Healing Our Son’s Autism – The Best Therapy of All

Mountain Road -Healing Autism

Our oldest son has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, and we have been on the road towards healing with him for some 5 years now.  We’ve put him on a gluten-free diet, a candida diet, use only non toxic personal care products and we drink only filtered water.

In short, we’ve tried a lot of things to get him healthier, and while we’ve seen progress, it’s been a long road.

A long “healing road.”

The start of the “healing road” was a fast and furious one.  Well–actually, I take that back.

The start of our healing road actually seemed like more of a major road block.

Our family physician recommended an appointment with the Dept. Head of Psychology at our local children’s hospital and a mental nervous drug prescription.  I had already started down the “alternative medicine” path prior to the autism diagnosis, but at this point I found myself moving quickly into a brand new world.

The following months are a blur now, consisting mainly of mom being up until midnight (or later), scouring the internet for therapies that might help, reading accounts of healing, wondering if what other parents said had healed their children —might.just.heal.mine.

I have mixed feelings as I write this, because I do not want to insinuate that what I have done might work for your child – and thus set up for you expectations that might not become a reality.  However, at the same time, I feel that to not share the things that have helped us would be a true disservice to others who are looking for help.

So here is a brief history of our treatment path.  Some successes.  Some “failures”.  What we have done and what we are doing now.  And what I think is perhaps the best healing technique of all.

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Treatments for Autism

1.  Occupational Therapy –

We did a lot with this at the beginning of our journey. Sensory Integration, massage, touch, brushing… we tried to fit a number of these things into our schedule. It was hard to do and got tedious frequently. But we did feel that it helped at least to some point.  One of the books that we found to be the most helpful was The Out-of-Sync Child.

2.  Genetic testing & Nutritional Supplementation –

This was overall a flop.  While the testing was interesting, the supplement regimen was completely overwhelming both mentally and financially.  We could not afford the expert-directed evaluations and I was unable to handle the intense trial-and-error approach to supplement management.  We spent quite a bit of money up front and quickly moved on. 

Luckily, I still had all my hair :-).

3.  Dietary Intervention

Gluten-free and Casein-Free

There is a lot of information available in books and on the web about gluten and casein (a protein found in cow’s milk) and the roles that they are thought to have in aggravating autism.  I won’t go into all of this here, but suffice it to say that I think that removing these proteins from your child’s diet is imperative.  There is data showing that the real effects can sometimes take quite awhile to show up, though there are plenty of stories about children showing marked improvement almost instantaneously.

While I follow more of a whole foods approach than the author, the book Special Diets for Special Kids contains a wealth of information on this topic.

To see how manageable (and tasty :-)) a gluten-free and dairy-free diet can be, take a look at my Recipes page.  There, you’ll find healthy, whole food ideas for some of our family’s favorites like:

Whole Foods

This means whole grains, and few to no processed foods.  Basically, no “junk.”  This is crucial.  It sounds overwhelming, but basically, kids with autism have broken bodies and we need to do everything we can to allow them to heal.  Putting “junk” food into a broken body will just continue to muck up the mechanisms and delay healing of all kinds.  In fact, it might even worsen the situation.

The Candida Diet

Our son, like many persons with autism, struggles with candida overgrowth.  Candida basically is a candida albicans, a fungus that is present in all people’s bodies, but, when one’s digestive flora is out of balance, grows out of control and starts to cause systemic issues.

I love baking and, well, my son loves to eat.  For a good part of his childhood, I was baking whole grain goodies regularly, and he ate them–well, too regularly.  At one point, things really got out of hand and his trunk was covered with a rash and he was lifting up his shirt in public to scratch himself.  Suspecting that the rash might be caused by candida, we took him off of all sugars, including dried fruit and fruit, and limited his grain intake.  The rash cleared up within two days, following one night of worsening, which is typical when the candida is starved of its food (sugars).

We kept him on a pretty strict diet for a while, and his skin is perfectly clear now.  He now has fruit and dried fruit occasionally, and we are not limiting his starches as much.  But refined flours and sugars are out of his diet almost 100%, and I suspect that that will continue for his entire life.

And while it can be tough to keep your child (or yourself) on a special diet, here are some tips to help you do just that.

