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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Laura asks…

Can someone please explain to me what Asperger syndrome is?

I made a new friend and she told me that she had Asperger syndrome I read a little about it online but I still don’t fully understand it 🙁 can someone help me? Please no rude answers!

admin answers:

I have Asperger’s basically I find it hard to make friends (socialize) , I stick to a very fixed routine which I cannot break. People with Asperger’s often have 1 to 3 obsessions (like Astrology, Trains etc) with me it is the Weather & Animals. Not everyone with Asperger’s is the same. They are tend to clumsy and find it very hard/impossible to make eye-contact with someone. I am of average-intelligence like most Asperger’s suffers. They can be ultra-sensitive to sounds, smell or light. They often take things rather literally like “I feel like killing you” the person with Asperger’s may take this literally and get frightened, although I have learnt that is is just a figure of speech. We find is difficult to read other people’s facial expressions and body language. I could name more traits but I’m too tired. One more thing they often have excellent memories especially with date of births, childhood memories etc. I hope you and your friend have an excellent time together forever.
Take care. Good-bye.

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Question?: What Is Autism Speaks

Helen asks…

What are some ways that I can help out in my community?

I’ve been taking small steps in helping out. I’ve donated to Autism Speaks twice (both on separate occasions) and when I’m paying for stuff and the cashier asks if I’d like to donate money to a foundation or charity, I never hesitate and always pitch in the extra dollar. I know that it’s not that impressive, but I just want to help others. What things can I get involved with in my community to help out?

admin answers:

Community Service and Volunteering by Teens: How to Find Opportunities
http://www.coyotecommunications.com/stuff/teenvolunteers.html
Very detailed information that discusses your many, many options – the usual and many activities you probably never thought of. Includes instructions on how to find specific volunteering opportunities (with animals, with children, just for one day, etc.).

Ideas for Leadership Volunteering Activities
OR
Ideas for Creating Your Own Volunteering Activity
This page is for those seeking ideas for a leadership project that will lead to a
sustainable, lasting benefit to a community or cause.
Http://www.coyotecommunications.com/stuff/goldaward.shtml

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Helen asks…

Why are diseases that are found to be curable/reversible in mice?

Serious answers only please.

Asking b/c Rett Syndrome ( a devastating neurological disorder) was completely reversed in mice like 3 years ao & I don’t understand why the same basic concepts that made that possible can’t be used in living humans suffering from this horrible disease

OCTOBER IS RETT SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH
Care Today-Cure tommorow !
I meant to write : Why are diseases that are found to be curable/reversible in mice not curable in Humans

admin answers:

Partly because treatments which work on mice models do not always work on humans, since we are obviously not the same animals. Also, there is a big problem with getting clearance to use a treatment on humans. It has to pass so many types of rules and regulations, and then it can be used in clinical trials. Then there has to be placebo groups studied and so on and so on. Then it has to go through more rules and regulations. Salk said that if he were to submit his vaccine to the powers that be today, the cure would still be tied up in paperwork and obstacles.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Donna asks…

Parents who have been to Disney World with young children- HELP?

We have been saving money for a long time to go on vacation with the kids. I’m just found out I’m pregnant with twins, and as I’m not very far along yet, we thought now would be a good time to go, otherwise we’ll have to wait a while.

I want to go somewhere that will be fun for us all. We thought of Disney World as it is known for being child-friendly. I have a 7 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. But here’s the catch… the boy has autism, and the girl has Rett Syndrome. The boy functions at immediate levels (such as speech, human interaction, etc) at the level of about a 3 year old- according to his therapist anyway. He is very good with animals, and LOVES animals, especially elephants and Dumbo, the Disney film. And he can sometimes seems much older than his age, with things that he says which are quite inciteful. He’s a people-watcher, and is very observant. He does not like large crowds and lots of noise, but as long as we could have a quiet spot for us to escape to once and a while, he would be fine.

The girl will be in a wheel chair as she cannot walk, and she also cannot talk. She functioning at the level of a 5 month old baby, again this is according to specialists, but I would argue she understands more than she can tell us. She also has watched Disney movies.

So, long story short, we need this place to be actually child-friendly. Of course the website says it is. But I don’t know anyone who has been, so I was wondering if any parents who have taken young children to Disney World can tell me if it was fun… was it worth it? Or should we wait until the twins are older and take them all? The thing we’re really worried about is that as the older 2 get older, they may not become less “disabled”, and we might never have another chance to go on vacation again with these 2 anyway. (Of course if the twins end up being fine– which we hope and pray they will be– then we will try to give them normal childhood experiences).

