“When we came to Cerebrum, Dr. Randall started asking him some questions. My wife and I both realized…he understood Autism. He understood our journey…We are seeing the most improvement I have seen in him since he was 5 years old.”
“I’ve never had anyone who could really quantify results to say ‘yes this is the issue’ or ‘no this is not’. Cerebrum represented that…it was so logical and they could show you graphically what they were doing and why.”
All any parent wants for their child is for them to have the best possible opportunity for a healthy, happy life. Parents of children who are on the Autism Spectrum are no different and challenges often accompanying Autism Spectrum such as social interactions, verbal/nonverbal communication and repetitive behavior can be frustrating, stressful and lonely because unless another parent is going through the same thing, it can be difficult for other people around you to relate to such an individual struggle for your family and your child.
What happens as children get older with Autism Spectrum is that they may experience what appears as a worsening of their Autism symptoms. This is exactly what happened with Matt Vinyard, a Texas Tech student.
Although Matt was diagnosed with Autism at age 5, he was struggling more than usual. In cases such as these, Cerebrum looks at specific blood markers to identify or rule out potential autoimmune disorders that often can exasperate Autism. Once the root cause of the problem is identified, a custom treatment plan is created not only to address the underlying issue, but to help improve as much brain and body functionality as possible.
Some people with an ASD might not be interested in other people at all. Others might want friends, but not understand how to develop friendships. Many children with an ASD have a very hard time learning to take turns and share—much more so than other children. This can make other children not want to play with them. People with an ASD might have problems with showing or talking about their feelings. They are very sensitive to being touched and might not want to be held or cuddled. Anxiety and depression also affect some people with an ASD. All of these symptoms can make other social problems even harder to manage.
Prefers to play alone
Resists physical contact
Only interacts to achieve a desired goal
Is not comforted by others during distress
Flat or inappropriate facial expression
Does not understand personal space boundaries
Some children with ASD can speak well, others can speak very little or not at all. About 40% of children with ASD do not talk at all and about 25-30% know some words by 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Here are some of the language difficulties associated with ASD.
Children with ASD may have unusual responses to touch, smell, sound, sight, taste and feel. They might over-or-under-react to pain or loud noises. They may also have abnormal eating habits, such as choosing only a few foods to eat that are acceptable or eating dirt or rocks. Chronic constipation or diarrhea may also become an issue. Sleeping habits and abnormal emotional reactions are also common symptoms of ASD.
Lines up toys or other objects
Minor changes are upsetting
Flaps hands, rocks body or spins in circles
Plays with toys the same way every time
Is very organized
Has to follow certain routines
Families often struggle to find relief for their child and a solution to the ongoing and often progressive effects. Parents seek to improve their child’s quality of life by overcoming these issues, or at least mitigating their effects, but often struggle to find the best approach. Pharmacologically-centered treatments promise relief of certain symptoms but sometimes create additional issues. Purely behavioral therapies and coping mechanisms simply operate at the surface and don’t work to address the underlying pathologies. Finding a solution seems daunting and discovering hope can seem unrealistic.
At Cerebrum Health Centers, we specialize in identifying and treating those underlying pathologies that are impacting your child’s brain health. By understanding exactly which parts of the brain are impacted most by your child’s unique form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, we can create a customized treatment plan that works on multiple areas of the brain simultaneously. This targeted, universal brain therapy approach is an extremely effective method to address the varied behavioral, cognitive, social and functional symptoms.
By addressing the variations in how different patients process information and how their brain synapses arrange and connect, we strive to improve the quality of life for the families of Autistic patients and bring about progress they were beginning to believe they would never see. Every child should have every opportunity possible for a happy, healthy life. A child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is no different. Call or fill out the form for a free consultation.