4.  Nutritional Balancing

This is the name of the current protocol that we are using for our son.  Basically it is a program that naturally coaxes out heavy metals and toxins by re-balancing the body nutritionally and with supplements.  I have been genuinely pleased with his progress and scientifically measured tests have demonstrated that the metals are coming out of his body.  We are working with a specialist named Theresa Vernon and have been thrilled with her expertise, compassion, and knowledge of the adrenals and their role in total body health.

Update: 3/17/14.  We have moved on from Nutritional Balancing.  I hope to write soon about what we are doing now.

5.  Essential Oils 

As I mentioned in my post on Natural Sleeping Tips, I have begun gradually experimenting with essential oils.  One way that I have been using these with our son is when his anxiety gets out of control.

Every night my son ask me to use lavender oil to prevent bad dreams.  Seems to work :).  Sometimes younger brother asks for it too. (I’ve ended up going with a different essential oils company – Native American Nutritionals.  You can read Which Essential Oils Company is Best for more information on how I chose this company.)

The oils really seem to help him better manage his mood swings and get the sleep that his body so greatly needs.  In fact, while I put the finishing touches on this post, my son had a panic attack and asked that I would please rub some lavender oil on his feet.  Within two minutes, the panic had subsided.

6.  Perhaps the Best Therapy of All – “Low and Slow” 

There are, in my opinion, a number of causes of autism.  My theory is basically that it is a “whole person” affliction, affecting the nervous system, brain, digestive system, and endocrine system.  The more I learn about adrenal health, the more I see how healthy adrenal function is crucial to whole wellness.

Basically, the more stressed out one is, the less toxins are filtered out of the body, digestions worsens and everything goes downhill from there.

So while it is my tendency to try to find new ways to help my son and to work tirelessly at them, I find that really, one of the best ways to help him is to do whatever I do calmly.

A dear friend told me of another mother of a child with Asperger’s who called being calm with her son, “Low and Slow.”

How appropriate.

Just simply loving our son as he is, speaking softly and sweetly, and having a sense of peace has an almost magical effect on him.  Literally any day that I can slow down and live at a more restful pace is a day when I can really “see” him healing and blossoming.

It isn’t easy, but it is cheap!  And keeping my own self calm truly is the most effective healing technique that we have tried (though it is likely the most difficult).

In closing, I don’t mean to insinuate that any of the above methods will for sure help your child with autism, and here is the classic, but necessary, disclaimer:  I am not a doctor, nor a nurse, nor any kind of medical practitioner.  I was pre-med for a brief time in college and I devour medical information voraciously, but that’s about it.  I’m just a mom struggling to heal her son, hoping to help other parents along the healing road as well.  Please consult with your own physician prior to following any of my recommendations :-).

Blessings to you and yours as you continue down this road.

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  1. And you think I’m strong cuz I live off grid?! You, lady, rock! Keep being your son’ s champion!!!

  2. Hi Adrienne, my mom sent me your Essential Oils showdown blog series and I just placed an order withNative American Nutritionals. My husband and I have been learning how to make essential oils and are delving into better understanding the science of how they work. Turns out I also work with Theresa Vernon; have been for two years. I have been reading that you are no longer following the nutritional balancing protocol and I’m very curious to hear what you are doing now. I’m not sure if I’ve missed the post about it.
    Thanks for the important work that you do!

