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Autism and Chi­ro­prac­tic, Stud­ies Hold Hope

Two sep­a­rate papers pub­lished in two sci­en­tific jour­nals hold hope for chil­dren with autism through chi­ro­prac­tic care. One paper pub­lished in the March 2006 issue of Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic reviews past stud­ies on chi­ro­prac­tic and Autism. This paper recounts in clin­i­cal stud­ies where chil­dren with autism are helped with chi­ro­prac­tic care. Most of the stud­ies reviewed speak of prob­lems in the upper cer­vi­cal (neck) spine.

In addi­tion to the Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic paper, a study pub­lished in the March 9, 2006 Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion (JVSR) com­pares two groups of chil­dren with autism and their response under chi­ro­prac­tic care. In this study 14 chil­dren diag­nosed with autism were stud­ied under­go­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care. Seven of these chil­dren received one form of chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments focus­ing on the entire spine while the other seven received a form of chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment focus­ing on the upper cer­vi­cal spine.

The chil­dren in this study were diag­nosed with autism at the Child Eval­u­a­tion cen­tre at the Uni­ver­sity of Louisville Med­ical School. The eval­u­a­tion of any progress made was done by using the Autism Treat­ment Eval­u­a­tion Check­list (ATEC) cre­ated by the researchers at the Autism Research Insti­tute of San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. Accord­ing to the JVSR study, the ATEC is a one-​page ques­tion­naire designed to be com­pleted by par­ents, teach­ers, or care­tak­ers. It con­sists of 4 sub­sets: I. Speech/​Language Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (14 items); II. Socia­bil­ity (20 items); III. Sensory/​Cognitive Aware­ness (18 items); and IV. Health/​Physical/​Behavior (25 items).

Each of the chil­dren in this study were scored accord­ing to the ATEC eval­u­a­tion. Then, twice each week for the fol­low­ing 3 months, the chil­dren were checked and adjusted as indi­cated. Fol­low up ATEC eval­u­a­tions were per­formed each month to mon­i­tor the progress.

The results showed that improve­ment of ATEC scores occurred in six of the seven chil­dren under upper cer­vi­cal adjust­ment and in five of the seven chil­dren under full spine adjust­ment. The chil­dren in the upper cer­vi­cal group did show greater score improve­ments over­all. In this group, two of the chil­dren improved so much that they no longer met the cri­te­ria to be clas­si­fied as autis­tic. Over­all, the study noted that the most com­mon clin­i­cal aspects of improve­ment were in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ver­bal skills, eye con­tact, mood, and phys­i­cal sport skills.

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