This is the narration of a mother as she tells her experience with her son who has autism.
My son was diagnosed at two years of age as being on the Autism Spectrum. At the time he was quite severe and, as a first time Mum, even I knew something was very wrong. Every morning he would wake by having a full-blown tantrum. I’m not talking a normal two-year-old tantrum but a 20-30 minute screaming and head-banging session.
Most of the time I cleared a space on the lounge room floor, put a familiar video on and left him to it. Eventually he’d calm down, only to have another one several minutes later. There was never any “obvious” trigger as to what he was tantrumming about. Every day was a living nightmare as we couldn’t go anywhere or do anything even remotely normal. Even a 5 min drive in the car to get out of the house would be a drama.
He spent his days pacing up and down the fence-line or hallway, gazing into space, tantrumming on the floor and screaming. I lived in fear of the neighbors calling the Dept of Children and Families that there was a child being abused in my house because of all the screaming and crying he did.
Friends stopped dropping by as they were puzzled by my son’s behavior and unsure how to react when he was having one of his tantrums. He never played with their children anyway and didn’t care either way.
After many hours of research, reading and searching the internet, I decided to try dietary intervention. Removing gluten and casein from his diet made a tremendous difference. Bit by bit we saw improvements starting with words “re-appearing”, increased eye contact, less tantrumming and eventually showing an interest in his surroundings and toys that he had completely ignored since about fifteen months old. He also had had extreme tactile and sensory issues which slowly got better after trying dietary intervention.
He started playgroup at a Special Education Unit and hated every minute of it. He hated it even more when he started classes and I had to leave him screaming at the door. It was to be a few years later when he was about four years old and had started with a support aide that I had mentioned to a friend about his extreme separation anxiety. This friend suggested homeopathy and I immediately contacted them for an appointment.
That was approximately two years ago, and we have not looked back. His issues with separation anxiety disappeared almost immediately after starting his first remedy. The homeopath began to work on other issues we were having like behavior, obsessiveness, control issues, concentration and many others. It was amazing to see how effective these remedies were and still are. These days it’s more like fine tuning.
This year, my son attended prep at a new school, with a new teacher, all new surroundings and not knowing a single child in his class. We have not had one single issue with anxiety, separation or otherwise. He has amazed everyone by how well he has adapted to his new surroundings. He absolutely loves performing at school in class concerts, fetes, parades and the like. He is the only child in his class who has not had to take days off school due to illness. I believe homeopathy keeps his immune system in peak condition as well as helping with any other issues.
Every day I hear complaints from friends and other mums about their children’s issues and I love to talk about how much homeopathy has helped us. I’d try homeopathy first before I resorted to anything else and am so glad I never resorted to drugs like Ritalin, etc. I cannot remember the last time my son had to see the doctor to get antibiotics.
The child we have now is a completely different child to the one diagnosed at two. If he was to be re-assessed, I doubt he would be classified as having autism spectrum disorder. These days he is a happy, confident, friendly little boy who loves school and seeing his friends.
We still have issues to work on, as many kids do whether they are on the spectrum or not, but I have every faith in the effectiveness of homeopathy and only wish I had discovered its benefits sooner. We owe our lives to homeopathy and cannot thank our homeopath enough for her continual support, patience and caring attitude.
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