Search for answers about her son’s developmental problems leads to an unexpected place
When my son was about a year old, he had a febrile seizure. From then on, he had developmental problems. We went to countless therapists and doctors to try to get help for him, but nothing worked.
Many evaluations, no answers
When he was still very little, a couple of therapists said they thought he had Asperger’s. I could see that he had some qualities, but I didn’t think it was enough to put him in that category.
He tested too poorly to start kindergarten and had to go to pre-K, but he was still behind most kids. When he was learning how to read, he couldn’t stay focused long enough to finish a short sentence.
By third grade, teachers pointed out his short attention span. He didn’t play with other kids either. He was a loner.
At home, he had little outbursts, where he would just scream. We would ask him what was wrong and he would say, “Nothing.”
Soon, his teachers said he couldn’t see the board. But even after he got glasses, he still couldn’t stay focused. His grades were Ds and Us mostly because he just didn’t turn the work in. He’d tell me, ‘I just can’t stay on task.’
The next time I took him to the doctor, they diagnosed him with ADHD and gave him Vyvanse, a stimulant prescribed for ADHD.
A couple of years later, he was having a lot of leg pain, but the doctor just chalked it up to growing pains. But when he walked, he would stomp one leg and just step normally with the other. He couldn’t run straight either. He’d run crooked. He had no balance. He was clumsy, and sometimes he would literally trip over himself.
He told me that when he was in gym class at school, other kids stared at him and made fun of the way he ran. He was really struggling.
At the next doctor's visit, they took a lot of x-rays that didn’t show anything, yet, somehow, they still recommended surgery. For what, I don’t know. I didn’t feel comfortable with that at all.
Then, I got a sort of out-of-the-blue recommendation from a friend at church to take my son to see a chiropractor.
A Diagnosis from an Unlikely Source
When we saw Dr. Tom at Oasis Wellness Center, it didn’t take him 15 minutes to tell us what he thought was going on with my son. He looked at the x-rays and then asked my son to stand up, close his eyes and march in place. He said, “I believe what I am seeing here is a neurological problem,” and he referred me to Dr. Jackson, who was also a chiropractor, at Connections Achievement and Therapy Center.
I was skeptical about how a chiropractor could do anything about a neurological problem. But I went ahead and took him to the appointment.
After Dr. Jackson met with my son, he explained to me that the back part of my son’s brain was dormant – like it was asleep – and that’s why he was having all these sensory problems. When he stomped his foot when he walked, he couldn’t sense how far away the floor was.
I was still skeptical.
A Life-Changing Experience
Dr. Jackson said he could help my son get that part of his brain working again, that it would help his balance, and that he couldn’t promise but it might even help his ADHD. Still unsure, I moved forward with it.
After my son’s first appointment, he told me they played video games and walked on a balance beam during the session. At that point, I was sure that I was just throwing my money away.
But, we stuck with it for three days a week, and in about a month, I saw such a difference.
My son could stay focused and have a conversation with me. Before, he used to just stare out into space, and I’d have to say, ‘Hey, what are you doing? Are you ok?’ It was like he had woken up and he was my little boy again.
Another month went by, and he could balance. He was starting to walk more normally. The little stomp was still there, but it wasn’t nearly as prominent.
My son is typically very shy, but Katie, the OT, brought him out. He actually couldn’t wait to get back there to see her every time. He came out of each appointment so proud, “Katie said I did good,” “Katie said my balance is better” and so on.
Things continued to get better. My son was just flourishing. At his six-month evaluation, Dr. Jackson said he had not seen any of his patients progress so fast.
I told Dr. Jackson that I thought this was going to be a bunch of wacko stuff, and he just laughed and said he gets that a lot.
But I’m a believer now. It’s amazing how much my son has progressed.
We haven’t been back since the pandemic began, but I still see a tremendous difference in my son. The effects of the therapy are still holding. He is more social. He’s making friends at school. His grades are all As and Bs. He no longer wears glasses. His demeanor has improved.
He still takes Vyvanse for ADHD, but before working with Dr. Jackson, the Vyvanse wasn’t helping him focus. Now he can focus.
Dr. Jackson said my son will never revert back to the way he was now that they had woken up that part of his brain. Those six months with Dr. Jackson and Katie were a totally life-changing experience for my son. Of all the things I’ve tried for my son over all these years, this has by far been the best investment of our money and time. –Beth S.
"My son, age 12, was born with severe medical conditions and underwent several surgeries. At age 7 he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Although interventions were introduced as early as four months of age and were followed with numerous therapies over the years, improvement had been minimal. Several therapists had even exited him from their programs because of lack of progress.
Thankfully our prayers were answered when we found Connections Achievement and Therapy Center. After starting at Connections last year he began accomplishing goals he has been working on for years. He had an evaluation from an independent physical therapist who was so pleased with his progress that she stated he no longer needed physical therapy.
