in conversation with his mother, Holly:
Quinn’s symptoms: no words; no pointing; “stereotypical behaviors” (lining up and spinning toys); eczema; GI problems (diarrhea and constipation); food sensitivities; immune dysfunction; ear infections; motor delays; ensory integration dysfunction.
Formal Diagnosis: mild/moderate autism
Determined Causes: environmental toxins, including vaccines, dietary toxins and lead poisoning
Helpful Therapies: GF/CF diet; Specific Carbohydrate Diet; mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy for huge speech gains; Methyl B12 injections for more speech improvement; chelation to remove toxic metals; anti-fungal therapies; anti-viral and anti-fungal medications; supplementing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acid. “For Quinn, traditional therapies have also helped a lot, including play therapy, behavioral therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis using Discrete Trial Training then Natural Environment Training), speech therapy, occupational therapy and a social skills group. These therapies have been intensive, totaling 30-45 hours per week, and he has always had additional inclusive experiences with typical peers including Music Together and dance classes.”
More on Quinn’s Recovery: “Taking Quinn off of milk made a huge difference. Within only a few days it was like he came out of a fog. We soon changed his diet to be GF/CF and he continued to improve. Our current diet includes select gluten-free starches in moderation. By the time he finished preschool, we were able to fade Quinn’s 1:1 support completely. He entered kindergarten in our private Catholic School without an aide, and he has had a wonderful year. As we are fading his ABA therapy, we are now using Relationship Development Intervention objectives to fine-tune his social communication skills. Quinn has gone from a 2 year-old with no receptive or expressive language to a kid who understands everything and can follow multi-step directions. He is having conversations with his peers and expressing his wants and needs in complete sentences. His eye contact is great, and he is doing a lot of social referencing with us and with his peers. Most people are shocked when I tell them that Quinn has autism, including professional therapists who don’t know him. He is still a gentle, sweet boy but now he is able to interact with us and experience our world.”
I would like to tell doctors: “Thank you!!!”
I would like to tell other families: “Hang in there! When you don't see the changes you're hoping for, don't give up! Change strategies, diet, supplements, doctors, therapies, etc. Be relentless, go to conferences. Keep visualizing the future you want for your child and your family. There is always hope. Believe in yourself and your child.”