  3. Thank you for such an informative blog. I’m hoping to move towards the GAPS diet. We have just been putting the “pieces together” in the past few months thinking our son sounds very typical of Asperger’s. We prayed, researched, prayed, got good advice, prayed some more, and came to the conclusion that for several reasons we should have him officially evaluated and diagnosed. Surprise, surprise – when I talked to the neuropsych’s office this morning, the young receptionist told me that “since my son is eighteen, then we can’t make an appointment for him. He would have to initiate the evaluation.” Gee – that was frustrating. After feeling some affirmation at understanding why we probably have had more than normal challenges with one of our sons due to what looks like Asperger’s, and asking for help, they tell us, “sorry – we can’t help you.” Incidentally, just last week I dropped $190.00 to have his visual processing checked (to see if he would need vision therapy and/or if that’s the reason he’s very afraid to drive while practicing with his permit). The eye doc’s office gladly made the appointment. I also made his dental appointment (where they found what looks like possibly candida on the inside of his mouth), and both these docs give me all the info. and still keep me in the loop…..and rightly so since he just graduated from school this past June and is still totally dependent on us. Apparently, our lovely, anti-parental rights government has adopted this brilliant idea that once a person turns eighteen, somehow magically that person’s officially an adult. We remind our children that they are “adults-in-training”, trainees have a trainer, and we (and other responsible full-fledged adults) are the trainers. So anyway – I suppose that it’s acceptable for me to make an appointment to check my son’s visual processing, but it’s not okay for me to make an appointment to check is cognitive processing – – hmmm…. My first reaction to finding out that he would have to initiate eval/dx. was that of frustration, but I have to remember that God is sovereign and nothing takes Him by surprise. So – I’m really not just venting; I do have reasons to write here: 1. Considering that I’m probably not the only mother who’s in this boat (I’ve read that many folks with Asperger’s are not diagnosed until young adulthood), do you know of anyone else who was in this predicament and what they did to find help? 2. I wanted to share with other parents that even though homeschooling was challenging on so many levels at times, I would not trade that experience for anything. I believe that providing our children (especially ones that fall outside of the bell curve of “neurotypical”) benefit from a hands-on, uniquely-tailored education which can release them from a. an artificial learning environment (the outside world – even overseas – was our classroom), b. being confined to relating to other children only his own age, and c. being subjected to group think/behavior. The main impetus for us to homeschool (parent-directed, privately-funded) was one of Biblical conviction for us; however, the ancillary benefits that ensued – too numerous to number – were and are a bonus. I did have a gentle discussion with my son about our concerns with him (which surprisingly seemed to go very well), but he’s insisting that he does not need evaluation. I prayed for weeks about how to approach him when I’d have to explain why we’re going to a neuropsych, not knowing until today that I couldn’t make the app’t. At this point, it’s in the Lord’s hands completely (where I guess it always was anyway). If you wouldn’t mind praying, I’d sure appreciate it. Prov. 3:5-6 P.S. just some encouragement…even with all of our son’s challenges – he was able to graduate from high school with some college credits from taking an online university course his senior year. We’ve also noticed that he’s benefiting from an “Adult-In-Training Contract” (with our consistent enforcement of breaches) rather than “whahhhh, whahhh, whah”. Oh – one last thing…let’s remind each other than our children’s hearts are so much more important that any other thing – disabilities, their future “successes”, etc….Praying God’s blessings on you and yours.

    • Thanks for your kind comments. Hmmmmm….I have a friend up the road who has a son who is college age w/ Asperger’s. I would perhaps suggest contacting a group she used to work with -The Gray Center. They might have some ideas for you. I would love to hear if they are able to help you. http://www.thegraycenter.org/

    • I have found a new therapy called brain core therapy – neurofeedback. google it. it is a God send. My son is twenty and I do all the leg work. Of course, I do let him sign himself in to the appointment, but I didn’t have to.

      • Hi. I have been taking my 12 year old son to receive neurofeedback for a while now, and I remember after our first session he looked at me in the car and said “I feel so happy now”. This is after the day before him yelling and at me because I asked him what he had for homework. It is wonderful and I tell everyone I can about it.
        Thank you so much for all that you do and share with everyone!!

        • Wow – fascinating. Do you have to keep doing it on an ongoing basis?

          • We were going once a week, but no you don’t have to continue on a permanent basis. This type of therapy can be used for multiple issues like stroke, improve memory, ADHD, etc. We attend Autism Ask in Waterford, where we are involved in multiple groups as well as the neurofeedback. It has really helped my son with being more social and learning to function in a group working together with others. Sharon Bergman is who we see for neurofeedback and she’s wonderful.

          • Wonderful – thanks for sharing!

        • I wonder if it really helpes him

        • Could please share with me if you find more good reactions or improvements with this treatment?
          Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lill Birnie says:

    Hi.

    I have 3 children, one girl with severe autism, one boy with asperger and ADHD and my youngest boy have the same as our daughter but not as severe.
    As all my children have it i suspect it may be genetically as my mom had asperger and my husbands sister have to boys with asperger and severe autism.

