Respen-A™ Video Testimonial Series
Testimonial from Angie
"On the original Respen-A, Keagan showed steady progress in his ability to communicate and his social skills. He would engage in play with his class mates and family. He is able to control his mood and outbursts very well. When switching to the new Respen-A, I noticed a slight change in each of his abilities. It’s like it fine tuned the progress he already gained. He seems more interested in things happening around him and asks a lot more questions about things he doesn’t understand or know. His speech has changed slightly, in the respect of him trying harder to communicate and trying many new words he never used before. He is much happier and seems to laugh and play more with the new Respen-A. The best way to describe the difference I noticed in the two formulas, is there wasn’t a huge definite change, like I noticed in all the previous versions, but it improved on and fine tuned the changes and progress already obtained. I definitely like this new version and plan on continuing use.”
Testimonial from Shelley and Kevin Lutz
The following is a summary of updates from a parent whose 8-year old son, Kevin, had been using the Respen-A Blended Chord for several months prior to switching to the new Respen-A disc. The parent reported seeing improvements in her son with the Respen-A Blended Chord but much greater gains have been seen with the new Respen-A disc.
Increased patience even at Christmas time with a lot of people around. Everyone
present commented on how good he was. He carried on a conversation with those present and even
initiated conversation by asking questions. This was new for him especially with
several people being in the room. He actually had fun this year opening presents. In
the past, Christmas has been too much commotion for him to deal with.
He is now playing with his toys for extended periods of time whereas before he would only play for
a few minutes and then lose interest. He also is asking for others to join him in play which is something new.
His vocabulary has greatly increased and he is using longer sentences.
He was able to sit still while getting his haircut.
He is being very helpful—folding clothes, washing dishes.
His teachers at school who were not aware of the change from the
Respen-A Blended Chord to the new Respen-A disc, have remarked that he is doing very
well in school. He is standing in line quietly, talking more and asking the teachers
questions. He is being very helpful in the classroom such as passing papers out to the other
students when asked. He is playing with other children at recess and patiently
waits his turn such as when playing jump rope.
Interestingly, after only one day of not wearing the new Respen-A disc due to delayed
shipment of the next month’s supply, he threw his calendar outside into the snow because he
was upset. After two more days the disc arrived, and he again had a great day at school which
has been maintained while using the new Respen-A disc. He is now receiving “Excellent” on his
daily reports from school. After resuming the new Respen-A disc, his mother asked if he
remembered throwing his calendar outside into the snow, and if so, why did he do it. He replied
that he threw it to get someone’s attention because he was hungry but he couldn’t use any
words. With the Respen-A disc on he can verbally communicate.
Following are the actual emailed updates from Kevin’s parents, who have given MedDEV
permission to publish these emails. The emails are listed from earliest to most recent
to portray the timeline of these improvements.
Date: December 19, 2012
Kevin Lutz is trying the new Respen-A patch 12c-12c.
Kevin is describing new things. He laughed because his sister was peeking around the
corner. He is saying new words.
He is reminded his dad to eat breakfast.
He reminds mom to take off the patch at nighttime.
He just gave his dad some water in a glass. He has never done that before!
He has been alot more quiet and calm. Before he was loud.
He answers our questions right away. That is new!
He listens better!
His answers are very clear. Before he was quiet when he answered us.
He has been laughing alot more. He seems very happy!
We asked Kevin if he liked the new patch. He said “I like the new patch instead of the other patch.”
He asked us to turn the channel instead of just turning the TV off.
Kevin moves his hands a little bit more with this patch than with the other patch. For example, when he sits down, he moves his hands in the air, just for a little bit.
He is saying alot more words with this patch. He is talking a lot.
Date: December 21, 2012
Kevin is still quiet and calm. He is becoming a very good listener. He is
doing so well with this new patch!
The teachers said he did all his work very quickly and did a great job. He
gets graded everyday at school. He received an “E” for excellent all week. The
teachers said “Good job Kevin!” They were all very proud of him!
They had a Christmas program at school. Kevin sang and danced during the practice program.
He laughed and had a great time. First time ever! Everyone at school said he did a great job.
He is using more words and asking alot more questions than he was before. He is
remembering more words all the time.
