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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Chris asks…

Why is there controversy over the Combating Autism Act? What does it involve?

Autism is not a mental illness, but a neuro-biological disorder. But I’m not sure what category would be best for this question. I hope placing it here in the mental health section does not offend anyone. If it does, I’d like to apologize.

Ok, what exactly is the Combating Autism Act, and why are many parents of Autustic children, and many Autistic adults against it? Will this act find ways to prevent children with this syndrome from being born, or will it simply spread awareness about Autism, and provide treatment so that Autistics can function with more ease in society?

Would this also apply to people with Aspergers? Also, what will this mean for adults who have gone undiagnosed for years, only to find out at 20, 30, and older they have an autistic spectrum disorder? Will they be ostracized even more if Autism is eventually gotten rid of in the future? I’m confused and interested in hearing both sides. Thanks.

admin answers:

The Combating Autism Act is all about diverting funds to research a way to detect autism while the child is in the womb. There already is such a test for cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, and Down Syndrome. I cannot speak for CF or for SB, but I can for the DS. This sounds great, I know! I thought it was at first. My 5 yr old is autistic, and I would have loved to have known in advance that he had it, to have time to prepare, to research, to be more understanding from the start. What I learned though is that after this test for Downs was approved and in place, fewer babies were born with Downs, because the parents chose to abort the babies. A lot of us are seriously against the act because as parents of children with autism, we KNOW that even though our children have serious challenges and life isn’t always fun, our kids are so wonderful! They have moments that just blow you away, and can be so full of love. But, I can guarantee you that parents will not be told this when they test positive, and how unfair is that to abort a child with only hearing the scary, unknown possibilities? I took that stupid test for downs with my youngest child, and it came up positive, although I don’t remember the ‘chance’ they gave, but it was a high chance. I refused to take the amnio, because that can cause miscarriage and babies have been damaged from this. The specialist did everything he could to talk me into aborting my child, because of ‘how difficult it can be to raise a special needs baby’. If I wasn’t strong on my stance I probably would have aborted. How sad is that? My child didn’t have Downs! I found out that that test is not very accurate at all, that there is a high percentage of false positives. So, how many little lives were lost because of one-sided information and fear? It’s our fear that the same exact thing will happen with autism. Thing is, Autism Speaks, one of the biggest fundraisers for autism research, supports the combating autism act, so I don’t support them or any of the other high profile companies. If they would instead focus on testing these children AT BIRTH to determine if they had it, I would give them every dollar I have. But, I cannot and will not support a cause that ‘could’ basically cause a whole ‘type’ of people to be erased from the planet. Here’s a link for you to look at, it’s the one that started opening my eyes.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9yFsQm2Bp4

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Carol asks…

For people whoes work is psycology, are those the people who study things like autism?

Like do they study people with austism behavior and try to find out why?
If not, who do?

admin answers:

Some psychologists do study the behavior and cognition of autistic people, and I think that of all the research you can do on autism, this is the most important. If you can understand the different ways autistic people think, then you can teach them better; and better education means more independence. Nowadays, the education many autistic children receive is substandard, inefficient, coercive, or little better than just a place to go and have someone watch you during the school day. Gifted autistic children have even more trouble–they don’t fit into either the special ed class or the gifted class. Many parents of autistic children have chosen to home-school, and have to learn their particular children’s ways of learning before they can teach anything.

So yes. People are researching it, and it is very important. Learning about cognition and learning in the autistic mind could open doors for a lot of people who have been missing out in school, in college, and in the work world.

Unfortunately, much of the research money is going into autism cause and medications for autism treatment–especially towards genetic testing that would detect autism before birth and allow the option of abortion. Needless to say, this does absolutely nothing to help the autistic people who already exist; nor does it sit very well with autistic people and their families, who would on the whole be much happier if their existence weren’t considered a burden better terminated before it began.

I think we would be a lot better off if we knew more about how autistic people learn. Medication covers up symptoms or just drugs a child into compliance; genetic testing can’t help anybody at all. But if you can properly educate an autistic child, you can remove a lot of obstacles for him to reach his potential. I think we’re missing out on the contributions a lot of people who fell through the cracks of the school system thanks to atypical learning styles.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism

Ruth asks…

How to find a local doctor who specializes in autism/aspergers treatment with vitamins and minerals?

I want to try B12 shots but I’m afraid to go to a regular psychiatrist office because they might not know anything about autism/aspergers and they typically only know how to write prescriptions for xanax and antidepressants.
Yes they can help dummy.

admin answers:

Vitamins and minerals will not help autism. See your physician and ask them to refer you to an autism specialist MD to help you.

