Dr. Mary Lou Hulseman provides autism evaluation and treatment services. Please explore the following autism resources to learn more about the disease and approaches to treatment. Download forms below to order supplements and for your visits.
Talk About Curing Autism - www.tacanow.org
This website is a great resource for information and news about autism, family resources, support for family and friends, outreach and volunteer opportunities, links to autism events and local TACA chapters, and more.
Want More Information?
Attend Dr. Hulseman's presentation, "Introduction to biomedical treatments for autism".
Dates/Time: Join us Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.
- June 27, 2017 (*Note: This is a Tuesday)
- September 6, 2017
- November 1, 2017
Cost: $20 per family
- Parents, grandparents, high functioning older children and other extended family are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please do not bring younger children.
- Free for interested healthcare providers.
Location: Community Health Pavilion Shadeland, 2040 N. Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219.
- First floor conference room (on left as you enter building)
This is an introduction to the biomedical approach to the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. I am a family physician who became interested in this approach when my daughter, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 5, was not doing very well and failing to improve with conventional treatments. This approach dramatically helped her. In fact, she lost her autism diagnosis before high school, swam on the high school swim team, attended a liberal arts college in Ohio without special support and now works and lives completely independently. Like many parents, we were told at age 5 that none of these goals were attainable for her.
I spent the next two years working to understand everything I could to help our daughter. After learning the science and treatment options available at the time, I realized that I wanted to offer it to other families. Recently, I became a Fellow at the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (www.medmaps.org), a comprehensive, evidence-based training program for this care. While not all patients improve as dramatically as our daughter did, most are at least happier and more comfortable when the underlying biological problems are addressed.
Autism is a medical condition affecting the entire body, not just the brain, with special problems involving the gastrointestinal, immune and nervous systems. The foundation for treatment is improving gut function by limiting sugar, avoiding gluten and casein and adding dietary supplements, as well as identifying and treating any intestinal infections and other problems specific to each child. In fact, diet changes are so critical that there is no reason to see me if you are unwilling to change your child’s diet. The biomedical approach was developed by a group of physicians and researchers. There are now thousands of published articles about medical conditions in autism, and how to treat them. You can learn more about this approach at www.tacanow.org (for parents) and www.medmaps.org (for practitioners).
Because the medical problems in individuals with autism can be quite complex, I recommend each family learn as much as they can to help their child. www.tacanow.org has very up-to-date information under “Parent resources”. In addition, I provide evening group sessions where I explain in more detail what the medical issues are and how to address them. I speak for about an hour and then answer questions for an hour. The cost is $20 per family and I request that young children stay at home. Teenagers and adults with an autism spectrum disorder are welcome to attend, if they do not have disruptive behavior and caregivers think it would be helpful. I recommend both parents and any caregivers to attend. Health care professionals interested for their own information are also welcome and will not be charged. I have consistently received feedback that families find these talks to be helpful, and will continue to do them, as long as there is interest from parents. Elsewhere on this website in a document listing location, dates and times of upcoming talks.
I no longer provide primary care and see myself as a consultant for autism care. While I will prescribe psychiatric medications, they are my last resort. If you are looking for a physician to prescribe psychiatric medications only, we will help you find a psychiatrist to do so.
I hope to see you soon and look forward to helping you and your child.
Mary Lou Hulseman, MD