Our child is the child we knew was in there, fighting to get out. We can breathe again.
My 4-year-old son has been working with our functional brain trainer, Andrew Amigo, for 2 months. We found out about FBT through Dr. Don Joergens, who had helped my husband with some health challenges over the past 2 years. We have been struggling with our son’s behavioral issues for over 2 years. We were given multiple diagnoses: Autism (Asperger’s), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). We had to switch schools because of multiple biting incidents that required a full-time employee to shadow our son all day at school. Once we switched schools his behavior improved at school but our 2-year-old son and we, his parents and caregivers, continued to endure consistent daily incidents of biting, kicking, hitting and pushing—all of these—every day. Every single thing that happened, from him waking up in the morning to getting dressed to eating breakfast to changing his diaper to dressing to leave the house to getting in the car to strapping him in to arriving at a destination, was a major struggle complete with kicking, screaming, biting, hitting and throwing. Life became unbearable. The saddest part was seeing him so uncomfortable in his own skin. He had these lovely moments where we could see our son but they were brief and all too rare. We eventually stopped all play dates, all parties (birthday and otherwise), all visits to the playground and parks and anywhere he might have an interaction with another child, including visits with his cousins and closest friends. We were at a loss and our life had come to a crushing halt—the worst part being that no one understood what we were going through, not even his therapists. To this day I’ve never met another child with the same issues that ours’ struggled with and I hope I never do.
I believe that a combination of intensive therapies including behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, craniosacral therapy, auditory brain stimulation (through ambient and rhythmic components), and naturopathy created an environment ripe for change in our son, but it was FBT that was the catalyst for that change, that brought them all together and repaired the damaged neurological connections that he needed to function as a happy, semi-independent human being. When I first spoke to Don about FBT, he said we would see a radical difference in one month. I cried and hoped but some part of me didn’t really believe him. It has been two months and we can now have play dates from 30 minutes to an hour. He and his brother hold hands and tell each other how much they love each other. I can let him run in public settings with multiple other children and not have to be within arm’s reach. He is happier, softer, different—he is the child we knew was in there, fighting to get out. He is still quite often uncomfortable being touched, still hurts his brother and us but much less often and with less intensity, and he no longer hurts other children for no reason. We can breathe again. We are taking it one day at a time because this is still new and it will take longer than two months to heal our family. But we have made significant progress—progress we had dreamed of but stopped really believing was possible. And we have confidence that FBT played a significant part in activating and accelerating this progress.
I stand here before you to say, this work is going to change the world.
I got my life back.
I am a 79 year old female that primarily lives in Scottsdale, Arizona but all of my family lives in New Jersey. I started with a severe sinus infection and was on high dose of antibiotic. For two weeks, I was on Levaquin. Twenty days after the sinus infection I was diagnosed with severe vertigo and I had to go to the ER. I went through an audiologist test and have a 27% loss of vestibular function in the right ear. Two weeks after I first had vertigo I went back to work out with my trainer and he told me to slow down and focus. I was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona for my sinus infection and I also was treated at the Mayo Clinic for Occupational Therapy for my vestibular imbalance and vertigo. After Occupational Therapy, I left town for 2 months to visit my family in New Jersey. My sinus infection got better but I was still having problems with my vestibular imbalance and vertigo. During the time I was in New Jersey I was taken to see Andrew by my son. Andrew sat and talked to me for about 30 minutes and he started to work with my hands and eyes and watched me walk. When I walked out of his office after the first visit I walked to my car and the fuzziness in my head was gone and it was gone for about 5 weeks. He gave me a couple of simple eye exercises that I did religiously six times a day. By doing the exercises that Andrew gave to me, I got my life back.
I am very excited and optimistic that we will be able to close the gap in where he is currently performing and his age appropriate reading level.
WOW!…benefits I received that I never expected.
WOW! After 2 painless, easy, affordable sessions I can confidently report the following: night vision improved greatly; quick recovery upon less frequent memory lapse; much less anxiety around an important relationship that had been a chronic immediate trigger of stress and conflict. WOW! And benefits I received that I never expected include better balance, improved walking and joy and confidence in expanding my social circles. So great!
The gentle exercises prescribed are easy to do. No problem. Zero pain. I highly recommend this people friendly application of a very complex science to any/every person with a brain looking to maintain it.