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A letter from our founders

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We’re so glad you’ve found the Atypical Life Foundation website. Our story is unique, but the diagnosis and challenges we’ve faced are all-too-familiar for families of neurodivergent children.

We were lost when we received our son’s Autism diagnosis, but we found our way with the help of others committed to treating the root of symptoms instead of the “typical” approach of putting a bandaid on symptoms with pharmaceuticals only to see symptoms get worse.

We know how hard it was to find reliable holistic resources. That’s why we’ve created Atypical Organic Wellness — to be a centralized resource to help families of children who are neurodivergent or autistic. Even parents can benefit from CBD – we take it for pain.

It’s our mission to encourage and give hope to parents and caregivers by providing support, information, and resources about Autism. Through lifestyle changes and the introduction of CBD products, we hope you and your family find success on your journey to living a happy and balanced life.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to Autism or human health in general, but we hope that by sharing our stories and experiences, we can help others find their way to put the puzzle pieces of their family’s wellness together.

Keep learning. Keep advocating. Keep fighting… Just keep swimming.

James and His Loving Parents

CBD Products for Atypical Families

When we discovered the benefits of CBD, we wanted to make it more accessible for everyone. Shop bath bombs, roll-on topicals, rubs, gummies, or sub-lingual tinctures. We experienced success with establishing consistent dosing by pairing a tincture with a piece of dark chocolate.

This is the product we use!

CBD Tincture Drops 1000 Full Spectrum with non detectable THC

Our Story

Starting our family

When we decided to start our family, we struggled to get pregnant. For over a year, we tried and heartbreakingly got negative test after negative test. After a year of trying, we conceived our first baby, James. We were over the moon and couldn’t wait to welcome our first baby to the world.

Baby James was born

When our baby, James, was born, he was a happy, healthy, and active baby. He was hitting his milestones, rarely was sick, and made eye contact when we called his name. We enjoyed all of the typical baby milestones with him until he was just over a year old. We were happy and thriving.

Followed “the Schedule”

James went to his regularly scheduled doctor check-ups and docs tell us James is a healthy “normal” baby. So we follow the schedule of shots and procedures for a normal baby of his age. After the visit James got sick, so we missed our next appointment. Once he was feeling better we picked the schedule back up; however this time he received double the dose to catch up to the schedule.

Things start to change

After our visit we noticed that something was definitely different with James. He stopped smiling. He no longer made eye contact. He wouldn’t look or respond to his name being called. We were in denial that these behavioral changes would last or that they were the part of a much deeper issue. When our loving family members would visit, they kept pointing out that he was different. Some thought we needed to see if it was a phase, but others insisted we look into it more.

We Started to Seek Help

James had originally been on track with his milestones, but with this change, we noticed that he was no longer on track for his speech milestones. At age three, we decided to enroll him in a speech therapy class with the hope that he would catch up and this was simply his normal. From age three to age four we saw no progress from his therapy sessions. It didn’t make sense to us and we could tell that this wasn’t a phase.

A Diagnosis

The school employed a child psychologist who visited with our family to check on James’ progress. This was when James received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. To new parents learning to navigate parenthood, we felt as if the wind was knocked out of us. We knew nothing about ASD and didn’t know where to start. What were the next steps to ensure we give James a happy, healthy, thriving life?

We Met People Who Could Help

The school Psychologist suggested that we take James to see a homeopathic biomed doctor. A biomed doctor is a physician scientist trained in both scientific biomedical investigation and in pathology – aka the study of root causes of disease and illness. His subspecialty was in Autism Spectrum Disorder. He also had a son on the autism spectrum – so he had firsthand knowledge of parenting a child with ASD.

A Fork in the Road

For a variety of reasons, the “typical” route for a child with autism involves pharmaceutical drugs. Some children on the autism spectrum have seizures, stimming, or other physical and mental conditions that require medications many doctors consider to be necessary. However, for James’ symptoms the doctor we visited provided another route we could explore. Start with a change in diet, a regular schedule of vitamins and minerals, and start a routine to provide structure. Another option was to consider the use of CBD.

What is CBD and was it safe for our Son?

When we heard the acronym CBD, we weren’t sure exactly what it was, although we had heard people discuss CBD and THC in relation to cannabis. We, never in a million years would have considered cannabis for our child. Having both been raised in the D.A.R.E. era, we believed that cannabis wasn’t a medicine. After conversations with our doctor we started to look into CBD as an option.

