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If you have been here for quite a while you know that I used to open up to comments and questions. Unfortunately as the site aged word got out that we allowed comments and I eventually got so flooded with them that I had to shut it off. Like for instance I had at one time 26.000 comments waiting to be gone through and 99.9% deleted. In the end that took a few weeks. So I gave up on that as you could be imagining. I am thinking there is a way to do comments and questions now. These same stories and questions show up on our new Facebook page. It took a few weeks to get everything going. So if you would rather read all these over on Facebook well go ahead.  . We also have these on our Twitter account if you like that more but it is too commercial for me to hang out there because I have nearly 14,000 followers and a big percentage are make money the easy way guys.  The way they have security on Facebook, I don’t think there would be the same problems.

Bob McGuire

Finally On Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg finally let us have our own name for own FaceBook page.

That is it, try it out.

Please like it and make your serious comments.

All these articles are posted there too so now if you are like my niece you would only go to facebook to do everything.

Pleas post pictures of your Autistic child.

Some new Plastic coating on everything is a smoking gun on Autism

This has got me excited. It is a real smoking gun.   BPS

 BPA-free? Plastic alternative BPS may not be safer, after all

Bill Graveland , The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:30PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 14, 2015 6:58PM CST

CALGARY — A University of Calgary study has found that a common ingredient in consumer products can cause hyperactivity in zebrafish.

Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make household plastics and epoxy resins, is produced in large quantities around the world.

In response to public concerns, many manufacturers have replaced BPA with a chemical called bisphenol S (BPS), which is often labelled as “BPA-free” and presumed to be safer.

But the study’s findings suggest that both BPA and BPS can cause alterations in brain development that can lead to hyperactivity in zebrafish.

The fish are widely used by researchers to help understand embryonic brain development. About 80 per cent of the genes found in people have a counterpart in zebrafish, which have very similar developmental processes as humans.

“I was actually very surprised at our results. This was a very, very, very low dose, so I didn’t think using a dose this low could have any effect,” said Deborah Kurrasch, a researcher at the university’s Cumming School of Medicine and corresponding author on the paper.

Zebrafish embryos were exposed to concentrations of the chemicals at levels found in the Bow and Old Man rivers in southern Alberta. The exposure to BPA and BPS changed the timing when neurons were formed in the brains of the fish.

“We wanted to use a dose that was found in a natural waterway and that people would get in their drinking water. Waste-water treatment plants do not filter out BPA so this is presumably what is coming into people’s houses,” said Kurrasch.

“We used a dose that is lower than what developing babies have naturally and we found that brain development is perturbed (in the fish),” she said.

“You have a bunch of cells in your brain and at some point they become neurons and they have to move to the right place to form the right circuitry. If neurons are born too soon, they can move to the wrong place and can form the wrong circuits.”

The study found the number of neurons generated in the developing zebrafish brains increased by 180 per cent compared with unexposed fish. BPS increased the number of neurons by 240 per cent in similar experiments.

The result was a change in behaviour — the fish demonstrated greater hyperactivity later in life.

“Finding the mechanism linking low doses of BPA to adverse brain development and hyperactivity is almost like finding a smoking gun,” said Hamid Habibi, a professor of environmental toxicology and comparative endocrinology in the Faculty of Science.

The study from Kurrasch, Habibi and Cassandra Kinch was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Kurrasch said further research is needed to explore the potential effect on human brains developing in the womb. She said the findings add weight to other studies suggesting pregnant women should try to limit their exposure to items containing bisphenols.

The next stage would be to test exposure to BPA and BPS on mice, Kurrasch said.

“It’s the tip of an iceberg and I think there are many other avenues of research that could come out of that.”

Finding something to do?

Finding something to do if you have an Autistic child is tough. This might help. The AMC theatre chain is working with the Autism Society to make a list of movies that are out that are more suitable for Autistic kids. Who knows you may still have to bring your ear muffs. GO Here to see what it is all about. In case you don’t know loud noises bother Autistic kids quite a bit and could set them off.

