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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted an update on our NAET journey. Life has been full of twists and turns, as it often is, and time has been difficult to find for updates. For those that have been curious, we are now two years deep into NAET treatments for our son. We’ve had some financial struggles over the past year and a half, so treatments have not been as frequent as I’d like. However, we continue to eIMG_0315xperience vast benefits from each treatment, so we will continue along this path.

Today, my son is thriving. He’s mainstreaming in a general ed classroom full time and has an aid to help him. We are hopeful that his aid will successfully be phased out over the next year of school. Mr. W. has exceeded all academic expectations, made real friends, and gained improved social skills from his peers. It’s been a wonderful year and we’re very proud of all of his accomplishments.

W still struggles with gross motor coordination and fine motor strength. We will continue to work on this, we’re still trying to master riding a bicycle. However, the Big Wheel that his Gran just bought him is a really great start. It simplifies the process just enough that he can relax and simply have fun with it. Slowly, he’s building up the muscle memory that he will need to be better at riding his bicycle. He’s finally getting the hang of the concept that you have to steer and pedal simultaneously. (It’s those simultaneous gross motor tasks that become truly overwhelming.)

I’m grateful that we discovered NAET treatments and will continue to take my son to Dr. Chernoff for future care. With every step we take, we get to understand more underlying puzzles that conventional doctors could never resolve.

All my best,

Muckraking Maven

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I know I’m a bit belated in posting updates about my son’s NAET journey.  I suppose that’s because our life gets so chaotic and crazy sometimes.  It’s just par for the course really with my spectrum kiddo mainstreaming kindergarten and an eighteen year old beginning his college journey.  Oh, and we can’t forget about our fifteen year old beginning his sophomore year of high school either.  We’ve had back to school fun, the subsequent illnesses that always seem to follow returning to public classes, and an extremely hectic workload for the past few months.  I’ve got a running list of social stories to write (needed as of yesterday) as well as many issues to vent about in our world.  Today, I wanted to focus on happy, so this update seemed most fitting.

We are now 6 treatments deep into NAET with my W and are still overjoyed with the progress these homeopathic treatments are providing.  I’ll use the same format as before and list the most significant and notable improvements:

  • Greater understanding of family relationships:  Understands that he has cousins and that these are the children of his Aunts & Uncles.
  • Continued improvements with communication.  Better able to spontaneously communicate his wants and needs – including sharing specific details about illnesses. (Able to tell me that he has a headache, tummy ache, etc.)
  • Improved conversation and less wary of people he doesn’t know.  Even striking up conversations with strangers in stores and restaurants now.
  • Increased curiosity and ability to ask questions regarding the meaning of various words and things.  Now, he fires off questions like a machine gun firing.  “What’s direction mean, what is combust, what is a gymnasium, what is a conjunction, what’s the biggest word in the dictionary…”
  • No longer screaming in protest if I join him in a song or dance.  In fact, we recently sang a song together for the first time after his third treatment.
  • Keratosis pilaris rash on upper arms is nearly gone.  Bump under right eyelid is much smaller as well.
  • Increased joint attention and interest.
  • Improved patience, flexibility, and waiting.  Better able to understand verbal explanations without visual aids.
  • Increased fine motor skills – able to manipulate small parts on various toys without help. (i.e. attaching the diving hose to his Octonaut Gup C and Captain Barnacles, fixing the treads on his Walle robot)  Even willingly sat down to draw and write the other night.  (This NEVER happens without much protest and fighting and he initiated this on his own, happily!)
  • Better control of sensory overload – particularly hand dryers in bathrooms.  These used to result in W running, screaming, and crying.  Now he’s able to cover his ears with his hands and tell me he doesn’t like the hand dryer.
  • Requesting play frequently – wanting to engage in imaginary play more often with greater flexibility.
  • Increased eye contact – especially when requesting something he wants – almost to a comical point.
  • Improved awareness of his surrounding environment and better reading comprehension.
  • Better able to cope with crowds and social events.  W is an Easter Seals Ambassador and attended their family bowling bash last Saturday.  We were shocked with how well he handled the boisterous loud event.  He was a social butterfly shaking hands, answering questions, and even hugging strangers that work with the Easter Seals.  I am still amazed at how well he handled the entire event & we also learned that W really enjoys bowling of all things.  I think we have some family bowling outings in our future, for sure.

