The Autism Myths (ASD) – Twelve Reasons for the Autism Epidemic

1. The Cause of Autism is Not Known

It appears far more likely that they have not been able to identify a medical or environmental cause (s) for autism. There is no evidence that research over the past forty years has been directed at identifying the cause for autism or finding a cure. Obviously, what you do not look for you will not find! I believe the cause has been known for many years. To identify the cause would lead to prediction and over time, prevention.

2. Autism is a Medical Problem

Autism is being treated as a medical problem when there is clear evidence that the major risk factor for autism has been shown to be the lack of a proper diet. Nutrition is not considered a medical problem. For this reason the cause for autism has eluded research efforts.

3. Genes are the Cause for Autism

Genetic changes have been found in some children with autism. Fragile X is one example but the literature has not shown what causes these genetic changes. I would argue that these changes are the result of factors that cause autism rather than the genetic changes causing autism. Understanding the difference is critical to defeating autism. Billions of dollars have been invested in research on autism. It appears that more than half the autism budget has been for genetic studies while I have not found a single grant that considered nutritional imperative to be a risk factor in autism.

4. Nutrition Has Little or Nothing to Do With Autism

Autism has not been shown to be caused by any virus, bacteria, etc. but rather belong in the category of chronic disorders. History has clearly shown that most all chronic disorders are caused by any one of several nutritional deficiencies. This would include the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and cholesterol to name a few. A few examples of disorders preceded or cured by these nutrients include scurvy, spina bifida, pellagra, rickets, goiter, various birth defects, skin disorders, pernicious anemia, etc. Nutrition or the lack thereof has almost everything to do with autism!

5. Vaccines are the Cause for Autism

The basic question that should be answered is what is different about the children that experience autism shortly after being vaccinated compared to those who do not experience the symptoms? There are far too many children vaccinated that do not develop the symptoms and that makes it difficult to blame vaccines as the cause. The level of resistance to factors in vaccines may well depend upon the adequacy of the diet. The small percentage of children that develop symptoms following infections may share common nutritional deficiencies, but to my knowledge this has not been evaluated or studied.

6. Environmental Toxins are Causing Autism

Environmental toxins are without a doubt a risk factor for autism but common sense says that this must be a very low risk since research efforts have not revealed a smoking gun in fifty years. I consider this to be nothing more than a diversion that makes for interesting headlines and is a good concept for seeking research grants, but in the end is like “The Bridge to No Where.” In the meanime children are suffering and families are left to live with the problems of autism.

7. Older Parents Increase the Risk of Autism

Recent studies have suggested that older dads pose an increased risk of the child having autism. The problem that I see with this research is that it did not consider the diet practices being followed by those individuals. Neither were their attitudes on “healthy foods” included which could have a significant impact on the foods their children would have offered. Age for either parent would appear to be a very minor risk factor.

8. Older Siblings With Autism Increase the Risk for Newborn Children

Recent studies have reported an increased risk (25-35%) for newborn children developing autism if they have an older sibling with autism. The variable that will dictate the level of risk is believed to be in their respective diets. If the dietary procedures are identical for both, I believe the risk is more than 90% because the one with autism is lacking an adequate diet. If the newborn eats a different diet that is nutritionally adequate, the risk would be less than 2%.

9. Applied Behavior Analysis is the First and Best Treatment for Autism

There are several types of therapy for children with autism such as physical, speech, occupational, and behavior. The ABA therapists recommend 25-40 hours of therapy per week starting as soon as the child is diagnosed. Medication or the many forms of therapy provide nothing for the nutritional deficiencies present in children with autism. Nutritional therapy to confirm the adequacy of the child's diet, should be the first step taken to ensure the diet provides for proper brain development. When the diet is right, one needs a lot less therapy or medications.

10. Meditations Are the Best Way to Treat Autism

Most medications simply treat the symptoms, not what is causing autism. The best way to treat autism is to eliminate that which is causing it. If, as with other chronic disorders, the cause is poor nutrition, then the best treatment is to eliminate the shortcomings. This may or may not cure the problem. There is no known medication that will cure autism.

11. There Is No Way To Predict Autism

To accurately predict if a child will develop the symptoms of autism is a challenge. Recent studies have shown that a poor diet is the greatest risk factor for developing autism. By identifying those risk factors very early in life, before symptoms are present, will afford an opportunity for an early intervention to totally eliminate the risk identified.

