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I am writing about the dramatic results that we have had regarding EFA's and our Apraxic son Jack.
    I have to be honest that before trying EFA's with Jack I was extremely skeptical about their effects and how it was possible that a little oil could possibly help my son, but I also had read so many parents reports of their children actually saying words. I may have not wanted to get my hopes up but my true feeling was, I would be crazy not to try it since it is basically a supplement that the majority of the country is lacking and besides it would not hurt him.
     I started the Pro-Efa 1 week after a official diagnosis of Moderate-Severe Oral Apraxia, Sensory Intergration Dysfunction, and at risk for PDD. You have to know that Jack never attempted to verbalize or even socialize with anyone which would account for his at risk by a psychologist of PDD. He had about 10 words and they were fairly intellegible but mostly to me who is with him all day.
     I started him with 1 pill that he had in his juice every morning. I have to admit that I was hoping to be the lucky parent who would see results within 1 week but also knew that it could take up to 6-8 weeks to see a result, so I guess you could say I was waiting for a miracle.
    2 weeks after starting the pro-efa, we noticed more sounds coming out, sounds that were obvious attempts at words, we heard about 10 new ones at that point and we were amazed, excited, and literally our prayers had been answered. After 4 weeks on the pro-efa, we started to notice Jack's attempt at socializing with others and his attempts at communication were way above our dreams. He was coming out with words and sounds that we could not beleive, he was now saying mama, dada, and never stopped. I would say he said about 2 new words a day and has been non stop since then. It was like having a different child within 1 month, the old Jack was gone and the new one was here and we liked the new one, and so did JAck. I remember the first time during all this when he wanted a banana and said to me "Bamana ease!" (Banana please!) it was the first time that it did not take 25 minutes to figure it out and I got it on the first try he was so excited he started to jump up and down and laugh hysterically. It was confirmation that Jack knew something was happening and it was truly Awesome! This new Jack was the one I had always knew was in that little body somewhere just waiting for the opportunity to come out. The pro-efa had now given  him the confidence to attempt words, interact with others and get more out of his speech therapy session.
His Speech therapist was amazed as well as the other therapist working with him. They noticed his attempt and things that they use to ask him to say he was now saying on his own without being prompted. It was as if he made up about 12 months of development in about 2 months.
    Around december I decided to start Jack on 2 pills a day instead of 1. I noticed a minor difference since the first pill but it also took about 1 week, he was starting to use 3 word sentences, his play skills increased where he actually wanted others in his play and when someone would call like my sister or parents he wanted for the first time to speak on the phone to them, although they would only get bits and peices of what he was saying the fact that he wanted to even hold the phone was a miracle in itself, while he still isn't crazy about the phone when he does want to speak he tells these storys, stories imagine he tells stories 3 months ago he was not talking at all, not attempting to speak and not socializing.
My family could not believe his transformation, and to tell you the truth neither could I.
    It is now April, 02 and my goodness what a differnce 7 months makes or should I say what a differnce Pro-efa's have been in JAck's life. He is now going to be 3 next month and since September he has made significant progres. He is now using up to 5 word sentences has been re-evaluated by his developmental pediatrician and SLP who by the way saw him in February and they hadn't seen him since last September and could not believe the difference in him, and when I told them that it was the pro-efa they were beyond words. They told me that even though his diagnosis is still oral apraxia it has gone from moderate to severe to just moderate. He does not stop talking now and I find myself at times asking him to be quiet, which is the hardest thing for me to do since all I ever wanted for him NOT to be quiet, but it just shows he is making progress and is acting more like a typical 3 yr old. He is pretty much completly potty trained and always tells me when he has to go that is just a huge bonus. 
    We could not be happier with what Pro-Efa's have done for Jack, they have given my son a voice that is so much music to my ears. Efa's have been a miracle for us but they have been more Jack's miracle. It has givin Jack words and confidence, and now when he talks back to me which is a little to often I find at the time that under my obvious irritation there is a huge smile!

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My son Jack was born May 22, 1999 weighing in at a healthy 8 lb 12 oz after a uneventful pregnancy. Jack was a very quiet baby, not doing alot of babbling, everyone said how lucky I was to have such a "good baby" always smiling and rarely making sounds.
We did not notice a problem until he was 15 months and the only word he had really said was Mama. His Dr. reccomended a birth -3 program to have him evaluated. He reassured me that alot of children are late and he would probably talk soon with some help.
So started at 18 months his Speech Therapy. After some extremely slow progress he mastered some sounds and learned some sign-language which helped him to communicate with us. He was in speech therapy for 4 months when it was obvious he was still not saying any words I felt like something was very wrong here and deceided to have him evaluated by an SLP at a local hospital now Jack was 26 months. After the 1 hr evaluation which he was not very cooperative she mentioned Apraxia. She told me to have another eval done to be sure. I had another evaluation done by a Developmental Pediatrican, SLP and PT in September, now Jack was 28 months. They said that Jack has Moderate to Severe Oral Apraxia, and Sensory Intergration Dysfunction.
After researching on the Web about Apraxia and SID, I knew that they were correct in diagnosing him for he showed most of the signs that describe Apraxia and SID. I felt a huge relief to finally have a diagnosis but at the same time was deeply saddend by what this meant for Jack.
Since The official diagnosis I hired a PROMPT therapist who comes 1hr a week and he is still receiving 1hr a week with a SLP from the birth-3 program.
In the process of educating myself endlessly on Apraxia I learned about EFA's and the results that parents were seeing in their Apraxic children. I started Jack on them in September, when at the time he had 10 words that were fairly intellegible, he still did not talk voluntarily and social situations where any pressure to speak,was noticably difficult for him. After about 2 weeks we started to notice more voluntary speech his vocabulary jumped to about 20 words and it has not stopped! He is now 31 months and is using 3-4 word sentences. The changes are extremely positive. The goals that we set out for him change all the time since he seems to accomplish them very quickly.
I know that Jack is going to have to work very hard to do something that comes so easily to others but he has proved in his short 2 1/2 years that he is up to it.
Jack is such a special little boy with many gifts he loves to listen to music, color play with his cars and trucks and absolutley loves his little brother Sean.

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