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Livingston, MI: "More than 500 children in Livingston" with ASD; center offers HBOT

Aug 9, 2018, Livingston (MI) Daily: Oxford Recovery Center opens 'cutting edge' facility in Brighton to treat autism, other conditions The 5-year-old’s head rested on a pillow while he gazed up at a cartoon playing on the TV screen above the hyperbaric oxygen chamber in which he was enclosed last week at the Oxford Recovery Center in Brighton. … Since then, Megan has driven her son three hours from their home in Sturgis twice a year for month-long visits to the Oxford Recovery Center for treatment, including daily “dives” into the hyperbaric chamber which delivers 100% pressurized oxygen. The current visit coincides with the center’s move from South Lyon to Brighton, and its grand opening. … Oxford Recovery Center works to do that through a “synergistic” approach Peterson said, using multiple therapies to treat children and adults with a wide variety of medical conditions ranging from autism, cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorder to macular degeneration, traumatic brain injury and depression. Diane Kim, a Milford mom, said her son Mitchell, now 10, has “made a full recovery” from autism spectrum disorder after receiving the hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other treatments at the Oxford Recovery Center. He received treatments for two years, starting when he was 3. “It was harder then, once a kid was diagnosed. No one can help,” Kim said. “Schools are not allowed to give advice. It’s overwhelming. Your life changes overnight, and you don’t know where to turn… There is no hope, you don’t know what causes it or how to fix it. They tell you there is brain damage, do some ABA (applied behavior analysis) and good luck. They can’t speak more than 50 words, he did the ‘Rain Man’ thing where he did the alphabet over and over.” Tammy Morris, chief program officer for the Autism Alliance of Michigan, said more than 500 children in Livingston are identified as eligible for autism special education services, but that means the number is actually much higher due to children who are homeschooled, in private schools, in preschool or children undiagnosed with mild impairment. While the statewide average of special education students with autism is 9.9%, all five of Livingston County’s public school districts have higher percentages, ranging from a low of 10.7% in Brighton to a high of 16.7% in Howell. Other districts include Pinckney (12.2%), Fowerville (12.4%) and Hartland (14.1%). The number of children with autism spectrum disorder has doubled in the last 40 years, she said, and just five years ago, there was only one provider of applied behavior analysis in Livingston. Now the alliance, which offers a navigator resource for families seeking autism services, is aware of 14 in the county. …

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