W_bowling_ambassador

 

I’ll finish this update with a cute story about a book we were reading a month ago before bedtime about the Octonauts and the Frown Fish.  There is a part of this story, where the main characters decide to have a costume party and they all dress up in various costumes.  One of W’s favorite characters, Captain Barnacles is dressed in a Hamlet costume.  I’d never mentioned this to my son – instead we often focused on the more easily recognized costumes like pirates, princesses, and fairies.  W likes to assign agent names to the characters on this page for fun.  Each agent name is formed with the first letter of their name, or in this case, their costume’s name.  When he pointed to Captain Barnacles, he stated and there’s Agent H.  I said H are you sure?  W’s response was, “Mommy, because Captain Barnacles is wearing a Hamlet costume.”  I asked him how he knew about Hamlet and he told me, “You know, that guy Shakespeare.  I know about him.  I know some things.”  Now, I can assure you that we’ve never discussed Hamlet or Shakespeare, but this simply blew my mind.  He looked me dead in the eyes for the entire conversation as well.

I’m looking forward to continuing our NAET journey.  So far, I’m amazed with all the positive change my son has experienced and will continue on this path as long as it provides benefits.  If you’re interested in learning more about NAET yourself, check out the research study led by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum on Improving Communication Skills in Children with Allergy-related Autism Using Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques.

All my best,

Muckraking Maven

There is something I’ve been wanting to write about for over a month, now.  It’s a very personal account of our son’s introduction to NAET.  I cannot deny the powerful positive change the first treatment has provided.  However, I wanted to hold my breath, just in case it didn’t stick.  We are anxiously awaiting our next visit with Dr. Marilyn Chernoff and have much hope for continued improvement in our son’s allergies, immune system strength, and general wellness.

I first learned of NAET last winter.  It was a brief mention in a string of comments on a blog – I can’t remember the name.  Something about that word, “NAET,” got stuck in my brain and soon I was Googling it to learn what it was all about.  Honestly, at the time it seemed pretty over-the-top in concept.  However the treatment was based on acupressure (pressure not needles) and was non-invasive and completely holistic.  From this point, I continued reading about this innovative treatment helping many children with allergies, individuals with chronic pain, and even some children with autism.

I inhaled a study overseen by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum that compared a control group of children on the spectrum with a group, also ASD, that underwent NAET treatments for one year.  At the end of this study,  a majority of the children in the NAET group experienced substantial improvements in allergic reactions, communication, eye contact, and unresolved ailments (such as eczema, stomach pain, etc.).  More detail on this study and its innovative discoveries can be found in an article featured in a fairly recent Psychology Today article,”23 of the 30 children receiving NAET returned to regular school classes with their typical, non-autistic peers – as opposed to none of the 30 untreated children in the control group.”

The article further cites, “The children receiving NAET also demonstrated both statistically and clinically highly significant improvements in all four autism-related outcome measures:

  • 64 – 82% range of decreases in the 4 ATEC tests.
  • 47.4% average increase in the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) – another well respected assessment tool.
  • 85% decrease in total Allergy Symptom Rating Scale (ASRS) – a tool for evaluating allergies.”

This study, and the way that this therapy captured my interest  out of left field compelled me to buy Dr. Devi Nambadripad’s books, “Living Pain Free,” and, “Say Goodbye to Allergy-Related Autism.”  Along this path, I met a wonderful lady in Louisiana who shared her son’s success story with me on several phone long phone calls.  I also exchanged emails/chats with two other mother’s whose children had experienced great improvements upon engaging in NAET therapy.  It was something I simply had to try.

My dear hubby thought I’d finally taken the crazy train out of Fresno with this “hare-brained” scheme, but I couldn’t and didn’t let it rest.  I was totally OCD on this subject and finally made the great leap of faith this past May despite my hubby’s voice of reason.  To prep my son, I created a social story that detailed the doctor we planned to visit, how the procedure would progress, and what to expect.  We watched videos together on YouTube of another child receiving NAET and talked about the process as much as he was able to communicate.

