Case Study — Autism
In the beginning
James had constant temper tantrums. He couldn’t talk to his parents or say anything but “ba”, which was James-speak for “apple”. At 16 months old, James was not interested at all in his little brother. James didn’t want anybody to touch him, and he wouldn’t tolerate affection. Even playing with toys was a challenge; he would just stack blocks very high, over and over again.
Simple outings with the family, to the grocery store, or to church were ultimately traumatic. In the grocery store James would start screaming, leaving Crystal, James’ mother, not knowing what caused the upset. James was unable to communicate his basic needs or concerns. Crystal sought ways to help. James started speech therapy at 2 years old. She also started a gluten-free, dairy-free diet with him. Almost immediately there was a spark of relief. Twenty-four hours after removing dairy from James’ diet he was able to finally kiss his mom. He connected a little more, and was somewhat calmer.
James was officially diagnosed with autism at age 2 1⁄2.
Crystal read about Play therapy for children with autism. Play therapy is a technique which builds on a child’s interests in order to develop relationships and communication skills. Crystal set up a playroom in her house using recommendations from the Play therapy methodology.
Play therapy worked well for James. He slowly started developing a desire to be with other people and started being able to express himself verbally. Play therapy focuses on relationships, not behavior. Most children with autism, including James, have a difficult time with relationships, and play therapy was a helpful solution.
Around the same time that Crystal learned about Play therapy, she received a grant for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA assesses the relationship between a specific behavior and the environment. The techniques for ABA can be utilized to change that behavior. ABA is the most common type of therapy for children with autism. It is a very structured approach using a system of demands and rewards. Crystal saw limited progress with James. It didn’t feel like a good fit for the family. Eventually, the grant from ABA ran out, and she decided to end the treatment.
Around 4 – 4 1⁄2
When James turned four Crystal began to homeschool him. He couldn’t handle new information. He would throw things on the floor when being taught anything new or unfamiliar. He was very easily frustrated and upset. He was also a very picky eater; “It felt like WW III at the dinner table”, proclaimed Crystal. She was desperate and willing to try anything.
Homeopathic detox, which removed the toxic load from James, was attempted. There was little change in behavior. Crystal took James to a chiropractor for a weekly adjustment, with limited success.
In 2012 Crystal drove her family from Texas to California to start a new life in Camarillo. For the first 2 months in their new surroundings things went well.
Then James started to regress behaviorally. One peaceful night out to dinner at a restaurant, for no apparent cause, James started kicking and screaming wildly. He couldn’t communicate what his needs were and he was frustrated.
Exhausted and seemingly out of options, Crystal continued her search for someone to help. Determined that her son was to have access to a normal, happy, healthy life, she had no idea what to search for or where to start. She wanted something naturally holistic. After some research she learned about holistic chiropractors. Crystal read about a local holistic chiropractor and discovered Dr. Roth.
Roth Wellness Center
Dr. Roth offers the Neuro Modulation Technique (NMT) with strong evidence of its effectiveness for autism. NMT is best described as “informational medicine,” because it works to identify and correct the informational source of illness – the confusion that can interrupt our innate healing mechanisms. “This was the missing piece!” proclaimed Crystal. She watched a video testimonial of a little girl who went to see Dr. Roth for help with her allergies and thought, “I’ll take a shot.” Crystal brought James to see Dr. Roth.
Initially, James wouldn’t even get on the table. Unable to communicate his discontent, James was throwing things because he was obviously upset.
With patience and persistence, eventually James took to Dr. Roth’s care. By the time Crystal and James left the office, James was calm and at ease. He was expressing emotion and was generally happier. Crystal was delighted with the results and hopeful this was what she had been seeking for James. They continued seeing Dr. Roth.
For the first 2 months after the initial visit, James had appointments every week. Then the regularity was reduced to every other week for 4 months. Now James is seeing Dr. Roth only once a month.
After receiving care from Dr. Roth, James started attending public school. He is now ahead academically and loves being with other kids. He is affectionate and empathetic. His ability to communicate what he is thinking and feeling is incredible. He is willing to try new things and is even eating new foods!
Before visiting Dr. Roth, James’ ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist) score by the Autism Research Institute was a 70. James is now a 3 and on his way to complete recovery.
Dr. Roth’s practice of the NeuroModulation Technique altered the lives of 4 people: Crystal, Crystal’s husband Joshua, James’ brother Josiah, and James. Crystal now works with Dr. Roth at the Roth Wellness Center and is committed that other people with an autism diagnosis get the support they need.
For more information on how Dr. Roth uses the NeuroModulation Technique, click here.