Dr. David Clark, DC shares a progress update on William, who is recovering from Autoimmune Autism.
I first shared Willam's autism story with you in 2010. You can read that post here.
Below is a video from summer 2011...a one year update on William and his progress and recovery from Autoimmune Autism.
David Clark: Cool, so it's been – when did I first see you guys?
Dad: A year, about a year, 15th of April.
Mom: The fifteenth of last year, April last year.
David Clark: Man, really? Time has flown.
Mom: The difference is a big change in him in a year.
David Clark: Yeah? So well me about it.
Mom: Oh, wow, it was like –
Dad: The swim team.
Mom: Yeah, the swim team. He follows directions, he waits, he still gets a little anxious when the buzzer, unless it's his turn, you know?
David Clark: Um-hum.
Dad: Still likes the sound.
Mom: When it's his turn, he –
David Clark: Still likes the sound a little bit?
Dad: Still likes the sound.
David Clark: Okay.
Mom: But not, yeah, gets a little anxious, but –
David Clark: Is it, now how bad is the biting of the hand compared to a year ago? Is it the same or is it less?
Mom: No, it's easier. It's less. When he gets real anxious is when his – when he –
Dad: The hand biting.
Mom: The hand biting, but he hasn't been – he went there for I guess a couple of months without even doing it and then all of a sudden he got anxious again. It might have been that time when we – I think it started back in when we were off of the fish oil for a couple of months; actually, he ended up about three months without it.
David Clark: Um-hum......Well, I gotta tell you, he's way more calm.
Mom: Oh, golly, yeah, well, you know, you told us last year to get off the milk and soy.
David Clark: Right, right.
Mom: And even before we got home I saw another difference where he was just – he was even saying a couple more words.
David Clark: Yeah?
Mom: And, you know, and then once we got off of everything else that he was on we saw another different change in him.
David Clark: Yeah, because he was on one supplement that he shouldn't have been on.
Mom: Shouldn't have been – exactly. Exactly.
David Clark: Tell me about his verbal communication these days.
Mom: Oh, so much better.
David Clark: Well, I can already –
Mom: So much better, I mean he just, he speaks in more sentences at one time, more at one time.
David Clark: Right.
Mom: And it's just – and it's appropriate talk, too.
David Clark: It's spontaneous and appropriate?
David Clark: Not scripting, necessarily? If you had to say, I mean, if you had like – it's always hard to put a number on things, but what kind of percent improvement would you say over last year?
Mom: Oh, gosh.
David Clark: Whatever you think is fine.
Mom: Sixty, seventy?
Dad: Fifty or sixty, I'd say.
David Clark: Yeah? Cool. Good. And obviously we still have things we gotta work on, but I'm super pleased.
Mom: Oh, yeah. Well even now, we got him back – he had a swim – get out of swimming and he gets swimmer's ear.
David Clark: Right.
Mom: He went swimming without having to be on practice. Well, since then he hasn't taken the melatonin.
David Clark: Um-hum. The melatonin, right, we talked about getting off of that, yeah?
Mom: He's off of it.
Dad: He's off of it.
David Clark: And is he sleeping okay?
Mom: Oh, yeah.
David Clark: See, now that is awesome.
Mom: It's just like a – I mean, at least eight hours.
David Clark: You see, now that is awesome because that means that he didn't need it, first off.
David Clark: And second of off, you kept him from being dependent on it forever, which is cool.
Mom: I know, that's, yeah.
David Clark: It's much better for him to have his own normal rhythm. Well, the good thing is – here's what I'm hearing, more verbal in an appropriate way, less hyperactive, engaging in more social activities, and we're gonna call that the swim team.
David Clark: Let's see, what else are we hearing? Sleeping better.
David Clark: That's all good stuff, just got more to work on.
Dad: And he will be on the swim team this summer.
David Clark: All right, well that's great.
Dad: Yeah, there's a summer – it's like, six weeks, it's not much, but just to get him on there.
David Clark: That's great. And then the physical activity of the swimming is actually very important for his brain, too, because it's basically a crawling pattern. I mean, you're basically crawling in the water is what you're doing when you're swimming and that's fantastic for him.
Mom: He – we saw a huge difference, which we were down in Daytona for fall break and he swam two or three – three, four hours a day.
David Clark: Wow.
Mom: He was in the pool.
Mom: In and out just, you know, constantly.
Dad: He'd go into the ocean and then in the pool.
Mom: Oh, I saw another difference, improved talking then just during that one week was just unreal.
David Clark: And that's why you should let him keep doing that. That's what I was just telling you about that.
David Clark: Because that's what we call – that swimming motion is kind of what we call a pattern generator motion. It's just kind of a developmental thing. It's very good for him. It's very good stuff.
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