AUTISM a stem cell treatment success




Andrew is thriving. We have seen and continue to see major improvements. He has matured beyond anything I can explain (I have had to rapidly adjust my parenting as I now have a much older & more sophisticated child), his comprehension (perhaps better to say his ability to express and act upon his comprehension) is now age appropriate. Though chronologically 8, we started stem cell therapy with a three year old (developmentally speaking – language at 1yr) and now have an interactive 5 or 6 year old (expressive language at 2 or 3 yrs) Since stem cell therapy Andrew can answer questions, identifies everything he sees verbally & can tell you what sound each animal makes when asked, reads aloud (albeit a bit reluctantly because speech is still a challenge, though he is able to articulate his needs and wants better than ever before). He now follows complex instructions without thought “go feed your rabbit” (involves going into the kitchen, getting lettuce out of the refrigerator closing the fridge, going outside to the rabbit pen & feeding the rabbit, closing the pen and returning inside.) Andrew helps scoop leaves out of the pool, he learned to play WII (he got a bit obsessive about it so it is limited to an hour a week), does worksheets independently, can spell virtually everything, is now using utensils to eat, asking for specific food & drink and trying many new foods. We see very little “stimming” & I have found that mimicking the “stim” draws forth a giggle which usually implies that it was being used simply out of habit & stops the behavior.

He started enjoying music and is singing and dancing since the therapy. If you stick your tongue out at him he will do it back to you and laugh – he has developed a great appreciation for little-kid slapstick humor that is definitely age appropriate (his favorite new word is “stinky” he remembered it from a “teach to Talk” video he watched when he was 5). He has started to talk on the phone and enjoys video skype a great deal. He remains completely ambidextrous but that is not uncommon in my family.

The only thing that we still have difficulty with is the television – he enjoys what we watch then at the end gets very stressed and behaves in a manner that can only be described as autistic (easily remedied – we simply don’t watch the blasted thing). He will watch a show every 3-4 weeks just to see if it has changed (he still does request & enjoy tv). I can only describe it as an some sort of inappropriate neurological response to the multisensory stimuli the television offers. Do let me know if you have ever heard of children with ASD having problems with TV – most that I know use it to tune out and watch it to the exclusion of all other activities in true OCD fashion.

Interestingly, in his learning of some basic Spanish we discovered that his Spanish pronunciation is nearly perfect – far better than his English has ever been and that after using Spanish when he speaks in English his pronunciation is improved. Though there are many bilingual schools here, because we are seeing such drastic improvement I have chosen to homeschooled for the present. Here he is simply a gringo kid who doesn’t speak Spanish and is perhaps a bit quirky. I feel he has a real opportunity to redefine himself and leave the autism behind if given the chance to catch up a bit before being placed in a classroom setting.

We are still seeing regular (and astounding) gains – only 3 weeks ago Andrew learned to type (motivated by his desire to query utube for discovery channel animal videos & my fingers having suddenly become too tired to type) This week he amused himself with the text to talk app on his Ipad (that he ignored for 3 years)– typing in words, saying them aloud then having the computer say them aloud as well. He is rapidly gaining the skills that will allow him to live a semi or fully independent adult life.

I must confess myself surprised to see the continued effect of the therapy five months later but one cannot deny that Andrew is still experiencing regular and significant neurodevelopmental gains. Our present course is to see where we stand next spring and with your help determine if an additional course of SCT is in order.

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