12. There is No Way To Prevent Autism

There is no known or proven way to prevent autism at this time. However, it appears that prevention will be possible through early prediction as described above. Proving the prevention of autism with the elimination of known risk factors is not an easy task. This will require thousands of individuals for adequate proof which may not be possible. It is expected that the incidence of autism among newborn children will be significantly reduced as prevention becomes possible. This will require testing for these risk factors in the early months of life and where risks are identified, intervention is used to eliminate the risks. There is always hope.

It appears that these twelve myths block the path to eliminate autism and other neurological disorders. So long as the association of adequate nutrition is overlooked or avoided in autism research, we can expect the results of research to continue to go in a circle with no real progress that benefits children or parents. We will simply continue the escalation in the number of children affected and a significant growth in the professions providing services for these children. Of necessity this will place a greater financial burden on tax payers to provide for these services, the cost of which would bankrupt most families. These costs have been estimated to be $ 50,000- $ 250,000 per child per year with many families having multiple children being affected.

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Seven Tips for Selecting an Asperger’s Syndrome Therapist

It can often be helpful for those with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism to have a respected and knowledgeable therapist to help them process their emotions and understand more social nuances, among other things. People with Asperger's syndrome often have trouble understanding the world around them, and as a result often carry around a lot of frustration. They may have resentment from ways they were treated in the past that they do not understand. But what kind of psychotherapist would be most effective for someone with Asperger's syndrome or high functioning autism?

There are many different types of therapists out there. Many believe that the best therapists tend to be the ones who do not subscribe to any particular theory, but instead use a variety of therapies depending on what they think will help each individual client.

Seek Empathy and a Connection in a Therapist for Asperger's Syndrome

You do not want a therapist that makes you feel like you're talking to a wall and never gives you much of a response to anything. You do not want a therapist who only contention is to say “And how does that make you feel?” occasionally. While it's not bad to help you try to get to your emotions, they need to help teach you how to deal with the emotions, too. It's too easy for some therapists to just sit back and do nothing. Most children, teenagers and adults with autism need to be taught and given tips on how process feelings and improve their communication. Seek a therapist who has this approach.

Top 7 Criteria for a Therapist for treating Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

1. Engagement – You do want a therapist who is as engaged with you as possible.

They are asking questions, they are listening to your answers and showing they are listening (sometimes by repeating what you have said or some sort of verbal clue), and they are asking intelligent follow-up questions. Most children, adolescents and adults with Asperger's syndrome need to be constantly engaged in a social interaction in order to stay attentive and interested in what's going on.

2. Experience – It helps if the therapist has an intimate knowledge of Asperger's syndrome.

There are too many therapists who, knowing little or nothing about Asperger's, will attribute your social problems or anxiety to everything but what is really causing it. That's not helpful. In fact, it's a waste of your time. They will also fail to understand when you talk about how you see the world, because in all likelihood, they have not spent a lot of time looking at the world in that way.

Now, this is not to say that all therapists without experience with Asperger's syndrome patients are ineffective, but they have to be willing to learn. And sometimes, you have to be willing to teach them. Do not stick with anyone who refuses to open their mind to your way of thinking.

3. A therapist treating Asperger's should have high affect / be able to show emotions well.

Most people with Asperger's have trouble reading nonverbal language. So, it only follows that a therapist that uses mostly nonverbal language to communicate is really not going to work for a person with Asperger's syndrome.

Most people with Asperger's want one thing – to be understood. Now, a therapist probably thinks he or she understands what the person with Asperger's syndrome is saying. But without the therapist SHOWS it frustration may result.

A good therapist will communicate using excited emotion in his or her voice and face, and by using verbal language such as “I see what you mean” and “You're saying that you feel like X”. Without a therapist using these active communication methods, most children, teenagers and adults with Asperger's syndrome or high functioning autism will just sit there thinking that the therapist is yet another person who has no clue what their life and struggles are like.

In other words, do not bring your loved one to see a stone faced therapist who never cracks a smile, no matter how smart they are reputed to be. People with Asperger's syndrome want someone who understands what they are going through – most people in their life will not.

4. The Asperger's syndrome therapist should be able to give advice or suggestions in a very concrete way.

Ideas presented should be short and to the point. They should be as blunt as possible. Nothing ever gets accomplished for a person with Asperger's syndrome or high functioninging autism if the therapist is “beating around the bush”. A good therapist treating a child with Asperger's syndrome can use visuals if necessary. Humor may help to break the ice. Above all, the therapist needs to be genuine. And no therapist treating a person with Asperger's syndrome should hide behind psychological terms. The therapist must ensure that the person with Asperger's syndrome is able to relate to them.

