We have all fought the fight to get our children where they are developmentally. Whether that be mildly functioning or severe, we love them just the same. We fight for them just the same. Sometimes that fight isn’t actually a fight to overcome something with your child. It is instead a fight to get the public to understand that our children are each different and worthy of dignity in their differences. Many times over the years I have dealt with pure ignorance from the general public when it came to dealing with my child. I’m sure you have as well.
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Many parents send their children to school with the expectation that they are not going to receive a bill from the school for damaged materials. We just sort of figure that the school will cover the costs if something happens on their property; after all, they have insurance-right! Well, depending on where you live and what school your child attends that may essentially not be a reality. You may, in fact, be liable for any damages that your child causes to their school’s property. The thought of not receiving a bill for damages may just be a dream. Let’s say your child breaks a window in the classroom, or a computer. What do you do now?
Puberty is a hard time for any family. The emotions and physical changes that teens feel during puberty can be extremely confusing for any family. For a teenager or preteen on the Autism Spectrum, the physical and emotional changes that accompany puberty may feel “out of place” with where they test at developmentally.
Most every parent of an autistic individual has dealt with those moments of chaos. The moments where our child is out of control and you don’t know what caused it or how to fix it. You all know what I’m talking about, those dreaded meltdowns. Though it must be said that not all meltdowns are over the top screaming, flailing fits.
The parents of children with autism know that it can be a lonely road to travel sometimes. We know it can feel hopeless. This hopelessness and loneliness can lead to depression. All parents probably have these feelings to some extent, but the parents of autistic individuals feel these emotions multiplied exponentially. We special need’s parents define these emotions. As the mother of a teenager with autism, I have experienced about every emotion on the spectrum. I have screamed to myself, cried, smiled, and felt hopeless.
Many autistic people are unemployed. Claudia Kreis, however, is an example of that things should be done differently. The young woman from Lohne, despite her developmental disability, is a valued member of the plastics processing company, Poppelmann.
Difficulties in social behavior and interacting with other people are common in those who have disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and anxiety. For this target group, the European research project "AlterEgo" is developing a rehabilitation method for the treatment of such deficiencies using virtual reality and humanoid robots. The coordinator of the project is Benoît Bardy, Professor of Human Movement Sciences and Director of the EuroMov Center at the University of Montpellier. Participants include the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern.
Are you concerned that your child might be autistic and want to know right away? Here is the latest in autism research that could be helpful in answering your questions including a possible blood test for Autism.
As a Valentine's Day gift, two mothers from Los Angeles displayed to the public the talents of their children who have autism with a great message to the public.
Through examining brain tissue, researchers said that they found similarities between certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia, and similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Make sure your children know at least two languages. One study concludes that bilingualism could increase cognitive flexibility in children with Autism spectrum disorder.
According to a news story from University of California Riverside, a simple guessing game of "Pick a hand, any hand" may offer some important clues as to how and why children with autism are less social than their schoolyard peers.
Autism affects many lives in many different ways. In this story different parents from various discussion boards share their stories on how autism has affected their lives and changed it.
How has autism affected your life? It's difficult for many parents, but be filled with hope and refuse to give up. See how this mother is successfully coping while caring for his autistic child and learning new things and teaching him news things.
Scientific observations, just out of the lab, are implying that prozac curbs some symptoms of autism in mice, and are speculating that the drug should be tried in infants in the future. But, other studies on the pathology of autism, leads to the conclusion that prozac should not be used for children diagnosed with autism. Here is what we know so far about autism.
Sage, the largest genus of plants, have been raved for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. According to Nature’s Bioceuticals, sage was considered a valuable commodity in 17th century China. But, some of the health benefits of sage may help autistic patients, and here is why.
Toxic heavy metals are presenting a problem in your body that you may not be aware of by a process known as oxidation, which causes accumulated metals in your organs to bleed. The result is 'mystery symptoms' that might not show up on blood tests as a particular disease, or be immediately apparent to your practitioner, but that can cause problems in your every day life. The good news is, you aren't crazy and there is a way out by adding some heavy-metal-accumulating superfoods into your diet.
Autism homeschool vs public school is a dilemma for many parents who raise an autistic child. What to decide and how to choose between these two options.
The debate on what causes autism continues, but recent findings have confirmed that there is a gut brain connection that is disrupted in autistic people, and it is been discovered to be caused by an aggressive form of candida. This yeast infection causes havoc in the system, leading neurological issues, which are later labelled as autism. Therefore, controlling yeast infection can be a treatment for autism, and there is a case study to prove it.
You might be scratching your head and asking: what? But, yes, you have read it right. Camel’s Milk is being raved as a promising treatment for autism, and the reason for that is because camel’s milk is a good source of antioxidants, probiotics and offers an alternative to cow’s milk for those who are allergic to it.
Natural treatments for people diagnosed with Autism remain controversial, because mainstream science doesn’t seem to agree on what causes autism. However, we are now able to understand the dysfunctional mechanisms in the body of an autistic person, and new studies reveal that there are natural approaches that can improve cognition in people with autism.
Anxiety has been reported to affect 30 to 80% of people diagnosed with Autism. But Cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to help reduce anxiety in autistic children.
Sensory Integration therapy was proven efficient in helping people diagnosed with autism who are dealing with sensory challenges.
In a recent study, 5 autistic boys who received SIT for 10 weeks, each session lasting up to 30 minutes, have shown improvements in certain autistic traits. It was observed that while participating in occupational therapy intervention, with emphasis on sensory integration, the five subjects made gains in goal-directed play (mastery play)and engagement, four subjects demonstrated fewer non engaged behaviour, of the five children two demonstrated interaction with adults more than 25% of the time during the intervention phase.
Thyroid dysfunction is frequently found in children with autism. A recent research suggested that the reason for that is because autistic children have a higher expression of Frα (Folate receptor α), during the early prenatal period, although expression decreases significantly in later gestation and postnatal thyroid tissue. The high expression of FRα in the early foetal thyroid, suggests that foetal and neonatal exposure to maternal FRααs could affect the development of the thyroid and may contribute to the pathology in autism. But, there are natural ways to treat thyroid dysfunction and improve the life of Autistic children.
Auditory integration training (AIT) decreases hearing sensitivity and improves behavioural issues in people diagnosed with autism
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 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?
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation improves working memory and symptoms of Autism and ADHD, say scientists.
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).
Equine-Assisted therapy is an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder, reveals new research.
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.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) restores cognitive function in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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.”