Emily's story

Emily had both of her sons participate in the study.

My name is Emily and my two sons, Aiden and Collin, received NMT to treat their autism. I wanted to let everyone know about the amazing improvements I've noticed in both boys in less than 2 months after starting NMT treatments.

Eating habits: within 2 weeks both boys suddenly started to willingly try and even enjoy new and previously rejected foods. Prior to NMT, my boys had a fairly limited diet (mostly carbs) and Aiden would not eat any combined foods at all (like pasta with sauce or meat with gravy... everything had to be separate and not touching each other on the plate or he would refuse to eat any of it). Now they both eat and enjoy a wide variety of foods including vegetables and combined foods.

Behavior changes: Aiden and Collin used to have a very difficult time following simple instructions. I'll use our bedtime routine as an example. Instructions like Put on your jammies usually ended up with both boys feeding off each other... swinging their jammies around in the air, running around screaming and chasing, and ending up having to be separated and sitting in the corner to put their jammies on. It was total chaos every night. Now I can ask them both to put their jammies on and they can do it most of the time with 0-1 reminders and rarely get sent to the corner at all.

Both boys also show a new level of maturity since starting NMT. The boys would continue with inappropriate behaviors (like chasing, hitting, inappropriate noises/screaming, pushing, etc.) regardless of how many times I asked for them to stop until I managed to finally redirect them to something else or removed them from the situation. Now it is much easier to get them to adjust their behaviors by just asking them.

Changes in Collin (5 years old):

Before NMT, Collin had a very difficult time sitting still or keeping a calm body at circle time in class or lining up or waiting for any length of time. Now he is able to sit through his 40 minute circle with 0-2 reminders from the teachers. He's also doing much better sitting at the dinner table at home and in the shopping cart at the store.

Prior to receiving NMT, Collin could not answer open-ended questions like what did you do at school today? Now he typically answers that question with very detailed information like I played imagination station with Janet and Cindy. Janet and Cindy are girls like Dora and they are my friends in class. Cindy and Janet were baby Polar Bears and I was the Daddy Polar Bear.

Before NMT, Collin had difficulty making eye contact and often looked out the corners of his eyes. Now once I get his attention he will look right into my eyes.

Changes in Aiden (6 years old):

Before receiving NMT Aiden would get frustrated in class to the point where he'd knock over all the desks and chairs in his classroom. This was happening 3-5 times per week as documented on his IEP. Through NMT we discovered that the source of his frustration was anxiety. We worked on this over the next 2-3 sessions and now he has weeks where he doesn't knock over any desks at all.

Before NMT Aiden was very oppositional and defiant. It was a huge struggle to get him to agree to do most things. He refused to leave the classroom at school to go to recess and it was hard to even get him to leave home to go fun places like playgrounds, gymnastics, swimming, etc. with the family. After working on his anxiety issues, he now loves recess at school and requests to go play at the open play kid-gym, playgrounds, water park, etc. with the family. Now, coaches and counselors can work with him without a lot of extra training of how Aiden needs to be approached.

Aiden was often in his own world. Sometimes he just sat and stared off into space, completely lost in thought and unreachable. If he was engaged in an activity, he would not hear, acknowledge, or respond to anything going on around him. This behavior has completely vanished as if he never ever had it to begin with.

The improvements I've noticed in just the last few months since we started NMT are nothing short of amazing. This really has changed their lives. It was also nice that the treatments were enjoyable for both of my kids. The doctor was great with the kids, the office was calm and easy to spend time in, and they didn't have to endure any kind of medical discomfort whatsoever. A very big improvement over typical western medical practices.