I have to admit that we, as a family, forgot how much Jovan used to suffer with the symptoms of his non-verbal autism only a few years ago. Jovan was in such pain when he was younger. He had such horrible headaches that he would pound his own head and punch his jaw as a result of his pain and frustration. He would wake up at all hours of the night crying with anxiety, walking up and down our house hallways (this occurred almost every night for years.)
Arturo and I didn't know how to help him. We would stay awake with him all night. We would cry ourselves to sleep, not knowing how we could help him. It was so difficult that we assumed the nightly routine of staying awake with Jovan, taking turns watching him (and worrying) until he would finally fall asleep.
When we started the protocol and changed Jovan's diet, he began to sleep longer durations during the night, his headaches were less frequent and his instances of aggression diminished. Finally, with great thanks to the protocol, Jovan's bad nights of anxiously pacing our hallways in the middle of the night stopped.
Jovan still occasionally wakes up at night because maybe he's only warm or thirsty, but never in pain as he was before he began the protocol and he goes right back to sleep. Our sweet Jovan now sleeps peacefully through the entire night. This has been, by far, one of our family's greatest successes. It may seem like a small achievement, yet it's a huge blessing to our family. These small changes are all a part of Jovan heading toward the road to recovery.
Video below: A very difficult night before Jovan began the protocol. Warning, this video is actual footage of Jovan visibly upset, making repetitive hand motions to his lower jaw and crying.
Video below: Better days for our sweet boy Jovan. These are peaceful times due to Jovan's protocol.