ORC’s Executive Director Casey Diskin on HBOT

Casey Diskin

Oxygen is a necessity for life — to transfer energy from food into a usable form and to perform vital functions throughout the body. More than 100 years ago, a hyperbaric chamber — an enclosed space with high concentrations of oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressure — was first used in the U.S. for medical purposes.

“Through hyperbaric therapy and behavior therapy, we’re helping children suffering from autism and other disabilities succeed and achieve real personal growth,” says Casey Diskin. “However, it’s important that we also give the parents of these children a place to meet and uplift one another. To help, I run a pair of support groups that meet each month in Michigan, either in Troy or in Brighton.”

In recent years, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used outside the U.S. for additional conditions such as stroke recovery, autoimmune disorders and autism. In the U.S “off-label” use of HBOT for non-FDA-approved medical treatment is permitted by licensed physicians but may not be covered by insurance.

Casey Diskin and Stroke Recovery

Today, Oxford provides a broad range of treatments for children and adults at Brighton and Troy locations. One patient, folksinger Ron Coden, 78, of Huntington Woods, began HBOT five times a week after a serious stroke in January 2020, according to his daughter Casey Diskin, M.A., Oxford’s executive director of ARTS Autism Services.

“He wasn’t talking at all and his left side was numb,” Casey Diskin said. “He started hyperbaric, and it did amazing things for his speech and neurological issues.

“He is able to hold a conversation and sing. He continues to have maintenance once a week. This keeps up the oxygen level in the blood which supports stem cell production.”

Recent research indicates that the therapy may help slow down the aging process, as measured by the shortening of telomeres, the DNA protein structure at the end of each chromosome. A small portion of telomere DNA is lost through normal cell division and over time, telomeres become shorter and cells lose their ability to divide, resulting in aging.

OXFORD RECOVERY CENTER BREAKS GROUND ON STATE-OF-THE-ART AUTISM CENTER-Casey Diskin

Oxford Recovery Center (ORC) provides world-renowned autism services at centers in Troy and Brighton. Due to the growing need for autism services in the Brighton, Michigan community, Oxford Recovery Center is breaking ground on a 35,000 square foot expansion of their main campus located at the corner of Whitmore Lake Road and Malby Road.
A groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the project will be held at the new building site directly south of the existing facility on May 17th at 10:00. The public is invited to attend. Brivar Construction will be handling the construction of this major investment in the Brighton community.
ORC moved into the current 32,000 square foot building in 2018. “When we moved to the Brighton campus, we felt we would never fill up the building,” says Dr. Tami Peterson, Founder and CEO at Oxford Recovery Center. In just two years, the demand for services has increased dramatically.
Casey Diskin, Executive Director of Autism Services, credits the synergistic approach to treating autism as the main factor in the center’s amazing growth. “Autism diagnoses are on the rise, but more and more parents of children see the benefits of our approach to treatment,” says Diskin. “We believe autism is a medical condition and treat it as such.” Oxford offers more than traditional Applied Behavior Analysis services. “We offer treatments and therapies designed to help our autism patients reach their potential,” explains Diskin. “We have seen amazing results combining hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.” The center does not stop there. A comprehensive testing and medical consultation program helps to isolate medical problems and provides a means to solve them.
This is nothing new for Oxford Recovery Center. It has been providing these services to patients to treat more than 100 medical conditions since 2008. “Our goal is to help our patients get their lives back after an illness or injury. “No matter what your condition, we probably treat it,” says Peterson. “We have successfully treated everything from autism and stroke to macular degeneration and Lyme disease.”
As part of the expansion is a remodeling of the current facility. “All of our services other than autism will be housed in the current facility,” says Gary Marken, Chief Operations Officer at Oxford Recovery Center. “We have already converted 6,500 Square feet of unused space into areas for Speech and Occupational Therapies and a large multi-purpose room for the autism program.” Part of the plan is to expand the company’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy program. “Currently, we operate five hyperbaric oxygen chambers,” continues Marken. “We will be expanding our footprint to include three Chambers.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the cornerstone of Oxford Recovery Centers success. Using a medical-grade, hard chamber, Oxford is able to deliver 100% oxygen under pressure. Our bodies use oxygen to heal and regenerate themselves, and nothing provides the body with more healing oxygen than HBOT. The treatment is powerful because it floods the body with so much oxygen causing it to concentrate in plasma. This allows the oxygen to reach areas red blood cells cannot and it penetrates deeper into damaged tissues. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has many medical benefits including destroying harmful bacteria, encouraging blood vessel growth, fighting viruses, and healing wounds to name a few,” says Peterson “Perhaps the biggest benefit and why it is so effective in treating so many conditions is its ability to reduce inflammation. The concentrated levels of oxygen stimulate intracellular signaling proteins, which upregulate genetic expression of anti-inflammatory molecules.”

