On Monday, Mindspring Center patient PK spoke his first sentence EVER at the age 14. PK was non-verbal until 8 weeks ago when be began receiving mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Leading up to his sentence, PK had begun to say single words, in appropriate placement, such as in response to questions or expressing a desire. "Park", "go", "no", etc.
His first sentence was was in reference to his dog, "Nan is OK." PK's mom was thrilled to have a full sentence spoken from her son.
Although a short sentence may not mean alot to most parents, having a 14 year old who never spoke is challenging. Never being able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom, when he feels happy or sad, when he wants something particular to eat or drink, when he wants to go to the store or the park makes life VERY hard and frustrating for both parent and child.
Because he is now speaking desires, he is now a happier child. His school continues to report positive behaviors vs the temper and anger reports that used to come home.
Mild HBOT helps to repair the brain, and a healthy brain creates a happier child.
It took a research study to have the message of the importance of normalizing brain
wave activity to come out, but i am thankful that there is now light on the
subject. At our center (The Mindspring Center in Pooler, GA,http://www.mindspringcenter.com), we have been working with kids on the autism spectrum disorders for about 10 years combining neurological (brain-based) therapy along with mind therapy. An example would be a child who receives Neurofeedback (retraining of brain wave activity), chiropractic neurology (stimulation of the nerve pathways between the spine and the brain), Hyperbaric oxygen therapy ( bringing more oxygen to the brain to heal and repair nerve pathways), social skills group therapy (better communication and emotion coping skills) and sometimes individual or family counseling for behavior management. We have found that packaging all of these services together (early intervention or not) packs a POWERFUL punch, a true acceleration of developmental milestones.
I only wish that the American Academy of Pediatrics would promote some of the
above mentioned therapies as early intervention choices along with the
traditional speech, OT and PT.
If you are a parent reading this post, please make sure you research neurofeedback, chiropractic neurology, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, social skills group therapy and parent coaching. I think you will be pleasantly surprised as to all
the benefits of these therapies and how they play an important role for our
In an article that Dr. Steve Ranicki wrote over two years ago about why more males than females are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ranicki explains this theory in great detail. see the attached document below.
Read the Psych Central article on the matter: http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/10/19/autism-affects-cognition-differently-in-males-females/46336.html, then check out Dr. Steve Ranicki's article. He hit the nail on the head, just didn't get it published.
Resolution of Chronic Ear Infections, Difficulty Sleeping, and Hypersensitivity with Chiropractic
In the September 24, 2012 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family
Health Chiropractic comes a documented case study of chiropractic helping a a
baby girl with chronic otitis media, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and skin sensitivities to clothes or being held and touched.
Otitis Media is the technical name for what most people refer to as an ear ache. The
study notes that it has become the most common infection in children that are sick as well as the number one reason antibiotics being prescribed to children. The study author also reports that roughly 25% of all infants have sleeping difficulties. Skin sensitivities also known as tactile hypersensitivity, is where the child exhibits excessive reaction or irritability to touch or clothing.
In this case a 2 year old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother with
the complaints of chronic ear infections, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and skin sensitivities to either clothes or being held or touched. The history showed that her mother had labor induced a week early, and the birth was traumatic causing the child to be born with a broken collar bone.
The study reported that at the age of 2, the child was taking at least two hours to
get to sleep and would not sleep for more than four hours at a time. Additionally, the girl has experienced over 20 ear infections, severe allergies requiring a nebulizer, severe behavior problems including temper tantrums and irritability. The girl had been given multiple rounds of antibiotics by her MD with little or no result. She would also have temper tantrums and exhibit aggressive behavior toward her sister and mother.
A chiropractic examination was performed resulting in the determination that
subluxations were present in the girl's upper neck and upper mid back areas.
Specific chiropractic adjustments were initiated for the correction of the subluxations as determined by the exam.
The results documented in this study showed an immediate and positive response by the girl to the chiropractic care. After her first adjustment her mother stated that her daughter was a little less aggressive towards her sister. After the third adjustment her mother reported that the girl was able to sleep through the
After two months of care it was noted that the girl who previously did not like to be
hugged was coming into the chiropractors office and "hugging everyone". Her
mother also reported that there was no longer an issue with clothes with the minor exception of socks. After 4 months of care the girl was no longer suffering from ear infections.
Children who are typical or with special needs, like autism can benefit from chiropractic care. We see in this case study that the extreme sensitivity to touch and behavior challenges had a tremendous positive response to chiropractic. This is very common for children on the spectrum.
Dr. Stephen Ranicki