Autism and Hyperbaric Chamber
8 Year Old Male
Jack, an 8 year
old male suffering from autism, had difficulty acknowledging others,
verbalizing and following instruction, and never showed signs of
play or imagination while interacting with toys.
He had difficulty with his speech and became frustrated when
attempting to express himself. He was often
difficult to handle due to uncontrolled behavior.
Jack was treated with mild
hyperbaric oxygen therapy for 60 minutes a day, three times a week,
in a portable hyperbaric chamber utilizing 95% oxygen.
Jack’s mother did not recognize any major changes in Jack’s
condition in the first three months of hyperbaric treatments.
Just when she considered halting the therapy, Jack began to
show behavioral changes, which she attributes to the hyperbaric
therapy. Jack began participating in play
activities and seemed to interact with toys and create imaginative
stories. He now shows a great interest in
activities that he seemed to ignore before such as listening to
music, playing on the swing and involving others in play activities.
He has greatly expanded his horizons and seems much less
afraid of the surrounding world.
oxygen therapy has improved Jack’s cognitive function including his
speech and his ability to express himself. He is
able to communicate without struggling for words.
He is also now following instruction and has received glowing
remarks by his teachers on his improved speech and behavior.
Keith continues to receive mild hyperbaric therapy treatments
utilizing a portable hyperbaric chamber and 95% oxygen.
10 Year Old
Mail with Autism Treated with Hyperbaric
Michael, a 10
year old male, was a high functioning autistic with good verbal
skills, but was difficult to engage and had constant tantrums.
He had difficulty with his behavior at school with completing
assignments, acting out, loss of focus and extreme mood swings.
He began treatment with a portable mild
hyperbaric chamber in the home three
times a week for 60 minutes a day, utilizing an oxygen concentrator.
After the four weeks, Michael began to exhibit positive changes,
which seemed to coincide with hyperbaric treatments.
The number of treatments was increased to 5 days a week.
Soon he began to show a greater capacity to interact with
others, and his tantrums were reduced in number and severity.
Before long, his emotional swings disappeared and he was able
to adapt to change and new situations easier. In
the classroom, Michael’s teacher reported better understanding of
assignments, better communication, is able to reason and has more
focus. Michael is now engaging in more
activities with school mates and has began making friends.
16 Year Old
with Autism Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers
Greg, a 16 year
old diagnosed with Autism displayed aggressive behavior, difficulty
communicating, and trouble with completing tasks due to his
frustration. His mother reported that he was
unable to sleep through the night, and she often found him rocking
in his bed. He had difficulty with friendships,
and frequently showed hostility toward his sister and brother. He
showed extreme allergies to chemicals and some foods and had
infrequent bowel movements. Greg was treated
with hyperbaric oxygen therapy daily for
an hour inside a portable chamber.
After almost two months of treatment, the changes were minimal and
his mother became frustrated. At the end of the
second month of daily treatments, he made great progress and his
behavior improved greatly. He was suddenly
experiencing major changes seemingly overnight.
He was calmer and began smiling. Greg began
getting along better with his family members and even made a friend.
He now sleeps through the night and is no longer aggressive.
He is less sensitive to foods and has a normal digestive
process. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has improved
Greg’s communication and he is now less frustrated and not as prone
to emotional outbursts. Greg receives hyperbaric
therapy five times a week in a portable hyperbaric chamber.
3 year old boy improves with Hyperbaric (HBOT) Therapy
To The Hyperbaric Team: We have been thrilled
with the changes we have seen in Jack's language since visiting the
Hyperbaric Therapy Center and doing our 10 dives. I thought y'all
would like to read about what we are seeing. Following is a
narrative of what we saw in the first few days after returning home.
Thank you for the fabulous work you are doing there for these kids.
We were thrilled with the treatment we received from the entire team
while we visited with you for a week. You took great care of us. We
are truly grateful. Thanks for your service to the autism
community!! Karen H and Jack PS The photo shows off Jack's new
photo-taking skills thanks to HBOT!!!!! Changes from HBOT (10
treatments in 5 consecutive days) Day 6: Much less anxiety today
than before treatment.
Crying while watching a video with a sad song
in it. The beginnings of empathy? Said “ouch, ear”. When I asked if
ear hurt, he said “Yes” to Right ear (which he originally indicated)
but “No” to Left ear. (first time to indicate pain other than an
obvious boo-boo) Said “Mmm, yummy” and rubbed his tummy while eating
snack (first time to rub tummy) I said, “It is time to play with
Andrea (ABA Therapist)” and Jack said, “No, it’s movie time!” ha.
Easily put blanket and pacifier in bed when told. Actually brought
blanket and pacifier down to den and, when told to put it in his
bed, immediately went to his room and followed the directions. Day
7: Sat through the entire church service in the auditorium (without
needing to go to the cry room) – haven’t had that success in MONTHS!
Great imaginative play during church with toys…pretended markers
were trains; walked his Dora colorforms around on the seat. When we
arrived home, we parked the car in the driveway. As we walked
through the empty garage, Jack said “Daddy, where’s the purple car?”
Tried to climb up the back of our kitchen chair like a ladder. Day
8: First day back to school since treatment Per Jack’s teachers:
Walked into class and said “Hi Miss Penni” and hugged her,
unprompted. Did art project without prompting. Easily came to the
table when he was called. Jack emphatically did the animal noises
during circle time with the class. Initiated more independent play
with peers, with very little prompting from teacher or aide. Gave
aide a ball during gym time and said “Shoot a basket!”
came into class with new shoes on and Jack said “I like your shoes.
Your shoes are blue.” When I arrived to pick him up from school,
Jack acknowledged me but then went on playing with a dollhouse and
the dolls appropriately. He had no interest in leaving, and usually
I can’t finish getting the teacher’s daily comments before he’s
whining and pulling me to the door. They also noted that NO pictures
were needed today from his visual schedule. At a store, Jack looked
at an Elmo book. Typically he would then be fine with putting it
back. But today he wanted to take it in the car with him (so I
bought it). When we got home I told Jack to show Daddy his book. He
immediately pushed it over to Daddy and said “I have a potty book!”
Much less anxious doing routine things that previously caused
anxiety (walking on asphalt). When dressing in the a.m., I said
“Let’s wear your monkey shirt” and Jack said “No, train shirt!” Woke
up this morning asking what day it was (said “Today is…? Today is?”
was excited to know it was Monday.) In evening, peepee-d in the
potty for the very first time ever!!! Day 9: Great language has been
observed. Longer sentences. More appropriate commenting.
about what he sees on tv. Awesome pretend play today – acted out the
“On top of spaghetti” song with the meatball. Never seen him act out
anything before! Smiled for the camera for the first time. Was able
to take 5 photos, each time he’d smile and look at the camera and
wait until I counted to 3!!! He said “More smiles. More pictures!” I
went out to dinner w/some friends. When I came home, Jack ran from
the den to the top of the stairs beaming with a giant smile and
yelled “Mommy!!!” He then watched me in the kitchen for a few
minutes, waiting for me to come to him. He never turned away, didn’t
go back to playing. Seemed genuinely excited to see me in a way that
was different than before. Day 10: During ABA therapy at home, he
and the therapist watched the rain outside. Later, when we went back
into the therapy room,
Jack looked out the window and said “It’s all
done raining!” I don’t remember him commenting like this before. Day
11: ABA and Speech Therapists shared a shift today. When Paulette,
the SLP, entered the room Jack said “Carolyn and Miss Paulette –
Together!” He also commented on stickers on the door: “Those stars
are VERY high!” Great new commenting!! On a different note, poop has
changed back to yucky stuff. Has the yeast returned?