David’s parents want to share his “amazing” response to transcranial magnetic stimulation using the unique MRT protocol.
February 18, 2015 3 Comments
David is 16 years old and lives in southern Georgia about 5 hours away from our center in the Atlanta area. His parents asked me to post this on my blog “as is” with no redactions or edits. They want to share their names so other parents will be encouraged that older individuals with autism can respond to MRT. Their willingness to come forward and share their son’s story is a gift for everyone’s understanding of how the recovery process occurs. And we all thank Dr. Yi Jin and the team at NBRL in Newport California for their support and development of the MRT program here in Georgia. And you can learn more about MRT programs in ASD and other applications at https://vimeo.com/braintreatmentcenter/videos
We just wanted to write you a quick note regarding some of the changes we’ve been seeing since our son (David) started with MRT therapy at the Brain Treatment Center in the Buford, GA office last fall. We hope our observations help you in your ongoing evaluation of this treatment modality.
In short, our results have been amazing. David had a baseline EEG in September 2014 and came back a week later for a four-day trial run of MRT, plus another EEG to measure results after the trial treatment. In the next few weeks my husband and I noticed subtle changes. Our son seemed calmer, more able to control his emotions and to ask more in-depth questions. Example: David has a good diet. After MRT, he asked to try new foods. Any parent would be thrilled with that. He also started reading the labels of food & alerted Mom if something was not completely GFCF.
Another first, he asked in detail about his food allergies. He became a conscious participant in his recovery—something he seemed to want as much as we did. When we received the post EEG results, we started to understand these changes. There had been significant, documented changes in David’s brain functions in the areas targeted.
Encouraged, we brought David back for a full week of treatment at the end of October 2014. He experienced some heightened sensitivity with hearing and smell for a few days after the treatment. Then he started becoming more independent than ever before. We saw this first in his schooling.
David attends school online now. At first we had to drag him from his room and force him to do the lessons, completing half the work ourselves. Within a week after October’s treatment, he started wanting to do the work alone. He liked doing it and took pride in being able to do it. He ordered us “to leave him alone” so that he could go to school on his own. He said he would call us if he needed help. We thought we were hallucinating.
“Let me do it” became the new norm for David. Again he started asking more questions and asking for advice. He frequently thought about things Mom and Dad said to him, then returned hours later with a “Thank you,” informing us our comments made sense. “You were right all along” is now something our son tells us from time to time. To hear that from any teenager is rare. But the real payoff is knowing that our son can listen, take in what we say, then show appreciation. He recently completed a lesson in school about parenting and asked us later if “we went through all that” while raising him. That’s awareness!
In mid-November, David revealed to us he had a “secret” that he needed to tell. He feared we would be upset with him. He’s a teen, so we braced ourselves for the worst. David confided he had filled out an online form and had been accepted as a Wikipedia editor. We were in complete disbelief and checked it out. The son that once could not write a sentence without a meltdown was now a Wikipedia editor. All David’s submissions have been approved and published (see an example attached). We asked David when he started this. He said it was the end of last September– two weeks after the trial MRT. His Dad is an English teacher and measured his writing to be on the college level, and David had no help from us. It’s like the MRT cleared a path for his intelligence to come out.
In January 2015 David returned for his third week of MRT. The changes we have seen since are equally remarkable. David now self-monitors his bedtime so he can get eight hours of sleep each night. He sets his own alarm and gets himself up in the morning. He’s on a swim team and is ready to go of the mornings before Mom can remind him it’s time to leave.
He no longer needs help with daily lessons at school, which he insists on completing lessons by himself. Overall, he is a more mature, calm, happy, thoughtful and independent teen. We cannot say things do not bother or upset him. He still has occasional emotional outbursts, but they are about things that would upset any normal teen. His ability to deal with setbacks and to control what bothers him is undeniably different from his pre-MRT self.
As a family we have traveled hours to see you for more than ten years for treatment (and we thank God for you). During the long drives, David usually stims/tunes out with electronics. But driving to our last visit, David asked to play a new game: He wanted to ask 20 questions about Mom’s life. For over two hours he asked and I answered questions while we chatted about my childhood. When we arrived at the BTC office, David thanked me for being honest about my life. On the way back David wanted to know more about his Dad’s life. When we arrived home, our son said: “I never knew all this about my parents.” Indeed, he had never been able to ask before.
Since last May, David has been in enrolled in Gemm Learning’s “Fast ForWord” program to increase his reading fluency and comprehension. He has made satisfactory progress and, like schoolwork, we’ve struggled to get him to focus on it. After MRT, Davey’s progress and desire have skyrocketed. His teachers at Gemm even commented on sudden change. It was great to have third-part confirmation of our own observations. The only thing we can attribute the boost in progress to is MRT therapy, as we have not done anything else different.
The cost, time and travel for MRT therapy are a serious commitment. It hasn’t been easy, but the results have been worth every penny, every mile, and every night in a motel room. In our eyes, David is proof that MRT is a treatment that can make a huge difference. For the first time we have hope that David will make a full enough recovery to live an independent life. We encourage every parent to give at least the trial a chance. Children will react differently to any treatment. We feel like we hit the jackpot on this one.
Thank you, Dr. Jeff. You continue to be our shinning light of encouragement and hope for our son. Bless you for never giving up and for giving our David a solid chance in life. Thank you for bringing MRT therapy within our reach on the East Coast. You will forever be our hero.
Kristi & David Taylor