I will address protocols for Autism, and implementation of a terpene protocol into a daily routine starting with emotion therapy.
Notice - I said terpenes. I will also reference Essential Oils.
Please note, I consider them to be one and the same. As our education together progresses it is my intent you will understand why I utilize this crossover.
Most people are familiar with Essential Oils. Terpenes? Not so much. Many people have no idea what a terpene is, or how they can benefit our lives. Every Essential Oil has at least one terpene in it, if not a more.
Please be sure to click into this post and view the video The Terpene Project. Pretty amazing science going on there! Please think, as you watch the video at that link, about how the vast expanse of terpenes in our lives affect not just our bodies, but our planet.
First in this protocol - I like to address emotions with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) individuals.
Emotions are very powerful! A driving force for us every day. ASD individuals need help connecting the dots - and in my experience I have found terpenes aid in that connection.
If you missed Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Autism ~ Putting the Pieces Together please click over and read that before going any further. Required reading to move forward.
See that stringy lil walking molecule up there? That, dear reader, is our goal. That is HAPPINESS at a molecular level.***
If we could add music it would look like it's dancing. It does exhibit a happy kind of strut if you look at it. If it could talk it might be singing "I'm a string of protein - bringing you a ball of endorphins. Let's get happy!"
Notice how the molecules "feet" step in each receptor and move along.
In ASD individuals, it's not that smooth. If we could animate it you would see more of a tripping/skipping step - missing the synaptic connections. With terpenes added to protocol, we can avoid the skips and smooth things out. Facilitate those connections to work better.
***This image is being used to help you visualize what happens in the brain. It is not proposed to be scientifically correct.
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often find it hard to recognize and control emotions. But their skills in the area of emotional development can be improved with a simple terpene enhancement, which in turn can help them understand and respond more appropriately to other people.
Humans have six basic emotions – happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, fear and disgust. We also experience more complex feelings like embarrassment, shame, pride, guilt, envy, joy, trust, interest, contempt, and anticipation.
The ability to understand and express these emotions starts developing from birth.
From around two months, most babies will laugh and show signs of fear. By 12 months, a typically developing baby can read your face to get an understanding of what you’re feeling. Most toddlers and young children start to use words to express feelings – although you might see a tantrum or two when their feelings get too big for their words!
Throughout childhood and adolescence, most children continue building empathy, self-regulation and skills in recognizing and responding to other people’s feelings. By adulthood, people are usually able to quickly recognize subtle emotional expressions.
Emotions and children with autism spectrum disorder
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often find it hard to:
Babies who are later diagnosed with ASD can recognize feelings in a similar way to typically developing babies. But these children are slower to develop emotional responses than typically developing children.
By 5-7 years, these children can recognize happy and sad, but they have a harder time with subtle expressions of fear and anger.
By adolescence, teenagers with ASD still aren’t as good at recognizing fear, anger, surprise and disgust as typically developing teenagers.
As adults, they continue to have trouble recognizing some emotions.
Babies who are later diagnosed with ASD can show feelings in a similar way to typically developing babies.
By school age, children with less severe ASD tend to show their feelings in a similar way to typically developing children, but can find it hard to describe their feelings. They might say that they don’t feel a particular emotion. At the same age, many children with more severe ASD seem to have less emotional expression than typically developing children.
It might look like children with ASD don’t respond emotionally, or their emotional responses might sometimes seem over the top – for example, they might get very angry very quickly.
Responding to and interacting with others
From an early age, children with ASD often pay less attention to other people’s emotional behavior and faces.
They don’t tend to point out interesting things to other people, or respond to interesting things that others point out to them. This is called social or joint attention, and the lack of it is one of the early warning signs for ASD. Preschoolers with ASD continue to find shared attention difficult and often won’t use words to direct someone else’s attention.
Children with ASD often also find it hard to use emotion to manage social interactions. They might show less concern for others and less ability to comfort others or share emotions. They might misread situations and respond with emotions that are off the mark.
For example, a child with ASD might not comfort a sibling who falls over, or might laugh because he doesn’t recognise that the child is hurt.
Children with ASD might have trouble understanding other people’s emotions because of the way they scan faces.
People with ASD tend to scan faces in a more random way than typically developing people. They spend less time looking at the eyes and more time focusing on the mouth. This means the information they get from a person’s face tells them less about what that person is feeling.
Encouraging emotional development in children with autism spectrum disorder you can use everyday interactions to help your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn about feelings and improve her ability to express and respond to emotions.
How a Terpene Protocol Can Help
Utilizing terpenes with ASD individuals has been incredibly rewarding in my experience with my clients. I started out with terpenes sourced directly from the Cannabis plant. Those first terpenes I acquired I had to hunt long and hard for. They had to be direct source, steam distillation. No synthetics or adulteration. My clients safety was priority.
Please note - these are Essential Oils - there is absolutely no THC or CBD in Cannabis terpenes that are extracted properly.
My first six were Myrcene, a-pinene, b-pinene, Linalool, Limonene, and Beta Caryophyllene. As I researched further and started looking up Essential Oil information. I noticed the crossover right away.
Lo and behold! Terpenes! Terpenes EVERYWHERE!
Lavender has Linalool
Black Pepper has Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Sabinene
Spearmint has Carvone, and Limonene
ANY Pine Essential Oil has either an a-pinene, b-pinene, or combination thereof
Sourcing strictly Cannabis terpenes was limiting, and quite expensive. That does not mean I discharged them from my Apothecary. By no means would I ever do that - they are vital in what I do with my terpene enhancements. I expanded my Apothecary by adding Essential Oils. Therapeutic grade, lab tested Essential Oils - aka terpenes.
By doing this - I exponentially broadened my ability to help my clients
When enhancing wellness with terpenes, it aids in making the connections at the synaptic level. Leveling out the amygdala and allowing for focus. Calming the brain centers that control thought and reasoning and allowing for a more normal synaptic activity at cellular level.
I perform a full intake for all of my ASD clients - especially pertaining to emotions and hormones, noting where they are at with their pubescence. What kind of behaviors and emotions are we dealing with.
Aggression is quite frequent unfortunately.
With terpenes added to CBD or THC wellness it feels as if we have come full circle. Bringing terpenes back to these resins enhances their actions to work better, resulting in the entourage effect. Please read Terpenes and the "Entourage Effect" for more information.
In future posts we will be addressing exactly which terpenes will help to address issues that face all ASD individuals and hope to help you personalize your experience for your loved one to find success.
Please stay tuned!
Next - Sourcing safe oils and Emotional Therapy protocol with terpenes. I have a starter kit available for folks to try it out before investing into an entire protocol for a couple hundred dollars to get started. I will give details how to get kit in next post.
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Please, always remember, there is so much more science that needs to happen in this area. Not all therapies work for all individuals. I have clients who have mortgaged their homes to help their children chasing one solution after another before we found each other. Some lost their homes. It's tough out there.
I encourage you
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I know many parents may be terribly desperate - finding the right solution takes time and patience. In addition, please ensure you are only utilizing therapeutic grade lab tested Essential Oils on your loved ones. Many of my clients are very sensitive to foods and contaminants. Essential Oils can be contaminated and many found online for "reasonable prices" are adulterated and/or diluted. That "Reasonably priced" oil online or off the cheap shelf might be inexpensive at the time but cost thousands in a hospital visit later. Please don't risk that with your loved one.
If you can't source a lab report, don't buy it.
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