Therapeutic Use Of Fish Oil for Communication
“Every so often, scientists really do discover a substance of transformative power, one with the ability to cure the previously incurable and improve the quality of life for the rest of us. Omega-3 fatty acids — a component of simple fish oil, once so prevalent in our diet but now largely absent — could be such a substance.”~ Harvard Medical School doctor, Andrew Stoll, MD
Basic information about fish oil supplementation for children with speech delays, impairments, or multifaceted communication impairments
What is the best fish oil for my baby or child?
The confusion is more the brand names than the formulas. In actuality, there really is no such thing as a “children’s fish oil” as fish oil is fish oil. However, fish oils can be marketed to appear to be just for children by making cuter bottles, fun flavorings, smaller capsules. In general, you will find the “Jr” marketed fish oils to be about twice as expensive because they are typically half dosage for around the same cost.
Most parents squeeze the oil out of the capsule anyway -so if anything a larger capsule would be easier for a child. The one time you may want to consider paying twice as much for fish oil with the “Jr” marketed fish oil capsules is when you want to teach your older child to swallow the fish oils capsules.
Fish oils are also known by the following names
- Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs
- Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFAs
- Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids or LCPs
- Omega 3s or O3
Dr. Stordy and Malcolm Nicholl co-authored The LCP Solution and my son Tanner’s story is the first one in the book under apraxia “The Lellow Breakthrough“
Malcolm was one of my co-authors of the book The Late Talker as well. The LCP Solution or the Omega 3 Connection are both excellent books for general info about why EFAs (or LCPs/PUFAs/stinky fish oils, are essential to our bodies, have to be consumed, but are virtually lacking in our diets today.
The Following Links Will Provide More Information
- Dosage of Fish Oil For Children
- First Conference on Therapy of Verbal Apraxia Using NN ProEFA 369
- Discovery Of An Apraxia Protocol
- Press Release From First Apraxia Conference.
- History of the First Apraxia Conference
- How To Serve Fish Oils To A Child
- How To Teach Your Child To Swallow Fish Oil (or other) Capsules
- Fish Oil Capsules Vs Liquid For Children, Which Is Better And Why?
- Picky Eater Tips
- Night crying if fish oils are served late in the day
- Elementary Introduction To Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and Evidence
- Nutrition Cognition Research Articles
- EFA resources
- Omega 3 Reduce Children’s Disruptive Behavior
- Tanner Geng’s The Lellow Breakthrough
- The Importance of Omega 6 Including GLA An Anti-Inflammatory Nutrient
- Fish Oil Side Effects?
- Fish Oil And Bleeding Risk
Two options for those that just can’t get fish oils into their child
What improvements should I look for when I start my child on fish oils?
Since I receive lots of calls about this -I wanted to list the most common changes in an apraxic or other speech disordered child on EFAs from what I’ve read and heard and seen. Most of the following are for children that were essentially nonverbal previous to supplementation.
- Increase in babbling or attempts at sounds.
- Increase in imitation.
Changes also can be looked for in (what you see as positive or negative)
Next will come a breakthrough of something you were probably working on for a bit -so you will be excited but will think “Well -I don’t want to get my hopes up we were working on that for a while now -maybe it’s just a coincidence” However after the second or third surge in a short period of time -and then another – you are pretty sure things are different and it’s at this point the professionals and the rest of the family and your friends are noticing it too – maybe about two to three weeks now.
OK -the next stage is pure elation and hope -you see the light and no longer feel as desperate and want to share this new information with everyone and anyone. As the months go by and your child continues to progress at a much more rapid rate -you may even start to doubt the original diagnosis -especially if you started EFA supplementation at two -and perhaps the SLP that diagnosed the apraxia who also was at first excited is starting to second guess if the original diagnosis was correct as well.
