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Tai A. Scelfo D.C.  & Patricia L. Chelenyak D.C.   

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 106-110



Objective: To describe successful chiropractic care of a child with autism.

Clinical Features: A 9-year-old boy with chronic ear infections, difficulty with social interactions, and impairment of communication presented for chiropractic care. The child was first diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and later, diagnosed with Autism. 

Intervention and Outcomes: Diversified and toggle-recoil techniques were utilized in this case study. A nutritionist also administered digestive enzymes as part of care. Signs of improved social skills were apparent after the fourth visit, along with language development acknowledged on the seventh visit. The parent also reduced use of medication.

Conclusion: Through the correction of vertebral subluxation, significant improvements were noted by parent and doctor. Further studies need to be conducted to demonstrate that the correction of subluxation correlates with increased functioning of the autistic child.

Key Indexing Terms: Autism; Chiropractic; Vertebral Subluxation; Diversified; Toggle-Recoil

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