became more communicative
Updated: Jul 15, 2019
This boy did not speak at all, did not make eye contact, did not respond to his name, did not play with other children, and did not understand speech addressed to him.
After 3 cycles of treatment, his ability to understand has improved, he follows instructions, participates in conversation, and became more interested in communicating with those around him.
Pregnancy and parturition:
Delivery was stimulated, the child was born very weak, also with hypoxia.
Early signs and symptoms:
The child was very quiet, according to his mother “too quiet”, had gastrointestinal problems from the moment of birth, and refused to stay alone even for a short time. At age of six months, he started stimming (e.g. shaking/flapping his hands).
Signs and symptoms prior to the treatment:
The language skills did not correspond to his age, gave unrelated answers to some questions, ignored those addressing him, when he became anxious he would repeat phrases from cartoons, he did not understand other children’s games, had excessive focusing on round objects, stimmed excessively, was hyperactive, was anxious about something ending (book, washing machine cycle, etc), sensory hypersensitivity, was afraid of loud sounds, smells, and did not put any objects into his mouth as other children usually did.
Initial blood test results revealed that the child had chronic CMV, rubella virus and EBV infections. As well he had neutropenia and lymphocytosis.
Changes after the 1st cycle:
“I think the child has become closer to us!” - his mother wrote after the 1st cycle.
He wanted to communicate more, came for contact and connection with others more often, babbling appeared, and began to babble in specific situations, as if he wants to say something. Began to use quotes from movies and songs in appropriate situations.
Changes after the 2nd cycle:
Became more tearful, more demanding and persistent. His autistic traits have softened, and he has responded faster to requests. His sleep has improved.
In the case when he didn't want to wear a hat, when prompted by his grandfather to bring it, he hid it. Eventually he brought the hat over.
Changes after the 3rd cycle:
All his family members have noted a better understanding of speech and of games that other children would play. It became possible to agree with this child using conversational dialogue. The child is able to take off and put on clothes/shoes by himself. When requested, he will fasten/unbutton his shoes. Previously, every meal would be accompanied by a tantrum at the beginning, but the child has settled now. He has even gained some weight, where before he was underweight.
Improvement in large and fine motor skills. Is able to climb the stairs, and if he falls, he's able to break his fall by putting his arms before him (prior to this, he did not and "almost every fall threatened the possibility of a broken forehead, lip, or nose"). He's able to run up and down hills much easier, without thinking much of it.
He began to express interest in other children, where before he did not, and even ran along beside everyone when they ran to look at something. During this event, he stood about two meter away and observed where everyone was looking.
His echolalia has significantly decreased, and if he does repeat words, it's usually commentary relevant to the situation.
When requested to show specific body parts, he follows through much better than before (e.g. nose, mouth, ears, eyelashes, etc. on himself, his mother, or on a familiar picture). He has started to notice his grandmother's cat, and pulls him by his tail.
In general, it is less and less necessary to force him to do something, as he is more willing to respond to requests.
By the end of the 3rd cycle, the antibodies to all detected viruses decreased significantly. Lymphocytosis and neutropenia were still present.
The child is still continuing treatment. Updates will be added when available.