Football Changes Autistic life

Josh Bailey walked across the sideline at Lakeland High School — a teenager with autism playing on a varsity football team — and if the story ended right there, it would be amazing, heartwarming and an inspiration on its own.

But there is so much more.

“Come on,” Bailey screamed at his teammates.

There was a time when Bailey couldn’t talk — one of the traits of autism is delayed speech, and he didn’t learn to speak until he was 3½.

“Get your pads on!” he said.

There was a time when he was awkward, extremely shy and sensitive to loud noises — other traits of autism.

“Let’s go!” he said, confidently. Authoritatively.

There was a time when he didn’t have any passion and he was depressed.

“Come on!” he said, his face full of excitement.

But football changed everything. It unlocked a passion and fire in him. Football gave him a new set of friends and helped him fit into his high school in White Lake Township.

“Come on!” he said.

Bailey, a senior offensive tackle, who stands 6-feet-6 and weighs 270 pounds, led his teammates to the end zone to start stretching. He was selected a captain of the team for the first week of practice — Lakeland uses rotating captains — and he also was selected a captain for the first game against Northville.

This was not some feel-good appointment. No, he earned it. He has the respect and admiration of his teammates because he never missed a conditioning workout during the off-season, and nobody worked harder in the weight room, and nobody is more focused, and nobody loves this team more. He is fixated on football. Everything about football. The workouts. The training. The routine. The practices. The team.

People with autism often thrive on routine and have highly fixated interests.

“I’m autistic and proud,” Bailey said. “I’m not afraid to be open about it. I’ve been through a lot through autism. I turned it from something that hindered me as a child and now I can show people, ‘Hey, a kid with autism is making it in football.’

“People can call me an inspiration, but I’m just living my dream. I got through a lot and I’m still here standing. I may fall but I will not give up. I will keep rising again.”

Extraordinarily rare

What Bailey is doing is extraordinary. It is an accomplishment that should be honored and celebrated.

“It’s not so rare for a child with autism to be on a team, but the type of team that this child is on is truly what is exceptionally rare and it is something that I have not seen,” said Dr. Tisa Johnson, the medical director for Henry Ford’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Over the years, she has treated several thousand children with autism in metro Detroit, and she has never encountered somebody like Bailey.

“I haven’t seen any — none,” she said. “I have never met an autistic child who is able to participate in a team sport, truly of his own initiative. I’ve certainly seen some parents push their kids, and they are the reason they may be on an elementary team, and it has been a struggle. Typically, by the teen years, it falls by the wayside.”

About one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Autism is really having a persistent and functional deficit in social communication and social interaction,” Johnson said. “We do not know what causes it. I can say, very definitively, immunizations do not cause autism. I can say that with complete certainty.”

Some of the symptoms of autism include having trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own. Some autistic children have a hard time understanding relationships and reading social signals.

And that’s what makes Bailey’s accomplishment even more impressive.

“It’s really the team component that is most striking,” Johnson said. “To be a member of a team, you have to collaborate with someone else. You have to read those nonverbal cues and that social interaction. That’s where these kids’ core deficits lie. Teenagers really rely on a lot of nonverbal communication. The sarcasm, the humor. That peer interaction. These kids really struggle with it.”

Many autistic children find their niche with solitary activities. “I may see a child with autism on a team like a robotics team, or a chess team, where the social interaction isn’t really a part of the team,” she said. “But football is a really social sport.”

And to be selected a captain?

That takes it into the realm of the incredible.

“I would envision that it would have to be a team filled with kids who are accepting, and willing to be empathetic and patient and rally around and support him, and a really supportive coach for that matter,” Johnson said. “I’m sure they have to work to pull out his strengths. But that’s the beauty of a team, right?

