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Auditory integration training (AIT) decreases hearing sensitivity and improves behavioural issues in people diagnosed with autism

2017-03-20 03:20

People diagnosed with autism have been shown to have two hearing related impairments. The first is called hyperacusis, which an increased sensitivity to certain frequency and volume ranges of sound. The second impairment is called tinnitus, which is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. Both conditions are debilitating leading to peer isolation and sound avoidance. But, Auditory integration training, which aims to re- educate the hearing process has been proven to reduce hypersensitity to sounds in autistic patients.

The hearing hypersensitiveness has been linked to an auditory input abnormality seen in people diagnosed with autism, which may b

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Touch-based treatment helps people with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD)

2017-03-13 21:06

Touch - based treatment has been proven to be effective in quelling the negative traits in people diagnosed with Autism, such as: sensory sensitivities, behavioural manifestations and cognitive-related deficits.

A review on touch -based treatment, which is based in an ancient chinese massage therapy, has r

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Nutrition may improve sleep patterns on people diagnosed with Autism

2017-03-09 23:11

The hormone responsible for wake and sleep patterns is called melatonin, and studies have shown forty to eighty percent of people diagnosed with autism have a dysfunctional regulation of Central Circadian rhythm - a process responsible for the secretion of melatonin. But how to fix it?

New research has found that melatonin-containing foods may provide dietary melatonin, which is regulated by the circadian rhy

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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation improves working memory and symptoms of Autism and ADHD, say scientists.

2017-02-28 02:10

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) method has been found to improve cognitive skills like working memory, sensory processing and behavioural traits related to autism and ADHD ( Attention deficit-Hyperactivity disorder).

In a recent study 12 young adults suffering from autism, who presented speech impediment and intellectual disability, were subjected to 10

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Equine-Assisted therapy is an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder, reveals new research.

2017-02-24 21:46

Equine - assisted therapy was put to the test in order to establish its efficacy as a treatment for Autism. In a new research where autistic patients were assisted in engaging with trained horses, it was observed that participants improved some of the traits affecting Autistic patients, like: sociability and motor skills.

The research was comprised of 28 children diagnosed with Autism, from which 13 were control subjects.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) restores cognitive function in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder

2017-02-23 03:36

A double blind controlled trial of children aged 2-7 in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, has brought new hope for people with ASD. The 62 children involved in this trial underwent 40 sessions of Hyperbaric therapy, and it was found that “Children with autism who received hyperbaric treatment at 1.3 ATM and 24% oxygen for 40 hourly sessions had significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness compared to children who received slightly pressurized room air.”

The use of hyperbaric treatment involves inhaling up to 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere (atm) in a pressurized chamber.

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Mercury to blame for sharp rise in Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis

2017-02-19 04:12

The theory that Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is only caused by a genetic defect, has been blown out of the water, with recent studies suggesting that ASD symptoms are caused by neurological damage, likely induced by an inflammatory process, triggered by high levels of mercury in the body.

It is well known that Mercury is a neurotoxin and that it induces inflammatory mediator release from human

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Music Therapy for Autism Is a Promising Treatment, Shows a Controlled Study

2017-02-15 15:30

According to a controlled study, from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Seoul, Music Therapy offers compelling improvements in the cognitive skills of people on the Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD).

It was observed that there were significant results with an increased eye contact and turn –taking amongst the children participating of the improvisational music therapy sessions.

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Could Vitamin D Improve Autism Symptoms?

2016-11-24 14:29

For the first time, scientists have shown a significant improvement in autism symptoms associated with vitamin D supplementation in a double-blind clinical trial. The findings suggest that parents of children who are on the autism spectrum may see some beneficial effects if they supplement their kids with vitamin D.

This new research comes on the heels of previous study results showing that 57 percent of children with autism were vitamin D deficient and 30 percent had insufficient levels of the vitamin.

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Weird Health: Autism Miracle Cure Warning

2016-10-27 06:15

A “church” claims to have a miracle cure for autism. Here’s a weird health warning about an autism miracle cure that is a dilution of a bleaching chemical.

According to a recent ABC News report, parents with an autistic child need to be aware that a so-called “miracle cure” for autism is being promoted by members of the Genesis II Church of Health and

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More evidence folinic acid could help treat autism

2016-10-18 13:31

Children with autism spectrum disorder treated with prescription folinic acid showed improvements in communication skills that study authors say were significant in a new study.

Lead author Richard Frye of Arkansas Children's Research Institute has been studying the vitamin for ASD and the newest study is part of ongoing research.

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Autism and Schizophrenia, is there a connection?

2015-03-07 18:25

Are Schizophrenia and Autism related? That is the question left on the minds of some parents and scientists. Now it’s the question left on my mind.

Several months ago my 11 year old son started having hallucinations. His hallucinations present as visual, auditory, and tactile. It’s become the ultimate trifecta of confusion and misery for him.

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8 Simple Steps to Help Remember Your Autistic Child’s Appointments

2015-03-03 09:40

Keeping track of doctor and therapy appointments is difficult for any person to do, when you throw an autistic individual in the mix it becomes even arduous.

Families of autistic individuals tend to have up to, if not more than, twice as many appointments a month than a family without a special needs individual in it.

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13 ways parents think they caused autism to kids

2015-02-09 17:32

When two people find out they are going to have a baby life, as they know it, seemingly stands still. Whether or not your child is going to have autism tends to not cross one's mind. Seems no one thinks about autism until they have to sit in a doctor’s office and be told that a family member, a friend’s child, or their child is autistic. When you look at it from the other side it seems that once a parent has been told their child has autism all they can do is look for reasons why it’s their fault, especially at first.

