Recovery Stories

Thomais: Autism

Thomais: Autism

Yadira V. Calderon, mother of Thomais M. (nine years old), writes about her daughter's recovery journey from autism. Autism and positivism do not seem to be two words that many people combine; I can understand why, but I want to tell other parents that recovery from...

Kyle:  Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD

Kyle: Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD

Where do I begin? Should I start with my being pregnant and working at a stressful job in New York City? Maybe I should first write about my family history of celiac and not knowing that having undiagnosed celiac/gluten intolerance can have major consequences to your...

Leo: Autism

Leo: Autism

excerpted from A Compromised Generation:  The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children Upon meeting Leo for the first time, it is difficult to grasp that this friendly, bright-eyed 10½ year old boy once had autism. There is nothing about his demeanor,...

Ella: Almost Autism

Ella: Almost Autism

Something Was Wrong I knew something wasn't quite right shortly after giving birth to my daughter, Ella. Nursing was difficult. When she started ''waking up" after those early weeks there was no "peace" about her. She wriggled and writhed and arched, and she hardly...

Cole: Allergies

Cole: Allergies

Food sensitivities or intolerances are often overlooked by many doctors because they are not considered to be "true" allergy (IgE-mediated).  This does not mean they are not clinically meaningful. Many people with food sensitivities do not even know that they have...

Mia: Autism

Mia: Autism

I am releasing this story here as a means to get this story out to as many people as possible. I am a physical therapist for 14 years, a healthcare provider; I am a husband and a Dad. I do not work in pediatric physical therapy. That particular patient population is...

Anthony: Autism and Apraxia

Anthony: Autism and Apraxia

Anthony was 3 1/2 and he still had no words. That's how this story always starts out... He had been in speech therapy since he was 18 months old, and he started occupational therapy when he was 2. He was diagnosed as having severe speech apraxia, Sensory Processing...