Testimonials & Stories of Hope
Testimonials & Stories of Hope
Parents’ stories – from autism diagnosis to hope
Most of the parents we hear from began the process of helping their children by listening to the stories of other parents, noticing similarities with our own children and our own experiences and proceeding from there to explore possibilities in autism treatments and therapy options, approaches that can lead to improved health and quality of life for our children and adults on the spectrum. Following some of these treatments, sometimes as simple as a change in diet and eating habits, children’s negative behaviours can be reduced, sometimes significantly, and parents often report an overall reduction in severity of symptoms of autism.
We gain insight and direction from each other’s stories, and also hope, as well as admonitions and warnings. The parents’ stories here have been generously shared by people who have seen improvements in their children’s overall health and behaviour through the use of various nutritional and biological therapeutic approaches (sometimes also called biomedical interventions). They recount their experience of the devastation brought by a diagnosis of autism, which then acted as a catalyst for renewed vigour and determination as they set off on their quest to help their children.
Although these are not a series of miraculous cures and recoveries from autism, all of these children have made notable, sometimes remarkable progress.
Ryan’s Recovery, In His OWN Words
“Some people think we should just accept autism. And that if a child is treated, it changes who that kid is. I am still the same person I was, only now I’m happy and can enjoy life.”
Lilia’s Journey Through Autism
I did not know much about autism, or any developmental abnormalities for that matter, so up to the age of three we thought there was nothing particularly wrong with Lilia.
James’s Journey, so Far!
James had so many other issues that I had always been told were just part of his autism, like his gastrointestinal problems. So, what if we were to treat these alongside his ASD? Would we see the same massive improvements in his autism symptoms and behaviours…? It was a lightbulb moment!
Our Son's Autism Story
Screams and hollers…meltdowns…he hasn’t progressed at all in talking–in fact he’s saying less than before…train spotting is now bordering on obsession…bit me nearly a week ago and I’ve still got the bruise…eyes fixed…spends ages and ages with his head next to the wheels of his trike… laughing manically…running up and down constantly…not sleeping…not sleeping…not sleeping…’
Jamie and His JourneyWhen diagnosed at age 3, Jamie’s day mostly consisted of spinning around in circles, flapping his arms and running up and down a room by himself. There was supposedly no treatment, with institutionalisation inevitable. Several years, a huge amount of hard work and considerable sums of money later, he is transformed.
Dougie’s StoryWhen he reached 18 months he came down with a really heavy cold/flu. His eyes were streaming, high temperature. Just a virus the doctor said…During the next few months he lost the language that he had…It was at this time that I kept hearing the word ‘Autism’… Everything from food limiting to anxiety, new situations/places to loud noises, it was all there.
J’s Journey of HopeFrom the moment J was born I am sad to say that although he looked healthy he was always unhappy. I found myself having to constantly rock and bounce to calm him and keep him happy. If I didn’t hold him and jig him he would cry. I had him continuously strapped to me and even ate my food sitting bouncing him in his pouch on a gym ball.
Full Recovery from AutismEven with two parents on the autistic spectrum and with early onset autism, our son has fully recovered after two and a half years of biomedical interventions…He is longer on the autistic spectrum at all and his language skills are now actually advanced for his age… he is a very happy, very sociable and very affectionate little boy who loves life.
Fighting for Karl
We still have a very long road ahead of us, but having experienced such wonderful improvements I am inspired now and I have more strength than ever…
I sincerely thank some wonderful parents of autistic and recovered children for giving me my faith back and the strength to go on.
Healing my DaughterThe worst thing to cope with was the aggression and her self harming. She still has scars on her head where she would wallop her head into radiators again and again until her forehead would split open and bleed. This was clearly a response to pain. Any child who visited the house would be attacked and injured. She drew blood several times from other children…
Over these months, Hugo began to be more and more withdrawn and seemed to suffer from one virus after another…He had developed sensitivity to sounds and bright lights and would lie down and scream in supermarkets with his hands over his ears. He had no sense of danger and would simply run off in the park or crowded places….
Treating Archie’s AutismIt took me by surprise and in that split second a longing so intense I couldn’t breathe, let alone think, surged through my body. A simple word ‘Mummy’, but one charged with huge meaning and valued so highly. I felt helpless, inept. Did my son even know I was his mummy?
Joshua – his Journey so FarI chose to trial the diet for 6 months…I removed gluten first and amazing things happened – Joshua woke up. He would begin to notice things that were around him, the flowers, the trees, the sun in the sky. His “toddler diarrhoea” also disappeared.
He screamed from sun up till sun down, barely slept, and threw his head off the hardest surfaces…In total despair we took S to A&E…The Doctors at the hospital refused to look at him, they told us this was autism, “this is how they are”…my husband became very agitated so they agreed to have a look in his ears, both ears were infected.
Joseph’s StoryAt age 3 we knew he had autism. The NHS speech therapist came and he hardly responded, she said to expect very little. The Paediatrician told us he was likely on the “low functioning end” of the ASD spectrum. We were heart broken and started to find other parents who had children like this. It was then we were encouraged to start nutritional therapy.
Jack’s Story“Jacks” …… “feet” …….” are” …….” all” …….” wet” ……… my husband and counted with our fingers as we repeated the words my then 31-month-old son had just said, “that’s 5 words”, “that’s a sentence” …” OMG that’s a sentence”. This was 3 days after going cold turkey and completely removing all traces of gluten and dairy from the diet of our son who was barely verbal…
Hamilton’s Recovery Journey
The driver warned me not to do it, as his daughter had for her son and he had regressed into Autism and was never the same again. This worried me hugely, and I even said the words “the worst thing that could happen after everything we have been through with Winnie would be for our sociable and happy boy to regress into Autism”.