Casey Diskin- ABA Thearpy

Casey Diskin– Executive Director of ARTS – Autism Services at ORC.
ABA can help with the following
1. Build Confidence
2. Make and maintain friendships
3. Help improve sleep
4. Help improve focus and attention
5. Develop executive functioning skills

Casey Diskin – started her work with people with Autism in 2004 while attending school at Wayne State University. After receiving her masters degree from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia, Diskin moved back to Michigan to work with ORC on their new Autism Program.

Casey Diskin Earns Spot on 36 Under 36 for Contributions to her Community

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Jewish News and The Well have partnered on an annual list of professional Jewish people under the age of 36. These people had made  landmark contributions to their communities and to the world.

Casey Diskin was recently named on the list of 36 under 36.

Casey Diskin has made a tremendous impact in her community by helping children with disabilities.   For her contributions, she has earned many distinguished titles and gained much recognition. Recently, she was named on a list of Jewish professionals under the age of 36 who are recognized for their impactful work in their communities. 

The Detroit Jewish News partners with The Well every year to highlight 36 young professionals

 In 2019, they named Casey Diskin as one of the top young Jewish professionals. Those who appear on the 36 under 36 are described by its publisher as go-getters, doers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, activists, and community organizers who are featured in the year’s publication. 

The Well, which is half of the governing body overseeing the professional list, is an inclusive Jewish community-building and spirituality-outreach initiative geared to the needs of millennials and the unaffiliated or under-affiliated in the Metro Detroit area. Representatives at The Well believe that Jewish ethics, values and spirituality can and should be directly applicable to our lives as part of a radically inclusive Jewish community. It is their hope that these elements should drive us to have a position impact. 

Background about The Well

The Well was founded in 2015 and the 36 Under 36 was created only a couple of years later. Both are projects of the Lori Talsky Zekelman Fund at Temple Israel. It is the hope of their leaders that by highlighting young professionals.  Casey Diskin inspires  more people to get involved in community-centric Jewish living in Metro Detroit. They accomplish these goals through relationship building, network weaving and participant-driven programming among other outreaches.

Casey Diskin

Casey Diskin has helped uncover new solutions for children with autism and other developmental disorders. She completed her undergraduate program at Wayne StateUniversity and earned her master’s from Macquarie University. Today, she provides support to families with children who have challenging behaviors. She advocates for children in schools, helps families secure insurance coverage for therapeutic services. 

Casey Diskin Coming this Fall 2020

Casey Diskin- Coming this Fall 2020

This fall, Camp ABA will turn into a supplement or alternative option for traditional learning. We realize that families may be looking for new and different ways for children with autism or special needs to learn outside of public schooling.

In Michigan, parents have the ability to choose whether their child will attend public school or an educational alternative such as homeschooling, online/virtual schooling, or Camp ABA. This is why we are turning Camp ABA into a state-of-the-art learning center that combines therapy with traditional learning in a new, safe way.

Casey Diskin discusses the ARTS program

“Medically, there is evidence that autism is caused by inflammation in the brain,” says Casey Diskin, Director. “HBOT medically addresses the issue by reducing the inflammation. The ARTS program is a multi-therapy approach to treating autism.  We believe in creating a synergistic approach that allows us to treat the medical issues of our clients while simultaneously teaching functional socially significant life skills.”

“Our locations in Brighton and Troy are now home to 50 students who attend ARTS daily. While they heal internally from HBOT, they work one-on-one with our team each day to develop the functional skills such as potty training, putting on their shoes, making friends or persevering through tough tasks,” Diskin says. “Applied Behavior Analysis has to change your life. Our program works on the skills needed for success at school and in the home.”

Casey Diskin

Casey Diskin

Casey began working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities –while working on her undergraduate degree at Wayne State University in 2004. She continued her masters program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Casey attributes her unique program approach, which focuses on functional life skills through naturalistic teaching, to the training she received in Australia. She returned to the United States in 2013 where she met and married her husband, Joshua. She welcomed her greatest accomplishments, her son, Asa(2.5) and her Daughter Evy (1) She loves live music, good food, and good company.

 

Casey Diskin serves as Director at Recovery Center for Autism

Casey Diskin serves as a director at a Michigan-based recovery center where big things are happening to improve the lives of children with disabilities.  Diskin has developed a unique approach to care that is gaining increased attention in the medical field as she helps not only the children, but their whole families. Diskin currently oversees an autism recovery program where she uses HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) combined with speech and occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis to treat her patients. Her results have been very impressive and considered a huge success.