5. Physical environment of the therapist's office is important.

The physical environment is very important. The seats should be comfortable, the lights not too bright or dim, and there should be no aromatherapy or noticeable scents, as many with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism are sensitive to that. The receptionist, if there is one, should be friendly and helpful, as they are the first contact you have upon entering the office. There should be no blaring music. It should not be too difficult to get there. A stressful journey by bus or car will make it harder to get a person with Asperger's syndrome into an open state of mind upon arrival. This is not always possible, but it's one point to consider.

6. Patients should be able to feel some sense of connection or comfort with the therapist.

This goes for everyone seeking therapy, not just those with Asperger's syndrome. There are plenty of therapists out there. Do not stay with one you hate. You want to feel a sense of safety with them. (This may take a few weeks or longer to grow, however.)

7. The Asperger's syndrome therapist should be able to help you understand your own thoughts.

Many people with Asperger's, although by no means all, have trouble expressing their emotions. Children sometimes have trouble figuring out how they feel about a given situation – as do teen and adults. A good therapist will help the client verbalize their emotions, and ask yes or no questions to try to help sort things out.

If you are a parent, these are the qualities you should be looking for in a therapist for your loved one with Asperger's syndrome or high functioning autism. The same goes if you are an adult with Asperger's syndrome.

Finding the ideal therapist to treat may not be quick or easy and may take several tries. If you are having trouble finding a therapist, you may want to go to the Psychology Today site, which has a wonderful useful listing of all the therapists in your area and what they specialize in. It is super easy to email them and ask questions to figure out which ones might be best for you. But typically the most effective methods to find a great therapist to help a child, teen or adult with Asperger's syndrome or autism is to ask for referrals from an autism society, friends with autism or with autistic kids, or local doctors.

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A Diagnosis of Autism: Making Adjustments to Manage Feelings of Loss and Grief

Having a child with a disability is every parent's nightmare. Once you have heard the words, “Your child has Autism.” the disappointment, anger and the feeling of isolation can leave you in shock. How long you remain there will be determined by how well you deal with your emotions.

Disappointment, anger and self-pity are natural feelings to have when you first receive a diagnosis of Autism. Giving yourself permission to experience these emotions and then letting them go as best as you can will help you focus all your energy on becoming the best person for the job that has been assigned to you.

GRIEF is a powerful emotion and is the most common hurdle that keeps many parents from moving forward. It is extremely important to allow your own to go through and experience the stages of grief, which include denial, anger, bargaining and finally acceptance. Dealing with these emotions in a healthy manner will transform you into a most effective advocate – one that will see the way clearly to maximize your child's greatest potential.

Some parents do not like to use the words loss or grief as it relates to Autism because it entails grieving your child. This grieving process is not about mourning your child but more about grieving the loss of a future you had HOPED for.

You HAVE experienced a loss, a LOSS of the dream you had for yourself, your child and your family – a disappointment about an idealized future. This means that …

certain adjustments need to be made to the vision you held for your child and family. As with any loss, parents of children diagnosed with autism need to find a way to make peace with the diagnosis in order to move forward.

Just remember the dream you have for your family's future can still be positive, it is just going to be different . In spite of the new category the medical profession has placed your child into, the destination can still be the same but the journey to get there is going to take a unique path.

Important things to keep in mind:

1) You have to get past the hurt, disappointment, anger, and distress. Too much negative energy will only drain you and make you less available to your child.

2) Dealing with these emotions is not only OK; it's mandatory. If you really want to help your child, this can do more for your child than any treatment out there.

3) Keep in mind that this is a process you have to keep working at. You may feel as if you have resolved your justification but there will be days when it returns. Expect it, have a plan to deal with it so you can keep putting one foot in front of the other.

If you can not seem to move forward and days like this turn into weeks, you may be experiencing another emotional block. The best way to shorten its course is to find someone that will listen and help you process your feelings in a non-judgmental way.

This is when you have to call on someone from your support team! This could be a trusted friend – a supportiveive objective someone – or a professional such as a parent coach or a therapist.

