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Published on Nov 24, 2009
My autistic son at the age of 3 years 6 months, after pursuing biomedical treatments for 8 months, including the GFCF diet, as well as additional supplements and medications to address ongoing gastrointestinal and immunological dysfunction. He has been in a great PPCD classroom for 3 months now, and his teacher marveled at what a completely different kid he is from when he was assessed before the summer break. We have also completed a 10-week course of Auditory Integration Therapy--I definitely don't want to give the impression that I am against traditional autism therapies. But while traditional therapies help heal the wound, biomedical takes the knife out. My son has not received any ABA therapy, and now receives approximately 2 hours a week of speech therapy through his classroom. Some studies indicate that children without biomedical treatments require a minimum of 20 hours/week of behavioral therapies to show any meaningful effect.
He now engages in pretend play with his toys, and no longer compulsively lines up everything he can get his hands on. Tantrums are rare, and he can be taken to stores and around the neighborhood without worry, assuming he stays away from the large number of foods we have determined through blood testing that he is allergic to. Any contact with the wrong foods leads to immediate, major regressions.
Today we had our first followup appointment with his neurologist since beginning this treatment path, and she not only expressed amazement at my son's improvement, she informed us that we don't need to come back again unless something drastically changes, because he's no longer a viable candidate for any drugs they might typically prescribe for an autistic child. I told her I hope I can come back eventually... when he's ready to have his diagnosis taken away completely. She just smiled. For more, visit www.JenniferIsACommonName.com