Friday, May 28, 2010

Autism Recovery - Video Games, TV, Movies and Stimulatory Behavior

An autism Intervention specialist physician explains:

While doing one of my live weekly video chats recently on my biomedical education website, the topic of self stimulatory behaviors and vocalizations came up. Vocalizations can include repeating words or phrases from TV shows, movies, or video games, echolalia, etc. and can be an indicator of an underlying sensory issue.

I know therapeutically, after starting Methyl B-12 therapy, children often become more aware of their surroundings and also of social cues. Often times they begin to pick up on the facial and vocal cues and other aspects of nonverbal communication that they previously missed. What comes along with that is also using language more frequently and appropriately and the natural inquisitiveness that children generally have. This is all very common with Methyl B-12 usage.

On the live chat, this parent was expressing that she did see improvement with Methyl B-12 therapy but was also seeing an increase in self talk and dialog from watching TV and playing video games. I realized that we were witnessing a child with better awareness and language that was now able to express things he was experiencing better than before. The Methyl B-12 was having a positive effect on the language area of the brain and we were seeing an overall improvement in awareness.

The child was recognizing things from watching various media and was now able to verbalize it. Often times children with Autism can become very rigid about what they watch on television and can want to watch the same thing all the time. When they gain awareness, especially if you are doing any sort of biomedical treatment, you want that awareness to be of appropriate social interactions, not the media.

Monitoring how much TV or video games your child engages in is a prudent thing to do. Occasional use is fine but what you really want is a child interacting with peers, siblings, family in the normal ways. Trips to the park, stores, etc. are all apart of our daily life and open up opportunity for interaction with others, which is even more important for your child with Autism.

Children with Autism can become hyper focused on what they watch, so you want to limit the amount of exposure to television or games in favor of real life interaction with others.

Don't let ANYONE tell you there is nothing you can do to help your child. Autism really is treatable! Start your child down the road to recovery from autism. Biomedical Autism treatments and therapies have resulted in many, many children improving, or even even losing their autism-spectrum disorder diagnosis.

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Dr. Kurt Woeller is an biomedical autism Intervention specialist, with a private practice in Southern California for over 10 years. He has helped children recover from autism, ADD, ADHD, and other disorders, and has the information you need to help your child. Get the information you need at his free blog above, interact with him directly at his membership website at

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