PATIENT’S STORY

6 months goals achieved in 3 months in a child with autism

The child was 4.8 years of age and weighed 3.7 kgs when born. On the second day of birth, he was diagnosed with neonatal jaundice and was treated with phototherapy. At the age of one and half years, he had achieved all his motor milestones and monosyllable properly. Yet at the same time, in comparison with other kids he was very hyperactive, had poor eye contact, delayed response and delayed speech. So at the age of two, his parents consulted a doctor and he was diagnosed with a case of mild autism. He was on speech therapy and occasional therapy daily ever since. His parents found it difficult to take him out anywhere.

When he was brought to NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute, all his medical assessment was done. On a closer study and based on his parents reports, he was diagnosed with auditory hypersensitive, vestibular and tactile hyposensitive. When he was first brought in, he could eat the finger foods but could not feed himself with the other items. Even while bathing, he could only pour water. Also he could not get dressed by himself and needed assistance even on doing his toilet duties. He was studied on Functional Independence Measure and he scored 63 and on ISSA (Indian Scale for Assessment of Autism) he scored 106 (70%).

As to follow up with standard investigation, he underwent PET scan, MRI Brain and EEG and was considered for Stem Cell Therapy. After which he went through Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychological Session for four days together. By the end of one week, certain improvements were seen on him. Changes like repetitive hand movements had decreased, hyperactivity reduced slightly, attempts to listen to auditory stimuli and follow commands, sitting tolerance and attention span improved slightly after three days, improved on imitation and vocalization on demand initiated.

Improvement seen in the patient post stem cell therapy

He came for his normal routine follow up after three months and he had drastically improved.

  • His finger fidgeting had lessened by 75%, his understanding had improved.
  • He could follow commands, fetch something when his mother asked him to
  • His word repetition had reduced and he could say few words like chips on his own accord
  • He could socially interact now, volunteers to go for group therapy sessions and play with other kids in the garden
  • His behaviour to shove others had stopped totally
  • The strange noise he used to make had reduced
  • His fear of the cooker whistling had diminished
  • He could slowly open up his ears to get used to the noise.
  • He could eat food on his own and gargle while brushing.

What the patient’s school teacher had to say?

Quite recently, the patient’s parents contacted us and they were very much pleased on seeing his improvements. This is what they had to say, “His eye contact is much better and he has become a better listener. His tolerance level improved and he is able to sit for longer hours. In addition, he is focused and remains composed while participating in group therapy sessions for 15 whole minutes. His biggest accomplishment is that he improved in three months time instead of the given six months.”

His parents exclaimed that they did not expect such rapid improvements all at once. His mother further stated that “he has started listening to me for the first time in all these years. He has become quite obedient and follows my commands. Furthermore he always had a big fear of the cooker whistling; even that fear has miraculously disappeared. He does not require any help while brushing and having his food.”

“I am really thankful to all the doctors who helped my son in fighting away all his disabilities. I had lost all faith to see my son live a normal life. But my perception has completely changed and today I am hopeful that he can achieve everything that a normal child at his age can.”