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Changes to this blog today

I have been working on this blog all day today (Sunday). Blogs are a lot harder to me to work on than regular HTML websites. So Far today I changed the background color, shrunk and added The Autism Zone logo because this blog is actually part of that, activated the social website pointers at the top and added a search button. Doesn’t sound like much but my butt is getting sore!

P.S. I added some graphics to the slider bar, I also added some pictures to the boxes below the slider. The only problem is that the words below the pictures in the boxes can’t go away because this is a free sample blog theme and I have to pay a ton to make changes. Sorry.

Question?: Autism Signs In Children

Sandy asks…

What are the reasons some people are waiting to vaccinate their babies?  Also See Note Below.

I have heard many people waiting until their child is two years old to get vaccinated. Or some people will only get their child vaccinated with specific ones. Why is this? I have been hearing a lot lately about some of the negative effects of vaccinating too early. My daughter has had her first set of shots already and after hearing about this I am trying to look into this a little more. Are there any shots that are unneccessary as well?

admin answers:

OMG Marge – the vaccines don’t have mercury in them anymore,the vaccinations come from “single dose vials.” The mercury (thimerosol) was used as a preservative in multi-dose vials, but these have been largely phased out exception of influenza vaccine – which is the only one my child doesnt have. Further, there is no proof anyway, and this area has been extensively studies, that the amount of mercury was enough to hurt children. But to make the public more confident, the vaccines were changed so as to remove even this tiny amount of mercury. Of course, all medications have potential side effects. But on balance, the benefits of the vaccines greatly outweigh any potential side effects. Most anti-vaccination believers claim that the compound thimerosal led to an increase in autism cases. The Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine is their usual target. However, thimerosal was never used as a preservative in the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine. All vaccines licensed since 1999, with the exception of a few multidose container vaccines (such as some, but not all, Influenza vaccines), have not contained thimerosal as a preservative. Autism has not declined since 1999, thereby disproving this connection. Also its kind of been proven your born with autism but the signs dont show until 1year+ so how can a vaccine cause that if theyre born with it…theyre looking into how to test for autism in newborn babies…

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NOTE: Hi, this is Bob the web-master and founder of The Autism Zone. I don’t usually cut into these blog posts and slow things down. This time though I believe it is time.  I go along with this post pretty much 100%.  Yesterday 1-17-15 the health department in San Diego closed down a urgent care clinic because 4 cases of measles came in at one time. Measles is extremely catchy. 4 at one time was too much. That in itself could have caused a small epidemic.  There are so many people skipping their kids shots that it is crazy.

This all got started several years ago when a MD doctor on the east coast complained about her son born recently had Autism and she blamed it on the MMR shots. She did it several time on the news and the fact that she was an MD, well everyone believed her. She had no evidence but a “Feeling” that is what was happening. Since then people are still blaming these vaccinations. In all this time not one study has found even a small link.  Now on the other hand if her first kid was a female and didn’t get Autism, that would be normal. The kid we are talking about was a boy and Autism is more normal in boys. The biggest problem I see is that she waited till after she went to medical school and internship and everything after that. Go over to and read the study about age and Autism. I would put my money on this as a culprit. After the age 26 in the male the sperm gets too polluted to guarantee a perfect baby.  I think this should be our official stance on the subject but I would rather have professionals back me up.  Any professionals ?     email me. info at  Too much spam for me to open this up for comments.  At one time I let it go for 6 months and had to erase 26,000 spam comments. That took a week. So email me for now. Otherwise please spread this article around the internet.  I promise I am not as mean as this post makes me sound. It just ticks me off the see so many people putting their kids in such danger over a rumor.

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

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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

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.