He sat and watched the movie “Santa is Coming to Town” for an hour. He has
never sat and watched TV for that long. Previously he might watch for only five minutes or so.
We went and looked at Christmas lights last night. Kevin said the lights were very pretty. When
we got back home, Kevin asked “Mom did you like the pretty lights we saw?” I said they were very
pretty. This was the first time he has asked about the Christmas lights. He said he had fun
looking at the Christmas lights. He also said “Thanks for driving us around to look at
the Christmas lights.” These are new words! He sits and looks at the tree for a long time.
This is the first time ever! Kevin says he likes the tree. These are new words! He is
really interested in Christmas this year! He counts on the calendar, knows what day
it is and what is happening that day. Something new. Previously he did not know.
Today Kevin told his teachers “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and no homework, right?” First time ever!
Date: December 29, 2012
Kevin has shown alot more patience with people at Christmas time. Everyone
said he was so good. He talked to them and he would ask them questions. They were surprised
that he was so quiet. That is new, especially around a large group of people.
He has been speaking many more words, with longer sentences. For
example: he said “It is snowing outside, and it is very cold too.”
He had fun opening presents this year at Christmas time. That is new. Usually
Christmas is just too much for him to deal with, too many people and too much noise, but he just
had fun this year. He played all the next day with his new racetrack and four cars. That is
something new. Previously, he would play for a little while, and then he was finished. A
big change! In fact, he had such a good time that he was asking everyone if they would
play with the racetrack too. Something new!
Kevin told his dad where we went in town. He said we went to Michaels,
then we went to Fred Meyers for some food, then we went to a pizza place and brought home pizza for
everyone. That is new! He doesn't usually tell his dad much. So he has talked alot
more to his dad, and that is great!
Kevin sat quietly while I cut his hair! He was so still! He was really good!
Usually he doesn't sit very long, and he moves the whole time you are cutting his hair.
His haircut looks good. Kevin even said his haircut looks really good! He
also said “Thanks Mom!” He is showing much more patience than before.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Date: January 15, 2013
Kevin did not have his disc on for 3 days. The first day he threw his calendar outside in the
snow. The second and third days he had “okay” days at school. We received the disc order
on Wednesday. Once the disc was on, he had a great day at school. He was very
helpful: he passed the papers out to all the kids in the classroom, he
stood in line to wait for a turn to play jump rope, and he played really well at
recess. He was also helpful at home: he folded clothes, he
washed dishes, and he washed the counters.
Kevin had an IEP at school on Thursday. The teachers said that Kevin was doing an excellent
job at school around his classmates. He was very helpful, he stood in
line really well, he was talking more to the teachers and he was also
asking alot more questions.
Kevin met all his goals. All the teachers said he was moving forward and doing a great job.
Mom is so proud of Kevin! He is doing a great job!
Date: January 18, 2013
Kevin was asking to go to the animals in town, so we went to see the rabbits and fish in town since he
asked very nicely. Good job Kevin!
He is using more words all the time in longer sentences.
We had a birthday party for his Aunt Sandy. We all played card games. Kevin waited very patiently for
his turn. He was so good and helpful. He cleared the dishes off of the table
with his cousin. That is new. He even said “Happy Birthday” to Aunt Sandy - that is something new. We
all had a good day. Kevin helped make homemade ice cream with his cousins - that is something
new. Birthday parties get a little loud, and it did not bother him, which it usually
would - something new.
On Monday, Kevin said his sister and he had a lot of homework to do that day. That is something new.
Each week Kevin gets a report on how he does every day at school. He got an “E” for excellent.
He also received a paper apple with alot of stickers on it. This was recognition for all the work he
did at school, just like the other kids in the classroom. He did more than they expected
him to do. GREAT JOB KEVIN! The
teachers are very proud of Kevin. Kevin is moving forward and doing a good job!
He is asking questions like “How are you today?” He also says “hello” to everyone in the
classroom. Something new!
He is saying alot more words, he is asking alot more questions, and he
would like to have
answers to the questions he just asked. Good job Kevin!
He is doing really well! This is neat!
