We haven’t written about our fish oil/Omega-3s experiment in a while. (To catch up on the backstory, view all of the posts tagged Omega-3.) This is mostly because we keep waiting for some revelatory event to help us determine one way or the other whether it has made an obvious difference in J-Man’s progress, particularly with respect to his apraxia and speech development. I’ve read studies that suggest it provides noticeable improvements to other autism-related issues as well, so obviously we’ve been paying attention to that as well.
I noticed that today brings us very close to the six month-aversary of starting fish oil with J-Man. To be honest, I can’t tell an appreciable difference between what I would expect his improvement would have been without it and what it has been with it. Obviously this is hardly a scientific experiment, so take it for what it’s worth, but it’s pretty clearly not been a miracle solution or anything.
Am I disappointed about this? A little. Speech feels like our biggest hill to climb and the one area around which so much of our emotional energy goes. His growth has been slow and steady, but he’s still coming out 18 months or more behind on speech evaluations. Relative to his age, his behind-ness hasn’t changed much since we started the fish oil.
Do we plan to stop using it? No. I’m fairly convinced that fish oil has benefits to our bodies in many areas. I take it myself and think it’s an important part of the supplements and vitamins I take. It isn’t doing him any harm, and perhaps it’s giving him some positive benefits that we can’t readily see.