We chose the path of education and action

As we dug into the symptoms of autism and the benefits of CBD our eyes began to open. We learned three crucial things.

  1. Children with autism typically have lot of inflammation in the brain and gut.
  2. Many foods cause inflammation – like gluten, dairy, and sugar.
  3. Studies of CBD have shown that it can reduce inflammation in the body.

It was time to make a change to see if we could reduce the amount of inflammation and symptoms James was experiencing.

A New Chapter Begins

We moved quickly to start a new lifestyle for James. We incorporated vitamins, reduced the amount of inflammatory foods in his diet, but we didn’t utilize CBD just yet. We saw wonderful improvements. He started physically responding by looking at us when we called his name or asked him questions. But he still wasn’t communicating. When our supplements ran out, he regressed dramatically. He was in pain and we could tell through his outbursts and tantrums. He would scream and bang his head. We knew the changes were working so we asked for more supplements. This time, we decided it was time to give CBD a try.

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We start utilizing CBD

At first, we were scared because of the persistent stigma around products related to cannabis and hemp. However; we saw the distress our son was experiencing and knew we’d try almost anything to help him. That’s when we reached out to someone from Hemp Works to consult about receiving CBD products. We worked with the team to learn how to dose and started supplementing with a few drops of CBD on a piece of dark chocolate each day. Within ONE WEEK we saw noticeable improvement across the board. We know that not all people experience the same results – and implementing a new CBD or other regimen carries no promises, but our experience was successful.

A New Version of James

To our amazement and surprise James was sitting through mealtime without squirming or running away. He was calmer, paying attention, and communicated – answering a question, and asking for something – for the first time. Within 5 weeks, he would respond to questions with answers instead of repeating the words back. His tantrums decreased, his discomfort decreased, and his attention increased. After having given up on ever hearing the words “mom” and “dad”, these changes felt like miracles and the answers to our prayers. We felt like we got a piece of our child back.

Atypical Organic Wellness is born

Our story has had many ups and downs over the years, but we’ve come to appreciate each one for the lessons we’ve learned and the progress we’ve made. Now, we want to share our story with other families with the hope that others find success and improvements with lifestyle changes. We hope you follow along as we explore life together and learn about the beautiful personalities of our children.

Our core values


We approach everyone with kindness, because we all deserve to be met with love and understanding.


We know all things are possible when you have hope. With hope, there is a future, progress, change.


Alone we feel weak, but together we are strong. When we support one another, we fuel others with energy to carry on.


When we stop learning, we stop growing. As we learn more, we offer our children and our families an opportunity to blossom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does CBD help people?

There are many reasons why scientists think CBD helps people. The FDA limits what we’re allowed to say about CBD and why it works. Check out these studies to learn more.

How does the body process cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids in CBD connect with CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system. The ECS provides support for main functions and processes within the body.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder/ASD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder/ASD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.

What is echolalia?

The repetition, mimicking, or imitation of sounds, phrases, or words. This is a common behavior for those with ASD.

What is stimming?

Stimming — or self-stimulatory behavior — is repetitive, unusual, or seemingly uncontrollable body movement or noises. Stimming might include clapping, rocking back and forth, kicking, or jumping.

What is hyperactive?

Hyperactivity means a person may seem to move about constantly or sometimes uncontrollably, excessively fidgeting, tapping, or talking.

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness or awareness.

Why We Chose CBD for Austism

There is a LOT of science behind how our bodies interact with cannabinoids like CBD. Let’s start simple and break down the biggest piece of the puzzle — why and how CBD interacts with our bodies.

  • Our bodies have a system called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short.
  • Our ECS has receptors — like a lock waiting for a key.
  • Cannabinoids (like CBD) are like little keys that fit into those receptors.
  • Children or adults with autism frequently suffer from a range of physical and mental health conditions.
  • There are ongoing studies to discover how CBD may interact with the physical and mental health of those with autism.

Explore Ongoing CBD and ASD Studies

Medical cannabis in the treatment of patients with autism spectrum disorder. 2020;94:1648.

McVige J, Headd V, Alwahaidy M, Lis D, Kaur D, Albert B, et al.

We All Have a Story to Tell

We want to hear yours!

All of our stories are different, but many families experience similar traumatic situations from diagnosis and beyond. Sharing our stories helps other families going through similar trials. It also creates a space for solutions. We want to hear from you. Tell us a story about how CBD has helped your family.