I am a happy wife and mother to four children, the youngest of whom has regressive autism. In the spring of 2001, a combination of excessive vaccination and mercury exposure caused our happy, bright, social baby to become very ill. He lost his ability to talk and his sensory motor system was so damaged that he lived in a helpless and overwhelmed state. He had extreme GI issues that resulted in almost constant nausea and chronic pain. We spent the first few years after diagnosis doing what the mainstream medical professionals suggested–lots of OT and Speech. He just became sicker and sicker. We realized when he was about five years old that autism is not a psychological disorder but a whole body disease which involves problems with the immune system, mitochondrial and GI dysfunction, high levels of oxidative stress and inflammation as well as problems with methylation.
In the years since this realization we have ceaselessly used biomedical treatments and homeopathy to help heal the underlying medical issues. We have seen so much progress with James and the best thing is that he feels so much better. But through all of this his speech has been a big struggle. With all our prayers for healing and efforts at detoxifying him from the heavy metals that injured him, I wondered if his brain was damaged beyond repair. I knew he had perfect cognition before he regressed but if he still only had functional language (simple comments and ability to express needs and desires) was it possible his brain was damaged for good?
Well we found out in April of 2013 that the answer to that is NO! Through the miracle work of Soma Mukhopadhyay and her RPM method of communication our prayers are being answered everyday. James through RPM is telling us all the things he thinks and feels and is showing us his incredible intellect and pretty much blowing us away with the things he says. His actual speech is still limited to basic things but his language expressed through spelling words on a letter board is exploding.
This blog is a record of the many things James is saying to us and is named in honor of the Gospel story in Luke chapter 7 where Jesus sees a widow whose son has just died. He says to the widow, “don’t cry” (He raises her son from the dead) and “the young man sat up and talked and Jesus returned him to his mother”.
We feel that James is being returned to our family and we give all thanks to God for this and to Soma and our amazing Speech Pathologist and homeschool teacher who are making it happen each day. My hope is that this blog will be an encouragement to any families whose children with autism still have no or limited speech. It is my wholehearted opinion that all of them have a lot to say and all of them are intelligent they just need to be given a means to communicate.