Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Kids Who Beat Autism
New York Times ^ | JULY 31, 2014 | RUTH PADAWER

Posted on 08/04/2014 12:42:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway

At first, everything about L.'s baby boy seemed normal. He met every developmental milestone and delighted in every discovery. But at around 12 months, B. seemed to regress, and by age 2, he had fully retreated into his own world. He no longer made eye contact, no longer seemed to hear, no longer seemed to understand the random words he sometimes spoke. His easygoing manner gave way to tantrums and head-banging. “He had been this happy, happy little guy,” L. said. “All of a sudden, he was just fading away, falling apart. I can’t even describe my sadness. It was unbearable.” More than anything in the world, L. wanted her warm and exuberant boy back.

A few months later, B. received a diagnosis of autism. His parents were devastated. Soon after, L. attended a conference in Newport, R.I., filled with autism clinicians, researchers and a few desperate parents. At lunch, L. (who asked me to use initials to protect her son’s privacy) sat across from a woman named Jackie, who recounted the disappearance of her own boy. She said the speech therapist had waved it off, blaming ear infections and predicting that Jackie’s son, Matthew, would be fine. She was wrong. Within months, Matthew acknowledged no one, not even his parents. The last word he had was “Mama,” and by the time Jackie met L., even that was gone.

In the months and years that followed, the two women spent hours on the phone and at each other’s homes on the East Coast, sharing their fears and frustrations and swapping treatment ideas, comforted to be going through each step with someone who experienced the same terror and confusion. When I met with them in February, they told me about all the treatments they had tried in the 1990s: sensory integration,

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: autoism; children

1 posted on 08/04/2014 12:42:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Fascinating article. Thank you for posting.

2 posted on 08/04/2014 12:52:36 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

My daughter just finished her master’s degree in ABA from Baylor.

3 posted on 08/04/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: crusty old prospector
Thanks for the encouragement.
My daughter (now 13) continues to astound at both learning and socialization.
She will always be ASD, but that neither defines her nor limits her.
4 posted on 08/04/2014 1:11:37 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

My grandson was diagnosed as having autism. I then became sick with Lyme Disease. Since my grandson had many symptoms the same as mine, we had him tested (western blot). He had Lyme disease. With antibiotic treatment, his symptoms went away. Just be aware many autistic symptoms are the same as Lyme. :)

5 posted on 08/04/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT by vickixxxx
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Very interesting.

6 posted on 08/04/2014 1:25:33 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Someone I know discovered their infant’s behavior changing drastically. They saw a specialist, and he told them it appeared their baby seemed to be regressing, and might develop autism.

They chose to chelate their little boy. Today he is fine. They are absolutely certain that it prevented the damage caused by metal poisoning.

7 posted on 08/04/2014 1:36:30 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Black Agnes

Spectrum ping

8 posted on 08/04/2014 1:36:44 PM PDT by Travis McGee (
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

Interesting that at least of the kids did the ‘diet’. I’ve seen that make a difference in some kids.

Too bad most insurance won’t cover ABA at all. And most school systems don’t offer it due to expense.

9 posted on 08/04/2014 1:38:03 PM PDT by Black Agnes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway


10 posted on 08/04/2014 1:45:04 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway; crusty old prospector; Psalm 73; vickixxxx; Blood of Tyrants; SatinDoll; ...
I post this inspiration for all: Someone dear to me
11 posted on 08/04/2014 2:11:39 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The next DNC convention will be spoken in Spanish; Press 1 for English)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Black Agnes
Interesting that at least of the kids did the ‘diet’

Which diet is that?

This one was originally created to treat autism (in the doctor's own child).

12 posted on 08/04/2014 3:10:08 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Disambiguator

Any special diet really.

I’ve seen the elimination diet work wonders as long as the eliminated foods weren’t replaced with ones that also caused problems.

I haven’t seen the GAPS diet effects up close though personally. One of the biggest changes I saw was a kid who did gluten/casein/soy/corn free. Before the kid was a total zombie with the receptive language of a 3m (yes, month) old. After a 4 or 5 months the kid responded to their name, made eye contact and pointed to what they wanted. No other intervention was happening at that time though, as the expense is massive for some of the behavioral stuff.

The biggest change I saw was in a kid who was chelated. Went from a little zombie to asking their mom to fix a particular thing for dinner. Over about a six month period. YMMV, maybe the kid didn’t really have autism.

13 posted on 08/04/2014 3:15:08 PM PDT by Black Agnes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Long read but well worth it.

This clown, however, needs to be slapped:

Autism isn’t an illness in need of a cure,” says Ari Ne’eman, the president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network....

14 posted on 08/04/2014 3:38:03 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


15 posted on 08/05/2014 6:22:30 PM PDT by is_russia_western
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson