"Autism rates in the U.S. risen dramatically 1 in 88
children has some form the autistic disorder." -- CDC World Report, March 2012.
Autism derailed the life I once had and seemed to smash my hopes
and dreams for Mykael (pronounce Michael). I am a proud Catholic
mom. I believe that when God gives you a blessing we must always be
thankful. Mykael was born on April 30, 2005. The labor and delivery
lasted 20 hours. His long awaited arrival made it the most
memorable blessing out of my 5 children.
I began to notice a change in Mykael around 12 months old,
shortly after his vaccination shots. He was different from my other
two children. He was very reserved and quiet. He did not say much;
in fact, I had a hard time getting him engaged in anything. I sort
of brushed it off, that maybe Mykael was developing at his own
I became more concerned around a year and half. Mykael started
rocking back and forth and continued to have no interest in
anything. At 16 months, I knew something was very wrong with my
son. My pediatrician completely dismissed my concerns. My gut was
telling me something different. Mykael was in his own world and
began isolating himself from the rest of the family. He no longer
made eye contact with me. His beautiful brown eyes seemed lifeless
like a doll's. I called the pediatrician again and made another
appointment. She thought I was crazy, I could hear it in her voice.
She saw nothing wrong with Mykael. I knew that I was not crazy.
Words of Wisdom: Remember to always follow your gut because it is
usually 99.9% right. I changed pediatricians but I was told the
After relocating back to the Midwest, a good friend of
mine referred me to a progressive pediatrician in Naperville, IL,
who confirmed what I had already known deep down inside--that my
son was autistic at 3 years old. Mykael was diagnosed with severe
autism with ADHD. He was a "classic" case which displayed speech
delay, repetitive movements, and increase sensitivity to noise or
any environmental changes, flapping of the ears, hyperactivity and
increased vocalization sounds when agitated or in a distressed
I remember crying for two or three weeks after receiving the
news. I became angry. I began blaming myself and my husband.
It was a difficult time for me. I felt a sense of
overwhelming hopelessness. I remember I woke up one morning and had
decided that I would not let autism control my son's future. It may
have derailed it, but it certainly had not destroyed his
I began researching Autism. I started contacting various local
organizations. I was going to fight this death sentence placed
unjustly on my son with prayer and inner strength. I came across an
article on acupuncture and herbal medicine. We saw an acupuncturist
and herbalist and my doubt, my fears, my despair were lifted that
Mykael Case Study:
Mykael therapy started with pediatric tunia focusing on all the
meridians for 10-15 minutes. Then acupressure on these points
EX-HN1, yintang, PC6, ST36 and LR3. The Sishencong, HT7, KD3 and
SP6 for additional 5-10 minutes. The last five minutes light color
therapy focusing on the hands and feet meridians. It is so
hard describe in words my son's transformation. He had left his
world and re-entered into the here and now sharing with me the same
time and space. After third session, Mykael was uttering actual
words one-two sentences. His lifeless vacant stares turned into
smiling bright eyes filled with life.
Mykael continues his treatments with me at home, and is
currently being treated at National's Whole Health Clinic in Lombard for maintenance
and herbal treatments. He is taking an herbal dietary supplement,
called Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Pian. This herbal supplement calms his
shen (mind), helps with his anxiousness, focus and sleep
disturbances. Mykael is now in the first grade for children who are
developmentally delayed and disabled. We still have a long journey
ahead still but with acupuncture, herbs, pediatric tui na, speech
and occupational therapies in place. I feel we are headed in the
right direction. Mykael has made awesome progress developmentally,
emotionally and socially at home and also at school.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM Blog! A special
thanks to my special little guy Mykael!
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