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Nonverbal Autistic Boy Now Speaking Over 60 Words
By Dr. Michael Fiske D.C.
I am thrilled to be able to share with you a very exciting story of healing. It may seem miraculous, but a nonverbal autistic boy is now talking! He began speaking after only one or two treatments with the Turner Cranial Technique, a powerful new treatment that heals and restores the brain. And after that, his entire personality opened up, developed, and blossomed. It is truly a remarkable story.
There are so many beautiful and exciting details to this story. Brayden, now five-years-old, was a big baby, 11 lbs. 2 oz. at birth. His birth was such a struggle for his mom that the doctors had to give her a C-section. He seemed normal at first, with normal eye contact, and by the time he was 11 months old, he was speaking five or six words. Then he had the series of vaccinations which includes the MMR vaccination. After this, he stopped speaking altogether and avoided eye contact. With each series of vaccinations after that, his behaviors regressed for about a month. At the time that I first saw him, he had many of the behaviors of autism. He became overwhelmed easily, he was agitated, he “stimmed”, with repetitive behavior like flapping his arms or jumping. He would plug his ears, a lot, all through the day, especially in loud places such as restaurants. Many times his parents would have to to leave a restaurant because he would start to cry. He did not want to make eye contact, and, at five-years-old, he could only speak about 15 words, but only occasionally, never consistently.
A new treatment to heal the brain
I treated him with the Turner Cranial Technique, a gentle system for correcting or realigning the cranial bones, or bones in the skull. It was developed by Dr. Roger Turner DC, of Toronto Canada, over the last 25 years. Dr. Turner has treated thousands of people with difficult brain conditions, including severe concussions, PTSD, autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, OCD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, vertigo, insomnia, migraine headaches, and even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. To give you an idea of the power of this technique, in the 24 years that Dr. Turner has been treating patients, he has seen 72 non-verbal autistic kids speak their first word in his clinic in their first week of care. I know of no other treatment in the world that can do this. Children that are severely damaged require more intensive treatment, but the rewards are enormous. I have been using his technique in my clinic for over three years and have treated hundreds of patients, with consistently remarkable results.
Most people don’t know or understand that the cranial bones can be moved out of place or dented by head trauma. Trauma to the head can even occur inside the womb, if the child is stuck in one position and the head becomes compressed as the cranial bones are forming. The head can also be compressed in the birth canal, during a long, difficult birth. Then, as you grow up, you fall and hit your head learning to walk, or you fall off the jungle gym, have a skateboard accident, crash your bike, get thrown off a horse, play football or do gymnastics, have a motorcycle or car accident. Everyone has had head traumas that have moved the bones in the head out of place. These cranial misalignments compress the brain, and cause different brain impairments or deficits, depending on the areas of the brain that are being compressed. This explains the autism spectrum. Why is one autistic child very different from another autistic child, who is very different from a child who has ADHD? A large part of the reason is that the cranial bones are out of alignment in a different pattern, which compresses different areas of the brain that govern different functions -- and this causes different symptoms.
Not only is the brain itself compressed by misaligned cranial bones, but also the subarachnoid space, between the cranial bones and the brain. This very important space contains the cerebrospinal fluid, which circulates around the brain four times every hour and is replaced four times every day. The function of this vital fluid is to bring nutrients to the brain and remove the toxins and waste products. When its circulation is reduced by compression, the brain is unable to heal itself completely from the head trauma, and the brain symptoms will remain for the rest of one’s life. When we open up this space with the Turner Cranial Technique and realign the cranial bones, the results are often immediate — and only get better with time.
This is exactly what happened with Brayden. After his first treatment he began immediately to speak more words: “Bowl, bless you, thank you, I love you.” Over the next four months, it was amazing and exhilarating to see his abilities and personality unfold. After the first treatment, his alphabet sounds became more clear and he was listening to directions better. He began to test out making different vocal sounds, and was able to sit still much longer. Next he was able to say all of his colors. He said “bye” to 3 different people, and he said his first sentence, “I want all done!” when he was ready to leave his school. He was able to say all of his numbers and to assemble number blocks from 1 to 40. He continued to make more vocalizations, and he was calmer with less “freak outs” and a longer attention span.