“Once patients with neurological conditions began seeing the great results Casey Diskin could accomplish through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, parents with children on the autism spectrum began asking her to perform the same therapy for their kids.”

Diskin claims that she hears stories constantly of happier parents and children as a result of treatment. To name a few of the successes, parents are reporting that their children have built new friendships and are also preforming better in school. “Medically, there is evidence that individuals with autism have inflammation in the brain,” says Casey Diskin. “HBOT medically addresses the issue by reducing the inflammation. Our novel program is a multi-therapy approach to treating autism. We believe in creating a synergistic approach that allows us to treat the medical issues of our clients while simultaneously teaching functional socially significant life skills.”

 

Casey Diskin Named Director of Autism Recovery Thru Synergy (ARTS) Program at ORC

Casey Diskin

Casey Diskin has worked with children with disabilities since 2000.  Recognized for her outstanding leadership, Diskin was named the Director of the Autism Recovery Thru Synergy (ARTS) program, which upholds a unique, multi-faceted therapy approach.

Since completing her undergraduate degree at Wayne State University in 2004, Casey Diskin has worked with many children suffering from a variety of disabilities.   She graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia with her Masters in Psychology.  Then, she launched a career geared towards providing every child with disabilities the opportunity to succeed and grow.

Casey Diskin attributes her unique approach  to the training she received while studying at Macquarie University. After studying in Australia, she returned to the United States in 2013 where she met and married her husband, and she gave birth to her first son just last year. She’s lent her education and talent to the Oxford Recovery Center most recently, helping launch its Autism Recovery Thru Synergy in April of last year.

“Our unique approach to autism has been a huge success with families across the state,” says Casey Diskin. “We hear stories all the time of happier parents, children who have developed new friendships, siblings playing together more, children performing better in school, and more successfully integrating into their communities.”

“When she joined our team a year ago, we could tell like us, she had a different vision for children.” “She saw them overcoming their challenges and becoming more involved in their communities,” said a representative from ORC. “We knew she was the perfect fit for the ORC team. Joined with her colleagues, the team worked together child by child to develop a program that would impact them most.”

Casey Diskin has been referred to by her peers as a natural leader and a visionary. She helped develop unique processes at ORC that ensure each child receives the appropriate services to achieve the best possible outcomes. At the facility, she created specialized programs that have already been implemented and new programs that are soon to be launched there as well.

“When I started, I wasn’t even sure I knew what Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was. Now I see it and how it works to help children with autism,” says Casey Diskin. “Our ARTS team is pretty amazing. While recovery looks different for every client, it does mean that everyone is improving in their individual skills, health, and quality of life. This is what ARTS does for its clients and their families. I want us to do even more for a bigger population. We see so many older kids and young adults come to us. They need our services too,” she continued.

Casey assumed the director’s role overseeing ORC’s Autism Recovery Thru Synergy program in February this year.

Casey Diskin Encourages Novel Therapies

Casey Diskin has proven her dedication to improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families, having created many resources for each during her career. She employs a variety of state-of-the-art therapies that help children grow and hosts several group therapy sessions that build camaraderie among families in her community.

Today, she serves in a director's position at a Michigan-based recovery center where she oversees an autism recovery program utilizing applied behavior analysis, speech therapy, occupational therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a recent breakthrough for the condition.

"Our unique approach to autism has been a huge success with families across the state," says Casey Diskin. "We hear stories all the time of happier parents, children who have developed

new friendships, siblings playing together more, children performing better in school, and more successfully integrating into their communities."

Casey Diskin lends much of her success to her focus on functional life skills through naturalistic teaching. She attributes this approach to therapy to the training she received while studying at Macquarie University. In addition, she is one of the pioneers of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat conditions like autism.

"When I started, I wasn't even sure I knew what hyperbaric oxygen therapy was. Now I see it and how it works to help children with autism," says Casey Diskin. "Our team is pretty amazing.

While recovery looks different for every client, it does mean that everyone is improving in their individual skills, health, and quality of life. This is what our synergy program does for its clients

and their families. I want us to do even more for a bigger population. We see so many older kids and young adults come to us. They need our services too," she concluded.

Once patients with neurological conditions began seeing the great results Casey Diskin could accomplish through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, parents with children on the autism spectrum

began asking her to perform the same therapy for their kids.

"Medically, there is evidence that individuals with autism have inflammation in the brain," says Casey Diskin. "HBOT medically addresses the issue by reducing the inflammation. Our novel program is a multi-therapy approach to treating autism. We believe in creating a synergistic approach that allows us to treat the medical issues of our clients while simultaneously teaching functional socially significant life skills."

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