When you start trying to decide which of these doctors to choose I would recommend emailing or calling to ask if they have gone through the Carrick Institute’s Childhood Developmental Disorder specialty modules. Those are the specific Diplomates or Fellows you want to work with.
With that said, I will tell you what we, The Mindspring Center, offer to these special needs children that you will not find in any other practice that I am aware of. While I am not yet a Fellow or a Diplomate I have over 600 hours in the Functional Neurology work and am Board Eligible but have not yet actually sat for the exam. I have gone through the Childhood Developmental Disorder modules with the exception of one new module that is now being offered on Nutritional Considerations for Childhood Developmental Disorders.
Our office offers not only the Functional Neurology work but we also offer Neurofeedback, another powerful way to integrate the two hemispheres, or even specific lobes of the cortex using EEG mapping of the brain and then retraining. There are certain abnormal brainwave patterns that are very commonly seen in Autism that can be retrained using Neurofeedback. This will not “cure’ your child but in every case I have used it with has led to remarkable gains in function and developmental milestones. It is typically utilized more with children ages 5 and up but if your child is relatively calm it would likely be suitable for a 4.5 year old just as well. Another tool we have available in our office that I utilize with autism cases whenever possible in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT has a very successful track record with even the most profoundly delayed cases of autism and other brain-based developmental disorders and quite an extensive amount of research with it as well. The basic concept is that the Brain is very oxygen dependent, utilizing half of all of the oxygen the body is capable of absorbing, and you can provide the brain with extra oxygen by using an oxygen concentrator and then pressurizing the air in a “chamber” essentially a tube big enough for the child and a parent to lie down in and spend an hour supersaturating their blood with Oxygen. This extra oxygen helps the brain be able to increase its metabolic rate, which is necessary for the brain to make repairs.
Dr. Stephen Ranicki