At his school he began singing in circle time for the first time and pointing out colors. At this time his behavioral therapist, who had not seen him for 6 to 8 weeks, noticed a “huge change” in him. His occupational therapist also noticed big changes in him after two or three weeks of treatment and would say every week how great he was doing at following her instructions. She began to give him more and more complex tasks. Soon he was able to follow her instructions to climb up the play structure, get a puzzle piece, climb down, and put the piece in the puzzle. He thought it was fun, while before his treatments with The Turner Cranial Technique, the therapist could not get him to do any of this. He began to find great enjoyment in interaction with other people, instead of being “spaced out” and staying in his own world. His speech therapist particularly noticed this. “Who is this?” he asked. “He is completely into what I am doing. He has great attention span and is making a huge effort to mimic my words.”
He said “peekaboo“ for the first time. He seemed more awake, alive, communicative, present, and happy. He waved at me and said, “Hi!” before a treatment. He began to write letters and his name. He said, “tickle,” and “happy." He started to ride the tricycle for the first time, and his eye contact increased. He used his foam alphabet letters to spell “Nickelodeon,” on the floor. He had a “huge word day," with lots of new words. He said, “Thank you!" to me on his way out. He held on for the first time in the swing, and climbed to the top of the play structure at the playground for the first time. He did the hand movements for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Itsy-Bitsy Spider. His words became clearer and more numerous. His parents noticed that he was not plugging his ears anymore at loud noises, which used to be a constant behavior throughout the day. They were able to take him to Joe’s Crabshack, a very noisy restaurant, and he lasted through the entire dinner, very calm, and only plugged his ears during the loud birthday song that was sung at a nearby table. (His mom said, “I wanted to plug my ears, so I thought that was totally appropriate for him.”) He was following directions more easily. He was able to sing the song, “Bingo." He could navigate the monkey bars on the playground. He said, “I want to eat." He began to learn to put his shoes and socks on. He spelled the word, “chair“ with his letter blocks. He spelled “blue” and “red”. He was talking a lot, with more clarity.
At this point, Christmas vacation came, and Brayden's family we’re not able to bring him in for treatments for three weeks. He experienced a definite regression during this time, and when I saw him in January, he had been on an “emotional roller coaster” according to his mom, and there were more frequent meltdowns. He was very emotional during his treatment with me, but was back on track and his normal calm and happy self by his next visit.
Now, after about four months of regular treatment, Brayden is altogether a new person. He is speaking at least 50 to 60 words consistently. He is very eager to try to mimic what his parents say to him and to learn new words. He has “another level of calmness” and is not overwhelmed or stressed in challenging situations. Before these treatments, he often seemed upset for no real reason. Now is more “more tranquil, and happier.” He follows directions now, really for the first time in his life. His parents were able to get him to take cough medicine that he previously refused and spit out. Now he was very helpful. His parents told him that the medicine would help him, and he took it even though his mom could tell that he didn’t like it.
Best of all, he is much more affectionate, now freely giving hugs and kisses, making eye contact with his parents when he kisses them. On his new nanny's first day, he took her hand and held it in their evening walk. His mom says, “He gives you just the sweetest looks. He is just a love bug!” She and her husband are thrilled and overjoyed at the progress that he has made.
Will this treatment work for my child?
The short answer is: yes, absolutely. The Turner cranial technique will always improve a brain condition, because it corrects the cranial bones and opens up the subarachnoid space, allowing the brain to heal. The long answer is that everyone’s body is different. It is not possible for me to know or predict exactly how much improvement a patient will experience, or how quickly that improvement will occur. The body is complex, and there are many factors involved in causing a particular condition: the mothers history, the patient’s history, diet, environment, genetics, and so on. But as you can tell from this beautiful story, the results can be very profound.
How many treatments does it take?
This question has a commonsense answer -- the more serious the condition is, the more treatments it will take to improve it. However, in most cases you will see improvements right away, which will continue to expand and multiply, as Brayden experienced. For serious cases, Dr. Turner has found that more frequent treatments work better, because the cranial bones tend to want to move back to their previous misaligned position, and if you adjust them more frequently, they will tend to stay corrected longer. Depending on your time and your budget, I can see patients up to three times in one day and three days a week, or as little as one treatment per week. Our rates are family-friendly, and much less than other treatments for special needs kids. It is so beautiful to see someone's life get transformed! I am looking forward to meeting you and helping your child and your family.
Dr. Michael Fiske's clinic is White Oak Chiropractic, at 292 Alamo Drive, Suite 1 in Vacaville, phone (707) 446-1714. Read more about Turner Cranial Technique at whiteoakchiropractic.com , or see Dr. Roger Turner's website at www.turnerwellness.com. Scan this code with your phone camera to see a video explaining the Turner Cranial Technique:
You can find many reviews of White Oak Chiropractic by searching for White Oak Chiropractic at plus.google.com and yelp.com.
