The Top 20 Observations reported by the Parents of Children within the Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The Top 20 Observations reported by the Parents of Children within the Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The observations listed below have consistently been reported by the parents of children having a diagnosis that places them within the Autistic Spectral Disorders after therapeutic treatments with hyperbaric oxygen. These observations have been compiled from treatments over last eleven years conducted at a pressure of 1.5 ATA

1. Activity: more age appropriate activity (in contrast to true hyperactivity).

2. Attention Span: “He/She’s now just ‘with us’ where before he/she wasn’t”.

3. Awareness: increased in general.

4. Bowel function: better stools, change in frequency, consistency, character of stool; able to potty train fully or more quickly than before.

5. Conversational language: more free speech; interjects own words [sounds, babble] as he/she attempts to be part of family or therapy interaction; speech flows more freely; longer sentences at appropriate times.

6. Eye contact: improved, turns to the person who is calling or talking; “curious” about eyes and “the meaning” of other’s eyes; holds eye contact longer.

7. Feelings: more in touch with his/her own feelings; understands others feelings or expressions; has higher highs and lower lows in a more normal way of being.

8. Gestures are more appropriate: better use of body language to communicate wants, needs, and desires; requests that you attend to his/her emotional or physical needs.

9. Good days: more, better, or of a different nature and quality than seen by family or reported by school and therapists.

10. Happier: a greater general sense of feeling good about his/her self and life in general; demonstrates an attitude that says, “Something about my life is different and better today.”

11. Hyperactivity: more (true hyperactivity not to be confused with a child being more age appropriately active). The Top 20 Observations reported by the Parents of Children within the Autistic Spectrum Disorders

12. Opinions: has his/her own opinions and definitely lets you know what they are more than ever before, e.g. s/he expresses more freely and/or more appropriately his/her likes or dislikes, e.g. “the I don’t want to’s because I’m happy doing what I’m doing and I have my rights, you know!”, etc.

13. Independent: new level of self-assuredness, self-confidence,attempting to do things on his/her own; “self perceived ‘appropriate’anger or irritation for you not letting him/her do something he/she feels perfectly capable of now doing on his/her own”.

14. “Presence”: more involved; more “with it”; seems much more attune to what is happening on a day-to-day basis and in the world around him/her.

15. Requests: makes his/her needs known to family, friends, playmates.

16. Self confidence: now present for the first time or greater than before treatment; seems proud of himself/herself and his/her accomplishments; wants and/or demands you acknowledge what s/he has done; expects praise and “proudly glows” when it is given.

17. Sentence structure: longer; more complete; more complex; better structured; uses adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, etc.

18. Spontaneous speech: more frequently initiates conversation; talks more without prompting or just echoing or repeating.

19. Verbalization or vocalization increasing and/or more appropriate, “babbling” increasing; more sounds being made or attempted.

20. Vocabulary: knows more words ; knows words no one ever taught; you find yourself “surprised” that s/he said such-and-such; vocabulary is used more appropriately

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