If your child has been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, Chiropractic care may help.
A child is diagnosed with autistic disorder based on problems in social interaction skills, communication skills and repetitive or restrictive behavior and or interests. Other problems noted in autism is the lack of meaningful language skills, empathic abilities, motor incoordination, and problems with executive functioning. Children with autism never develop communicative speech therefore become easily distressed with normal everyday life occurrences and activities.
In this case study, a 3 year old diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder is presented to chiropractic care. The child had communication problems, apraxia and speech delay. Prior to seeking chiropractic care; the child has also been visiting a speech pathologist, developmental pediatrician, occupational therapist and an applied behavioural analyst. Physical examination revealed diminished range of motion, poor gait coordination and foot position abnormalities. Stimulation of cranial nerves was also found to be insufficient; sensory function, alertness, communication skills and oculo-motor tracking difficulties.
The chiropractic care plan consisted of 1 visit per week with a reassessment every month. A diversified technique was used during each adjustment. After the first reassessments, foot position abnormalities and cranial nerve insufficiencies were resolved. Other health care providers also reported the patient was performing much better following chiropractic care. By the final reassessment, the patient has continued to improve and respond well to treatment. The patient has reported to start attending school again and teachers reported much growth in the child’s abilities. The patient had also made friends, become more interactive and overall happier.
Overall, this cases study shows the success of chiropractic care in the improvement in the physical functioning, quality of life and social function of a young male suffering from pervasive developmental disorder.
Handt, M. (2011). Improvement in a Child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Undergoing Chiropractic Care. Journal Of Pediatric Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic4, 4 (2)