I’M a dummy? Really, see a doctor instead of whatever herbal natural “medicine” quack you’ve been seeing. Get your facts straight.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Chris asks…

What is the latest in the treatment of autism, and success rates?

This week (Apr. 14—2010), a girl got

lost in a FLA. swamp & was found alive.

She was described as having “autism-like” symptoms. That news story led to this question.
Heard this on the radio yesterday—

dannysfarm.com

they work with autism patients, and others with different developmental
conditions.

admin answers:

The treatment of autism is never just one sided. It takes the help of medications, therapy, dietary monitoring, communication therapy and possibly behaviorists for someone to function in todays society. Medications include Antidepressants (SSRI’s) and Benzodiazipines, basically to calm someone with autism so they can focus. I would suggest reading this

http://www.neurologychannel.com/autism/treatment.shtml

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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo

Donald asks…

How do I find a local doctor who specializes in autism/aspergers treatment with vitamins and minerals?

I want to try B12 shots but I’m afraid to go to a regular psychiatrist office because they might not know anything about autism/aspergers and they typically only know how to write prescriptions for xanax and antidepressants.
False. It can have a profound effect in some people.

admin answers:

Hi Bob,

You don’t really need a doctor, you can completely recover from “autism” on your own. Autism is not a mental illness, it is mercury poisoning. My young son has recovered from autism in about 2.5 years.

Here’s what we did. We eliminated gluten, casein, and soy. We also dumped high fructose corn syrup (which has mercury in it) and MSG. We added a good multi, lots of Vit. C, Vit. E, magnesium, and a good cod liver oil, if it’s not really pure it probably has mercury in it. I like Carlson’s or Pharmax. You can get B-12 orally–the shots have cobalt in them.

The most effective way to cure autism is heavy metal chelation. Low and slow. There is a great Yahoo group that can help you every step of the way:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/frequent-dose-chelation/

To learn about the protocol, read this:
http://livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/chelation-the-andy-cutler-protocol/
http://onibasu.com/wiki/Cutler_protocol

And listen to this interview with Dr. Cutler:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thecandystore/2010/03/15/special-guest-andrew-hall-cutler-phd-pe

There IS a way out! 😉

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Question?: Treatment For Autism

Robert asks…

Are there any programs that provide free or low cost treatment for autistic children?

My child may have autism and I work but my insurance does not pay for autism….Treatment is expensive. Are there any programs for low income families or single working mothers?

admin answers:

Yes. It would be helpful to know your location in answering your question, as options will differ across locations, but I will try to give you a general answer.

The programs aren’t even necessarily for low income people but for anybody with an autistic child. There may also be income-specific programs though too. First, let me point out that laws across the USA are gradually being enacted that require health insurance to provide some coverage for autism. You may have legal rights to some coverage and just because the insurance company tells you they don’t cover autism doesn’t mean that that is true. People ARE winning lawsuits against insurance companies to cover autism. Second, you will want to investigate what your state government offers in terms of paying for treatment. I am in California and the state will pay entirely for treatment for eligible kids. Third, all children in the USA are entitled legally to a free and appropriate education (FAPE) and this means addressing autism in the kids who have it. So, at a very early age, if your child needs the treatment, this can be paid for by the school system. If a special education program is not going to be the best option for your child then the school must pay for other treatment, usually in the form of in-home Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism 2012

Sandy asks…

Can someone help me edit my grammar? please!?

The opposite side of the spectrum disorder is the severe autism. Usually this side of the spectrum is endangering the patient. In the book called, “Caring For The Vulnerable”, Chesnay and Anderson points out that “problematic emotional reactions and behaviors such as aggression and self-injury are common in older individuals with autism spectrum disorder.” As I have mentioned before, children with autism tends to focus on themselves by doing certain things that only interest them. An example of this behavior is when a six years old boy began biting his arms until they bled. Patients who are diagnosed with autism usually have insensitivity to pain or temperature. In addition, people who are suffering from severe autism have a sensory dysfunction where they have too much or less sensitive to light, touch, taste, or smell. Some children who interact with these strong stimuli usually react by shouting, or pulling their hair but these behaviors usually varies among others.

Causes
Back then there was a common belief that parenting skills or vaccination was the cause of autism. Fortunately, these arguments are proven wrong due to many research and studies being done on this medical condition. However, due to its complexity of autism, many scientists are still unsure of what is the main cause of this disorder. This is due to the fact that there are multiple factors that are involve such as the environment, biology, and genetic factors in order to determine your risk of having autism. Most scientists do agree that genes such as containing “fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, down syndrome or other chromosomal disorders (Pathways In Autism, 2012).” are one of the risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop autism. In addition, harmful drugs such as prescription thalidomide and valprocid taken during pregnancy have been linked with a higher risk of autism.

