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Advocating for Autism – An Overwhelming Success, or Is It?

For almost a half century those advocating for autism have seen

• Improved diagnostic procedures

• New medications

• Many new training tools for children

• Improved types of therapy

o Applied Behavioral Analysis

o Speech therapy

• Many states now provide improved education for special needs children

• Many states now require autism to be covered by insurance

With the autism incidence going from 1 in 10,000 in the early 1960s to 1 in 88 as recently reported by the CDC and projections of increasing at a rate of more than 20% per year, one would have to describe autism as a growth industry.

A good thing for service providers, but not good for the parents or children.

Unfortunately those advocating for autism have not seen

• The cause for autism being identified

• Tools developed for prediction of autism—before symptoms develop

• Tools developed for early intervention that will eliminate the risk of autism

• Any procedures for the prevention of autism

• Any treatments, medications, or therapies that will cure autism

Advocating for the Elimination of Autism – The Path to Greater Success

• First we need to know the cause – The major cause for autism is a poor diet; also, the greatest risk factor for children with autism.

• Then prediction will be possible – Research has shown predictions based upon fifteen environmental and dietary factors are accurate more than 95% of the time.

• With accurate prediction, most risks identified can be totally eliminated

• Proper early intervention will then prevent the development of autism symptoms

• With prevention, you will eliminate the epidemic of autism over time – No new cases

Success measured in this manner would show

• Fewer children having to experience growing up with these symptoms

• Elimination of the long wait for the first appointment

• Significant reductions in special needs children in our schools

• Significant reductions in the money spent for medical services

• Fewer families would be disrupted or broken up and would not experience the financial ruin often reported

This is a personal invitation to anyone who is or wants to advocate for autism. Please put some strings on your advocacy so that any monies or support goes toward the cause, prevention, and ultimately the elimination of autism. Autism has been extensively researched since 1960 and they have not yet identified the cause! After all, it was only 1903 that man was first able to fly but only sixty-six years later man walked on the moon. When using volunteers and taxpayer monies I believe the effort should be to help the children and their families rather than growing the business of autism.

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What Is Autism?

Autism is a social development disorder that is typically diagnosed in early childhood. Some of the symptoms of this disorder include: failure to speak by the age of 2, resisting affection, failure to make eye contact, repetitive behaviour such as hand flapping or rocking and sensitivity to light sound or touch. It is important to note that the intensity of the symptoms can vary greatly.

What causes Autism?

Autism is a very complex condition and doctors have not been able to identify an exact cause. They believe that combinations of genetic and environmental factors are to blame for this condition. The number of children being diagnosed with autism has increased in the past few years. Many believe that the chemicals in vaccines can cause autism. However, researchers have not been able to identify a link between vaccinations and autism.

What are some of the risk factors for autism?

Boys are three times more likely to develop autism than girls. Children who are born to parents over the age of 40 are also more likely to develop autism. Additionally, family history also plays a role in the development of this condition.

What are some autism treatment options available?

Currently, there is no cure for autism. However, there are some autism treatments available that can make it easier for a child to deal with this condition. The type of treatment that the doctor prescribes depends on the severity of the condition.

Children who have behavioural problems will usually be prescribed an antidepressant or antipsychotic drug. Autistic children who have difficulty speaking may benefit from speech therapy. Educational programs that place emphasis on developing social and communication skills can also be beneficial.

Can Autism be treated at home?

There has been some evidence to suggest a special diet can benefit children who have autism. The autism diet is free of yeast, gluten and casein. This diet also encourages dietary supplements such as Vitamin A, Omega 3 Fatty acids, Vitamin B-12, magnesium and folic acid. Parents and caregivers should always consult with the child’s doctor before placing him on a special diet.

Raising a child with autism can be difficult and frustrating, but the best thing that parents and caregivers can do is make sure that the child feels loved and supported at all times. They should also make sure that they take the time to learn all they can about this disorder so that they can know how to better help their child.

Can autism be prevented?

Unfortunately, since doctors do not know exactly what causes autism, there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. Parents and caregivers should watch for the signs and symptoms so that the child can get the necessary help that he needs.

For more on autism treatment, visit Autism Care UK, a supplier of quality care homes throughout the UK.

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Autism in the News – 03.12.12

KOMPAN Playgrounds and Generation Rescue Partner for Autism (Tacoma, Wash.)
KOMPAN Playgrounds and Generation Rescue have partnered to create and promote relevant play opportunities for children with autism. KOMPAN believes that every child has the right to play – in their own way. Therefore, KOMPAN is working to create play spaces that cater to the unique play habits and development processes of children with autism. Read more.

Senate vote on autism mandate expected (Michigan Radio)
Measures on the state Senate calendar this week would require health insurance plans to cover autism treatments for children. Supporters of the autism mandate say early treatments can ensure children transition into healthy adults, and ultimately save money on health care costs. Read more.