So any thoughts about Disney World with small children would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

PS/ Please don’t tell me not to bring more retarded children into the world. I have heard that many times before, and I do not need to hear it again. My children are not retarded. They are wonderful human beings, and regardless of what you think, I promise you, I am doing my absolute best to ensure that they are the most productive people they can be. Thank you for your consideration (as this question isn’t about what you think of my family).

admin answers:

Oh my God, there’s this book I have that you MUST get! It’ll be perfect for you and your family. It’s called PassPorter’s Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line: Easy-Access Vacations for Travelers with Extra Challenges (by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma). You can find it on Amazon or at Border’s, Barnes & Nobles, etc. It’s “the ultimate sourcebook for Disney World visitors with unique problems and needs.” It has sections for ADHD, addiction recovery, allergies & asthma, autism, chronic fatigue, cognitive disabilities, dieting, fears, foreign language, hearing, heart health, infants, medical treatment, mobility, motion sensitivity, physical therapy, pregnancy, seniors, size, and vision. It really would be the perfect book for you, I think.

Here’s part of the autism section…

“Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

PLANNING AHEAD

Remember to plan, but be flexible. Have some structure to your days, but also retain the flexibility to change at the last minute if needed. Read and learn about Walt Disney World, and develop a plan before your trip.

Reader Tip: “Make sure to schedule an off day. I always build in a day where we stay in the room, go to the pool, and just relax.”

As you begin to plan, watch Disney movies and the vacation planning DVDs. These slowly introduce your traveler with ASD to Disney characters, parks, and resorts. Remember, the characters are large and can be imposing in the parks. Introduce your ASD traveler from a distance. Prepare them with stories, talk about the parks, and show pictures.

UPON YOUR ARRIVAL

Keep your regular routine. If your traveler who has ASD is normally up at 7:00 am, then that’s when you should get up (you may want to adjust this to reflect your home time zone). If they are used to eating at specific times, do your best to keep that schedule.

Use FASTPASS at the parks — we can’t stress this enough. It will significantly reduce the time you wait in line! One important note, however — some with ASD will not understand why they got in line to get a FASTPASS and then left without riding (the FASTPASS gives you a specific time to come back, such as between 3:00 and 4:00 pm). Have one member of your group get all the FASTPASSES.

Be sure all members of your party know that once they are seated in a ride, they must stay seated until the ride is fully completed. They cannot stand or exit until the ride is over and fully stopped. In theater settings, sit at the end of a row in case you need to make a quick exit.

At character meet and greets, show the attending cast member your Guest Assistance Card, if you have one. Ask if you can wait your turn in the shade or away from the crowd.

Ask the Cast Member outside each attraction about noise levels, ceiling fans, flashing lights, or other potential problems. Also ask for seating recommendations. If you want to be near an exit, be the first to go down the row in the theaters.

Reader Tip: “Many autism spectrum children are sensory-seeking, not just defensive. I’ve traveled with two very different autism spectrum kids and, for both, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was their favorite. Your child’s limitations should guide you.”

Manipulations found in certain areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot can provide wonderful tactile stimulation.

Having dinner in the parks or resort? If it won’t disrupt your routine too much, eat early (around 4:00 pm) so you don’t have long waits.”

The women who wrote this book also have a vacation planning website, www.allears.net.

It has a special section also dedicated to families with children who Autistic Spectrum Disorders…

ASD General FAQ — http://allears.net/pl/dis_aut.htm
ASD First-Hand Report — http://allears.net/pl/dis_aut3.htm
ASD Other Reader Experiences — http://allears.net/pl/dis_aut4.htm
ASD Tips — http://allears.net/pl/dis_aut2.htm

Here’s a few links to some other sections that you may find helpful…

Mobility Disabilities — http://allears.net/pl/mobility.htm
Wheelchair/ECV FAQ — http://allears.net/pl/ecv_faq.htm
Animal Kingdom in a Wheelchair — http://allears.net/tp/ak/akjrms.htm
Epcot in a Wheelchair — http://allears.net/tp/ep/e_dis.htm

Also, here’s the link to the Walt Disney World website where you can order a free vacation planning DVD. It’ll be great to watch with the kids so they can see what they’ll be experiencing and prepare them for the trip…

Https://www.disneyvacations.com/dv/en_US/VacationPlanningDVD/index?sourcecode=11856&referrer=wdw&hdrType=default&vcnType=wdw&bhcp=1

I wouldn’t let ANYTHING stop you from taking your kids to Walt Disney World. They’ll absolutely LOVE it! The Cast Members (employees) are so amazing and helpful, they’ll do everything in their power to make your stay as magical as possible, and they’re always there to help.

