Making a difference for autistic and brain-injured children

Kids' Brain Trust is the first non-profit clinic to offer a system of medicine -- cranial osteopathy -- proven to make a measurable difference in autistic children. With little fanfare, osteopathic physicians have acquired an impressive track record of treating the underlying abnormalities that trigger brain dysfunction in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Whereas conventional medicine has little to offer, cranial osteopaths use their unique training in manual medicine (hands-on treatment) to treat the most-subtle anatomical distortions—even those that fail to appear on X-ray. Osteopathy offers one more piece to the autism puzzle in that when physicians are able to detect such subtle distortions as obstructions to flow of cranial fluids, strain patterns in connective tissues, compression in the frontal lobe, etc.
KBT doctors believe too much emphasis is placed on labeling a child's condition and not enough emphasis on diagnosing the physical dysfunction uniquely imprinted in each child. "Autism is more complex—and more treatable—than previously thought," says Eric Dolgin, D.O., founder of KBT. He reports the in-roads made in his specialty can be credited to the basic understanding that "each child is genetically, biochemically and structurally unique. And each child has an individualized history of trauma."
The doctors at KBT hope to make a life-long impact in the lives of children recruited in the pilot clinic. To qualify, children must be age two to six and classified as having mild-to-moderate neurodevelopmental disorders. As a non-profit, the candidates must be from low-income families who are unable to afford private medical treatment.
The pilot clinic will be housed at Dr. Dolgin’s clinic: The Santa Monica Osteopathic Physicians Building in the Los Angeles area. Emerging evidence indicates children have a much better chance of success with emphasis with a multi-faceted program which will be incorporated into the KBT clinic: osteopathic medicine, dietary guidelines and homeopathic treatment. Enrollment is projected to begin in Spring 2010.

“Autism is more complex—and more treatable—than previously thought. The point of this pilot clinic is to make a lifelong impact in the lives of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to receive private medical care.”--Eric Dolgin, D.O., F.C.A.