Autism Speaks Panel and Lecture at BPL (Dorchester Reporter)
On Wednesday evening, March 14, the New England Area of Autism Speaks will host the first ever Autism Science Panel Lecture at the Rabb Lecture Hall in the Boston Public Library. This event is free and open to the public and will give parents and caretakers direct access to some of the brightest minds in autism research and treatment. Read more.

Autism and parenting: Don’t be afraid to ask for help (SF Gate)
The news of the Sunnyvale mother who shot her autistic son before turning the gun on herself has shocked and saddened the autism community, but sadly, the story is similar to others in the past few years. I recently talked to Peter Finch of KGO Radio about the latest tragedy. What advice would you give to parents of young children, he asked, to manage the stress of raising a child with autism? Here you go: Read more.

Huddle Up For Autism Sold Out (Philadelphia, Penn.)
All 5,000 complimentary tickets have been reserved for the third annual Huddle Up for Autism, an initiative between the Philadelphia Eagles and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This free family fun event is also set to educate, fundraise and create awareness for the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism – 2.23.12

All mental health disorders should get insurance coverage, not just autism, coalition says (Lansing, Mich.)
Legislation that would require insurers to cover autism treatments unfairly singles out one condition, says a coalition that wants coverage for all mental health issues. Read more.

‘Growing out of autism’ claim unfounded (Littlehampton Gazette)
Can some children simply “grow out” of autism? The Daily Mail certainly thinks so, and today reported that new research by a “prestigious American university” claims that “not only is this possible, it’s also common.” Read more.

Bill would require insurance coverage for autism (NECN)
The Alaska Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. Read more.

Sally Bercow: ‘My son has autism, and I’m very proud of him’ – video (UK)
Labour activist Sally Bercow talks to disability campaigner Nicola Clark about her eldest child Oliver, who’s autistic. She tells of how she found out about her son’s condition and how it has affected her life, and why she supports TreeHouse school in north London, Ambitious About Autism’s flagship project that educates autistic children. Read more. 

Manchin visits Autism Training Center (The Parthenon)
United States Senator Joe Manchin visited the Autism Training Center on Tuesday at Marshall University. The Autism Training Center at Marshall provides students who are underneath the autism spectrum with support in academic and social situations. It serves individuals at Marshall and at statewide level. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Evidence-Based Practices and Autism

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Division TEACCH, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States, Gary_Mesibov{at}med.unc.edu Victoria Shea
Division TEACCH,Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States Abstract Interventions for autism are increasing being held to standards such as ‘evidence-based practice’ in psychology and ‘scientifically-based research’ in education. When these concepts emerged in the context of adult psychotherapy and regular education, they caused considerable controversy. Application of the concepts to autism treatments and special education has raised additional concerns. An analysis of the benefits and limitations of current approaches to empiricism in autism interventions is presented, and suggestions for future research are made.

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Autism Ribbons Increases Awareness

We are living in societies, where we need to interact and communicate with people. We have certain responsibilities towards our society. You will see that there are many people, who are suffering from different kinds of diseases and are living extremely painful lives. You will see that diseases like cancer, HIV Aids and a number of such horrifying diseases have brought in darkness, in the lives of people. Similarly, the misery through which autism patients are going through has really brought people in the gloomy state of their lives. Autism is one of those diseases, through which children are suffering since many years. The symptoms of this disease start to become visible, when the child reaches at the age of 2 to 3 years old. Doctors have not been able to know any kind of permanent treatment for this disease, but they have been giving certain kind of therapies and medications, which helps in keeping this disease under control.

The treatment for autism is very expensive. Autism patients, who belong from well-off families, can afford to undergo from autism treatments, but poor patients cannot afford to bear such expenses. For all such patients, many charitable organizations are contributing their generous efforts. These organizations are using different ways of collecting and generating funds. Selling of fundraising merchandises is one of the most successful ways of collecting donations and funds from a larger segment of the society. Ribbons of different colors are being attached to different kinds of accessories and garments, which highlight the fundraising for specific causes. Autism ribbons are used to highlight the cause of raising funds for autism and for the patients of asperger syndrome.

All those people, who want to donate money, in order to help the patients of autism and asperger syndrome, they can purchase different things like bracelets and bangles, which have autism ribbon attached to them or engraved or can also purchase autism magnets, which they can use on their refrigerators or in cars, which will help in spreading awareness regarding to autism ribbons.