Unless you have to stop the NNProEFA 3.6.9. (or other Essential Fatty Acids) and literally have the chance to see the regression of acquired speech and language skills, attempts, and changes in behavior like we did with Tanner (and/or have a chance to again witness the second surge when your child is put back on the EFAs) -that doubt will probably remain somewhere in your mind and in others around your child. So the “I told you that he would start talking when he was ready” comments should be expected of course.
The child on NNProEFA 3.6.9. or some other EFA formula’s like it no longer fits the criteria of the classic definition of apraxia -and yet doesn’t fit the classic perception of what a late talker is either. The brain responds to multiple stimuli and even if children on fish oil no longer present with the original diagnosis, they will still require appropriate speech therapy. And while most of this information is focused on speech and communication impairments, fish oils are beneficial for numerous conditions from cardiovascular to psychological conditions as they contain the essential fatty acids. With a slightly different formula of fish oils containing high EPA to DHA and an even smaller amount of GLA, the fish oils are also extremely beneficial for those diagnosed with attention issues.
What Percentage Of Children Have Benefits With Fish Oils?
According to researcher Dr. Jacqueline Stordy, and author of The LCP Solution, who presented at a conference at the UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill on fish oils and apraxia, the results are around 80 percent success rate with the right formula. Formula is key for success.
We hope to raise monies for clinical research to validate the importance of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids Until there is research, share all with your child’s ped -many neurologists today are more knowledgeable about the importance of EFAs even if your pediatrician still has little to share in this area.
While looking into fish oils which contain essential fatty acids, you may also want to explore with your child’s doctor essential amino acids and nutrients through diet as well. Essential nutrients are needed daily but the body can’t produce them so they need to be consumed in the diet. The problem is many diets today are poor and add to that compromised metabolic systems. The purest form of supplementation is through food.
Essential fatty acids, essential amino acids and essential nutrients may be confusing…but the good news is that we don’t have to understand everything about good nutrition to see it have positive effects!
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Warning from Nordic Naturals
The professional line of Nordic Naturals is the preferred line by most. You can only purchase the professional line at an authorized distributor online such as http://www.speech411.com or from a healthcare professional. Very few online sites are authorized to sell the professional line even though you can find it all over, for example on Amazon. There has been a rise in fraudulent sellers including on Amazon. Don’t purchase the professional line of Nordic Naturals at Amazon as nobody selling there is authorized to sell there. The issue with that isn’t just buying a product that wasn’t authorized to be sold on a particular website. Amazon has a problem with fraudulent sellers mainly from China (see some of the references below) and this problem is not just limited to fish oils, and it’s not just limited to Amazon. Nordic Naturals has hired a company to help them as they purchased some of the bottles or NN ProEFA 369 sold on Amazon and some were packed with cotton. They do not pack their fish oils with cotton which means you do not know what is in those capsules, or where they were packed. As you can see from the links below at times the product’s exact description and sometimes reviews all look legitimate. When a product is counterfeit however and there are side effects or injuries, the customer and the actual manufacturer are the ones that suffer. Example of how this is not just a fish oil issue
Why is nutrition important? A talk by Dr. Martha Herbert
Lisa Geng is an accomplished author, mother, founder, and president of the CHERAB Foundation. She is a patented inventor and creator in the fashion, toy, and film industries. After the early diagnosis of her two young children with severe apraxia, hypotonia, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and CAPD, she dedicated her life to nonprofit work and pilot studies. Lisa is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book “The Late Talker” (St Martin’s Press 2003). She has hosted numerous conferences, including one overseen by a medical director from the NIH for her protocol using fish oils as a therapeutic intervention. Lisa currently holds four patents and patents pending on a nutritional composition. She is a co-author of a study that used her proprietary nutritional composition published in a National Institute of Health-based, peer-reviewed medical journal.
Additionally, Lisa has been serving as an AAN Immunization Panel parent advocate since 2015 and is a member of CUE through Cochrane US. Currently working on her second book, “The Late Talker Grows Up,” she also serves as an executive producer of “Late Talkers Silent Voices.” Lisa Geng lives on the Treasure Coast of Florida.