Remember, this diagnosis does not change your child; but it does change how you need to work with your child. Do not waste your time and energy being angry with yourself or the doctors, it does your child no good to linger in a negative state. Forget the what-ifs – look ahead, make the necessary adjustments and set the bar high for everyone, including your child.

The most important thing I tell parents is “Do not focus on the label – focus on finding the best way to connect with the wonderfully unique child you have before you.” This new label may help you acquire insurance to cover therapies but it can also keep you focused on the negative so pay little attention to it. Instead focus your energy on connecting to your child's world with thoughtful intention because it will open the door for her to enter into your world, the one she has to find her way to live in.

Every child has challenges and the challenges your child is faced with just happens to have a particular name called 'Autism' or 'PDD-NOS' or 'Aspergers' or 'ASD' or …. Do not let a 'name' cover up the amazing potential that lies within your child.

It may help to remember that your child is not any different now then he was when you did not know he had autism. You know he's the same child you've loved since birth. So I urge you to focus on unaware his abilities, not damaging his disabilities, in order to change possibilities!

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How to Eliminate the Risk of Autism in Newborn Children – Before Symptoms Develop

I recommend two sources of information that are critical for understanding the total nutrients needed for proper development of the brain. Both are provided by the USDA. I have verified the accuracy of their databases over the past fifty years.

1. USDA SR 24 Nutrient Database

This database was started in the late eighteen hundreds and is frequently updated. It contains the chemical / nutrient content of probably more than 10,000 different foods that are found in most food stores. To name a few, it contains fruits, vegetables, cereal, beans, nuts, dairy products, eggs and egg products, and various species of animals like beef, pork, lamb, fish, etc. Most fast foods are included as well.

As a side note, the early studies on nutrition were first conducted on the various animals and then studied in humans. They are generally very close when comparing the composition of the different animals including humans. The organs, such as brain, heart, kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, lungs, muscle, connective tissues, etc. provide the basis for best estimating the needs for humans. Data on the composition for humans is far more difficult to find and is less complete. Additionally, it is much easier to ascertain if animals are in fact healthy since the animals are slaughtered for food and their health status is determined by the USDA at the time of slaughter. Therefore, I more more on the composition of animals to identify the balance of nutrients needed for good health and recommend parents do likewise. While this is but a gross comparison, it is far better than not knowing anything about the compositional needs for good brain health.

2. USDA Database for the Choline Content of Common Foods

Choline is generally viewed as a vitamin and it is critical for the proper development and function of the brain. More specifically, for the integrity of the myelin sheath that insulates the nerves to ensure transmission of signals to various parts of the body. The USDA has provided a very good summary (36 pages) in this report and lists many foods. This makes it possible for comparisons so that one can make better choices as to which foods will meet the needs for good health, especially for brain development.

These sources make it quite simple to identify the level of risk of your child developing autism due to any nutrient shortcomings. First identify the chemical composition of healthy brain tissue from among the animals. I choose to use beef brains (NDB 13319) as it appears to be more complete.

Then identify the foods in the child's diet, taking into account the amount eaten on a daily basis. The total for each nutrient can then be determined and compared to the level found in the brain or other organs of interest. The comparisons should be based upon 100 grams of brain tissue. From this comparison one can calculate where and how much adjustment is required to provide this level of completion and balance of nutrients on a daily basis. My study of more than fifty different foods has shown that animal source foods more near match the composition of healthy brain tissue than other food.

There is an historical precedent set by Dr. Benjamin Spock in his book, “Baby and Child Care” published in 1946 that recommended feeding selected animal source solid foods beginning at 3-4 months of age. He continued this recommendation through 1974 or later, during which time there was a very low incidence of autism. The USDA Nutrient Database confirms the wisdom of his recommendations.

In her book, “Children with Starving Brains” Dr. McCandless (2002) reported that children with autism were found to be low or missing up to forty various nutrients. Other findings have shown the number is more likely up to sixty different nutrients but fortunately, all of the missing nutrients are abundantly available in some of the animal source foods-the foods parents were told to eat or feed their children for more than thirty years . Following their recommendation in the early 1960s, we have experienced an ever increasing incidence of autism.

When you look at the comparisons of what the USDA has shown healthy brain tissues contain in the Nutrient Database compared to what the recommended health diet contains, as recommended by the USDA and medical professionals, it should remove any doubt as to what is causing autism? There should also be no surprise that neither medications nor ABA Therapy, individually or combined, will provide adequately to overcome the nutritional deficiencies seen in children with autism.

