In 2009 our son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 4. Our journey has been at times very challenging, frustrating and difficult for our family, but we always maintained our faith and hope that there was help out there for us.
When you become a parent everything in your world completely changes. I often say that being a parent is the hardest job you’ll ever love. When your child is born you quickly count their toes and fingers and count your blessings you have a healthy baby. As I look back now on the traumatic birth of our son (knowing what I know now) there were signs of autism from a very early age. It started with the inability to console him to sleeping difficulties to eventually food and behavioral issues as he grew older. After visiting several Paediatricians and other Paediatric specialists we were told our son absolutely did not have ASD. However, I knew deep down in my heart, along with my “mommy instinct”, that something wasn’t right and to keep searching for an answer. After encouragement from our Occupational Therapist and Naturopathic Doctor (who herself has a son with Autism) we took our son for an assessment through a private clinic in Vancouver. At 4 1/2 years of age we finally received an official diagnosis of ASD.
At first our feelings were a mixture of relief and fear at the same time. But more importantly confirmation of my “mommy gut” instinct to never give up! We desperately needed help and guidance on how to move forward.
As our journey continued with therapies like ABA, PT, OT and SLP I often wondered if there was more we could do to help our son. We already worked with a fantastic Defeat Autism Naturopath but I still felt like we were missing something.
Like most parents we are willing to do anything and everything to help our children so when a friend of mine suggested we try NIS I thought “why not”? NIS is safe for all ages and completely non-invasive. I admit that initially I was skeptical too and decided to have NIS treatments along with my son. I was completely amazed at how much NIS was able to help us both. For our son there were significant improvement in behaviours such as anxiety/anger/frustration, increase in white blood cell count (immune system) and gastrointestinal improvement by way of digestion and regular bowel movements and sleep! NIS helped me personally with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia.
It has been over 7 years now since I changed career paths from RN to NIS practitioner, but I remain very passionate about what I do and I look forward to continuing to help others benefit from NIS therapy as much as we have.
Written by Claudette Varley – NIS Practitioner