Excerpts from the Author’s Note –
1% From: Marcia –
I am an expert at only one thing and that is being Ryan’s mom.
Even so, I made a lot of mistakes along the way.
I fought doctors when they were right.
I went along with snake oil salesmen when I shouldn’t have.
The thing I did right is that I never gave up.
When it comes to the treatment of autism one size does not fit all. You must find your own path and follow it, and God help anyone who gets in your way.
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Autism One Media: Is recovery possible?
Speaker: Marcia Hinds
Published on May 30, 2018
Now: Excerpts from the Forward by My Son, Ryan Hinds –
2% From: Ryan –
My mom asked me to read the book to make sure I was okay with the things she wrote. I wish I could forget all the horrible things that happened and everything to do with autism. Who really wants every detail of their childhood out there for the world to see?
Some will say I never had autism or maybe that I was only mildly affected. I wish that were true. …I know my story is important to help others realize this disease is medical, treatable, and surmountable. I was lucky I had parents who fought back.
End of excerpts from the Forward by My Son, Ryan Hinds
Excerpts from the book’s Preface –
2% Ryan graduated magna cum laude and went on to earn a master’s degree with distinction in engineering. NASA awarded him a scholarship for his post-graduate studies as well as a paid summer internship. Ryan is presently a systems engineer at a major aerospace company. He lives in his own apartment just steps from the Pacific Ocean. He goes out with friends and surfs anytime he can. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, because what I wanted most for him actually happened. He is happy, has a great group of friends and a very active social life.
3% One of the hardest things to deal with when you have a child with autism is that you don’t know the rest of the story. You have no clue how things will turn out. There is no magic pill to cure our children. Trust me, I searched everywhere for it. But, I did find many snake-oil salesmen with the latest cures who took our money and then asked for more. My husband and I had to choose. We could let Ryan drift forever into his own world or drag him kicking and screaming into ours. Choosing was the easy part. How to accomplish his recovery was our twenty-year challenge and what this book is about.
End of excerpts from the book’s Preface
Excerpts from Marcia’s book –
4% I worried something might be seriously wrong with my son. He confused and frightened me when he did these crazy things. Impulsivity and rigid response weren’t unusual for Ryan…I had to save him from himself. No one ever told us autistic children have trouble moving from the now to whatever happens next.
At other times, Ryan wowed me with his intelligence. I knew he was smart. At only two, he spent hours playing computer games and could operated any piece of electronics in our house. He knew all his letters and numbers. Even though he couldn’t say them.
When it came to anything that captured his interest, his levels of concentration and comprehension were phenomenal. But his interests were limited and a bit odd. Ryan loved objects, but did he love us?
What I didn’t know was how many other parents were also having similar thoughts about their unusual children, and that we were already card-carrying members of the A-Club.
Most of our days were spent trying to figure out what Ryan wanted or needed.
Nothing worked. We were like contestants on a game show where only Ryan knew the rules.
I couldn’t listen to the things the experts told me Ryan would never do. I knew Ryan was in there. There were times I saw him clearly. Other times, I only caught a glimpse of the kid he would someday become. I couldn’t give up on him. I wasted valuable time not getting him the help he needed. If you think there is something wrong, there probably is.
Like your shadow, autism is yours for life. To complicate things further, a child may have more than one diagnosis. Children with autism have multiple medical conditions…some people in the field are starting to call it “autisms.”
< My Thoughts > “Children with autism have multiple medical conditions…”
Our Sonny was soooo clumsy. He would stumble, drop down for no reason, then pop-up and stagger off. It wasn’t until he had a Gran Mal seizure that we found out that he had epilepsy. Then it was several years before a very smart neurologist told us that his staggering around and dropping down were ‘atypical absence seizures’ and ‘atonic’ or ‘drop’ seizures, part of a Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Who knew?
According to Crumrine (2001), ‘Atypical absence seizures’ look as if the person has just ‘checked-out’ for a second or two. They will not respond to environmental stimuli. An ‘atonic seizure’ is a brief loss of posture. Looks like a head nod or more observable, a fall to the ground, or a stumble as knees give out. She also describes this Lennox-Gastaut syndrome as having at least two seizure types, including ‘tonic’, ‘atonic’, and/or ‘atypical absence seizures’; along with ‘cognitive impairment’ and often times lack of the ability to learn language, or being nonverbal.
Some nights, Sonny would fall out of bed, become incontinent, and sleepwalk. This too, was part of the syndrome. Dr. Crumrine refers to this as possible ‘tonic’ seizures which occur during nighttime sleep. Another ‘nonconvulsive’ observable events are sudden changes in ‘mental status’, eyelid fluttering, facial flushing, staring at hands and/or feet, associated ‘drooling’ and seemingly to be in a ‘stuporous’ state.
This is typical for Sonny. He can be right in the middle of something he has done a million times and then looks at you as if he doesn’t know who you are, where he is, or what he’s doing. We tell him, “Hey, that was a seizure… you’re okay now.” That seems to satisfy him and we guide him back to the activity he was interrupted from.
The doctor tells how a Ketogenic diets of high-fat, low-carbohydrate/sugar-free foods can serve as an additional treatment, but not ‘first-line’ because meds are needed for that. She goes on to say that “Lifetime care for these children and adults needs the combined support of services from nurses, physicians, teachers, social workers, psychologists, family and friends.” Whew!
Sonny was fortunate to have a neurologist who recognized his syndrome, knew it wasn’t all autism. He also knew that the FDA had just approved a new drug for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Lucky for us, the planets had aligned and with Sonny now at age 29 years, our lives became easier with this neurologist and this medication.
Yet another clinical review states that while the subject remains poorly understood and controversial, there seems to be a ‘relationship’ between autism, epilepsy, and regression. I mention this, and I’ve carried on a bit about epilepsy only because I wish to make a statement about why sometimes it’s not always ALL AUTISM.
The findings of a 2017 study conclude that other things like motor and speech development are commonplace with autism. But also, psychiatric symptoms: Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, generalized anxiety, depression, bi-polar, and even schizophrenia can ‘co-occur’ with autism. Just saying.
32% Doctor Goldberg told us on that first visit what I already knew to be true. Ryan didn’t really have autism, even though it sure looked like it. I didn’t really understand what Neuro-Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (NIDS) meant back then. I didn’t care. I had HOPE! My kid is sick and there is hope that he can get better. Finally, I found someone who not only wanted to help Ryan, but also had a way to do it. And he didn’t think I was crazy – at least not yet.
33% It was the NIDS approach combined with intensive rehabilitation that helped my son recover from autism. Recovery began by rebuilding his immune system. But just doing the NIDS protocol without any intensive rehabilitation wouldn’t have been enough. Years of behavioral and educational interventions were necessary to correct Ryan’s deficits in speech and social skills.
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