It is also recommended that in your search for knowledgeable professionals to provide help for your autistic child, you should avoid those individuals who do not consider the importance of nutrition. Successful interventions should include ensuring that the child's diet is adequate for proper development. If their approach is simply to treat the symptoms and ignore nutrition then I recommend you seek a more knowledgeable professional. Better yet, you can easily provide an adequate diet by simply following the comparisons discussed above, before or while seeking professional help. In several instances, parents have reported that when the diet was made adequate with this procedure the need for additional help was greatly reduced or eliminated.

Note: This is not medical advice but rather advice on nutrition. If the problem is medical then I recommend you consult a medical professional.

The most critical nutrients for brain development and function include:

1. Phosphorous

2. Choline

3. Saturated Fatty Acids

4. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

5. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

6. Omega 3

7. Omega 6 *

* Quite often diets containing vegetable oils rather than animal fats will contain an excess of Omega 6 compared to that found in healthy brain tissues. This is not recommended because of this imbalance of nutrients.

8. Cholesterol **

** The healthy brain contains three percent cholesterol or 3 grams per 100 grams of tissue. I do not recommend this level of cholesterol in the diet because:

a. The precedent established by Dr. Benjamin Spock was about 0.4-0.6 grams of cholesterol per day from animal source foods.

b. Given that the other nutrients in the brain are adequately present in the diet, the body can produce adequate cholesterol.

c. It has been estimated that fifty percent of the cholesterol is recycled in the body.

Please note that children with autism have been reported to all fall below 160mg / dl of cholesterol in the blood and twenty percent were reported below 100mg / dl. Based upon the range of cholesterol reported for healthy humans of 115 to 395 mg / dl and for dogs 113 to 335 mg / dl, I recommend an average of 245 mg / dl which was the initial level recommended for humans. Normally, the body will make the cholesterol needed if it is not present in the diet. But I suspect the children with autism have a diet that lacks the building materials for cholesterol and this is the reason they have been found to be lacking this critical nutrient.

9. Serine

If these nutrients in the diet approximate the levels found in brain tissues, it is likely that the remaining needs will have been met except for some vitamins and minerals. This can easily be provided with a simple vitamin / mineral supplement that provides about 100% of the daily values. I do not recommend mega doses as this supplement is more to provide some insurance that the needs are being met.

This simple early identification of the risk factors for autism can be completed by the parents. The screening refers to environmental and dietary practices for the newborn child and can be completed in the early months of life well before symptoms appear. This will allow time for early intervention to eliminate any risks found thus reducing the risk that the child will later develop the symptoms of autism. While there is evidence that some symptoms are reversible, it is far better for the child if we eliminate the risks early. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” very aptly applies here.

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Aspergers Syndrome in Young Women

What is it really like living with Aspergers Syndrome? Frankly people with this type of Autism Spectrum Disorder vary as much as everyone else. Last summer at the grand old age of thirty something I realized that I have Aspergers Syndrome.

This came about following the diagnosis of my son who also has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Like many other people in my position I also have an older daughter who is not autistic and I have been happily married for the last 14 years.

Today we are experiencing a new autistic phenomenon ie there are now an increasing number of parents who are only realizing that they themselves have Asperger's Syndrome when their child is given an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

I grew up in a totally different world ie 1970's Ireland where Aspergers Syndrome was totally unheard of. If you had this condition back then there really was nobody to assess you or even an available diagnosis, as this so defined milder form of autism, only officially became a diagnosable condition in 1994.

So growing up I just learned through trial and error how to cope. Australian Professor Tony Attwood has a particular interest in studying the psychological make up of young women with Asperger's Syndrome. He too feels that the so called 'Aspie female,' learns her social rules through observing other girls from a young age. Occasionally he claims she can in fact become a master of deception. Often a woman with undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome have expertly learned how to copy every move, conversation and mannerism from her non-Aspie friends and associates. Observation and intuition, along with being female often means that the young Aspie woman often presents very different from her male counterparts.

However no matter how good these girls become at acting the part or as one successful Aspie female author once put it in a very well received autobiography ie Donna Williams in her book, 'Pretending to be Normal.' Inside in these young women's minds there exists unimaginable turmoil.

