Brian is a 14 year old boy with a strong determination and boundaries. He loves fishing and doing big manouvres on his skateboard. He is very tuned to the outdoors and loves climbing trees and is not afraid of being physically hurt; he seems to have a very high pain tolerance. Brian was born with Moibeus Syndrome that interrupts normal development. It affects cranial nerves and results in congenital deformities, notably club foot.
In Brian’s case, he was operated on early in childhood for clubfoot. He also has significant skeletal misalignment, ocular abduction abnormalities affecting vision and needs to have catheterization for urine twice daily.
Brian was diagnosed in 2016 with Autism and ADHD. He had been taking Ritalin for 6 weeks prior to attending this clinic. Brian’s parents’ request was to see if I could help him, as dynamics at school and home were causing friction and his academic progress was of concern.
Treatment began on the 2nd September. 2016
Brian’s mother Rachel filled out a questionnaire prior to treatment beginning with the three areas
‘Socialisation’’’, Behaviour and ‘Learning’ as identified areas for observation. A rating of “10/10” means the problem is deemed the worst it could possibly be in terms of disruption. The results are summarized below.
The problem was described that other children would say nasty things to Brian about him or his friends. So he would only mix with the girls out of school.
Now after RNR treatment he is socializing with boys as well. He has learnt to ignore verbal abuse and is far less retaliatory. This has been noted by Brian’s Welfare Officer, Mr Laurie.
The problem prior to treatment was rated at 10/10.
After the RNR treatment it has been rated at 3/10.
If Brian’s colleagues were ‘mucking around’ Brian would overdo this and take it too far. The thing that would trigger this would be either Brian becoming fatigued from working too hard for too long; or others being noisy and wanting to get involved; or boredom.
Before RNR treatment 8/10
After RNR treatment 2/10
Brian has stopped taking a muck-around session too far. He can now reign it in if asked to. The English class is where Brian had the most challenges with this problem. His English teacher has noted Brian is a lot more settled now. This improvement was recorded initially on 24th November, 2016
Rachel said he was writing at a level that he can keep up in high school. Reading was at a level way lower than expected for his age. This was aggravated by teachers not adapting the curriculum delivery to Brian’s needs. Reading and writing were both noted as improved subjects after RNR treatment. In fact Brian’s end of year report has all of his school grades improved on the previous half yearly report.
Before RNR treatment 8-10/10 depending on the teacher involved
After RNR treatment 2/10
Brian has a history of poor balance affecting him so much that he has fallen and hit his head many times. After RNR treatment it is noted his balance has improved a lot. For example, he can correct his stance on uneven water on a stand up paddle board with greater skill now.
After correction of the Rooting Reflex, it was noted Brian could turn his head about 80% better to each side.
On the 7th December, I asked Rachel if she agreed with me that Brian’s previously down-turned mouth had become less downturned. She agreed it had and has submitted a photo of Brian prior to the RNR treatment so we can take a comparative photo if Brian agrees to this. Mobius Syndrome is known for affectation of the 7th cranial nerve, weakening the facial muscle tone. It could be that the cranial therapy of the RNR technique has helped remove some interference at that level.
On the 15th December, 2016 Rachel noted that Brian was being more patient with his sister Michelle. Prior to that there was a lot of intolerance and friction from him, towards her. She also reported Brian’s teacher had initiated contact with her to state that Brian’s behaviour in class is much better.
In a follow up conversation with Rachel on the 1st January 2017 she stated that Brian’s speech is much better. Before RNR treatment he could only speak 2 words that would be understood by the listener. After treatment he can speak a full sentence and be understood. This has been observed and reported by school staff as well. She said she observed better mouth movement and dynamics when Brian speaks. She thinks this is allowing him to better express his sense of humour.
Before the RNR treatment Brian was wetting his bed every night and to avoid this it was necessary for Rachel to wake him to avoid wetting profusely so bed linen turnover was burdensome. Now Brian wets perhaps 2 out of 7 nights usually after a social event means he has a late night.
The questionnaire results show an improvement on the original stated problems of 73%. This in itself is a great result because it puts Brian in a position of greater empowerment and choice about his responses as well as helping him academically and in sports. The further benefits noted are things we often observe in RNR but they were not described in the original questionnaire so we will consider them as added benefits that will also serve Brian very well.
Brian has responded very positively as is evident by his progress – noted at school, in his school report and by his family members. Because vision is one of Brian’s areas of concern it may be worthwhile seeing a Behavioural Optometrist to see if they can help him further. I am more than happy to have this discussion and can introduce some basic concepts of this profession that has helped many people.