Speech Problems in Autism: The Hidden Role of Cerebral Folate Deficiency Syndrome


Do you want your child with autism to speak? This is a key test that every doctor should do for autistic children who have trouble speaking. Everyone should know this. Don’t miss out on this critical information. 

Today, we’re embarking on a fascinating journey into the world of Cerebral Folate Deficiency Syndrome, CFDS for short. It might sound like a mouthful but don’t worry, I will teach you the science in a fun way so that you know what to ask your doctor and why because speech is important. 

What is CFDS?

All right, let’s start our adventure by understanding what CFDS is. Imagine our brains. They’re this super cool amusement park. And inside, there’s this special brain juice called cerebral spinal fluid that everyone at the park loves. But sometimes in CFDS, in the deficit, the levels of an important ingredient in this brain juice called folate are low. Why? Well, it’s because of some sneaky antibodies called Serum Folate Receptor Alpha autoantibodies

Trouble on the way to the brain

They’re like these little troublemakers that make it tough for folate, our brain’s favorite ingredient to get to where it’s needed most, the brain. Many times, these troublemakers are causing problems with speech. 

These troublemakers, they’re sneaky troublemakers. If you run a folate blood test, the levels might appear normal. But that blood test is not able to tell you if there are troublemakers around. The troublemakers prohibit the folate from getting from your body into your brain, where you need it, most importantly, for speech. 

Normal test results?

Ever do tests for your autistic child and everything just comes back normal? Remember, troublemakers make it tough to get the folate into our brains. You need to know if your child has these troublemakers that are interfering with brain folate levels. 

The world of folate

Now, let’s dive deeper into the world of folate. Think of folate as a super ingredient for our bodies, not just our brains. We need folate throughout our lives. Growing babies need folate, and as we age, we need folate to keep our brains super sharp. 

Just like it takes many people to work in an amusement park, folate can’t do all this work on its own. It needs a special ride to get into our brains. When you go into the amusement park, how do you get there? Maybe you drive, maybe you take the bus. 

Just like you have to drive to an amusement park to get there, folate needs a ride to the brain. Imagine this ride as an important bus called a transporter. Different types of these transporters carry folate to our brains. When these buses can’t do their job properly, it causes all sorts of problems. 

FRAT test

How do you solve this amusement park problem? What can you do to find out about these troublemakers? Well, that’s where testing and very knowledgeable doctors come in. 

Have you done a FRAT test for your child? Not sure? Okay, go right now and ask your doctor to order a FRAT test for your child. If they don’t know what the FRAT test is, get a different doctor. If they tell you it’s not necessary, next. Go find a better doctor. 

Please share this information with anyone in your life that is touched by autism. This is cutting-edge research, and not every doctor stays up to date with autism research.