With all the crazy theories about the cause of the autism that can be found, it’s no wonder that many parents are able to come up with a long list of reasons why they think their child’s autism is

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Top Parental Recommended Books on Autism to Gift in 2014

2014-12-01 16:33

With the holiday season kicking off it’s time to start coming up with gift ideas, for everyone and in this story we recommend number of parent-recommended books on Autism.

Some families may have a family member that constantly nitpicks no matter how many times you tell her, “He is fine, he

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The fight for affordable health insurance coverage for autism treatment

2014-11-10 12:40

In the world of autism getting a diagnosis is just the first step, sometimes the real fight starts after that when parents start looking for affordable health insurance coverage for autism.

Receiving affordable health insurance coverage for autism treatment with experimental therapies is a real fight for parents.

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Millionaire Mom Sentenced in Murder of Non-Verbal Autistic Son

2014-11-06 14:54

All of us parents of autistic children know the stresses of raising them, especially a non-verbal autistic child. I had that pleasure for half of my son’s life. He was non-verbal and extremely violent to himself and to me, he still is sometimes. Raising him during that point in time was unbearable it seemed, mostly because it’s an impossibility to get the support you need when you are in the parents shoes. The thing is, not one time did it or has it crossed my mind that the only way “out” is to murder my child [whether due to stress or unrealistic beliefs.

Just a week ago I wrote an article about the English woman that was being hailed a hero of sorts for withholding food and water so that her special needs child would die.

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Autistic boy found in critical condition: Family reveals Peyton Blodgett’s status

2014-10-28 21:42

An autistic boy who disappeared in Baker County was found in the woods, but he is in critical condition. The family of Peyton Blodgett shares the 8-year-old was included in a Florida Missing Child Alert, and an estimated 300 people searched for him. However, his health remains an issue, so he has not been released from a hospital.

Peyton Blodgett was missing for an estimated 50 hours in Florida as his family, police and volunteers searched for him.

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‘Blue Man Group’ changes show for people with autism

2014-10-25 18:39

The Blue Man Group has made special changes to its show, so people with autism can enjoy it. They will be at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago, and families with autistic loved ones are encouraged to attend. After watching the recent success of the “Lion King” making adjustments to accommodate people with autism, the Blue Man Group is using the same idea.

People with autism are rarely able to enjoy live music performances because of sensory issues. However, the Blue Man Group is aware of these problems and has created a special show for them.

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Idaho Center for Autism shuts down: Is insurance to blame?

2014-10-23 21:15

The Idaho Center for Autism has announced it is shutting down and will not be able to continue to provide services in the future. The director Stephanie Spencer states problems continued to accumulate over the course of several years, and the center was no longer sustainable. Families are left with many questions in addition to the issue of finding another organization to help their loved ones.

The Idaho Center for Autism faced problems from several sources including insurance companies and the Department of Health and Welfare.

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Horse Boy method questioned by autism experts

2014-10-22 21:01

The Horse Boy method has been presented as a treatment for autism by author Rupert Isaacson, but experts are raising questions about its use. Isaacson uses this method for his own autistic son and believes it can help other children. It provides them with the opportunity to enjoy horses while receiving therapy.

Rupert Isaacson’s son Rowan has autism, but his special connection to a horse has led his father to investigate how the animals can be used to help others.

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Millionaire mom who killed autistic son questions his diagnosis

2014-10-21 20:39

Gigi Jordan, who is better known as the millionaire mom killer, is questioning her son’s autism diagnosis. She believes he was abused by his father, and her lawyers are presenting videos of Jude Michael Mirra to show he was socially active and could interact with others. Jordan faces charges of murder after killing her 8-year-old boy with prescription drugs.

Gigi Jordan is accused of killing Jude Michael Mirra and trying to kill herself in a hotel room.

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‘Lion King’ changes for autism: Broadway show accepts autistic audience

2014-10-18 20:27

The “Lion King” continues to be a popular Broadway production, but it was recently changed to meet the needs of a special audience. The show was adjusted for people with autism, so they could enjoy it at the Boston Opera House. More than 2,000 people attended the autism-friendly program, and other cities are considering the idea of holding similar productions.

Autism can sometimes limit the ability of families to enjoy events such as Broadway shows because they are worried about their autistic loved ones reacting to the sounds, smells and visuals in a ne

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Michael Jackson concert tribute will be performed by girl with Asperger’s syndrome

2014-10-17 20:36

The Michael Jackson concert in Nevada will feature a young girl with a special talent. Falynne Lewing has Asperger’s syndrome and had problems walking as a child, but these issues are not visible once she starts to dance. The 13-year-old will be a featured dancer at the tribute concert in Reno.

Fans of Michael Jackson will be fortunate to see a young girl perform the amazing moves at Grand Sierra Resort during the tribute concert.

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Autistic boy’s bicycle is stolen: Family wants help

2014-10-16 19:00

An autistic boy in Haverhill is missing the chance to enjoy his special bicycle after it was stolen from his family’s yard. Brenda Burns explains that the bike has a custom-made cart for her autistic son, and it is not possible to find another one in Massachusetts. The family hopes the thief will have a change of heart and return the bicycle.

Sawyer Burns loved using the custom-made cart attached to the bicycle because it let him enjoy the outdoors without reminding him of his inability to actually ride a regular bike.

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Wisconsin family wants special street signs for autistic child

2014-10-15 20:31

A family in Wisconsin wants special street signs for their autistic child, but the Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin is not supporting them. The society believes the signs may actually lead to more problems and does not want them installed. The Krencisz family is asking the city of Racine to warn drivers that a child with autism lives on their street.

The Krencisz family believes their 5-year-old autistic son is a run-away risk based on his past behavior.

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