Dr. Tony Attwood has also often pointed out in his extensive writing about girls with Aspergers that these females can certainly act the part of being neurotypical but underneath the face These girls are often psychologically very insecure or maybe even unstable. Many young women out there without an official diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome will often go on to develop other problems that may mask their primary condition completely. Often to such an extent that this diagnosis never becomes recognized as the real source of their sensitivity, pain or anguish.

The young woman with Aspergers Syndrome can often develop any myriad of other issues because they actually have undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome. Many female 'Aspies,' who have never received any early intervention and no on-going support whateversoever unfortunately often can not take the strain of condemning who they really are continuously. Every social interaction must be psychologically rather than instinctively played out until it becomes a tough, wretched existence constantly living with the pressure of trying to be something that you are not.

Pretending to be normal unfortunately can also lead to the development of personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Or a myriad of other psychological conditions such as recurrent Depression, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, or Anorexia Nervosa.

It is very unfortunate that this is still happening considering how much information is now available about Aspergers Syndrome. While many people may still not know an awful lot about the condition they will at least have heard of it. There are practically no people today who do not know at least a few individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Many people told me my son was just shy, did not talk much and was not very sociable because he was like me. But I on the other hand have always known that I felt different but I just never knew why. I did know though that I did not want my son to spend his life wondering why he felt on the outside looking in like I did. Instead I want my child to know from an early age why he feels different and in doing so give him a strong sense of self-worth that will hopefully allow him to grow up understanding completely who he is and how his mind works.

There are still huge economic and bureaucratic barriers to diagnosing children with Aspergers Syndrome, in Ireland in particular. Also with the current bleak state of the economy cut-backs are affecting all children with psychological conditions hugely.
If you look the same as another child then many may just think that you seem a bit strange but there's nothing obvious to worry about. What we need to make people more aware of in this country is that an undiagnosed autistic child is very likely to go through some emotional trauma inside their minds growing up and this unfortunately often leads to them having a low sense of self-worth that will then affect their whole life.

Children with autism lack often social skills can have great communication barriers and often think and feel with great sensitivity. I believe that if you give a child with Aspergers Syndrome / High Functioning Autism the appropriate early intervention then they can go on to live a rich, fulfilling life. However deny them this help and they will be a burden on the state forever due to the psychological damage that they will suffer in their formative years.

Mary is currently a full-time carer to her son Adam but hopes in the near future to return to a part-time career as a freelance journalist and writer. She is currently blogging about her experiences of living with Aspergers Syndrome in Ireland today on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mary.kellygodley . At present she is also working on a Memoir, 'On the Spectrum,' about her personal experiences of Aspergers Syndrome and her son's autism story.

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Treatment Process For Autism

To put it as simple as possible, autism can be diagnosed as a symptom, which occurs in early childhood and causes generative communication disorders. A neurological disorder, children suffering from autism refrains from all types of social interaction. What sets these children off is their ability to express themselves properly. The symptoms develop in the as early as two to three years and research has that the disorder is on the rise, with every two person of the 10000 people are affected. This is much higher in males than in females.

What is most difficult in dealing with this disease is that there is no concrete path to cure it. People know very little about this ailment. Fortunately, some recent discoveries in medical science have shown positive results in curing neurological disorders. This kind of disease attacks patient's central nervous system and hinders their natural growth of understanding. Experts in medical science have been searching for a cure to wipe this severe disease from this world, and at last, their long and frantic search paid off when they discovered the positive effect of antioxidants in our body.

Hyperbaric chamber
Let us talk about how 'antioxidants' help us to cure neurological diseases. Antioxidants are a common element found in oxygen. These elements join with our blood cells and force our blood steam to reach the damaged tissues and heal it. Now, in order to do that, we would need to breathe pure oxygen in high atmospheric pressure. To, make it happen, 'hyperbaric chamber' stepped in the game. This machine is designed to provide pure oxygen to patients at high atmospheric pressure. High air pressure increases our oxygen intake and our blood cells become formed with pure oxygen. Our antioxidant-induced blood cells damaged damaged cells faster.

Treatment includes more
Treatment for autism sure starts with hyperbaric chamber but it does not finish with it. You will need to fix up a diet chart, counseling, and physiotherapy session to help the patient in developing communication skills. Before hiring a caregiver or enlisting a patient to a medical center, you must do some research to learn about their success rate in curing neurological disorder. The choices you are about to make to start a process in order to cure an autism affected patient; will decide the success or failure of the process. Therefore, every step must be taken cautiously.