My son still has a long way to go, but as a parent I am overjoyed with his improvement. Thank you Dr. Brice Jackson and Dr. Megan Jackson for offering these therapies which have been so beneficial for my child!"
18yo, CP and Autism
"Here is what we have seen in Sarah since June 2012:
Improved balance and coordination – can now walk the entire driveway without holding onto my hand.
Greatly improved vision. Sarah could not match anything accurately before – the items were beside, under, “close by” but never matched right on top. Thanks!"
Child, Autism & Chronic Pain
"THANK YOU" seems so small, but I want to say THANK YOU to you and your staff (especially Linda) for the exceptional guidance, training, and care you have given me and my precious Andrew during our short time with Connections. I know the good LORD led me to find Connections and I am just rejoicing in finally having a glimpse into what is going askew in Andrew's brain and being given the tools and a reasonable plan of action that actually WORK!!
You will never know just how much we appreciate your working with us and your sharing such AMAZING INFORMATION with us!
You, Dr. Jackson, are the first person we have encountered who is truly an EXPERT.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you, your staff, your family, and your OUTSTANDING CLINIC!!!!"
Adult, Mild Cognitive Impairment
"I arrived at Connections office not in good shape. I could barely walk, talk or be aware of my surroundings. After an extensive evaluation, Dr. Jackson told me, "I'm not sure I can cure you, but I know I can make you function much better." I walked out smiling, knowing in my heart he would cure me. My initial routine began with therapy for one hour a day for 5 days each week.
From there we went to one hour a day for 3 days a week and now I am doing one hour a day every other week or two hours each month. I feel GREAT! My cognition is back where it used to be, I remember things that happened yesterday and I no longer trip or fall backwards like I did when I first went to Dr. Jackson.
I want to thank Dr. Brice Jackson and his entire staff (Linda, Jessica and Kristi) for all they have done for me. It is because of them that my brain, coordination and cognition are back where they should be.
Thank you Dr. Jackson for laughing out loud!!!"
Teenager, Post Concussion
"Aley suffered from constant headaches and focus issues for a year after receiving a concussion in her sporting event. After seeing multiple medical professionals the only options presented to us were medications for the headaches and ADHD medication for the attention and focus issues. We were blessed to casually run into Dr. Jackson. After therapy at Connections Aley is now headache free and has no issues with focusing. Her processing and reaction time have also improved greatly!"
"Before we found Connections, we had tried everything for our son - OT, PT, nutrition, other chiropractors, ST, aquatic therapy . . . we were at our wit's end and ready to resign ourselves to having a son with Asperger's. Dinner time was chaos, he was violent towards me and my daughter, and tantrums were a daily tribulation.
Today, our son isn't perfect, but the changes we've seen have been remarkable - and he's only completed half of his program! Not only does he sit down all the way through dinner, but he's actually trying new foods! His behavior at school is much better; and now it's more common for him to be affectionate towards his sister than violent.
This is the first program we've tried that got such dramatic change, in such a short amount of time, and the changes have stayed. We had high expectations, but they've all been exceeded!"
"What were your major concerns before bringing your son in?
"Our son is a very normal boy, but has a few oddities that just did not seem right. I have always felt that my son was on the autistic spectrum, but all of the doctors that he had seen said that he was just a little different. I just knew though that something was not right. He seems to have a lot of the Asperger's / autism qualities, but not enough to place him in that category. He does the hand flapping thing when he gets excited or when he is focused very intently on something, like video games. Loud noises tend to bother him, change is very difficult for him and things like water in the face or grooming tasks, such as, cutting fingernails is uncomfortable to him."
What attracted you to our office initially?
"We have been to counselors, mainstream doctors, naturalists, etc., and it was always 'let's try this and see if this helps'." I liked that at Connections they could tell me exactly what needed to be done to help my son. Before they ever recommended any course of action they checked his blood for allergies and gave him a series of tests, and based on the results, designed a program that was specifically for his needs."
What changes have you seen in your son since starting the program?
"Probably the biggest change is the fact that my son is not afraid to go to school because of the fire drill. As soon as he started Connections he stopped asking 'Mommy, will there be a fire drill today?' It was wonderful knowing he could go to school without being fearful. He just generally seemed happier and more connected to people. It is almost like he is just more comfortable in his own skin. Even his vision has improved as a result of his therapy."
What would you say to another parent who was considering bringing their child to Connections?
"At 12 years old, our son was struggling. His academic performance was disappointing - far from his best; he had very few friends and had frequent outbursts at home. He was diagnosed with AD/HD and given Adderall.
We spent thousands of dollars on different therapies, but saw very little positive change. In fact, we saw him deteriorating in front of our eyes. We had nearly lost hope.
Skeptically, we started him in the Connections program, but our skepticism was soon dispatched. For the first time in his life, I actually had a real, adult conversation with my son. It was like he woke up and we had our son back again. This is by far the best investment of time and money that we have made.
Our son isn't perfect, but with balance back in his brain we have balance back in our life! Thank you Dr. Jackson, for giving us our son back!"