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Mme Patricia P.

Patricia P., PDD-NOS, White Plains, NY

28 Jan 2013

My son, Christopher is a 2.8 year old boy who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, months before his second birthday. Christopher developed completely normal up until about 18 months. Looking back now, there may have been warning signs that there was a problem. For instance, Christopher was a very easy going baby. He never really cried or wanted anything. He did not walk until he was around fifteen months old. Once he began to walk he preferred to be carried. It was hard to recognize some of the signs at first because he made a lot of sounds and would occasionally label items in his immediate environment. He never used any gestures such as pointing or waving bye. When he did babble or use a word it was never directed toward anyone. He never tried to gain our attention, call for us or share a common interest.

Around 18 months, it became quite obvious that there was a definite problem. Christopher spent most of his time crying, not responding to his name and completely staring off into space. At this time, it was impossible to take him anywhere because he would completely flip out. He began tippy toeing, grinding his teeth, sticking his fingers in his ears. He became impossible to manage. I started the process of early intervention. He was evaluated and diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Although, I already knew that Christopher was on the spectrum it was still devastating when the psychologist spoke with me.

Christopher's therapists' had very simple goals to work on because he wasn't capable of doing much at that time. He was completely lost in his own world. I spent many hours researching and looking up different therapies and diets that would help improve the quality of his life. I know deep down inside that he was a bright child and was capable of learning something. I just wanted him to have a functional life. I began speaking with the Occupational therapist about varies strategies and techniques to him decrease his sensory issues. Unfortunately, it is impossible to try everything. After doing hours of research on Tomatis, I felt this was the way to go for Christopher. My occupational therapist, who is Tomatis trained, was able to explain the theory behind Tomatis. As a speech language pathologist, Tomatis training made a lot of sense for my son Christopher. I was will to try anything to help him. At this point, it really could not hurt.

When the Tomatis training first began, Christopher's behaviors and sensory issues were magnified. He was unable to sleep, began banging into walls, falling and flapping his hands to name a few symptoms. I really began to worry more about Christopher. Was this helping Christopher or hurting him? After the first round of Tomatis was completed, it took Christopher about two weeks to get back to his normal self. His occupational therapist explained that this behavior was normal after Tomatis. Basically, it was waking up certain areas of his brain and rewiring his entire sensory and language systems. Every cycle of Tomatis focused on different areas of brain function. As a matter of fact, Christopher actually seemed to be more verbal and had less sensory seeking behaviors. His eye contact had improved and he started to interact more with his four year old brother. After each cycle, Christopher showed tremendous improvement. His social skills improved, he became curious about other people and children and his language grew tremendously. His occupational therapist, explained each time the different changes that would occur and why this would happen.

Before Tomatis began, I only hoped for a few things. I just wanted Christopher to learn a few important life skills so he would be able to take care of himself when I was no longer around. Today, my expectations and goals have completely changed. Christopher is a verbal child who is able to combine sentences. He is interested in other children and is capable of interaction. He is able to do everything that any other two year old is capable of doing. Most people are surprised when I tell them that Christopher has been diagnosed of PDD-NOS. Christopher is a completely different child. My family members and friends can t believe how different he is in just nine months. The progress is amazing and unbelievable. I am going to continue to do boosters with Tomatis to help him to continue to develop. At the present time, Christopher is attending a preschool program without support. Christopher is going to have a bright future, thanks to his occupational therapist and Tomatis.

Refering center :

LEROUX Maude - A Total Approach
(United States)
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