Overview of the Study using Auum D3A – Somali children with Autism

Here  are the follow up results seen in a group of Somali children diagnosed with Autism aged 3-1/2 years to 16 years.

These children were given Auum Omega Essential D3A  twice daily.

SLEEP ISSUES

The sleep common issues I heard were: doesn’t go to sleep easily, takes 2 hours or  more to fall asleep, needs someone to sit with them for up to 2 hours before falling asleep, awakes in the night, sometimes 3-4 times, sometimes crying, and finds it difficult to fall back to sleep, sometimes not doing so at all. Other children were taking meds or melatonin in order to sleep.

The results came quickly, some in 1 week, several in 3 weeks and the longest in 2 months: “Goes to sleep immediately, sleeps through the night, goes to bed by himself now, has a deep sleep.” All children were sleeping through the night without waking and without meds within a 2 month period maximum.                                      

SPEECH

None of the children had spontaneous speech. At most they parroted the speech of others when prompted and only single words which were often indiscernible.  The most significant response to the intervention was spontaneous speech, appropriate use of words, clear words, starting often by clearly singing songs and use of more words in response to questions, which led to multiple sentences.

#1

One child used very few words, and not in context, not appropriately and never spontaneously. The very first day that he took D3A, he called “Mommy where are you?” The rest of the family came running … such a big deal it was. Previously, he could say mommy, but never used the word in addressing his mom.  The second day he called an elderly neighbour who visited often, “Granny”.  In three months, he was calling his sister by name. At four months, he was singing all the time, but not clear words.  By five months, he was repeating conversations and spontaneously saying things like “I can’t believe this”. At six months on the D3A, he is never quiet, always either singing or saying things in full sentences. At school, one of his fellow students with autism was very upset and this child went over and held his hand so that he wouldn’t hit himself and asked “Are you okay?”

#2

This 16 year old child used only single words and then just when he wanted something.  He started to speak spontaneously after one week of taking D3A and was more responsive to questions. It was the habit of his classmates to make him do all the chores and he just accepted it and did them.  At three weeks, he was standing up for himself at school and saying “no” to the bossy kids after practicing saying “no” to his teacher for a few days. At six weeks, he was freely answering questions with phrases, spelling his sister’s name and using longer words. At 15 weeks, when questioned he answers quickly and in sentences.

BEHAVIOUR

Some children were very hyperactive and uncontrollable. Others were angry and crying often.

#1

Refuses to do things asked of him, ignores questions, always separate at school, always wanted to stay at home. In six weeks, he does what he is asked right away, chooses his own clothes and dresses himself, sits with the other kids at school and responds more in class. At 2 months, he insists on playing outside all the time and insists on going shopping with his mom and is trying to communicate with other children at school.

#2

Five days after starting D3A this young child has gone from continually racing around the house and jumping on the bed, very hyper to being calm, no more running and jumping.  Totally calm, comes when called. In three weeks, he does what he is asked the first time, before you would have to ask ten times.

#3

Very hyperactive, destructive, house has deadbolt so he doesn’t run away, mom has to hold his hand when outside, couldn’t sit still long enough to eat, his meal would be warmed multiple times for him. In five months, he has finally calmed down.  He plays in the playground without running away and has better compliance when asked to do things, he goes to the school bus by himself and he eats his meal in one sitting.

 

STIMMING

High pitched whining stopped within 2 months.

Hand flapping and noise was reduced by 12 weeks

Hand clapping was reduced at 12 weeks and by 15 weeks had ceased except rarely when upset.

MOOD

One of the first things that the moms reported was that their child was calm, smiling and happy.

#1

Crying spells and frustration in 3 weeks turned to laughing alot and no more crying.

#2

Never smiled, didn’t acknowledge his mom when she came to pick him up from school or called to him. In three weeks, he runs right away to greet his mom when he sees her with a smile and gives her hugs.

SOCIALIZATION

Although most of the children did make some degree of eye contact, they did prefer to stay at home and be by themselves. Some never smiled and didn’t like physical contact.

Over the course of weeks, they increased their interactions with other children, pulling them by the hand to play together and sharing toys. Also they chose to sit close to other children at school and began trying to interact and communicate with them. Spontaneous hugging of family members occurred for the first time.

#1

A 14 year old boy who communicates with sign language and prefers to be alone, after 6 weeks is playing sharing and with others.  He had little eye contact and would walk away when being spoken to. At 15 weeks he now stays, listens and pays attention when spoken to.  At 18 weeks he looks his mom in the eye when she is speaking to him.

#2

A 10 year old boy never acknowledged his mom when she came to pick him up after school.  She would have to go and take him by the hand to go home.  After 2 weeks, he runs right away up to her and hugs her with a smile (he never smiled before). A 6 weeks, he has lots of eye contact and now also hugs his brother and sister.

ATTENTION & FOCUS

Inability to focus was a common issue.

Improvement in focus and ability to follow instructions were reported and confirmed by the children quickly moving forward at school. One child who can write showed large improvements in neatness, good spelling and writing complete sentences in 18 weeks.

Several other children now focus to dress themselves and one child who would need his meal heated up about 5 times in order to finish dinner, now sits down and eats it in one sitting.

COMPLIANCE

Some children were described as refusing to do things when asked, others as ignoring questions and directions. Other children only complied when asked to do something ten times.

Quickly this scenario changed to “Does what he is asked immediately after being asked only once”

It has been a pleasure working with these diligent moms and their polite children and seeing the personal progress of each child.