Autism awareness ribbon has acted perfectly in making people aware of their responsibilities towards their societies. Now more and more people are pushing those things, which come with autism ribbons attached to them. The aim of selling fundraising merchandises is to say thanks to those people, who donate money to charities, which is utilized in the treatment of patients, suffering from different diseases. There are thought provoking words printed on beautiful bracelets and bangles, which say thanks, help, love and care. These words leave an unmemorable impression on the hearts of the people, who donate money and in this way they keep themselves attached with such noble causes and activities. If you also want to show humane and generous behavior, towards autism and asperger syndrome patients, then you must purchase those items, which have autism ribbons imprinted or attached with them. In this way you will get to live with a feeling of satisfaction and contentment, for you have also helped the needy segment of the society.

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Autism – Causes and Treatments

Autism is one condition that requires speech therapy treatment. However, autism is often misunderstood and thought of to be something that can be left untreated. However, that should not be how things work. Autism presents a lot of problems, but the intensity of these problems could be decreased if given the correct treatment.

A lot of terms are commonly heard in relation to autism, such as: classic autism, infantile autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Atypical PDD, Autistic like, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning Autistic.

What Is Autism
Basically, Autism is a neurological disorder. It is classified to be a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. The main characteristic of Autism is that it affects three major areas in relation to speech and language. This triad is the impairment of the child’s: social interaction, communication and imaginative play.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder is actually an umbrella term for Autistic Spectrum Disorders. With the use of the term pervasive, it is emphasized that the disability’s range of deficits is beyond psychological development. On the other hand, the term developmental puts emphasis that the occurrence of the condition is during the child’s development rather than later in life.

Autism is actually only one condition under this umbrella. Other conditions include Rett’s Disorder, which is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins to show its symptoms during early childhood or infancy.

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Another is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder; it somewhat resembles Autism but the difference is the first two to four years of the child’s life is rather normal, then the symptoms start to show.

Asperger’s syndrome is also in this umbrella. It is sometimes called high functioning autism. Lastly, PDD-NOS or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not otherwise specified is also related to Autism. These are children that present symptoms similar to but don’t quite match the other conditions.

What Causes Autism
Even though a lot of research has been done, there is no identified single factor that causes Autism. Several factors are said to play a part in the occurrence of Autism. One of these is brain disorder. Recent studies show that there is a difference in the brains of people with Autism. Their cerebellum seems to be smaller than normal, and their limbic system is impaired.

Chemical imbalances are also said to play a part here. It was found that in some cases, symptoms came from food allergies, chemical deficiencies, hormonal imbalances or elevated brain chemical levels.

Heredity is also an important factor. A lot of genetic disorders have Autism as a symptom. An example would be the fragile-X syndrome. Other factors include pre-, peri-, post-natal trauma, brain damage complications and MMR immunization.

Whatever the cause may be, the child with Autism should be given the same structured training in able to stimulate his learning, language and social skills.

Diagnosis
For a child to be diagnosed of having Autism, he should first qualify for the Diagnostic Criteria for Autistic Disorders according to the DSM-IV.

Treatment
Due to the triad of Autism effects on the child, speech therapy becomes a vital part of Autism management. However, other members of the team are also needed such as pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, child psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, behavior therapist, and educators like schoolteachers or Special Education teachers.

Role Of Speech Therapist In Autism Rehabilitation
The Speech Therapist assesses hearing. He also evaluates whether the speech and language difficulties of the child is really due to Autism or another disorder. This can be taken from analyzing the child’s expressive language, receptive language, oral-motor functions, voice quality, articulation and fluency, auditory processing and pragmatic skills.
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3 Enouraging Medical Treatments for Autism

As the parent of a child who is autistic you are probably looking for the best treatments for your child. Autism is incredibly complicated and even the experts in this field disagree about how best to treat it. Every case of autism is a little different, so you really have to find the right treatment for each individual based on his or her needs. In this article we will talk about some of the autism treatments that are effective.

Sensory Integration Therapy is one remedy for autism, based on the tribulations that autistic individuals go through when it comes to processing the universe via their senses. Most autistic individuals are quite sensitive to light, sound and also tastes, smells and touch. This makes it especially hard for them to live normally in a world that often overwhelms or frightens them. The mission of sensory integration therapy is to slowly get the individual to feel more comfortable handling usual sensory piquancy. This needs to be approached in a means that doesn’t jeopardize them and won’t bother them, and is typically done in a playful method. There are a plethora of techniques for doing this, and can involve exposing them to light, a variety of sounds and playing with sand, water and other material items.

Music therapy is another form of medical care for autism that might prove to be vital in assisting people with this sickness.

This could comprise of introducing the autistic person to different kinds of music, singing, playing instrument or even dancing. As autistic people are extra sensitive to their environments, including sound, music therapy is a way to make them more comfortable. Some researchers think that certain tones can excite portions of the brain, which can aid autistic individuals in expanding their skills and feeling less endangered in the outside world. Music therapy should be customized for each patient as autistic individuals begin at a variety of levels of tolerance for sounds and human interaction. With this form of administration, the exposure is warmhearted in the beginning and moderately increased as the individuals comfort level gets higher.

