The Autism-Acutonics® Project

through Sound Healing Institute, Inc. a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation

What is Acutonics®?

Acutonics was developed at an acupuncture college in the 1990’s and integrated into many community health clinics, where it proved highly effective. Rooted in contemporary science, Oriental medicine, psychology, cosmological studies, indigenous wisdom and music theory, Acutonics has broad clinical applications in the practice of both Western and Eastern medicine.

Acutonics incorporates the use of precision-calibrated medical tuning forks, which are applied on or over specific acupuncture points to access the body's meridian and chakra energy systems. The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body along energy pathways that have been proven to impact both the soma and the psyche. Their rich resonance and vibration connects with and supports the body's natural frequencies, stimulates and balances the body's physical and subtle energy field, promotes wellness, deep inner harmony and a sense of well-being, attunement and homeostasis. More information about Acutonics may be found at

Why Acutonics for the treatment of developmental disabilities such as autism?

Chinese medicine offers an approach to wellness that is based on grounding and balance in the system. It has the ability to calm the system, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and open the body to better receive and integrate other treatments. The difficulty for young children is that needles are invasive and can be painful. Acutonics is a modality that is non-invasive and pleasant to experience. Additionally caregivers can be trained to provide daily treatment at home in addition to receiving treatments in the clinic by Acutonics Practitioners. 

Who is driving this effort? Who is involved and running Sound Healing Institute?

The leader of the Institute and this project is Beth Stewart, Five Element and National Board Certified Acupuncturist, and Senior Faculty Member of the Acutonics® System of Integrative Medicine. The board is being formed with interested professionals and community individuals.

Acutonics treatments and parent/caregiver training and support will be provided by Beth Stewart and trained Acutonics practitioners at Phoenix Rising: Adrian Wellness Center, 101 W. Maumee St., Adrian, MI.

What are the goals of this project?

The initial phase of the project is to treat and follow 20 children, ages 3-5, to determine if benefits received are statistically significant. This phase is intended to emulate what Beth did with her son in 2001. The driving question we are interested in answering is, “Is Benjamin’s progress with the help of Acutonics repeatable?” (Please see “Benjamin’s Story” for background.)

The focus is upon children on the Autism spectrum. Beth has studied, practiced and taught the Acutonics® System of Integrative Medicine for the last 15 years. Originally she was drawn to the work of Acutonics® while searching for therapies to help and support her then 3-year old son diagnosed with autism in 2001. The results she witnessed thru her son were profound and sent her on a path to Chinese Medicine.

Now located in Downtown Adrian, Michigan at Phoenix Rising, Beth and her trained staff are offering support and treatments to children and families dealing with developmental disabilities.

Mission of the Sound Healing Institute

The Mission of the Sound Healing Institute is to provide complementary and integrative therapies to individuals and their families dealing with developmental disabilities. 

What is the cost of the project?

The Sound Roots Institute announces a $20,000 campaign to provide a series of treatments and family home support to 20 children with developmental disabilities. Contributions to this project and to the Institute will be tax-deductible. 

How long will the project take to complete?

The initial treatment protocol is 12-weeks, and includes family training and participation during the full term of the project as well as weekly in-clinic treatment for each child. Follow-up monitoring will continue for 5 years after the initial project is complete. 

What is next? What happens after the project is completed?

The mid/long-term vision of the Autism-Acutonics® Project is to provide access to Acutonics treatments for families that could not otherwise afford a course of treatment.

For more information, questions, ideas and offers of participation and support please contact Beth Stewart at 727-255-4840 or 517-759-4018.

Benjamin’s Story - by his mom, Beth Stewart

This is Ben.

He is my beautiful 19-year-old son who is brilliant, gentle and funny. He is also quirky and a bit anti-social as he still deals with aspects of being on the Autism Spectrum. Recently, however, he's been opening up more to people. I am so proud of him for his self-awareness of his challenges and his enthusiasm for his future and his life. Today he is a sophomore in a Florida university studying political science. By all measures, he is a successful and promise-filled young man.

Prospects for his life were not always so rosy. At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, perhaps Asperger’s. He was a very difficult child to parent: exhausting, never sleeping more than 2-3 hours per night, sometimes hourly temper tantrums, self stimulation and mutilation, no emotional connection including no eye contact, running away and into dangerous physical situations almost every day.

Ben changed my life (as most children do to their parents!) I early-retired from my corporate career to become his full-time chauffeur. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric appointments and early classroom work in an ESE class filled our days.

Next I felt like I went on the warpath to look for other promising therapies that could possibly help him.

I heard about Chinese Medicine. The problem is that needles are not appropriate or possible for 3-year-olds. Then I found Acutonics®, or perhaps Acutonics found me. I was intrigued in Acutonics because it was a way for children to be treated with Chinese medicine without needles or pain. So I took a three-day class. I brought home my new set of tuning forks and starting letting Ben listen to them and feel them. I worked on his feet while I was trying to get him to bed. I worked on his back to relax him and he liked it! He began asking for it!! And then he started sleeping thru the night.

As all parents know, having your child sleep thru the night so that YOU can sleep thru the night is one of the greatest blessings one can imagine. I kept working with him and the forks. After about 3 weeks, my beautiful baby started giving me eye contact. He had not done this for over 1.5 years!!! I was completely committed to learn everything I could about this amazing form of sound therapy. Ben’s home sound therapy continued and I began studying Acutonics and Chinese Medicine in earnest.

Today, 15 years later, Ben is in University and I am an acupuncturist in Michigan and a Senior Faculty Member at the Acutonics Institute of Sound Medicine. We are both proof that good things can come out of difficult challenges.

And so now the next chapter has emerged: The Sound Healing Institute, Inc. and the Autism-Acutonics® Project. The purpose of the project is to determine if Ben’s successful development is repeatable. The Project is designed to replicate, as closely as possible, what I did with Benjamin. The plan is to work with 20 young children and to measure the results.