    I dont think any of my children will ever be able to take care of them self but i hope and prey they will get better. I have talked and talked to doctors about putting them on diets but they say that if it is genetically it will not help – we have put our daughter on a wheat free diet as she has had so much stomach troubles since she started to eat food as a baby.- and it has helped so much with her stomich, so we are really glad for that. She is 13 years now and this is the first year she does not need to wear a diaper – our yongest son still wears them (he is 9) . But our middle son with ADHD and asperger is the one who is hardest to deal with as he has so much anger.and do not cope to interact with other kids – he always fights with kids at school so he dont have any friends and all the other kids think he is weird. I dont know how many times i have been called from school to come and get him because they cant handle him.

    I just hope and prey my children will be better.

    • Hi there. I am so so sorry to hear how hard this has been for you. It is a tough thing. I like hearing people say that autism is a gift to learn to live with but they have NO idea how hard it can be. Have you tried dairy and sugar free? I found the sugar to be HUGE.

      We are doing a lot more w/ healing now and it seems to be helping. Blessings to you and yours.

  5. Hi Everyone,

    I am a pre-OT student and I am preparing a research paper on the calming effects of nature on kids with Autism and PDD. For many reasons I think that being in nature–and soothing natural interiors in calm places– can greatly help kids with Autism and PDD. I am looking for your own stories of your kids. Have you noticed a change in your child’s behavior after being in nature?

    Much thanks!
    Rebecca H

    • I think that’s a very good thing to do.

    • Rebecca, I have never replied to one of these, but liked this post, and feel that calm time and time spent outdoors has really helped my son more than any diet/ vitamin intervention (although I am a serious believer in probiotics and healthy gut). I believe my son is ” on the spectrum” for aspergers, although we have never had him diagnosed. We eat an extrememely clean Weston Price style diet, but i do feel that he has made the most gains by both being outdoors and we have found a few sports that he is thriving at individually. We also moved to a tiny town in the mountains of Idaho, he has a tiny class, and much less sensory distractions that most kids have living in a city. When my son was about eight, I was struggling as to whether I should have him diagnosed, not sure if I wanted a label on him. That summer we got him a kayak, and this quirky kid who couldn’t focus on anything and was so nervous would get into a kayak and be normal and focused. We did a seven day raft trip in Utah, and he was normal and thriving. The following winter, he wanted to learn to telemark ski. He had been skiing since age three, but was not learning. His younger siblings we more advanced than he was for some reason. Both my husband and I telemark ski, and he wanted to try it. He is very passive and not very vocal, so we saw it as another opportunity for him to learn an individual sport and thrive. The first day telemarking, it clicked, and he was amazing at nine years old. It was pretty neat to see this kid who was on a basketball team looking so nervous, rocking on the bench, thriving at a sport that is really hard for most adults. He is now fifteen, and seems to have matured enough that it is not very noticeable. He is doing incredible stuff in the outdoors. We do multi day raft trips on the rivers in Idaho, and he rows his own raft through class 4 rapids. He is on a big mountain ski team as the only telemarker, and the ski hill shot some footage of him last year for an ad. He still has some nervous scratching mannerisms, and prefers to stay in the car if we have to go into a crowded store. I am happy that I never put a label on him and love that we took our mountain hippie approach for therapy. The above article is a good one. A slower pace and decreasing stress is essential for everyone. My best friend is a pediatric OT. One of her most recent revelations in working with kids with autism is how stressed out the moms are. They have a stressful week of making therapy appointments, preparing the perfect organic meals, living the rat race, etc. Maybe the reason for the rise in autism is the crazy pace of life we all live. I know moving to a small town and having a slower pace has helped my some thrive. A few years ago, we spent a few days in Salt Lake City, and my son regressed so much in one day. He was so stressed out, had tunnel vision, and was actually rocking and counting in the back seat of the car. These were all mannerisms that he had before we moved to the small town. So, yes Rebecca I think being outdoors and a slower pace would be an excellent topic to study more in depth as you go through your OT training.

