My name is Tricia and my two
sons, Ryan and Travis, received chiropractic treatments with Dr Rick Schwartz
in Eugene, Oregon to address their autism. (Note: In these cases the
method used was primarily NeuroModulation Technique, a chiropractic method
designed to improve the information state of the body-mind) I wanted to let everyone know about the
amazing improvements I've noticed in both boys in less than 2 months after
starting these treatments.
Eating habits: within 2 weeks both boys suddenly started to willingly try and even enjoy new and previously rejected foods. Prior to this, my boys had a fairly limited diet (mostly carbs) and Ryan would not eat any combined foods at all (like pasta with sauce or meat with gravy... everything had to be separate and not touching each other on the plate or he would refuse to eat any of it). Now they both eat and enjoy a wide variety of foods including vegetables and combined foods.
Behavior changes: Ryan and Travis used to have a very difficult time following simple instructions. I'll use our bedtime routine as an example. Instructions like "Put on your jammies" usually ended up with both boys feeding off each other... swinging their jammies around in the air, running around screaming and chasing, and ending up having to be separated and sitting in the corner to put their jammies on. It was total chaos every night. Now I can ask them both to put their jammies on and they can do it most of the time with 0-1 reminder and rarely get sent to the corner at all.
Both boys also show a new level of maturity since beginning treatment. The boys would continue with inappropriate behaviors (like chasing, hitting, inappropriate noises/screaming, pushing, etc.) regardless of how many times I asked for them to stop until I managed to finally redirect them to something else or removed them from the situation. Now it is much easier to get them to adjust their behaviors by just asking them.
Changes in Travis(5yo):
Before beginning treatment, Travis had a very difficult time sitting still or keeping a calm body at circle time in class or lining up or waiting for any length of time. Now he is able to sit through his 40 minute circle with 0-2 reminders from the teachers. He's also doing much better sitting at the dinner table at home and in the shopping cart at the store.
Prior to this, Travis could not answer open-ended questions like "what did you do at school today?" Now he typically answers that question with very detailed information like "I played imagination station with Emma and Paige. Emma and Paige are girls like Dora and they are my friends in class. Paige and Emma were baby Polar Bears and I was the Daddy Polar Bear."
Also before this, Travis had difficulty making eye contact and often looked out the corners of his eyes. Now once I get his attention he will look right into my eyes.
Changes in Ryan (6yo):
Before chiropractic treatment Ryan would get frustrated in class to the point where he'd knock over all the desks and chairs in his classroom. This was happening 3-5 times per week as documented on his IEP. We discovered that the source of his frustration was anxiety by using the methods associated with this form of chiropractic. We worked on this over the next 2-3 sessions and now he has weeks where he doesn't knock over any desks at all.
Ryan was previously very oppositional and defiant. It was a huge struggle to get him to agree to do most things. He refused to leave the classroom at school to go to recess and it was hard to even get him to leave home to go fun places like playgrounds, gymnastics, swimming, etc. with the family. After working on his anxiety issues, he now loves recess at school and requests to go play at the open play kid-gym, playgrounds, water park, etc. with the family. Now, coaches and counselors can work with him without a lot of extra training of how Ryan needs to be approached.
Ryan was often in his own world. Sometimes he just sat and stared off into space, completely lost in thought and unreachable. If he was engaged in an activity, he would not hear, acknowledge, or respond to anything going on around him. This behavior has completely vanished as if he never ever had it to begin with.
The improvements I've noticed in just the last few months since we started treatment are nothing short of amazing. This really has changed their lives. It was also nice that the treatments were enjoyable for both of my kids. Dr Schwartz was great with the kids, the office was calm and easy to spend time in, and they didn't have to endure any kind of medical discomfort whatsoever. A very big improvement over typical western medical practices.