“Kids with autism really thrive on sameness, the adherence to routine. Football could really feed into that. It’s ritualistic, it’s routine. The drills you do. The workouts and it’s repetitive. The fact that he is a member of a team at this level, and has been doing relatively well, is quite rare.”

‘It didn’t fix itself’

Josh Bailey was diagnosed with autism as a child. “When he was 2, it was glaringly obvious,” said Robert Bailey, his father. “They were all classic signs: He wasn’t talking, he wasn’t communicating. He had an obsession with round, circular, spinning objects.”

Bailey was sent to countless intervention therapies. “It didn’t fix itself,” his father said. “It was a lot of interventions on our part along the way. Now, that said, Josh has been one of the hardest-working kids that I’ve known.”

Now, he has transferred that same energy to the football team. “It’s all Josh,” Robert Bailey said.

When he was in elementary school, Bailey was extremely shy and felt like he was missing something in his life. “I sort of lacked a little passion in my life, a little fire, something to live for,” Bailey said. “I was depressed about it.”

As a freshman, he was terrified at the thought of going to high school — Lakeland has about 1,600 students — and playing on the football team. He had no idea how to make friends. But when he strapped on the pads, when he joined the team, everything changed. “It felt like I opened a door,” he said. “Football means everything.”

Football pulled him out of his shell. He found comfort and familiarity on the team. “Football has given me basically all of my high school friends,” Bailey said. “It’s given me something to love.”

And his life has been transformed.

As a sophomore, Bailey was elected the class president. He is still in the special education program, but he no longer attends special education classes every day.

“I would say that he is among the highest of the high-functioning kids in autism,” Robert Bailey said. “Really, the only trouble he has are social-type stuff. He doesn’t pick things up from context like most kids do. He misses some subtleties with some of the social interactions.”

But it’s not obvious.

“If you didn’t know what was going on,” Robert Bailey said, “you would presume he is a shy kid.”

‘I’ve come so far’

All summer, Bailey was focused on three things: becoming a captain, earning a starting spot on the offensive line and getting a college scholarship.

When he was selected a captain for the first game, it meant everything to him. “This program has given me so much,” Bailey said. “I want to repay it so badly.”

Bailey has a direct, encouraging personality. “Josh is a good guy,” said Ryan Wonders, a senior running back and strong safety. “He cares for everyone on the team. I think he’s changed a lot. During our freshman year, he was quiet and didn’t talk to anyone. Now, as a senior, he sits with us at lunch and he talks to everybody. Just a great guy.”

Bailey earned the first start of his career on Friday night — a loss against Walled Lake Western that dropped the Eagles to 1-3.

“It felt amazing to be out there with the first string,” Bailey said. “But now I have to keep working hard to make sure I stay with the first string.”

Football is not a fixed, concrete game. It is ever-changing and fluid. Blocking assignments can change in an instant, depending on the situation. And an offensive lineman needs to read the clues and react with instincts. That is the hard part for Bailey — reading and interpreting situations. Both on the field and in life.

“He is doing good,” said Lakeland coach John Maltese. “I think he is improving. You won’t find a harder worker.”

Bailey went to 10 football camps over the summer, trying to attract the attention of a college recruiter.

“It’s important to me because, again, I want to show people that an autistic kid can go and play in college on one of the biggest stages for football in the world,” he said.

Bailey certainly has the size to play in college. At one of the camps, he piqued the interest of an NCAA Division III school in Cincinnati. “The College of Mount St. Joseph offered me a roster spot,” he said.

Although DIII schools cannot offer athletic scholarships, Bailey was stunned when he heard the news. “I was like, holy crap,” he said. “I’ve come so far. It makes me feel really vindicated. That all this hard work is starting to pay off. But I still have to keep working.”

Could he play in college?

“I wouldn’t put it past him,” Maltese said.

Because he keeps working, keeps improving and keeps creating a new sense of what is possible.

“I can’t think about college,” Bailey says. “This is my team right now.”

He tugs on his jersey. He’s so proud to wear a Lakeland jersey.