Here is a short video of my son getting ready to go meet Dr. Chernoff and try our first NAET treatment.  Dr. Chernoff confirmed many things I’d already suspected about my son’s health and immune system.  He was far too sick to receive the vaccinations he did his first year of life.  In fact, his G.I. problems at the time were listed as part of the vaccine manufacturer’s FDA mandated Contraindications – my ped should have used more caution.  (If the GI problems weren’t enough to warrant more caution, my son’s milk protein allergy should have ruled the vaccines out at that time – as many contained milk proteins – and coincidentally led to hospitalization for intestinal bleeding.  If I’d known better…well, you know how that story goes…  In any case, my son has had a myriad of challenges due to severe food allergies, vaccine reactions (involving hospitalization), and intestinal bleeding.  Dietary changes have made a huge impact in his health, but we’ve still dealt with lingering, mystery allergies – that no doctor has provided potential answers for.  They all just want us to give him Claritin, allergy shots, etc. and stop worrying about the root cause.  I am MOST concerned about the root cause and believe that Dr. Chernoff in combination with our DAN doctor, may just help us to get there.  On our first visit, we discussed my son’s medical history at great length and then she checked to see what substances he may be reacting to.  Her initial evaluation revealed that W has trouble with Vitamin C, milk proteins, eggs, corn, and other popular allergens.  She began his treatment by treating him for Brain-Body-Balance paired with Fear to alleviate some of the emotional fear he harbors due to so many negative medical experiences.  For the sake of brevity, here is the short list of improvements tracked in my daily journal within the month after NAET:

  • Sleeping through the night in his bed, nightmares not waking him.
  • No more need for melatonin to get to sleep and stay asleep.  Prior to NAET we were giving him 3mg of melatonin nightly.
  • Improved conversation and spontaneous communication.
  • Improved gross and fine motor coordination.
  • Decreased sensory hypo- and hyper-sensitivity
  • Improved muscle tone in legs, emergence of age-appropriate reflexes, and notice W now gets dizzy fast.
  • Developed interest in Paparazzi-styled photography and videography inside the Moore house using the iPad.
  • Increased patience with good waiting.
  • Improved use of words and reduction of tantrums.
  • Desire to be more engaged with us, requesting play together more often.  Playing more frequently in his bedroom, happily occupied with toys.
  • Improved imaginary play – not dependent on scripts or “practiced” routines.
  • Improved social engagement with family and friends – and their children.
  • Disappearance of chronic rhinitis due to undetermined allergies.
  • Introduction of arguing, bargaining, and general disagreement on potty prizes, meals, and various part of our daily routine. (His conversation has essentially leveled-up to the point that everything is a bit of a debate – but this makes my heart so happy!)
  • Not as enchanted with his plastic magnetic letters and numbers – more interested in toys – and playing with them appropriately.
  • Less need for a visual schedule or story strips because we’re finally able to talk through a scenario verbally, with understanding.

You can see why I’m amazed with the potential for NAET.  Now, I fully understand that this is not a treatment that will work for every child, but there’s enough potential here that some of you may wish to learn a bit more about it.  I know that I can’t technically “cure” my son’s autism.  It’s a neurological disability and it will be here throughout his entire life.  However, if I’m able to provide real relief by determining the root causes to his allergies, G.I. upset, sensory dysfunction, and even physical coordination, I don’t see any reason to stop this train right now.  This is one holistic journey that I intend to follow through.  I’ll keep sharing as we progress on this journey and hope some of this information may be helpful to another.  My son put the effects of NAET in his words best, “Dr. Marilyn Chernoff helped make my body feel better.”

I’ll close with a short video of my son having his first spontaneous and productive conversation (not scripted) the day after our treatment.  The benefits continue to surface each day and I’m very excited about our next visit, coming soon!

After the first NAET treatment our son was happy and engaged, almost immediately.

After the first NAET treatment our son was happy and engaged, he was more physically coordinated and aware of his body in space, almost immediately after leaving Dr. Chernoff’s office.