Hope I could help! Have a magical time! ºoº

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How to Clean (and Annoy) a Couple of Guinea Pigs

You should all be aware that this post is mostly an excuse to post photos of the cute guinea pigs I am petsitting. But then, you probably already knew that. Remember these guys? Cow is in the back, Poppy up front.
So, I’m petsitting my friend Heather’s guinea pigs. They totally hate me (except when I’m feeding them). I fucking love them. How can you not? Just look at them! Plus, they squee in anticipation and delight every time I open the fridge.

They are often disappointed. Maybe that’s why they hate me.

Anywho, I’ve petsat them before, but never long enough that I have to clean their cage. This time, however, that all changed. Heather told me that I should change their bedding once while they were here and that I could just leave them in there and change it around them.

Heather clearly did not consult with the piggies when she came up with this plan. They were…not pleased.

I decided to to start by recruiting a helper. Said helper claimed to be busy.

Check out his ironic reading material.
Realizing it was up to me, I found a scooping device and headed into the fray by myself. It turns out that my scooping plan had a flaw.
And then I realized that I was actually going to have to touch the used bedding with my very own hands. This was not welcome news. Do you have any idea what they DO in that bedding?

I started at one end, scooping the bedding with my hands (*shudder*) into the box I had and then transferring it to a trash bag. The piggies cowered at the other end, trying to claim the shrinking area that still had bedding on it.

There was some panicked running in circles.


And these animals who are ridiculously hard to catch when I am trying to force them to cuddle with and love me, froze still in a sad little huddle as I tried to steal their dirty bedding and poop from them. Me: “Hi, little friends!” Them: “HEEEELLLLPPPP US!”
Getting that last little bit out was tough, seeing as how Cow had camped out on top of it.
Then they were sad.
I got to make them very happy by putting in fresh bedding and tamping it down. The return of their Pigloo made them even happier.
I felt so bad about the trauma I had inflicted on these poor little creatures that I gave them afternoon carrots. (They’re not supposed to get afternoon carrots. Shhh, don’t tell Heather.) Fortunately, they seem to forget trauma quickly.
And then I frantically washed my hands. And then I frantically re-washed my hands.
Then, in an effort to cement our newly forged friendship, strengthened by going through such a traumatic ordeal together, I tried to pet Cow. And she bit me. In her defense, I think she thought I was a carrot.
I should have seen it coming. I still love her. (She still hates me.)
Confidential to Heather: Please don’t let this post stop you from letting me petsit your piggies in the future. They love me. We’re best friends. We sleep together at night in a big pile of bedding and shit. I promise.

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Understand Autism to Help Autistic Children

Advance and regular medical science research has either removed or has an effective control over all kind of health issues except for autism which still persists in our world. So it become essential for parents and care-taker to first understand autism or sensory processing disorder, before helping their children or loved once, to overcome from stress from autism as far as possible. Since no specific treatment for this disorder is available, so all that we could do is to identify the level of autism and cooperate (through therapy) in accordance with it to help them to reach their potential….Everyday.

Symptoms of autism starts visible as early as, at the age of 12-16 months and develops into full intensity at the age of four; there are several things through which one can diagnose the symptoms of autism, such as:
Unusual physical or body movementDifferent kind of eating habitLack of interest and concentrationImpairments in communicationRepetitive behaviour

Only way through which we can handle autism is therapies, there are different kinds of therapy available depending upon the intensity of autism, thus it become important to identify the type of autism and choose therapy accordingly.

Some of the therapies that are helpful for children, suffering from autism are as follows:
Weighted Therapy: Research shows that weighted therapy helps a lot to keep autistic children calm and relax, and basically help them to control their physical movement. Weighted therapy could be in the form of weighted toys, weighted blanket, weighted lap pads or weighted lap animals.
Children Games:Providing therapy through children games, especially one designed for autism, is the best way to handle autistic children, as kids are attracted towards games so they learn fast and quickly through it, and it brings lot of change in their behaviour.
Relaxation Resources: Several relaxation resource are available in market, inform of book, CD’s and script, which could be easily used at home, school or in therapy room, to increase the concentration level in children and also it helps to make their behaviour stable and calm.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a special chamber, sometimes called a pressure chamber, to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood for faster metabolism and it is also found that it also decreases neurological inflammation. Evidence based research has shown some improvement after autistic children undergoes some hours of exposure.
Sensory Processing measure: This tool helps in determining the complete picture of children’s sensory functioning at home, in school or in the community. Hence, it is advised to keep this tool kit handy with you, if you are related with autism treatment.

