Vignette on James – October 9, 2012

James' Story – A vignette on a child with high-functioning autism.

My youngest son James has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. At the time I am writing this he is seven, having just had a birthday in July. When he was about four years old, I realized he wasn't progressing as quickly as other children were. When he turned five, I felt he wasn't ready for kindergarten so I held him back from school, thinking he just needed more time to mature. By the time he turned six, I knew he still wasn't ready for school. He seemed to have a learning delay that limited him from progressing mentally at the same rate as other children.

I had heard about an assessment testing program at the University of Utah, where students of the Educational Psychology program did assessments on kids as part of their education, their testing is closely overseen by licensed therapists for accuracy. I decided to have James assessed to see why he had this delayed progression in his learning ability.

After several sessions of testing, James' assessor wanted to have him meet with an autistic specialist because she saw a couple of behavioral traits in him that could signify autism. So I agreed to have this licensed therapist, who specialized in dealing with autistic children, meet with James to see if she felt he was autistic. She came back with the diagnosis that he is indeed autistic. She felt that he is very high functioning and that he is a visual learner, if he sees things he learns much quicker. However, he has a problem processing abstract concepts such as "yesterday, today, and tomorrow" or sequencing "What comes before or after" like with the letters of the alphabet.

I was encouraged by an expert in the field of psychology, who has tremendous experience with cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) devices and its science, Charles McCusker, Ph.D. to use one on James for 45 minutes every day or as often as possible for a six weeks. So I did. When I started using the device, I would say that James was at about the level of a three year old mentally though he would be turning seven in about 1½ months.

After about four weeks, I noticed a significant increase in his communication skills. He used to talk a lot but most of it was repeating or mimicking phrases he heard in cartoons, but now he was actually speaking more to us (our family) about everything. He responded to our questions with appropriate answers and often initiated conversations with us. Before, he might introduce a new phrase very infrequently, maybe once a month. After using the CES device, he started saying many new phrases daily. That was a huge jump in his progression. It was like his brain was processing information better and faster.

One night when I thought he was asleep, I was trying to pull a blanket out from under him to cover him with it, he woke up enough to say "It's OK Mom I don't need it". That, to me, was incredible that he had the cognitive reasoning to first, understand my intentions without me saying anything to him and then to tell me he didn't need the blanket because he wasn't cold. That was something he never would have done before I used the CES device on him. He's done many other similar things since then.

He also had a lot of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) like behaviors that he did, like watching which colored tiles he stepped on when he walked through the house or being very particular about closing and locking cabinet doors and the refrigerator door with the baby locks we still had on them from when he was younger. After using the CES, he would run through the house without caring where he stepped and I often have to remind him to close the fridge door. Not a good thing I know, but much more the behavior you would expect from a normal young child. I see it as a sign that there is hope of him developing into a normal functioning adult who can live a normal life.

As I said before, when I began using the CES device on him I felt he was mentally at the level of a three year old, after six weeks of using the CES device, I feel he's more like a four year old. I might add here that I got a little lax about using the device on him every day, (usually, when he was sleeping) and now I've seen him watch which tiles he steps on again so I've started using it on him daily again. I feel confident that the old behaviors he started doing again will stop after a few weeks of using the device and I've decided it's a good idea to keep using it frequently.

If you have a loved one with autism, I highly recommend trying a CES device on them. I'm certain you will see some measure of success with increasing their brain function. By the way, I've also been using this device on myself and have seen my memory and focus improve significantly.

Best wishes in your own success,

James' mom

Case Study/Vignette on "Bob" - May 20, 2004

What a happy New Year it was for "Bob". Our story begins on December 3, 2003 when he and his family came to see me with a rather urgent question, i.e., to help in assessing and addressing his health and behavioral issues. First medical examinations/testing, diagnoses were arranged. The consensus; His general health was in danger of deeteriorating if specific behavioral and life-style patterns continued. The key elements of his diagnosis; chronic anxiety, insomnia, low levels of self-control, discipline, and confidence. This pattern had been ongoing for more than 10 years. His own attempts at self-medication involved heavy alcohol and Xanax use (a synergistically toxic combination), and an addiction to nicotine.

Because of "Bob's" high motivation , and a really good attitude, we agreed to undertake what I considered to be an optimal option. We began by having him trace his hand on paper, so that we could have a visual symbol of a five point plan that could result in a successful outcome. Each digit would represent one point: 1.) Self-Love and Acceptance 2.) Education 3.) Exercise 4.) Medication and Stress Control 5.) Nutrition

In the palm of his hand, the letters CES were printed. Then we taped it to the wall. The objective for now was for him to be calm and relaxed for four to five days in a designed environment while focusing on and actually incorporating the five components. "Bob" had already gained a feeling of confidence in his CES unit (Health-Pax) by being wel informed and using it daily for 10 days at 100 hz.

Now here comes the fun. As much as possible, I wanted him to be unaware of the time of day. (My previous experiences indicated that persons withdrawing from substances tended to have symptom patterns somehow associated with times of day and circadian rhythms. It was as if they would expect and possibly even program discomforts at particular times.. If we can keep them engaged in the plan, relaxed, content and feeling cared for, it can make a big difference.)

This means brown paper and taping all outside light sources, windows, bottem of doors, etc., no radio/tv but lots of funny movies on DVD, music, and telephone conversations - only with those who know about no time tip-offs. (Wait, did we cover the microwave clock with tape?) All of this may sound a little daunting, but it can be done, when the challenge is accepted by a small team (three of us). Can you imagine one preparing meals that must be time neutral, and not forgetting to say "good morning"?

Well, by day three, "Bob" had gone for three days without alcohol or a cigarette (a first for him in about fifteen years). The Xanax plan was follow a progressive deduction in dosage for a specific period (MD advisory). It is now five months of follow-up, and "Bob" and his family assure me that it still is a Happy New Year for all of them.

Summary: The success of our plan can clearly be attributed to; "Bob's" excellent attitude, motivation and his general commitment to following our script; a dedicated assistant who was present and on-call 24 hours, and took care of logistics, meals, etc.; and a firm belief that the CES protocol helped to potentiate and synergize all of the components and elements of the plan.