    • Carolanne says:

      I’ve noticed my daughter does best in nature. She has developmental delays in speech and sensory processing issues, mild ADHD. Even a few hours indoors under fluorescent lighting will have negative effects on her. I wish I could find a completely outdoor school for her! She also has responded well to a gentle heavy metal detox (we used Bioray NDF) and CBD oil from CW botanicals (can order like any supplement). She’s on a low-carb, high healthy fat, gluten-free diet. I’ve also read that EMF radiation from cellphones and wi-fi, electronics is one of the worst things we can expose kids to, especially those with developmental delays. We don’t use wi-fi or cellphones in our house, but surrounding apartments are bombarding us. Both my daughter and I haven’t done well since moving here a year ago. I think EMF’s create a lot more physiological and psychological stress than we realize.

      The idea of of low and slow really struck a cord. I’m a single mom, work from home and under a tremendous amount of stress both financially, physically and emotionally. For those rare times when I am able to slow down with my daughter and really connect with her, the behavioral issues vanish. It’s been tough because I have always lived a very driven, fast-paced (somewhat impatient) life. It’s a vicious cycle — the faster I move, the more unsettled she becomes and the more behavioral problems sprout up, which slows me down, triggering more stress of getting everything “done.” Surprisingly, though, she does really well with traveling.

  6. Karen Thomas says:

    We went down a very similar path, and in the end, found a combination of diet and supplementation worked well for our son. It’s great to read that you had similar results!!

  7. I am in the beginning chapter of what could be a very long road for a child who is on a spectrum (no diagnosis yet). I have been doing my research besides diet I am finding this supplement that called NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and was wondering if anyone here came across this or tried it and what was your experience.

  8. Hi Adrienne! I have read a lot of your writings and research but never on autism. My brother and his thirty year old son who has autism now lives with me and may for quite a while before they move on to find their own home. Is this something I can still do to help my nephew even tho he is not a little boy anymore. He is very intelligent but still has a part of him that is still like a little boy; mostly on the way thinks about a lot of things. Thanks for your thoughts on this. Joanne Dudley

    • Hi and thanks for writing. What part were you wondering about doing w/ the boy? The “slowing down” part? Of course, it can work for many – I think even I do better when things are more calm:).

  9. Julie Clemmons says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK…I don’t know you well yet, but I can already tell I’m gonna love you girl!!! You have helped in more ways than you can imagine. You, my Sister, ROCK!!!! JC

  10. Have you tried brain core therapy – neurofeed back

    • I have not but I have heard about it.

      • Hi Adrienne,

        Thank you for creating such an informative site with your thoughts shared.

        All the things you’ve done for your son are good suggestions to other parents of children with developmental disorders.
        The last mentioned part – “slowing down” is actually the first technique of RDI (Relationship Development Intervention). I guess you know this intervention method as you are in US. In case you don’t, it’s advisable to find out about it to learn useful techniques to get your child interact better. And if you are familiar with OT and Essential Oils treatments, you may be interested in MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration).
        I am the mother of a boy on the spectrum in Vietnam. I have just known about these 2 methods for more than half a year but I have seen both work. These 2 methods also support each other well. I highly recommend them to you. Just take some steps further on our long road ahead.

        Best wishes to you and your family!

  11. I want to start my comment with the fact that I am not a mother. I’m a student studying music therapy, a kind of therapy that can benefit many people with different disabilities and issues, including people with Aspergers and Autism. I am not an expert on raising a child or in the field of music therapy, but I do have some experience in real life and in the classroom.

    Your use of the word “healing” in regards to your son’s autism makes it sound like you think one day you will find the right diet, the right combination of oils or supplements and then he will be better. But there is a LOT of research that has proven that autism is not like getting the flu, it has a neurological basis. http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/encyclopedia/en/article/285/
    This article, under the “Neurological” section, cites several studies indicating that those with autism have literal, physical differences in their brains that is linked to autism.

    I do not live with the difficulties of raising a child with autism, but I think that it would be worth your while to look into therapies that target helping your son based off of neurology. Obviously I think that music therapy could help, but therapy can be expensive and no therapy will work for everyone.

    I guess I am just saying, I would hate your son to grow up thinking that he’s “broken”, and needs to be “healed”. I have suffered from depression for the past several years of my life and I have combated it without medication, but that wasn’t a decision I made, it was just lent on the circumstances. I know that having my depression come up again and hurt me is a real problem I will have to deal with for the rest of my life, and it is not going away. Similarly, I don’t think your son’s autism will go away at any point of his life. I’m sorry if I’ve misunderstood how you view your sons autism, or the treatment that you are using, but like I said I would hate for anyone with autism to grow up thinking that they are broken.

