After earning two advanced degrees in the field of child development, Casey Diskin focused her career on helping kids with disabilities overcome daily obstacles and achieve lasting personal growth through a range of specialized approaches. She believes one of the biggest solutions for children with autism is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which relies on controlled pressure to increase oxygen in the blood.
Casey Diskin has served roles in a variety of medical facilities that center around child behavior and kids with learning or other disabilities. Her work helps children improve their behavior and achieve growth through specialized teachings and therapies relying on breakthrough advances. Diskin believes one of the most underutilized resources available to accomplish this is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which has been used for years to treat many medical concerns but has only recently been used for children with disabilities.
“Medically, there is evidence that individuals with autism bace inflammation in the brain,” says Casey Diskin. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) medically addresses the issue by reducing the inflammation. The program we’ve created is a multi-therapy approach to treating autism that includes sessions of HBOT for each client. We believe in creating a synergistic approach that allows us to treat the medical issues of our clients while simultaneously teaching functional socially significant life skills.”
Casey Diskin says that after seeing the results from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, parents across the country began seeking out HBOT therapy for children on the autism spectrum.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by infusing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube that patients breathe in over their session. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is already a well-established treatment in medical facilities throughout the country for decompression sickness, which is a hazard of scuba diving. However, it has been used to treat a variety of conditions such as serious infections, air bubbles in blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal because of components like radiation injury or diabetes.
When patients undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, they are placed in a chamber where the air pressure is increased. Under these conditions, human lungs can take in more oxygen than would be possible when breathing oxygen normally. The vascular system then carries the high levels of oxygen throughout the body and uses it as needed. The heightened oxygen levels can fight off bacteria and stimulate the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promote faster and more thorough healing.
The human body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the overall amount of oxygen your blood can carry. Already, parents have found that employing this therapy on kids with autism promotes improved brain function that only gets better with continued use.
“While our clients heal internally from HBOT, they work one-on-one with our team each day to develop the functional skills such as potty training, putting on their shoes, making friends or persevering through tough tasks,” says Casey Diskin. “Our program works on the skills needed for success at school and in the home, ultimately helping us prepare these kids for a better life and a brighter future.”