Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 20, 2013
Seven-year-old Torin Phillips and his 6-year-old sister, Kaia, are on a mission to overcome the limiting effects of autism. The two siblings, who live just outside of Boston in Forestdale, MA, receive intensive applied behavior therapy (ABA) from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), considered one the world’s most effective treatment centers using evidence-based, state-of-the-art therapy.
At 18 months, Torin was nonverbal, did not point or answer to his name, and had little interest in toys. At the age of 22 months, he was initially diagnosed with persuasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), according to the DSM-IV criteria, a diagnosis that is used for "severe and pervasive impairment in the development of reciprocal social interaction or verbal and nonverbal communication skills or when stereotyped behavior, interests, and activities are present.” As it became clear that Torin was profoundly affected by autism, and his diagnosis was changed to PDD by the time he was three years old.
“Torin is a medically complicated kid, just as many kids on the spectrum are," says Torrin's mother Kerri Phillips. "We now know he has Crohn’s and auto immune issues and that he appears asymptomatic many times even when something is wrong. Torin can’t overtly communicate his pain to us. Before we knew of the Crohn’s, he went seven straight months with little to no sleep. He would whoop and bang his head all night. He was never violent, but his need for all the lights on in the house and all the doors closed 24 hours a day was debilitating. It was stressful and difficult to take him anywhere out of the house including school because his undesirable behaviors, which we now know were caused by pain, would spike. We stopped participating in family holidays for a time, d
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