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Coloring book pages from 17 year old girl with autism: (a) before beginning HBOT at 1.5 atm/100% oxygen; (b) after one week of HBOT (5 sessions at one hour each), she is beginning to create patches of color to fill in a space; (c) after 3 weeks of HBOT (about 15 hours of HBOT), she uses correct colors for Winnie the Pooh and Eyore, and the foliage except for the tree trunk; and (d) after 5 weeks of HBOT (20 hours of HBOT), she begins to respect borders and boundaries and even outlines the inner border with color. After 6 months, her coloring abilities remained stable. Pictures courtesy of Carol L. Henricks, MD. Credit: Permission for use of drawings granted by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Hyperbarics Therapy For Autism

Autism is one of the most controversial disorders in America. No one knows of one single cause, but science is showing a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It’s no secret that New Leaf Hyperbarics is in existence because the founders saw hyperbarics change their daughter’s life. We are strong advocates for the use of HBOT with children who have autism.

In the images above, we present clinical evidence that spending time in a hyperbaric environment can yield visually impactful improvement in children’s fine motor functions. One of the biggest cheerleaders for the advancement in research for hyperbaric therapy is medical doctor and autism dad, Dr. Dan Rossignol. Dr. Rossignol has studied the use of what is currently referred to as “Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy” and its application on children with autism. He found that treating in a chamber that takes the pressure to the equivalent of 11 feet underwater and with only 24% oxygen levels, was highly effective in improving overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a much more comfortable and non invasive experience, especially for children, than the high pressure chambers found in hospital settings.

It is also well known that many children on the spectrum also have underlying infections from strep to Lyme that can attribute to some of their symptoms. Hyperbarics can help treat those infections and reduce the inflammatory symptoms associated.

We have seen many children over the years and have seen some phenomenal gains in every category, including witnessing a non-verbal child tell their parents they loved them for the very first time. We have a lot of experience, love and compassion for these amazing kids so if you love someone with autism, we would love to take care of them in one of our hyperbaric offices.

To read more about the Rossignol study and hbot for autism go to:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3472266/