So proud to be on this team. It means everything.

Contact Jeff Seidel: Follow him on Twitter @seideljeff.

The Testers Need Our Help

From: []
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:09 PM
Subject: Help us recruit more research families!


Dear Patricia,

You have been extremely supportive of our research studies (thank you so much!). Unfortunately many of our participants that signed up for our research registry have never completed any of our research studies which means that we are continually in need of recruiting new families.

We hope you might consider sharing information about our research with other ASD families and encourage them to participate (invite them to sign up at Remember that families can participate in our studies from anywhere by mail/phone/email/online.

If you are a Facebook user, please consider liking our Facebook page and sharing it with others ( Perhaps even share your thoughts on why you think participating in research is important.

Your help in spreading the word would be appreciated!

Many Thanks,

Melissa Hudson, BSc
ASD-CARC Research Registry Coordinator

Phone: 1-866-ASD-CARC (1-866-273-2272)
Fax: 1-888-556-6057

The Autism Zone website is now secure.

This is something we have been working on for 3 weeks. It is quite a job, especially if you have another full time job.

We have contracted with Comodo for this service. They

have done the background checks and everything needed.

Now you have to do a bit of extra work to visit over there.

You have to add an s in the URL to make it work after the http.

So now it is  and don’t forget the www. as the 3 w’s are needed too. Also Windows XP may not work with it since Microsoft has abandoned it.

This makes donations easier and safer.  Just click here at The Autism Zone   I have to change the links to it asap also.

CDC Data and Statistics that you may not know.

Hi, We have a new volunteer. Our first. Elizabeth Campion,  from the Shelby Township library here in Michigan. She is an expert at mining data, She did this as a sample of her work. Even I had not heard all these facts. I thank her for this work.





About one in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.

ASD’s are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

ASD’s are almost five times more common among boys (1 in54) than among girls (1 in 252).

Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with an ASD with an average prevalence of about 1%.  A recent study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%.

About one in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.



Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has an ASD, then the other will be affected about 36-95% of the time.  In non-identical twins, if one child has an ASD, then the other is affected about 0-31% of the time.

Parents who have a child with an ASD have a 2-18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.

ASDs tend to occur more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions.  About 10% of children with autism are also identified as having Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, tubers sclerosis, and other genetic and chromosomal disorders.

The majority (62%) of children the ADDM Network identified as having ASDs did not have intellectual disability.

Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for ASDs.

A small percentage of children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk for having ASDs.

ASD commonly co-occurs with other developmental, psychiatric, neurologic, chromosomal and genetic diagnoses.  The co-occurrence of one or more non-ASD developmental diagnoses is 83%.  The co-occurrence of one or more psychiatric diagnoses is 10%.

Research has shown that a diagnosis of autism at age 2 can be reliable, valid and stable.

More children are being diagnosed at earlier ages – a growing number (18%) of them by age 3.  Still, most children are not diagnosed until after they reach age 4.  Diagnosis is a bit earlier for children with autistic disorder (4years) than for children with the more broadly-defined autism spectrum diagnoses (4 years, 5 months) and diagnosis is much later for children with Asperger Disorder (6 years, 3 months).

Studies have shown that parents of children with ASDs notice a developmental problem before their child’s first birthday.  Concerns about vision and hearing were more often reported in the first year, and differences in social, communication, and fine motor skills were evident from 6 months of age.



Individuals with an ASD had average medical expenditures that exceeded those without an ASD by $4,110-$6,200 per year.  On average, medical expenditures for individuals with an ASD were 4.1 – 6.2 times greater than for those without an ASD.  Differences in median expenditures ranged from $2,240 to $3,360 per year, with median expenditures 8.4 – 9.5 times greater.

In 2005, the average annual medical costs for Medicaid-enrolled children with an ASD were $10,709 per child, which was about six times higher than costs for children without an ASD ($1,812).

In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASDs cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.