Autism & Sensory Processing Study
Our current goal is to raise $120,000 to study whether or not an over the counter nutritional supplement can help children who have autism with sensory processing issues.
Most people know the standard statistic from the CDC: "1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism" but what most people don't know is that many of these children also have "Sensory Processing" issues. These children respond to sensory information "differently" - common sensory stimuli overwhelms them. The sound of a dog barking, the chill of ice cubes in a water glass, the scratch of a tag on their clothing, the burst of a grape in their mouth, the flickering of light bulbs -- all of these things can overwhelm these children into panic, causing screaming meltdowns and even vomitting.
In 2012 the Preemie Growth Project conducted a feasibility study on the effects of an over-the-counter nutritional supplement on children with neurological issues, including cerebral palsy and sensory processing issues. One of the most exciting outcomes was a significant number of children reporting a cessation of "sensory processing overload issues".
In plain speaking, multiple children reported being able to turn the sensory issues on-and-off like a water faucet when they started and stopped taking the supplement.
Moving Mountains Research is now taking those findings to the next level: we are going to conduct a double blind, placebo controlled study focusing on children with autism who have sensory processing issues. We will be recruiting 120 children with these conditions who can travel to southeastern Michigan four times/every two months where they will be evaluated by Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists to determine whether or not there is a measurable decrease in sensory processing problems.
We expect four out of five children in the intervention group will see positive results, which is why we are committed to doing this study. Lives will be changed for the better...
But first, we need to fund it.
If you want the best for these children and their families, please donate to our cause.
Thank you for your help!!!
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Boy (11 Yrs, 5 Mon): Day 20 – [Child] is accepting foods that he would not/could not tolerate in the past. Yogurt is one and mashed potatoes in another. Also, oranges.
-- from Ida: kids with sensory issues can't handle certain textures; it isn't because they are "picky" - it is because it is torture. :(
Boy (5 Yrs, 1 Mon): Day 25 - Teachers noted a big changed in being able to handle loud sounds in the classroom. we have noted that he is much less fearful. -- from Ida: imagine not being able to handle a typical classroom because the chattering of children causes pain.
Boy (4 Yrs, 1 Mon): Day 48 - We've had the biggest changes here! My son has always been sensitive to clothing. I had to remove tags, stick to softer fabrics, avoid clothing decoration that was stiff, etc. He's always refused to wear jeans even though he's asked to wear them, he always ended up taking them off because they bothered him so much. He's now wearing jeans no problem for the first time ever! It's like they are no big deal. He's grown 2 inches and out of most of his clothes. I put new clothes the next size up in his drawers and I didn't remove the tags. Not a single complaint. Just a month ago he was asking me to remove a tag from a new shirt he'd gotten, this is a recent and drastic change.
Boy (5 Yrs, 2 Mon): Day 99 - Meltdowns are rare. He will still tell us when things are too loud (like several children yelling at once), but it doesn't lead to a meltdown anymore. His proprioceptive and vestibular skills have improved dramatically. Having muscle gain and these new improved skills has enabled him to play and run and climb with his friends.
Girl (1 Yr, 5 Mon): Day 38 - This is the best part next to her tone change. She was very startled by anything even a sneeze and would cry until i picked her up to console her. She is no longer doing this, if I sneeze and laugh at her she now laughs back. Amazing!
Girl (4 Yrs, 7 Mon): Day 72 - She seems to be better at coping with new sensory environments and is very content. Lots of smiles and not many meltdowns anymore.
Girl (1 Yr, 11 Mon): Day 96 - She is doing tons more exploring things in her environment without getting scared when she touches something new. Also food doesn't seem to scare her as much which in turn means she is eating more solids which is awesome!!! Pickles are her favorite LOL!
From Ida Again: The simplest things like eating or being able to enjoy company or wear clothing or not having a screaming meltdown because of the torture of sensory overload all contribute to quality of life issues. This research needs to happen. Please donate and spread the word; time is running out before this study will need to be "indefinitely delayed due to budget".