When I first saw Mark, he had just been diagnosed with autism at the age of 4 and a half.
He tested high for levels of lead.
He was not potty trained.
He was only able to imitate single words without any understanding.
He showed no social interaction with other children and only interacted with his parents when he wanted them to give him something; such as pulling them to a food cupboard.
He spent his days fixating on the iPhone screen for hours and performing repetitive actions such as flipping the light switch on and off and opening and closing the door.
With his parents help, he enjoyed playing with balls, balloons and being in water. When excited, he would stim by flap his hands, screaming and rubbing his fingers together.
Improvements step by step
The first improvement seen was improved eye contact. He then improved in his verbal understanding and speech and was soon able to put 2 words together purposefully such as, ’eat more’.
Following this, his stimming behaviors stopped. He enjoyed hugs and kisses. He would choose to stay in the room with peers at social events. He was more physically confident and liked to play football with his Dad for 5 minutes at a time.
In the middle of his time with me he had a setback due to taking an over the counter medication for a cough which had not been prescribed by me. Parents often don’t think there is any harm in giving an OTC cough syrup but as you can see, this is not the case! I would encourage you to use homeopathy as your first line of medicine for all acute situations which are not life threatening. The cough medicine resulted in him stammering which was a new symptom. However, he continued to make progress in other ways. His motor skills improved to where he could play on a trampoline, tricycle and swing. He also became potty trained during the day.
The following month the stammer had ceased and he would say ‘open the door’ when he needed the bathroom. He enjoyed more cuddles with his parents and had started cuddling a teddy bear.
A month later, he started waving hello and goodbye, brushing his own teeth and was able to participate in hand washing by rubbing his hands together.
One month after that, he was able to wash his hands completely independently. He was able to write the alphabet hand over hand and connect dots on a picture book. He started responding to music and enjoyed strumming a guitar. He was wet at night 2-3 times a week and independent with toileting during the day.
Progress within 8 months of treatment
Within 8 months of starting homeopathic treatment, he is able to put together 4 word sentences with understanding and purpose. His eye contact is good. He has stopped being fixated with the iPhone, is able to identify objects seen in books, exploring his environment and playing with a wide range of toys. His comprehension has improved for following directions. He no longer displays stimming behavior. He interacts well with adult friends of the family, showing affection and attempts to play with peers. He is more independent in his self care and much improved in his motor skills.
If you’d like to see these gains with your child, try homeopathy! Shahin Afnan Dip Hom.,CCT. MARH