Autism Testimonial

Autism Testimonial

Ethan was born a 100% healthy baby. My husband and I had a hard time getting pregnant and Ethan was our miracle baby. When he was diagnosed with autism at a little over two years, we were all devastated. Being a medical professional, I kind of knew what his diagnosis would be, but when they actually told me, my whole world fell apart. I guess, deep down, I kept hoping I was wrong and I just didn’t want to accept it. During this time, I was in school finishing my nurse practitioner degree. At the same time, my sister-in-law in Florida had become an occupational therapist. She told me about one of her first clients, a six-year old girl with autism. She told me that in addition to occupational therapy, the little girl was receiving another intervention and, with it, she was changing overnight. She asked the mother what the intervention was and this is how we found our way to Dr. Leah Light and the MNRI program. My sister-in-law said the mother of this child called Dr. Light a “magician”. I think, as parents of a child with autism, we hear about all types of “miracle” treatments and, at some point, we start to not believe in anything. At the same time, we also get to a point where we look at our child and think “God, just help us. Just, please, help us!” We ended up flying in to Ft. Lauderdale from Ohio to have an assessment done by Dr. Light. I remember walking into the office with my brother who said to me, “Linna, be careful, and be objective. You know some people try and make money off of your misery.” After the first visit we were both hooked. As we left, my brother said, “She is the real deal Linna.” I just knew from the first day I met Dr. Light that she would help us. It was not easy for me to go to Florida for a one month intensive and leave my family behind. I actually even ended up giving up our spot at Ethan’s school because they said if I left for the month Ethan could not return. I chose to go with Dr. Light because, in my heart, I knew we needed her. I, also, had a job offer I gave up on and I, even, left my youngest son at home. At some point, I felt like I had given up on everything but this is what Ethan needed. He needed me to give up my life at home so that he could begin his. Our children are our world and that statement is more true to me than ever before. In the past, Ethan was not a “hug me, kiss me” kind of child. He liked it but was not in love with it. He had little-to-no eye contact and I would call his name numerous times (I have even lost count at some points) before he ever answered me. Sometimes, he wouldn’t ever respond. Ethan also used a lot of jargon but never said any true words besides maybe just an occasional “no.” He could not follow any commands and he constantly had tantrums. He also slept poorly, sometimes, keeping me up until 3 or 4 AM. By the time I arrived in Florida, I knew I had complete exhaustion on my face.   How has Ethan benefited from MNRI?   After one month of intensive MNRI intervention with Dr. Light, Ethan began to say some words…words that he had lost at some point in this life. Ethan has been having fewer tantrums, are now easier to manage, and he calms down a lot faster. He is now constantly coming up to me and hugging or kissing me. He responds to his name with eye contact right away. I can now say “Ethan” one time and no matter what he is doing, he looks at me. His jargon has decreased a lot and, in the car, he now tries and says what I call “real words.” He gets his shoes when needed and now will say “Ok - Bye” when it is time to go. He continues to toe walk but as Dr. Light says, this takes some time, and to me the other stuff matters so much more. He is really much easier to manage. He sleeps more and falls asleep earlier. He may still wake up sometimes but it has become a once a week rare event. I just tell him to go back to sleep and 5 minutes later, he is asleep (though, I am wide awake at that point ). I have hope for Ethan now and I know he can do it. In the past, I had a doctor tell me that Ethan was mentally retarded but, now I think she might have been looking in the mirror because my son is not mentally retarded. He is better and will continue to get better every day. </ p> There is a quote that says “Accept what you can’t change and change what you can’t accept.” Dr. Light and Julie helped me realize that I do not have to just accept everything as it seems. There is a light in all of this and there is hope and help for families like us. Dr. Light gave us hope and that is why I made sure to learn MNRI techniques so that I can do them at home. She truly saved my son and I will forever be grateful for that. Now, I cannot wait to come back in 6 months to show her and Julie the progress we are making with MNRI. Forever grateful,
Linna “Ethan’s Mom”
2016-06-07T07:00:19+00:00