As there is no specific or known medicine is available for autism till now, so therapy is the best alternative for children suffering from autism. Secondly more care, love and attention should be given to autistic children as compared to their counterparts, and right strategies should be followed for each and every child depending upon their condition, so that they can reach their potential everyday with improved social understanding.

Kate Horstmann is an occupational therapist, who is consistently working in the field of children Autism, by helping and empowering Parents, teachers or therapist to help children struggling with autism through children games or evidence based therapies.

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Autistic Child Dog – Having Pets For Autistic Children

Autistic Child Dog

Most children love animals and want to hold pets. This includes children investing in autism. Pets can be a superb addition to the family, but it can create concerns and sometimes be harder on the pet as opposed to the family members. Is it advisable? Autistic Child Dog

Before thinking about purchasing a pet for a family with an autistic child, it is advisable to take into consideration what kind of pet does the family want in their home. For example, is it going to be a dog, cat, bird, hamsters, what exactly is the pet going to be? In addition, the family should discuss the care of the pet, the cost, is it an indoor pet, an outdoor pet, who will have the responsibility to take care of the pet.

Will it be a family joint effort, where all the family members will take turns and share the load of taking care of the pet, including the child with autism. The individual who has autism in the family, may love the pet, but may not be able to take responsibility of caring for the pet. In other words, take the pet for a walk, if it is a dog, feed the pet, clean up the debris of the pet and litter that is accumulated, allowing the animal inside the house or outside the house for exercise and fresh air. Autistic Child Dog

There are certain pets that require more care and attention than others do. This is true compared to having a cat as a pet verses a dog as a pet. Dogs usually require more attention, and care than cats do. It is a good idea to take into consideration, who is going to be home during the day with the pet. In addition, what about traveling or taking a vacation, will the pet be able to travel with the family, or will you have to hire someone?

Will the pet adjust to traveling or the care of someone else? Pets in a family with autism can be very therapeutic and can encourage the autistic child to have responsibility, follow instructions, love the pet with hugs, petting it, talking to it, crying and expressing emotions to the pet, that they may not do with other family members. It is imperative to realize, some autistic children display outbursts of anger and tantrums. Autistic Child Dog

Because of this kind of behavior in autistic children, you must remember that having a pet in the home may be a target for this kind of behavior. It is wise, not only to think of the family having a pet with a child that has autism, but take into consideration how the pet will adjust and be affected by the child if he or she has outbursts of anger or tantrums. The pet should never be in any danger with the child present if this occurs. Don’t let your love ones suffer anymore! Lead them out through Autistic Child Dog program now!

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Autistic Services – Child Autism And Transition To Adulthood

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When contemplating the subject of autism and transitioning to adulthood, multi parents of autistic children can become very overwhelmed. In truth though, preparing an autistic child for adult life is not such a still different as opposed to for a ordinary child. It is simply more intensive and minute consuming. Autistic Services

Here are some Times to do to windfall your child amid autism and transitioning to adulthood. Most parents begin thinking roughly and planning for their autistic simple transition to adulthood about the time the child turns fourteen. This is a good age to embark on preparing them for how comes in the wake of the childhood and school stage. Autistic Services

Many autistic children can become functioning adults with careers of this own, but the stage have got to be set ahead of time. Begin by researching opportunities to expose your child to different careers. Capitalize on their interests. If a child loves animals, set up a day at which he or she can go and shadow a veterinarian or see what a zoo keeper does. It is also helpful if there are opportunities where the child could volunteer on a routine basis. Autistic Services

This way they can get hands on experience so will benefits them see if this is the better route for them. It is also very important to have a concrete plan. Write down your goals for your child and what you plan to do to help them accomplish those goals. You plan should include things like your child’s interests and hobbies. It should also detail your strategies to help them have a successful life after they have finished school. Another component of the plan would be short and long term goals for your child aimed at transitioning them into independent life. Autistic Services

Lastly, you should have a course of action that you plan to follow in order to make these plans a reality. Don’t feel like you plan is set in stone. It should be revisited periodically to ensure that it is still relevant and that the goals are still in line with what your child wants for their life. Start talking to counselors and others who have experience in these things and can guide you. Autistic Services

It is also good to research what kinds of benefits your child might qualify for as well as any special services he or she may be able to utilize. Again, autism and transitioning to adulthood doesn’t need to be as daunting as it can seem. As long as you have a realistic plan that is well laid out, you can make the transition from childhood to adulthood a successful one for your child. Don’t let your love ones suffer anymore! Lead them out through Autistic Services program now!

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