The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 14, 2009

Autism Recovery Resource Center officially opens in Beckley

The new Autism Recovery Resource Center in Beckley, the first of its kind, has drawn a strong, steadily growing response, not only from area families, but from other states as well, its founder said.

“When I moved into the office space last November, I did not advertise in any way,” Dr. Janet Lintala said. “I was just trying to have all the phone calls come there instead of to my house. Yet, families found me through word of mouth.”

Having three children who’ve experienced some degree of special need from autism to Tourettes syndrome, Lintala has done extensive research and completed training as a Defeat Autism Now! doctor.

For the past couple of years, she and mothers of other children with autism have had good success with a gluten-free, casein-free diet, which has been shown to be effective in many autism cases. Lintala has taught classes and has seen results locally.

A year ago, she did a soft opening of the recovery center in the Beckley Medical Arts Building on South Kanawha Street.

“I didn’t want to get overwhelmed right out of the starting gate, and I wanted to be able to schedule the time to work with the families who came,” she said.

An autism recovery center is dedicated to providing therapies known as biomedical treatments that recover children from autism to the degree that is possible for them individually.

“We don’t offer quick fixes or miracle cures. Autism is so complex. There are no pat answers, but the center provides education and knowledge for the families. It brings resources to the region that one usually has to travel out-of-state to obtain, such as the hyperbaric oxygen therapy or access to a Defeat Autism Now! physician. It also a provides a growing lending library for the area,” Lintala said.

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