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Zi 自閉症-- Marshall

Zi 自閉症-- Marshall見證
 
Marshall's Story
 
Marshall was born a perfectly normal healthy boy on July 25, 1994. Marshall was a very happy and affectionate child who had started to say single consonant words and sounds. We had our perfectly healthy family including girl, boy, dog, cat.
 
We feel it was the 1 year and 18 month immunizations that caused Marshall’s autism, that’s another story to tell. Within a month of getting his 1-year shot, Marshall started to change.
 
He would stand in the middle of the floor screaming for no reason, he stopped being cuddly and would no longer let us comfort him, when hurt he would go in the corner and hold his blankie and cry. He started becoming aggressive, head banging, having terrible 發怒tantrums, stopped trying to say words and did not develop normal social behaviors. His cognitive abilities and fine motors skills were seriously delayed.
 
Initially as parents we were dumb struck, when the official diagnosis was announced. Then what I'm sure all of us have experienced, denial, grief, why me, why us, why him, it's not fair, not unlike losing a loved one to death. We learned to cope and to survive, and fortunately for Marshall, he doesn't know he's special. We have learned much about the condition, causes, strategies and of course treatments.
 
A close family friend introduced Fay to Phytonutrients in Feb 1996, and as a family we began a supplementation program and Fay registered in business to buy wholesale.
 
Marshall does not eat fruit or vegetables. As a parent you get concerned over this very picky tactile diet many autistic children eat, or don't eat. Remember most autistic children have malabsorption problems.
 
Marshall initially took Phytonutrient bears daily, (2 bears a day) he stopped catching every little cold and flu virus and had better overall health, remember most autistic children have compromised immune systems.
 
When a glyconutritional product was introduced in Dec 1996 we added this powder to his diet. One capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening with his warm chocolate milk.
 
Within three weeks we started getting a cuddly child back!
 
Fay still says the best Christmas present she ever got was Marshall laying with her and cuddling for ½ hour on Christmas day 1996. Marshall started to make eye contact and say hi and bye to Mom and Dad. His cognitive ability improved dramatically and his temper tantrums decreased dramatically.
  
In March of 1998 he stopped drinking his chocolate milk so went about a month without any Glyconutrients and very little Phytonutrients (we let him eat a whole box and then he didn't want any for about 2 weeks). We were able to add the Glyconutrient as powder on top of his waffles/pancakes about ½ tsp.- 1 tsp. a day. Then in 1999 we increased his Glyconutrients to 1-2 tsp. a day and added the bulk Phytonutrient powder 1 tsp. a day.
 
His interaction with others has improved greatly and he wants to have someone with him when he plays. He also wants to play wrestle with Mommy and Daddy and get tickled. He became toilet trained in March of this year for day time. We have not tried for night time yet.
 
This September we increased his Glyconutrient to about 4-5 tsp. a day and his Phytonutrient to about 2 tsp. a day. We have also added 2 Catalyst a day and 1 Phytogenin caplet.
 
Since then we have seen a couple of things. One when I dropped him off with our Host Family, (a family that takes Marshall for a weekend, once a month, to give Marshall and us a break from each other), he cried and wanted to leave, and go home with me. He hugged me, like I have never been hugged by him before.
 
He would not let me leave. I suggested a walk; he ran over put on his shoes and picked up his bags to go home. I was able to get away because we went to the playground and got him distracted and we able to sneak off. When he got back and realized that I had left, he was very upset and cried for 2 hours.
 
This is very unusual for him, he normally just kisses us goodbye then goes and plays, we talk to the host family for a few minutes and leave.
 
He has also started Kindergarten with a full time Aide this year and is already fully integrated into the classroom. The plan was to have him integrated in the classroom by December hopefully.
 
We still have communication challenges; he only started to talk this year in sentences. We use a very advanced form of the Picture Communication system to supplement his speech. His speech is getting better and better but we need to keep on top of him, otherwise he manipulates us and we have to backtrack to get rid of behaviors.
 
He is so smart and really keeps us on our toes on what he is learning. No one else but his Aides and our family really see and believe how smart he is.
 
We feel the supplements have improved Marshall’s and our whole families' quality of life. No one in our family has been sick in the past 4 years.
 
Update - March 2001- We have added the Multivitamin/mineral glyconutritional children’s supplement to Marshall's diet everyday.
 
Kindergarten update - Marshall started in a normal Kindergarten class fall of 2000, within a couple of months he was doing everything the other kids are doing with his Aides help.
 
He sits anyway from 20-40 minutes for circle depending how long it is. He will sit at the craft table and help with the craft. He is even interacting fairly well with the kids now, he is occasionally joining in their play and will play beside them all time.
 
He is starting to print. He seems to really enjoy school and looks forward to it everyday. He has developed very good relationships with the teacher and the principal.
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