    • Hi there. I hear what you are saying, but my son is broken and he knows it. Just like I am, but with other issues. I’m trying to accept what I need to accept and well, we believe that someday we will be in heaven where we won’t have these burdens anymore. I have seen a lot of people healed from autism too- or at least greatly improved so I really don’t want to give up, but while I am fighting try to enjoy what we have, you know? I hope that clarifies things.

  12. So beautifully written. Low and slow is such a nurturing goal. Also, I wanted to share I have an a cappella lullaby album he may (and you!) may enjoy to promote relaxation. It is called Darling Lullabies https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/darling-lullabies/id893354846

    Hugs – Lisa

  13. Jennifer Dyer says:

    I really appreciate what you’ve said here.. I hear about so many cures–just avoid certain foods or use certain supplements and there’ll be huge difference. Some have helped, others not for us, but anything natural we can use to help is a step forward. One step at a time, right?I wondered as I read this if you’ve ever tried diatomeceous earth for candida overgrowth? I’ve used it on myself with amazing results, but have heistated to use it on my daughter. I wondered if you or any of your other readers have tried it?

    Thanks again for the great info. I’ve been through six of your posts tonight, but my daughter keeps coming in to get me. I’ll be back!

    • Hi Jennifer. I haven’t tried that. Interesting. We were just going to use it for ants!!

      It is very hard. We have tried so much and spent so much money……….I’ll write more soon hopefully.

  14. I have worked with Aromatherapy for many years, and always made a bottle of Bedroom spray for my Grandchildren, in their teens they still ask for it…it helps them sleep better. But keep in mind that pure Essential Oils, must never be put on the skin directly without a carrier oil ..Lavender IS wonderful for relaxation, but in concentrated form can have the opposite effect ,such as stimulating instead of relaxation..

  15. Beverly Jorgensen says:

    I am an Energy Medicine Practitioner meaning I feel/see energy around and in people. I just watched a moving called Temple Grande….who had autism. When Temple spoke at the end of this movie I realized that in the same way with Autism is in her world in how she felt / saw things through her being, is how I feel / see energy in my world. There were similarities that made me feel totally at home with how my brain works. In Energy Medicine it is about seeing what others do not and then helping them through emotional things going on in their life. I am bringing this up because in moving finally a small city of Livingston Montana which had too much energy for me, to Potlatch Idaho onto the farm land/ forest close by, with space around me, this is no different than Temple having a hard time with too many people and the chaotic energy around them…it hurts. It really hurts. This is because it is so much stimulus for us. Well, in working with Energy Medicine in my home, not in town but in my home in Montana, an energy field was created enabling me to handle the energy coming off people and work with them. Going to a restaurant was hard, the next large city, Bozeman was fun to go to but I wanted to leave soon. I may not have reacted as in having Autism, but the feeling of overwhelming is the same. The energy coming off people in Bozeman hurt. I felt squashed. I was unable to hold onto the energy I worked with in my home while working with people on a one to one bases.

    I have decided maybe, just maybe, the space of energy surrounding an Autistic Child and Energy Medicine Practitioner is really much the same. I look at people or animals and then look behind or past the energy in them in order to feel or see what is going on. You would think after all these years doing this work I would have understood this connection, but I didn’t get it until right now.

    When we left Montana, we left a small city to come to farmland and are working to build our own home. I knew I would need a Studio again to work with people, but now more than ever, I get why farmland close to a forest. What has been found for us is space surrounding us! The space for me to travel in my own energy field is much like what an Autistic child needs, what he lives in. I understand not all need space but those that do there is this understanding of how to bring that into the physical world and feel safe. .

    Once while at a friends home in Texas doing this work, an Autistic child came in. Everything was wrong for this child. We knew so little but I wanted then a chance to see if I really could help and the parents were scared and would try anything…isn’t that really how it is too! Well this child needed to climb, space for him needed to be huge. He had to climb up. When he was climbing on he walls, curtains, couch, then me while I softly played my hand drum suddenly, all I knew was to sit down fast with my drum. I wanted to see initially what a drums sound would do for this child. Then I realized as I sat down on the rug, with drum, the sound drew him to the floor. He calmed down and I calmed down. This was my first introduction to an Autistic child. I had no idea if I was wrong for this child and what would happen.

