Adam's Journey

Homeopathic Healing of Autism

Second Opinion

So this post is coming a little late seeing that Adam underwent a “second opinion” by a psychologist back in May.  It’s not like I doubted his autism diagnosis (made official in February of this year) but he needed the psychological assessment to determine his eligibility for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy.

This time, the assessment was a little more in depth.  I was interviewed by the psychologist for almost an hour while she simulataneously observed Adam’s behaviour in the small meeting room.  Then, she asked me to leave the room to complete some questionnaires while she asked Adam to complete a series of developmental tasks.  To top it all off, Adam’s behaviour was also observed for a couple hours at his daycare.

Several weeks later, I was invited back to hear the results of the assessment face-to-face.  I have to admit that the verbal report was easier to digest than reading the results for myself in some cold report.  Reports where words like “severely delayed” repeat themselves over and over, slapping me in the face each time and reducing Adam to some type of “specimen” instead of the incredible person he is.  And he IS.

The bottom line is that the second diagnosis confirms the first.  Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Having already processed the raw emotions from the first blow, it was much easier to accept.  It was also comforting to hear the psychologist affirm that Adam is a bright little boy who demonstrates a willingness and ability to learn; thus his future has great potential.  It feels SO GOOD to hear someone else acknowledge this.  Of course I know it.  But I want others to see it too instead of always looking at him through the lens of autism.

Adam’s placement on the autism spectrum was deteremined to be “mild to moderate.”  He needed a minimum of “moderate” to earn his eligibility for IBI therapy so he’s currently on the waiting list.  And we’re still waiting.  Tick, tick, tick…

Note:  Two weeks after the second diagnosis, Adam started talking.  Now, three months later, he’s attempting sentences.  Part of me wonders if he would still be deemed “eligible” for IBI therapy since his developmental scores were significantly lowered by his lack of verbal communication.  However, Adam still remains on the waiting list for therapy while his verbal gains are making leaps and bounds.  I’ve learned not to question the timing of all these things.  After all, God’s timing is perfect.

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Phase Ten – Pregnancy Emotions

Phase Ten.  Sounds like a good place to end one journey and start another.

Ten.  That’s the number of “traumas” that have been inflicted upon Adam in his three years of life.  Traumas including vaccinations, antibiotics, physical injuries (birth, falls), ultrasounds and more.  This phase sought to address any effect of the emotions I was feeling when I discovered I was pregnant with Adam.  The pregnancy was a total surprise; I found out I was pregnant when Emersyn was only eight months old.  I felt guilty because we had just bought our first home and I had intended to go back to work prior to having a second child.  So instead of that initial “glowing period” I admit I was wracked with guilt over my irresponsibility and poor family planning skills.  Later, when it became obvious that Adam was showing syptoms of autism I felt some regret that perhaps Adam wouldn’t bond to me because I seemingly rejected him from day one.  It’s like that theory from the ’60s that cold-hearted “refrigerator mothers” were to blame for socially withdrawn autistic children.

Here are the healing reactions and regressive behaviours we noted in Adam for this phase:

  1. Raw emotions.  Almost immediately after starting his powders, Adam’s emotions seem to come right to the surface.  He would cry at the drop of the hat, getting sad over things we couldn’t figure out.  I immediately atrributed this to the fact that he was receiving emotional remedies.  It’s not like he was constantly crying but he seemed a little more “thin skinned” than usual.
  2. Rigidness to routine.  Right after finishing his remedies we headed out of town for several days.  The plan, was that the kids were going to stay with my mom (“mummu”) while Jon and I drove further south to attend a wedding.  However, when we arrived at mummu’s house, she was not home.  We decided to go to my dad’s house to wait for her.  Adam was clearly not happy with the change of plans.  The minute we arrived at pappa’s house, Adam became hysterical.  He normally loves visiting his pappa so it was clear that Adam was having a hard time processing the change of plans.  This is the first time we’ve observed such an extreme reaction though.  We couldn’t get him to settle down at the house, even after 10 or 15 minutes, so Jon took him out for a walk and Adam was able to eventually settle down.  When we were finally able to go back to mummu’s place, Adam seemed happy to arrive and once again his world was safe and predictable.
  3. Physical symptoms:  A few days later (now a week after starting his remedies) he developed a stuffed nose which interrupted his sleep.  He continued to be “out of sorts” stating “go home” while visiting out of town at his pappa’s house.  The “stuffiness” only lasted a few days but was replaced with a runny nose several days later.  Stating “go home” has been a regular thing for Adam to say when we’re away from home.  Sometimes it’s triggered by boredom and other times it’s triggered by some type of upset.  I think it might be a ritual for him cause when we’re at home, Adam will ask for “juice” whenever he gets upset (he can’t exactly ask to “go home.”)  It’s like he developed a system to transition away from certain emotions.
  4. Sleep interruption.  This phase, his sleeping patterns have been bizarre; sometimes putting himself to bed early, sometimes showing no signs of slowing down by 10 PM.  He also had several days where he woke up around 5 AM and started pacing throughout the house.  Luckily, he would eventually put himself back to bed and fall back asleep.  I noticed during these early waking periods that he was “face bouncing” in his bed again (getting onto all fours in a low crawling position then bouncing his face off his pillow repeatedly).  Face bouncing is a behaviour we haven’t observed in months.  We also noticed Adam started wanting his baby blanket again.  He had started losing interest months ago but more recently he was rejecting it so strongly that he didn’t even want it in his bed at night.  Then one day, seemingly out of the blue, he started showing interest in it again.  (so much so, that he insisted on bringing it to Walmart one day and then lost it there).
  5. Increased irritability.  At one point, Adam started to get very irritable and cranky with multiple crying spells throughout the day.  I realized he hadn’t had a bowel movement in a couple of days and on the third day he finally passed a large dark stool after some difficulty.  He was probably constipated?  Also during this time, we saw more evidence of little white string-like things (worms?) around his anus in wet diapers.  Surprisingly, I have never seen evidence of worms in his stools, only on a wet bum.  Apparently, worms are a common thing for autistic children and may even be responsible for some of their bizarre behaviours.  I found one website that claimed verbal stimming (shrieks, hums, “ah, ah, ah” noises) and obsessive nose-picking are symptoms of parasites.  Adam clearly does both.  I’ve noticed that his fussy spells (i.e. those days when we find ourselves saying “Adam is out of sorts today”) coincide with those periods when he see worms in his bum.  Apparently, the worms get more active and lay eggs during full moons so symptoms can worsen during full moons.  This proved to be true for this month and it’s something that I’ll keep an eye on for next month.  *Shudder*
  6. Drops/throws things on purpurse.  He fills up a bucket or pail with small items (rocks, toys, crayons, etc.) then holds the bucket under his chin, squints his eyes and drops the bucket so items spill all over the place.  I observed him doing this with pencil crayons the other day and he touched each pencil to his forehead before dropping them.  He’s also started throwing objects.  Usually he throws them backwards (i.e. behind himself) but tonight he took several turns throwing his box of diaper wipes in a forward fashion.  I’m pretty sure he was trying to hit me with them.  🙂
  7. Jumps on us.  Adam seems a little obsessed with climbing onto the arm of the couch or a bedside table so that he jump onto us.  We always grunt and recoil from the shock of having 40 lbs of tangled elbows and knees dropped on us and clearly Adam thinks it’s hilarious.  HILARIOUS.

As per any phase, there are also new positive developments!!  Most notably were the following:

  1. Becoming clever enough to make food disappear off his dinner plate (and into the garbage can) to earn his dessert.  When I called him on it, he smiled and laughed.
  2. Waves and says “hi” to strangers.  At first I thought it was only limited to adults but he does it to children too.  I am postively glowing every time he does this.  EVERY time.  🙂
  3. Attempting short sentences.
  4. Increased awareness of household routines and a desire to help out.  I was stunned when he carried his dirty dishes to the sink and plopped them in.  A couple of months ago, a pyschologist asked me if Adam did this and the answer was no.  Not anymore though!!  I’m guessing if a psychologist asked then this is a key developmental milestone.  He even brings me a diaper and says “On!” when he soils the one he’s wearing.  You’d think this was a clear sign that he’s ready for potty training though when I ask him if he wants to poop on the potty he quickly shakes his head and says “Noooo!”  Still, methinks we’re gonna try to cross that bridge this Fall.

So this post marks the end of Adam’s timeline powders.  Now we’ll be delving into the miasm treatments which address the chronic diseases he has genetically inherited from Jon and I.  This is totally new territory but I’m both anxious and optimistic; looking forward to the journey that lies ahead.

Thank you for your contined interest and support.  Please keep Adam in your thoughts and prayers.