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Parent hopes to bring autism treatment to mainstream

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Families with autistic children are no stranger to the difficulties that can accompany raising a child with the developmental disability.

Even with often heavy responsibilities, many do remain hopeful of progress on the treatment front.

Darryl Frost’s four-year-old son is autistic but, since undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), has seen a massive improvement.

Even though HBOT has yet to hit the medical mainstream, Frost is convinced.

“I’m not a doctor, I’m a dad with an autistic child,” he begins, in a clear determined tone.

Frost’s son has undergone the therapy, which he attributes the changes to.

“At age four, Callum was non-verbal. Now he’s speaking in sentences. If you live the life of an autistic child…you don’t get the difference. His behaviour problems are so irrational, that jump in such a short period of time is a massive change.

“The behaviour side of autism can be very dramatic in a family unit. In our son’s case it took him to typical. Typical is normal behaviour which is a dramatic departure from what he was prior.”

The therapy has yet to undergo a scientific clinical trial but doctors at SFU have agreed to conduct the first one.

The only thing standing in the way of the four-year trial, is funding.

Frost is trying to raise that money, hoping the trial would legitimize the science behind the therapy.

“It think we need to prove the science around it and then have MSP fund it,” says Frost.

Through his company Central City Brewers + Distillers, Frost is holding the second annual Evening for Autism in an attempt to raise at least $400,000 to make the trial possible.

Wednesday is World Autism Awareness Day.