional treatments for ASDs. This thought provoking course will give it’s audience a guided review of recent literature and developments related to ASDs, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders, as whole body conditions.



Speaker Bio
Shandy Laskey, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an integrative speech-language pathologist, feeding therapist, certified health coach, and nutrition advocate for children impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders and special needs. She is continuously advancing her knowledge in functional and bio-individual nutrition therapies for these specifics demographics of children. Shandy is the creator and owner of Speaking of Health & Wellness, LLC.

Through her own health and wellness journey, she learned the profound impact of nutrition and lifestyle on cognition and overall well-being first hand. Shandy has an intense passion for integrating holistic nutrition and lifestyle strategies into her work with families. She provides in-home coaching to guide families on identifying ways to address the underlying causes of their child's condition and/or related symptoms, while also teaching integrative strategies for learning, behavior, communication and feeding.

Read more about Shandy’s story and work at: www.speakingofhealthandwellness.com or follow her on Instagram @speakingofhealthandwellnessllc


West View Recreation Center
10747 W 108th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80021
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Learning Objectives:

1. Define epigenetics and the relationship to the increase in Autism Spectrum Disorders in the past 30 years


2. List routes of communication between of digestive, immune, and neurological systems that is the “gut-brain connection”


3. Review several changes in our food system and environment that have been implicated in the rise of ASDs and other childhood disorders in the last few decades.


4. Indicate the soft signs of children who are more vulnerable and at higher risk of being impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders and/or childhood epidemics, including preconception, during pregnancy, and post birth factors


5. Identify how underlying nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances, chemical sensitivities, and other environmental stressors/triggers may contribute to the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders


6. Discuss how we can change the perception of Autism Spectrum Disorders by looking at the whole child as a bio-individual moving forward


7. Be able to give examples of starting resources and suggestions for families who are interested in exploring integrative therapies to supplement traditional treatment options


Event Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Requests for cancellation must be received in writing via mail, or email ten (10) days prior to the workshop in order to receive a refund less a $20.00 administrative charge per canceled attendee.

If the cancellation is made within ten days or less, refunds will not be granted for any reason. Instead, a credit voucher will be issued that may be used toward a future workshop. Credit vouchers are transferable and do not expire. In cases of inclement weather where the workshop is conducted as scheduled, you may request a credit voucher toward a future workshop.

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