Mitchell Allison's been living with autism since he was almost three years old.
Mitchell's mom Julie runs an autism center in Murfreesboro. She watched Mitchell's onset of autism. And she noticed as his autism progressed... He had trouble lots of stomach
troubles... including problems using the bathroom.
Julie Allison: Mother of Autistic Child
"I had a pediatrician who specializes in autism tell me there was nothing wrong with him, and this was when he was younger, he hasn't had a bowel movement in 12 days."
Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently finished a study which shows the same gene may be responsible for both autism and gastrointestinal disorders.
Janice Doochin: In Harmony Wellness Center
"I see so many kids who have the same problems..."
And for almost 10 years Mitchell's parents took him to dozens of doctors for help... until they found in Harmony. And enrolled him in a series of colon therapy sessions with Janice Doochin.
"Working with him in the room, on the megan bed doing massage a lot of touch."
So now playing games even like tic tac toe are easier for Mitchell because he's more alert after going through the therapies here.
"He can sleep now!"
Doochin is an RN who specializes in holistic therapy... She works with a handful of other autistic children like Mitchell.
"Patterns have changed, some independence."
And that for Julie is the best gift of all.
Allison: "it gave him his independence back."
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