By Danica Lawrence | KIKD CBS 3
IDAHO FALLS – Each of the Perfili’s children struggle with, fighting, academics, and most of all, a short attention span. They suffer from different autism disorders.
Over the last 6 weeks they have been seeing Dr. Brady Wirick. He has found a way to help with just exercise.
“We have seen the most improvements with Ashton, he’s the one we started with,” says mother Linda Perfili. “His behavior was very unpredictable, and he was very aggressive and so he would hurt his friends not even trying to, and this week alone he’s played with his friends every single day so we are seeing huge improvements with him.”
Dr.Wirick explains how these exercises are stimulating the right side of the children’s brain. It’s the right side that is underdeveloped.
“So their left brain is firing at a rate up here and the right brain is firing at a rate down here, so what the treatment you saw is doing is those are all right brain specific exercises and so what that is going to do is level out and balances their brain to the point where they can function at a quote on quote normal activity level,” says Dr. Wirick.
The Perfili’s have tried medication before but haven’t seen the results Dr.Wirick has given them.
“It seems like we’ve tried everything,” says Linda Perfili.
“So if you have a kid whose right brain’s here and left brain is here, and you medicate them, you’ll bring them down, but it’s going to bring both of them down,” says chiropractic neurologist Dr. Brady Wirick.
And bringing both sides down won’t solve the problem. You have to strengthen the right side. Every morning Ashton, Mackenzie, and Nephi practice each exercise for couple minutes. They tap their hands on their sides, march in place, and move their arms in a circle and clap.
“When they are clapping in big circles, it’s forcing them to keep a beat, which is a right brain activity as well as moving big joints,” says Dr. Wirick.
Each child is improving but Ashton is taking strides.
“I think what it does is it makes a connection, and puts him more in balance because he can’t balance himself,” says father, Justin Perfili.
Dr. Wirick believes it will be another six to nine months before the Perfili’s kids’ right brains are stronger.
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