Dr. Sanford Newmark @ UCSF for ASD child?
Seeking recent reviews for parents who have taken their child to USCF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to see Dr. Sanford Newmark. I have a pending appointment for my almost-5 son who was assessed by the school district last year as being on the Spectrum. Our main issues are rigidity in play and trouble with self-regulation and impulsivity--i.e. aggression when triggered. I already know he has a dairy sensitivity and he is highly picky about food, which has gotten worse of late.
My jaw dropped when I learned that the first visit costs roughly $1,000. Because it was the school district that assessed him rather than a medical professional (so we don't have a diagnosis code), I'm not sure our insurance will cover this cost, and it would still be a hefty sum regardless. So I'm wondering what I will hear from him that will make that money worth it, especially if he only sees patients twice, a few weeks apart. I know he recommends an elimination diet to identify food sensitivities, but if that's all, can't I do that on my own with a good book to guide me (but what would that magic book be?) Does he do labs to check for nutritional deficiencies? Supplements? I'd love to hear your experience if you've worked with him or another pediatrician at this center. Thank you!