By Ronna Hochbein, OTR/L
Know what may be my least favorite sentence in the English Language?
"I don't believe in biological interventions for autism." Um, ok. Did I miss something? Last time I checked, the deluge of scientific information continues to mount on the chemical and physiological deficits in autistic children; and the subsequent therapy models are working.
This is not a construct that one can choose to believe in….or not. It is like saying, "I don't believe in the periodic table of the elements."
In time with David Kirby's coverage on The Huffington Post (HERE) I want to point out yet another recovery story. Before I begin, I must add to the reports EVERYWHERE that the numbers of autistic children are not decreasing—so it MUST not be the thimerosol. Well….I have been in early intervention for 8 years, and OT for 16 years. Five years ago, 90 percent of my caseload was full blown autism.
My caseload is filled with many other disabilities…rare chromosome disorders, stroke etc. Autism is only 20 percent (if that) of the children I treat daily. Who's wrong? Who has ties or interests? Who's lying??
I don't…I am not in the 5000 cases being tried. I never even filed a claim. I'd like to also post another recovery story if I could. My only 'special interest' is that every kid I see end up on this journal…with their own recovered video. Videos, standardized tests, and dates corresponding with initiation of treatments were kept on this patient.
I will distribute these free…. Recovery IS happening. And I keep taping it! (With the total participation of the warrior moms!) If we now know sulphation (nerve conduction- dyspraxia), methylation (cell signaling and a cascade of other functions), immune modulation and oxidative stress, and glutathione deficits (detoxification, nerve conduction again), gastrointestinal are all issues, why aren't more doctors jumping on the band wagon? All stemming from some specific genetic profiles with possible mitochondrial dysfunction.
Chemistry is chemistry.
Instead of listing the hundreds of applicable research studies…I will insert one link from autism.com---complete with video HERE. Our patient below participated in glutathione (inhaled), detox of heavy metals, hbot, anti-fungal treatments, casein free, gluten free diet….numerous supplements.
Here's our girl. Lets all give her parents a cheer—and say hello to her mom at DAN! She'll be there. Why? Although she is doing very well, there are still glitches in the system. Recovery from autism is a rehabilitation process, just like for a cerebrovascular accident, etc. and even recovered kids parents want to know the latest chemical findings…..and to implement them.
One Year Later
So, in closing…some of us have been at this a very long time. Never give up on your child. Keep seeking answers, and they will be given. Don't categorize extremely well thought out treatments as children's myths.
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Ronna Hochbein, is an Occupational Therapist in Pennsylvania.