Treating Autism with Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – A Case Study


Jack, an 8 year old male suffering from autism, had difficulty acknowledging others, verbalizing and following instruction, and never showed signs of play or imagination while interacting with toys. He had difficulty with his speech and became frustrated when attempting to express himself. He was often difficult to handle due to uncontrolled behavior.

Jack was treated with mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy for 60 minutes a day, three times a week, in a portable hyperbaric chamber utilizing 95% oxygen.

Jack’s mother did not recognize any major changes in Jack’s condition in the first three months of hyperbaric treatments. Just when she considered halting the therapy, Jack began to show behavioral changes, which she attributes to the hyperbaric therapy.

Changes seen in Jack after HBOT – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Jack began participating in play activities and seemed to interact with toys and create imaginative stories.

He now shows a great interest in activities that he seemed to ignore before such as listening to music, playing on the swing and involving others in play activities.

He has greatly expanded his horizons and seems much less afraid of the surrounding world.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has improved Jack’s cognitive function including his speech and his ability to express himself.

He is able to communicate without struggling for words.

He is also now following instruction and has received glowing remarks by his teachers on his improved speech and behavior.

Jack continues to receive mild hyperbaric therapy treatments utilizing a portable hyperbaric chamber and 95% oxygen.

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