James & Patricia
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Autism. Manic-Depression. These
combined diagnoses are quite a mouthful for anyone, particularly young Tucker,
who at the age of 4 has been labeled with all three disorders. Tuckers
mom came to Kentuckiana for yet another opinion. Her son was already on three
strong medications that have toxic side effects. He was not toilet trained.
He had a habit of eating dirt and of grinding his teeth. In addition,
Tuckers verbal skills sharply declined at 15 months of age.
Except for a difficult birth that resulted in a C-section and a severe case
of the "croup" at 15 months no other catalysts could be identified for the
deterioration in Tuckers development. Until the age of 12 to 15 months
his early behavior was that of any active, healthy, vocal child. Then his
ability to communicate with his mother diminished to odd vocal noises and
The treatment that Tucker began receiving at
Kentuckiana in 1998 was designed to address the aspects of his health that
were out of balance. Dr. Liesman has worked patiently with Tucker, sometimes
getting down on the floor with him for treatment. Gentle chiropractic adjustments
and nutritional counseling have been an integral part of his care.
In the beginning, Tucker could bite the metal end off a pencil, and the sound
of his teeth grinding was chilling. However, the bruxism has decreased so
dramatically that his teachers have commented on the change. On Tuckers
last visit, he held his jaw up to Dr. Liesmans hand to indicate that
he needed another adjustment to help his teeth. This once "wild" and
"hyperactive" child now comes to the clinic and momentarily lies still on
the chiropractic table to await Dr. Liesmans care.
Tuckers mother notes that since receiving treatment at Kentuckiana,
her sons eye contact has greatly improved. He has even been smiling
and showing more facial expression. This child who once had a very limited
diet is now trying new things. Tucker has a long way to go to overcome his
many hardships, but with continued care and attention, we believe that this
special child and his mother have a healthy future.
Tracy Barnes, D.C., D.I.I.C.P.
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