For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who are able to function fairly normally, certain types of treatment are possible that wouldn’t be for those with more severe types of autism. For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who can function in a normal manner, specific kinds of treatment are probable that may not be for those that have more serious types of autism. For example, people with Asperger’s can often be helped by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a way of training someone to develop more positive and helpful ways of behaving. In the case of autism, it can be helpful to learn new social skills and to learn how to act in a way that others do not think is strange. Therapy can get autistic people who function okay to understand how they should be acting in everyday instances. There are all sorts of treatments for autism and there are all sorts of arguments about which treatment is the most effective. The treatment methods discussed in this article have all been used successfully by parents and doctors but, when treating autism, it’s important that you take a person’s specific requirements into account when figuring out the right protocol. Autism effects each person differently and so do the treatments.
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Autisem – Using Autism Treatments For Maximum Benefit

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While info is plentiful, knowing the proper autism service is a head in progress. There are still many unanswered topics approximately how and why autism happens. There are currently no medical tests accessible for diagnosing autism, commonly referred to as “autistic spectrum disorder”. Autisem

A diagnosis is based upon behavior and developmental history. Autism does have specific patterns of behavior that doctors look for. However, not all autistic children display the “typical” autistic behavior. Some children may have some of the behaviors, but not all of them, which can sometimes delay the official diagnosis of autism. The one thing that all experts can agree on is the importance of early treatment and intervention programs. Early intervention can offer significant improvement in symptomatic behavior and can improve the overall prognosis.

Understanding proper autism treatment requires an understanding of the importance that must be placed on the proper environment. A high quality treatment plan for a young child includes 25 hours per week of intensive interaction with other children and therapists in a tightly controlled setting offering highly structured daily routines, and visual cues. Visual cues can show the child through the use of pictures or drawings, the sequences in their daily activities, and what the child can expect. Because deviation from routines can cause anxiety, advance preparation for any kind of deviation from the normal routine is part of the treatment plan. Visual cues are used to compensate for language deficits experienced by autistic children. These are sometimes also referred to in autism treatment environments as visual schedules. Autisem

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Understanding proper autism treatment must include a basic understanding of the disorders that commonly go along with the autism diagnosis. ADHD, depression, OCD, behavioral problems and anxiety are all conditions that are commonly associated with autism. These conditions can be treated with medications that will ease symptoms. Diet and vitamin supplementation are also widely thought to have a role in easing some symptoms associated with autism for some people. A reduction of gluten in the diet, and an increase in B vitamins, are the most common adaptations when utilizing these options. Scientific data is not clear on how or why this treatment works for some people. For some people this small adjustment eases symptoms and can provide a degree of relief. Autisem

Understanding the proper autism treatment can make a significant difference in the overall severity of the condition, and the ability of people with autism to learn the strategies necessary to enable them to reach their highest possible potential. Don’t let your love ones suffer anymore! Lead them out through Autisem program now!

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Autistic Child Signs – What Are the Signs of Autism in Children?

Autistic Child Signs

One of the toughest times for a parent is in reality not comprehending whether or not their child has autism. It can be a shattering non-stop anxiety who can crumble continuing to the toughest of people. Autistic Child Signs

So what are the signs of autism in children? You see children are very difficult to judge because at the age that autism would appear, children have not yet acquired all of the normal skills that children of a later age will have. In an ideal world it would be great to be able to say; yes I know that my child has autism, now I can do something about it. But we sadly do not live in this ideal world so; it’s hard to figure out what are the signs of autism in children.

Talk to anybody and they will say that if possible, catch autism as early as possible so that you will be able to do something about it. You have heard of the great stories of children recovering from autism, also about the magical treatments that some parents have found, so in order to get these (maybe life altering treatments) under way, you are going to have to spot the signs of autism in your child ASAP. What are the symptoms? If you are educated in what to look out for you will be much better at recognizing the things that could be a sure sign of autism. Autistic Child Signs

1. One of the main things that you will notice is your child’s unresponsiveness to people around them.

2. They also may be fixated with one thing, it may be the TV, and it may be the rocking horse, but keep an eye out to see what it is. (When teaching your autistic child this can be used to great effect)

3. If your child has autism you should check to see if how they are speaking is monotone. This can be a tell tale sign for you.

4. Also you might notice that when you are speaking to them they will not make eye contact with you.

5. Your child not liking high or loud noises can be a sign also,

6. And if your child has autism they may have a high sensitivity to pain (one way to notice this is when you are brushing their teeth or hair, if you notice them hurting this could be a tell tale sign) Autistic Child Signs

These little things to look out for can be part of your arsenal in helping your child overcome child autism. Don’t have yourself wondering what are the signs of autism in children, know them! Being prepared is key to success. Don’t let your love ones suffer anymore! Lead them out through Autistic Child Signs program now!

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