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5 Tips to Help Your ADHD Child Get Organized
By Meagan Ruffing
You know it. The never-ending battle of your son’s messy room. His room isn’t like other children’s, though. Your son’s room is an all-out black hole where things disappear…never to be seen again. You feel the anger starting to boil up inside of yourself and before you can collect your thoughts, words are spewing out of your mouth yelling, “Pick that up! How did your room get this messy? Why are your comic books torn up? Are these wrappers under you bed?” The truth is, kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) have a hard time getting organized and staying organized. There are few things short of threatening your child with taking away his electronics for the rest of his life that will let him know how serious you are about picking up after himself. Try these 5 tips the next time you walk into your child’s crumb-infested bedroom.
1. Tell him one thing at a time. Kids with ADHD have a hard time following multiple directions. Give them one command at a time. For example, you might say to your daughter, “Please put all of the LEGOs in the red bin. When you are done with that, come back and see me.” Notice the command was not vague. It was very specific. This tip is imperative for children who process commands differently than other children. It can be overwhelming and frustrating for kids when they can’t remember which order to do things in which almost always ends up in a meltdown.
As the parent, this extra and sometimes timely step can feel like just one more thing in the laundry list of tips to remember with our children but in the end, it really does benefit everyone involved. Once your child has put all of the Legos in the red bin and is now standing in front of you, go ahead and give her another task. “Please make your bed and then come back and see me.” Even after specific commands like these your daughter might still feel overwhelmed with the constant picking up. For these types of children, it is important to give a timeline or a plan. For example, “After you put the LEGOs in the red bin and make your bed, you can take a break and swing outside but after your 10 minute break, you will need to go back to your room and hang your clothes up.” This story-telling to your child serves more than one purpose; it lets your daughter know what’s expected of her and it tells her the plan in a very clear way.
2. Don’t be afraid to give rewards. Some kids do better with tangible rewards. Forget the guilt of thinking you’re bribing your kids. Do what works for you and your child and get on with your day. Too often, guilt plays a role in parenting children with ADHD. Let it go and remind yourself that you know your child best and what works for other children does not always work for yours.
Allowing phone time or screen time can be a lucrative incentive for kids who crave media. Use this to your advantage. If you see that your child is getting frustrated because he flat out does not want to pick up his room, tell him he can have five minutes of Minecraft for every command he does without whining. Be sure to remind him of this after he successfully does what you have asked him to do. Kids with ADHD crave structure and routine. It may not always seem like it especially when they’re yelling back at you or being defiant but these children need boundaries. Even though they like control and they like to test you, they ultimately do better when they know what is expected of them.
3. Make a story-telling board and go over it with your child. A story-telling board is exactly what it sounds like. This is ADHD advice 101. Get a piece of poster board, markers and maybe even some stickers. You will write out and draw what you want your child to do each day. Keep the commands short and to the point. Below is a very simple example of a story-telling board.
4. Take a picture of each area cleaned up the way you want it. This is a really simple way to have a visual example for kids about what you expect their space to look like. Remember the Legos mentioned earlier in this article? Take a picture of them in the red bin. When it comes time for your daughter to pick her room up, pull out that picture and show it to her. Kids need visual reminders of what needs to be done. This will take the guess work out of what she thinks you expect and instead, it will be an exact example of what you want her to do.
5. Praise. It’s a toss-up for kids with ADHD on whether or not they like praise. Some do and some don’t. If your child does, than by all means, praise him as he picks things up. If you have a child who actually reacts negatively when you offer positive reinforcement, just wait until he is done with everything you have asked him to do and simply say, “Good job.” You may want to say more because you are used to doing that with your other children who love it when you tell them how proud or happy you are but some kids can’t stand this. If this sounds like your child, simply acknowledging the hard work he has done is enough.
It may not seem like it now but kids really do want to be good; especially those with ADHD. Depending on how old your child is, she may not understand why she acts the way she does sometimes. This is all part of navigating the tricky world of having a child with a behavioral disorder. Use these five tips the next time you walk into your child’s room and see a huge mess. You’ll thank yourself later for having a plan in place instead of reacting in the moment.
Meagan Ruffing has an 9-year-old son with ADHD. Just when she thinks she’s got him figured out, he throws her a curveball and they find themselves starting from square one again. For more information on how to help your child and yourself, visit her at www.meaganruffing.com.
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