Treatment
For now there are no cure for autism but to help minimize the symptoms. First we need early intervention by doing an assessment on a child whether or not he or she is suffering from autism. Once a patient is diagnosed, treatment is best when we focus on a family centered care because they will be the one who would mainly support and address the problem when they are at home. Parents definitely need to learn how to connect bonds to their child by finding a way to adjust to his or her own pace. For example, a child who is playing with his action figures can socially interact with others when he is being imitated. Since the child only sees his behavior in his own world, he will also take notice of his surrounding when he finds a common interest with other people. This kind of treatment is a continuation process till the child has reach the external environment of being able to socially interact independently.

admin answers:

Is severe autism not the severe.
A six year old boy not six years old.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

George asks…

I need a Herbal remedy to help calm down my very aggressive autistic son?

I have a 13 year old son who is severely autistic he has no speech he is 12 stone and 5ft 7 he is very aggressive towards myself my husband and my daughter biting us punching kicking and pulling our hair.We are desperate for help does anyone know of a herbal medicine that might calm him down and make him less angry and frustrated.He has everything any child could want for our garden is like a playground and he gets so much love from all of us we are so upset and would appreciate any advice on a herbal remedy that may help him.

admin answers:

Please do read this article it might be of immense help :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/autism-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

Take care and God bless you and your loved ones.

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Question?: What Is Autism Caused By

Robert asks…

How can I make autism an argument?

I need to write a 4-5 page paper for my english 155 class;
Pick a topic that you can argue how it affects you/your community, topics range from ballot issues, candidates, autism (causes/treatment), a rhetorical analysis essay of ads that candidates send out is acceptable.

I can’t think of how to make any of these topics an argument!

admin answers:

Whatabout treatment methods

ABA/VB/TEACHH
DIR (greenspan_
sonrise
miller

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A Message For Parents: You Have the Power

When a child is diagnosed with autism, parents tell me they experience a range of emotions, from shock to despair to hopelessness, often with very little encouragement or light at the end of the tunnel. There is no “The bad news is this, but the good news is that”. It’s “the bad news is your child has autism, and the worse news is there is no cure and he probably will not have a very good outcome”. Some parents are still told they should just focus on their ‘normal’ children because the one with autism will likely not amount to much. One family relayed a heartbreaking story of a professional that not only informed them their child had autism and should be institutionalized, but also that they should put him in ‘time out’ and spray him with a water gun every time he flapped his hands as a form of self-stimulation, as if he were a house-pet that were peeing on the couch. This is a child that likely did not make an association between behavior and consequences and probably was living within a very confusing sensory-perceptual experience. And this was not 20 years ago, but more like 5.

I am here to tell you that while there still is no ‘cure’ for autism, there IS a tremendous amount that you as a parent can do for your child to help him lead a very meaningful, joyful and enriching life. Your child can make significant progress and have a wonderful life. You also can have a “normal” life, as a parent of a child with autism. You can choose to focus on those things that will enhance your child’s development AND create a high quality of life for you and your entire family. In addition, you can choose not to feel guilty that you may desire to do something different than what is commonly expected in the autism treatment world. Only you can know what feels right for your child and family’s situation.

My hope is that you as a parent can experience freedom to choose what works for you and your family. Historically there has been a lot of fear in the autism field. This fear has come through in the design of treatments that initially focused on the appearance of ‘normalcy’ without giving thought to the internal experience of the person being treated. In addition, people with autism were also not treated with much dignity or respect. Therapies that are based on the theory of the old model often seem to be more concerned with changing behavior to make ‘normal’ people feel more comfortable, as opposed to leading to improvements in Quality of Life (i.e. Employment, Relationships, Independence).

Parents are given a large injection of fear throughout the assessment and treatment planning process (“If you don’t get him to do X by the time he is 5, it will never happen”). In many cases, families are provided with a diagnosis and immediately corralled into a range of therapies in an attempt to ‘cure’ the child by the time he is in Kindergarten. Be very mindful of this tendency to base decision-making on fear. If you are feeling fearful, you are more likely to operate out of a fight-or-flight mode, which is reactive instead of proactive. If you are operating out of fear, it is highly likely the approach to your child’s autism will take the form of ‘treatment’, ‘cure’, or ‘fixing’ him (even if those words are not used). Your child may very well perceive judgment and shame, and may come to learn to ‘go through the motions’ to appear acceptable to others. Don’t make decisions “because everyone else is doing it”, but instead carefully consider how an approach will help your child and what impact it will have on the entire family’s quality of life.