Testimonial from Paulette
Just a quick update on Sam and the Respen-A™. The changes, at first, were so subtle and very slow but now they are kind of piling on top of each other and becoming more obvious. Sam now tells us if he wants a "dot" or not. It seems like on the days he wears it, he may have a rougher day, but the next day he has a really great day. We have gone as long as 4 days without it. Partly to see if there was any regression and partly to make sure his BM were regular. We are getting much better at dosing the magnesium.
His language is really coming in and he's starting to do things that he should have done as a toddler, like pretend play, it's like he's going back and doing some developmentally appropriate things. He is so much more aware of his surroundings and the people in it. He's commenting on the weather and paying attention to when the dog needs to come in and go out. His memory has improved quite a bit too. And on the days we do not use the dot, he seems to retain all his gains. Just wanted to keep you up to date on our case. --Paulette
Testimonial from Lara
"We took Jack to the pediatrician when he was around 18 months
old, and when they discovered he was only saying one word (mama),
they decided to refer him to a developmental pediatrician and a
speech therapist. The new pediatrician wanted to be cautious and
recommended ABA for Jack. Tricare paid for him to have ABA 5
days a week, speech one day a week (45 minutes), and then
occupational therapy one day a week (after speech recommended
We also started the GFCF diet and noticed some improvement,
though we only stuck with it for two months. Around that time, I
made an appointment with Dr. Kurt Woeller. He prescribed multiple
supplements, Diflucan, and Methyl b-12 shots. We noticed
significant improvements with these. When he posted information
about Respen A, we immediately got some and have been taking it
From the time we met Dr. Woeller until now, Jack has gone from mute,
lacking engagement, and screaming every minute to not being on
the spectrum. We noticed continual improvement, but Respen A
gave him the final push. He started to concentrate better at
school and was able and eager to write. He now draws about 20
pictures a day and will sit and focus for extended periods. He
is in a regular preschool class. Though he still tends to be a
loner, he has several friends, and the teachers love him."
Testimonial from Marcia
Matthew is a 7-year-old boy with autism. Every three weeks a therapist at the school works with him to try and get him to communicate using a computer but all efforts have been unsuccessful until 3 weeks after starting Respen-A. Below are two transcripts from his teacher. The first one was 3 weeks after being on Respen-A and the second transcript was done 6 weeks after being on Respen-A.
CAN YOU BE SMART IF YOU CAN’T TALK -- by Matthew – Feb. 2010
This correspondence was typed between a 7-year old low functioning Autistic child and his Teacher after 3 weeks of being on Respen - A. He had not been able to respond before.
Mathew (In Black) Teacher (in Red)
FC w/Lisa 2/12/10
Hi Matthew, I would love it you would type your name with me
Great job, let’s try to type some more!
Twinkle twinkle little (I wanted Matthew to just type the next word “star”) He had his own ideas!!
Yes, you can be VERY smart even if you can’t talk!! Some people can’t hear and they are very smart. Some people can’t see and they are very smart. Not talking has nothing to do with being smart. (I also explained that after each word you can put a space to show your word is done. He picked it right up!!)
Veryyhaappyvvery nnic too tell you I aam smart
I know you are smart. Mom will be so happy to see this, do you want to type to her?
Yes ggive herr tthhis tto read very happy to tell hheer I llovee heer
That is a nice note to mom, she will love it, do you want to say anything else before you go?
Vvvery hhaapppyggreaat too be ffreee from mmy body bbbleess be ggodd
This next session is after being on Respen -A for 6 weeks Matthew FC w/Lisa 3/04/10
Get the fun typing
Are you telling me that typing is fun?
Would you like to type to Mom or Dad or Andrew?
He tries ttio get me mad but I just happy
He very funny
Who is he?
Mathew verbally said “Andrew Andrew” (This is the first time he has ever said his brother’s name.)
Zzvery happy to type to Andrew he willl be very happy
What would you like to type to Andrew?
Get him the nice very big tv
I bet he would like that! (Spontaneous he typed back)
teach mom how to do this
You would like mom to learn how to type?
Yess then then her typ e to me at homde
Would you like to type more or are you done?
Type mmore very happy
Better to get great great vuyse by typing better than bnot talking