Reviews From Patients And Parents of Patients
Zac, 14 years old, and his mother discuss their experience at Connections:
What were your major concerns before bringing your son in?
"Our son is a very normal boy, but has a few oddities that just did not seem right. I have always felt that my son was on the autistic spectrum, but all of the doctors that he had seen said that he was just a little different. I just knew though that something was not right. He seems to have a lot of the Asperger's / autism qualities, but not enough to place him in that category. He does the hand flapping thing when he gets excited or when he is focused very intently on something, like video games. Loud noises tend to bother him, change is very difficult for him and things like water in the face or grooming tasks, such as, cutting fingernails is uncomfortable to him."
What attracted you to our office initially?
"I was attracted to Connections Center for Children because for the first time I had a doctor tell me that they could run tests and based on the test tell me where the disconnect was in my son's brain; and based on that evidence they could help him. How refreshing! I also liked that it was a fun environment for my son. He could go in and exercise and play computer games and challenge himself, and it did not feel like a doctor visit."
What was different about Connections than other therapies that you have tried?
"We have been to counselors, mainstream doctors, naturalists, etc., and it was always 'let's try this and see if this helps'." I liked that at Connections they could tell me exactly what needed to be done to help my son. Before they ever recommended any course of action they checked his blood for allergies and gave him a series of tests, and based on the results, designed a program that was specifically for his needs."
What changes have you seen in your son since starting the program?
"Probably the biggest change is the fact that my son is not afraid to go to school because of the fire drill. As soon as he started Connections he stopped asking 'Mommy, will there be a fire drill today?' It was wonderful knowing he could go to school without being fearful. He just generally seemed happier and more connected to people. It is almost like he is just more comfortable in his own skin. Even his vision has improved as a result of his therapy."
What would you say to another parent who was considering bringing their child to Connections?
"I would say find a way to do it. There is absolutely nothing about this program that could be harmful to him, which is wonderful. The only thing he actually had to take was a vitamin that was designed specifically to his needs based on his blood results. My son did not have to take a pill that could possibly" make him better. I did not have to worry if I was doing the right thing because there are no negative side effects only wonderful results!" "Simon, 8yo