Some families have enormous success with the traditional treatments and others keep searching because their child needs something different. In my practice, I have attracted those families who have more complex children that have not responded as well as their parents had hoped. For those brave souls who keep searching and who not only do not give up on their child, but who also may be among the first to stray away from the traditional path – I applaud you. It takes courage to go to a parent support group or talk to parents in a waiting room and have them ask you why you are not doing X, Y or Z therapy like every other parent who has a child with autism? Surely you must know that the only way you can recover your child to a ‘normal’ state is if he spends all his waking hours with people other than his immediate family so they can perform “intervention” on him. Has no one asked the question of what would happen to a “normal” child if he spent 40 hours a week in highly directive, one-sided therapeutic settings, constantly bombarded with questions and ‘testing’ of his knowledge? Would he maintain his natural motivation to be with people, or would he want respite from their demands?

I am not saying that some children don’t benefit from structure or repetition, but I am saying that as a parent, know that what your child needs most for healthy development are things that only YOU can provide. Children need a strong foundation of safety and security to anchor them in the world. This is even more true for children (and adults) with ASD because individual neurological vulnerabilities and differences make them more prone to becoming stressed. I don’t necessarily mean ’emotionally’ stressed, though that may be the case, I am also referring to the fact that people on the autism spectrum are often operating from a state of panic and overwhelm. This occurs on every level, from the level of sensory processing to emotional regulation to social interaction to cognitive functioning. It’s like a house of cards where some of the bottom cards are missing – the slightest breeze, and the whole house comes down.

As a parent you can give your child a solid, strong foundation so he develops the following capacities that are important for a high quality of life:

• Desire to connect and share with others
• Ability to recover from stressful situations and setbacks
• Competence in Relationships
• Motivation to explore new things and try new challenges
• High level of self-awareness
• Self-Regulation for as much independence as possible
• High sense of self-worth and self-esteem
• Self-expression through creative pursuits and hobbies
• Cultivation of special talents
• Feeling loved and accepted for who she is

If you as the parent have the most power to support your child, does that mean you have to go it alone? Of course not. You can seek emotional support through local and online parent groups as well as work with a variety of professionals who can guide you on your path. Knowing you have the power to help your child does not mean that you have to sacrifice your whole existence to autism either. You can prioritize those things that will make the most impact on helping your child live in the ‘real world’ (as opposed to an artificial compensatory environment where he looks good as long as there are no unexpected surprises). You can hire babysitters to give you a break and you can use therapies strategically to get the most benefit while conserving your (and your child’s) energy.

You will likely move through different phases in your child’s treatment over his lifetime, and there is no one ‘right’ way to go about it. If you understand from the beginning that there is not a cookie-cutter approach to treating every child and that you can learn to assess at any point in time exactly what he needs right now, you will relieve yourself of a lot of guilt and anxiety about your decisions. Keep these words in mind: “This is for now, NOT forever.”

Here are a few things you can do daily to support one of the most basic foundations children need, safety and security:

• Cuddle with your child. Did you know that facial gazing, synchronized breathing and touch boost brain chemicals important for bonding and social interaction? If your child is too old to cuddle, there are Tactile Integration programs out there that look like a massage, which provide much-needed organized input for your teen or adult family member with autism.

• Make a point to smile and make eye contact with your child any time she meets your gaze. This is for the same reason as mentioned above.

• Give your child a ‘job’ to do so he experiences himself as an important part of the family. Put him in charge of feeding the dog or emptying the dishwasher. If he is too young or needs help to complete his chore, do it with him (not for him). Some children develop a brand new sense of competence and motivation when parents give them roles like this.

• Spend time daily to be with your child side by side without placing any demands on him. This means nonverbal demands as well – don’t constantly orient toward your child every time he makes a move. Don’t lean your face in to his face. If you have a tendency to talk too much, be quiet. Give yourself a short time frame to get started with and gradually expand the time. (Note that watching TV together does not count).

• Adjust your pace so that you and your child are in “rhythm”. If you are frantically prompting and repeating questions three times before your child can respond, then your communication is not balanced. Slow your pace and give your child time to respond. Be mindful of a 1:1 ratio of communicative attempts if possible.

These are general suggestions to get started with bonding and creating an atmosphere conducive to developing those capacities that are required for a higher quality of life.

April Choulat teaches parents, educators and therapists around the world how to build brighter futures for children with autism by using innovative approaches based on the latest research. Get her FREE ezine and articles at http://www.pathwaysdlc.com/.

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