Today I am sharing with you a testimony from the mother of a frustrated speaker. Her personal background knowledge from her career led her to search for answers early on in her son’s life. She was one of my first clients and a case that lead me on a journey to discover how to improve expressive speech and fluency.
Testimony: Improving Expressive Speech and Fluency
When my son was three years old, he omitted parts of words. Because it was difficult for his siblings to understand him, he was quicker to use his hands than his words. Thankfully, speech therapy made his speech much easier to understand.
However, he continued to struggle to say what he wanted to say. At times, he repeated words, phrases, and even whole sentences. Since his father stuttered, I assumed there was little I could do to help him.
Getting Our Attention
During his years of pre-adolescence, he enjoyed swimming. Unfortunately, the chlorine in the pool caused large dark spots to develop on his skin, eczema. Thankfully, he received relief from the constant itching when his father installed charcoal filters in the shower. The filters removed the chlorine. He also switched to swimming in a saltwater pool. However, his skin was still discolored from the eczema.
Around this time, falling asleep began to become more and more difficult. His lack of sleep affected his mood, energy level, and ability to learn. Even though I understand the reason behind his behaviors, I needed help! I began to look for answers.
Serotonin Levels Affect Speech Fluency
I scheduled a wellness exam. Surprisingly, the doctor checked his reflexes. I remember my despair when the rubber hammer tapped on his knees and there was no movement. The doctor gave him a score of -2 indicating a significant serotonin deficiency.
After a year of supplements, there were improvements in his reflexes. Now he was a +1. Initially, there were improvements in his sleep, eczema, and speech fluency. But it was like his brain was unable to use the supplements. He continued to struggle to go to sleep and stay asleep.
Efforts to Improve Expressive Speech and Fluency
My next act was to attend our yearly homeschool convention. I attended workshops that focused on struggling learners. He was a straight A student, but he struggled to write, listen, and express himself.
It was at this convention that I met Cheri Moore. She encouraged me to attend a session about a book called The LCP Solution. After the convention, I began working with Cheri and I read the book. Upon reading it, I was amazed to learn that 90% of serotonin is made in the gut. We ate a very healthy diet: homegrown organic vegetables and grass-fed beef from his great-grandparents’ farm. He had a healthy diet that was high in serotonin.
I wondered, “Why did he suffer from low serotonin? As I read The LCP Solution, I discovered that serotonin must attach itself to long-chain fatty acids to cross the brain barrier. I was right! Despite supplementing, his body was still unable to use the serotonin.
In one of our first meetings with Cheri, she had me complete a checklist from the LCP Solution to see if my son had an omega deficiency. Ironically, I met more characteristics than my son. It turned out that we both needed an omega supplement.
Cheri suggested taking an omega supplement called Efalex.
Efalex Improved Expressive Speech
Within two weeks of taking Efalex, my son’s ability to focus improved so much that he wanted to take Efalex with his lunch. Gradually, there were some improvements in his ability to go to sleep and stay asleep. At the end of three months, his eczema and red eyes were completely gone. I was thrilled to observe a more cheerful disposition. About two months later, I realized he was talking my ear off, cracking jokes, and fluent in his speech. Wow! It felt like he was blooming.
My son and I believed that Efalex cured his expressive speech difficulties. About a month into summer vacation, he began to struggle to express himself once again. I began to worry.
Why Expressive Speech and Fluency Difficulties Returned
Thankfully, the mystery was unexpectedly solved one hot summer day. Out of curiosity, I asked my son why he wore a T-Shirt while swimming with his friends. He exclaimed, “My eczema is back! I am such an idiot. I stopped taking my Effalex. School was out; I did not need to focus anymore.” Then, he took off his shirt. I was horrified to see that eczema almost completely covered his torso.
Cheri explained to us that his genetic makeup was unable to convert food into all the different omega chains. It was just like what the researchers discovered during their DNA study. It took about two weeks of taking a therapeutic dose of Efalex before his speech once again became more fluent. A month later, his eczema was gone.
Another very unexpected observation made on that day was a return of red eyes. Later whenever his eyes began to look red, I knew he needed help getting back into the habit of taking the full dosage of Efalex. Thus, I began to leave the bottle of Efalex on the table by his placemat in plain sight.
Regression, A Clue
Most interestingly, his regression taught me an important lesson. Cheri helped me realize that even though Efalex improved brain health, he still needed intervention to rewire his brain. She explained that the oil, Efalex, saturated his brain so much that it allowed his brain to work harder and overcompensate for his learning struggles. She recommended several hearing tests. I also decided to have him complete diagnostic testing. I was desperate for answers before he became a teenager.
Diagnostic Testing Reveals a Clue
His test results provided an invaluable clue. Cheri focused on test results, which showed us where to focus on providing intervention. When compared to his visual processing skills, his auditory processing skills were much weaker and nowhere near his overall level of intelligence. No wonder he grew so frustrated with himself!
A Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation Provides a Clue
Following Dr. Berard’s recommendations for additional hearing tests, we learned that sound traveled along his skull bones mostly to his left ear.
Memories started popping into my head. At age three, he hit his head so hard on the edge of a wooden toy horse that he needed six stitches. Cheri asked if I had ever seen sticky fluid by his ear when he was little. Yes! That same year his eardrum burst due to fluid in his ear without an ear infection. Wow! This was beginning to make sense.
Cheri helped us understand why he struggled with expressive speech and fluency. He needed Berard-based Auditory Integration Training. Cheri shared a diagram out of Dr. Berard’s book, Hearing Equals Behaviors. It showed what happens when your voice goes to your left ear instead of your right ear.
I am so thankful Cheri helped us understand the reason our son struggled with auditory processing skills like listening, expressive speech, and fluency. With her help, we felt hopeful. I will always be thankful for Cheri’s approach to Auditory Integration Training.
Ten years later, my son’s speech is still fluent. He only struggles when he is very tired, which I believe is normal. He also continues to take Efalex.
Mother of a Frustrated Speaker
Uniqueness of Efalex
Healthy fats are essential to sustain every function of your body from the beating of your heart to the proper firing of your central nervous system. Your brain’s ability to receive, integrate and send information along your brain’s neural highway is dependent on healthy fats. Are there enough healthy fats saturating your brain’s tissue?
The body is unable to produce fats. Thus, our healthy gut’s enzyme activity and genetic makeup converts the food we eat into all the omega chains. When you lack gut health or a diet full of vegetables and healthy fats, you are hurting your brain’s health.
Omega Deficiency Characteristics
- Dry skin, eczema, hives
- hard ear wax buildup, ongoing issue
- Unusually dry hair
- GI Distress
- Red Eyes
- Poor Night Vision
- Food Allergies and Lactose Intolerance
- Diagnosis of ADHD or Dyslexia (learning disabilities)
- Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
Scientific studies found that the three fatty acids found in Efalex, arachidonic acid (AA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), play an important role in the development and function of our eyes and brains. A healthy supply of these good fats help with learning, concentration, expressive speech, and coordination. Researchers even found improvements in your eye’s ability to tolerate light and see in the dark.
Eflax is the only omega supplement to my knowledge that contains the additional omega chains: GLA and AA. Here is a brief synopsis of the research studies concerning the genetic risk for those with ADHD and Dyslexia. They also found that Efalex is beneficial for fetal health in pregnant women.
General Omega Information
Efalex supports all aspects of brain and eye function.
- DHA and AA – build important building blocks of the brain, nervous system, and eyes
- EPA and GLA – needed in the transmission of messages between nerves
Genetics, Lifelong need for Efalex
Your ability to convert food into all the fatty acid chains is affected by: genetics, stress, high trans-fatty acid diets, high alcohol consumption, viral infections, and various illnesses. The young man in the testimony was very lucky to learn at a young age of his need for Efalex.
Dr. Stordy’s first study used blood work and a DNA study. Researchers learned “that in the women who had a family history of dyslexia, their diet had not made any difference.” Researchers ensured that the women participating in the study ate a diet full of healthy fats. But, blood work showed an omega deficiency. Their gut failed to convert the food to DHA and AA, the longer-chain omega form demanded by the hungry brain (105).
According to Dr. Stordy there are three key reasons people are so deficient: a major change in food manufacturing processes, people’s dietary habits, and reduced breastfeeding.
Additional studies explored omega supplementation with DHA from microalgae instead of fish oil. They observed a lack of improvements. Thus, the research team focused on creating a combination of DHA fish oils. They analyzed the research participants’ blood samples and DNA results. What they learned filled a whole book and led to the creation of a new omega supplement called Efalex.
Benefits of Efalex
My past clients with sound intolerance and auditory processing difficulties shared the following improvements: better focus, felt more relaxed, improved expressive speech, their eyes slowly lost their dryness and redness, improved sleep, and bumps on their arms that is eczema went away. Equally important, their emotional responses during Auditory Integration Training became more positive.
If you decide to try the Efalex, you need to be aware of the following:
- Efalex increases brain activity. Thus, avoid taking it three hours or less before bedtime.
- Gradual improvements occur over a period of months in areas of appropriate appetite, thirst, learning, & behavior.
- Dosage is gradually increased to allow the digestive system time to adjust.
- Your body may detox, because Efalex is an oil that stimulates your bowels.
It takes three months on the recommended therapeutic dosage to improve brain function and overall health. A therapeutic dosage is a higher amount than what you will take later. Taking a lower dosage means it takes longer, 6 to 9 months, to provide what the cells need each day in addition to what cells need for repair. *If your child experiences a growth spurt, you may need to extend the double dose for another month.
A healthy brain is necessary for anyone to respond strongly to therapies like Auditory Integration Training. I work with you to optimize your response to Auditory Integration Training and vision therapy through my medically-based Moore Auditory-Visual Training Protocols.