    We sat there with sound, feeling and seeing only from the space in energy that I know well. We both went into this space of energy that was safe. I was told by my friend his family saw a difference in their child they hadn’t seen before. I was too new at what this meant to understand the significance of this. Then I lost my husband shortly after and was just trying to pay bills back in Montana. I forgot about this experience, until today watching this movie.

    So, I found this site. I do not know if what I am saying would even make sense to another. For me it is crystal clear, something happened then, I moved here to Potlatch Idaho and live on land with grass and sky and few neighbors around. Some day when the house is built, there will be a Studio…large enough for a child needing space to maybe be helped with sound and someone who just might understands the energy inside an Autistic child.There is an enormous energy field that just works differently for some of us. We get it and don’t understand why others can’t. We don’t get textures that are harsh, peoples energy can blow on us and hurt. We feel it coming off them and wondering how they even stand being in their own body, If they are sad or happy we feel it. Sometimes these emotions are crushing. When we find someone who understand us it is such a relief. When we touch an animal they feel us where people do not. I do not know if we are really short circuited or right on the mark. There is no accident there are so many of these kids here now. Are they teaching us, healing us, showing us how to navigate through troubled times? Why do people like me, who honestly work inside an energy field that many others do not see, why are we also here now? Something is going on larger than I even have words for. If in reading this and you would want to reply I would love to go into more detail with you about your own experiences with your child.
    Beverly Jorgensen

    • I was really interested in what you had to say. I’m trying everything I can to help my son. His symptoms seem to be getting worse. I did just recently meet a new naturopath who sounds like he may be able to help. Feeling hopeful for the first time in a long while.

  16. Or… You can stop being a stupid **** (deleted by blog owner) and learn that autism is not an illness and that there is nothing to be healed and that you’re child is going to keep mental scars for life because of the years you spent trying to heal his perfectly healthy personality ?

    • I’m assuming your email isn’t accurate, but I will respond anyway. Maybe you could read Martha Herbert’s articles on autism about how it’s a disease of the gut. And besides, my son wants to be healed. I’m not sure where you got your thoughts on this, but autism is a condition of the gut and brain and many people have been healed. Please refrain from using profanity on my blog should you come back. Thank you.

  17. I love reading this. we have 5 children that we home school two on the spectrum one with asthma and one with other delays. ( just got a copy of out of sync child) we did aggressive birth to three with the oldest- and moved into natural mindset. I have been loving your site and blog as we are always trying new things and enjoy sharing remedies that work! Thank you your time in writing and reviews and honesty!

  18. Bill Kitchen says:

    Hi – Thanks for sharing your story, Adrienne. When my severely Autistic son was 4, I was trying to find something that would help his poor brain development. I tried some essential fatty acids (Efalex by Efamol company) which consist of Omega 3, 6, and 9 EFA oils. I hoped for an improvement in a month or so. The next day, his preschool teacher said, “What happened to your son?”. I said “What do you mean ‘What happened?'” She said, “This is the first time he’s played with other kids, the first time we could see a picture in his scribbling, and the fist time he spoke in phrases instead of word pairs”. I wanted to prove it was the oil that caused such a huge improvement overnight, so at the end of a month, I paused his treatment for a few days. Within 24 hours his IQ went down to his former stupor. After two days of being low-functioning, I put him back on Efalex and his IQ and responsiveness went back up to his high level, later that day. I’m thrilled that some people have difficulty telling that he is Autisitc now. I am working towards his total recovery. He is a happy 21 year old now, with a keen sense of inquisitiveness, holds 4 part-time jobs, has an Autisitc girlfriend, and is a talented musician. I wish I could have started him on essential fatty acid oils sooner – development time is precious.

  19. Hi I am interested in hearing more about your experiences with nutritional balancing. I have thought about doing this with my son but in a way I feel scared to give such high levels of vitamins and I feel skeptical if it will really kick out the metals and heal my son’s neurology. I w

    • I stopped doing it. I developed thyroid issues that my practitioner couldn’t handle. I am really skeptical about it now. It seems to work well for many (some?) but I think you need to look at more than just hair. Looking for a new practitioner for my son now and think we have found one.

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