Chiropractic Care and Behavior in Autistic Children
By Andrew Aguilar, B.S., D.C., M.B.A., John D. Grostic, D.C., and Bruce Pfleger, ph.D., M.S.

Autism is a severe behavioral and neurological disorder including gross deficits in language development. If speech is present, peculiar speech patterns such as immediate and delayed echolalia, metaphorical language, or pronominal reversal frequently will exist. A child with autism may display bizarre responses to various aspects of the environment including resistance to change, peculiar interest in or attachments to animate or inanimate objects.

A systematic series of chiropractic adjustments were administered to 26 autistic children to see if behavioral or neurological remediations would occur concomitant to the nine month care plan. The children were recruited through three local autism societies from the greater Atlanta area.

Behavioral data for the study were collected by both the classroom teachers and the children's parent(s). Objective data were collected through Brain Stem Evoked Potential (BSEPs) recordings, pre and post x-ray films, a dual probe infrared heat recording graph instrument, and a supine leg check analysis. Student clinicians performed physicals on each child reevaluating at three month intervals. Subjective data were collected through both a Modified Autism Checklist and a Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS). (JCCP, Volume 5, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2000)

Key Terms: autism, pervasive developmental disorder, developmental delayed, subluxation, upper cervical technique, Grostic technique, orthospinology