Therefore, it is apparent that not only medicinal treatment, neurologically damaged patients needs a precisely planned process to cure autism altogether.

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Facts About Autism Treatment for Kids

Autism is a really major sickness which seriously has an effect on children. Unfortunately, you'll find plenty of un-answered concerns with regards to autism nowdays. In addition, contemporary medical science may provide a few efficient therapies which may help. There is the fantasy that autism can not possibly be remedied. Needless to say, no one assure good results, although particular therapies might be efficient. It's important to remember that various kids may get various signs and symptoms. That is why typically, autism is not clinically determined in children who've it. Concern therapies you will find purely health approaches and also communication cures that we're going to take a look at in the following paragraphs.

Sadly, kids affected with this particular illness tend to be often separated from our community. This is the greatest mistake. Children often do not want to talk with children troubled with autism. Recent studies indicated that it's imperative for the kids having this specific disease to communicate with the pals. Healthful communicating is certainly the perfect treatment. You will find particular groupings of autistic children in which doctors develop the appropriate cures that include communicating. Youngsters must take a look at images, perform exercises and so forth. Interaction with healthy young children is crucial! This can seem weird yet connections with domestic pets is absolutely extremely helpful. Leading doctors confirm performance of this particular tactic with results of experiments. Boys and girls really feel much less cut off any time interacting with household pets.

Language cure can be also incredibly popular. Youngsters should improve their oral communication abilities collectively. Sure, now there can be particular issues, but it is possible to make use of graphics to illustrate language. You may recognize that boys and girls will really like these types of classes. Songs treatment is actually an alternative popular therapy. Soothing songs has a great affect on kids. Sure, it should not be aggressive rock. This particular remedy suggests listening to popular music, rhythmic moving or maybe even learning piano or acoustic guitars. Encouraging outcomes are certain to get! Youngsters suffering from autism must get massage therapy. Everyone knows, massage treatment is definitely valuable in lots of scenarios. Deep massages may lower anxiety which can be great for affected boys and girls.

Moms and dads must remember that after they discover some indicators they should contact a health care provider as soon as possible. Never ever make use of any kind of self made remedies. Never ever use suggestions which you will discover at sites that are not managed by medical practitioners. What's more, it is essential to bring boys and girls affected by that vulnerability to a couple of health professionals which could get different options concerning helpful remedies. As mentioned above, essentially the most powerful remedy is certainly conversation. Regrettably, autistic youngsters are exiles. Healthier youngsters ignore them. Thus, it is important to make sure such a young child is a member of the contemporary society. Keep in mind that a mild autism might be cured at first stages. Furthermore, remedy at early stages is actually very effective. For example if a young child has got language disorders, it's important to center on oral communication and popular music remedy.

As previously said, educational as well as health-related treatments are suggested. But, every kid is exclusive, so, to choose acceptable therapies it is necessary to consult a health care provider as well as assessment skills of the infant.

Remember that children really like taking part in activities. So, remedies must probably be a great play time for them. Sure, major circumstances could require clinical remedies.

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What Do Colors Have to Do With Autism? Opening the Door to Better Understand Children With Autism

Wikipedia lists about one thousand different colors. Actually the number of colors is reasonably without limit, provided all of the primary colors are present. If you were an artist where would you be if sixty colors were not available to you compared to the other artists? The missing colors would severely restrict your ability to produce the range of colors available to the other artists. The actual effect on your paintings would depend upon which colors were missing. If it were a primary color that was missing your ability to mix and blend would be strictly limited.

So it is with the many nutrients required for the body to be healthy. Those who are lacking the fifty or sixty nutrients found to be absent in those with autism should expect to experience symptoms that found a nutritionally complete diet. There are several nutrients that are essential and they must be in the daily diet for best health as they are not stored in the body. Other nutrients are essential because the body can not manufacture them such as eight of the amino acids, two fatty acids, etc.

The type of symptoms and the severity would depend upon the level of deficiency and the type of nutrient missing. Unfortunately the relationship of specific nutrients in relation to specific symptoms is not well understood in many instances, especially with brain health.

The history of chronic disorders does provide clear evidence that most, if not all chronic disorders result from one or more nutrients being too high, low, or absent from the diet. Therefore if one is to successfully eliminate the risk of all nutrient deficiencies it is necessary to understand what those nutrients are and provide the necessary amount in the daily diet.

My recommendation is that you take “The Nutrient Express” rather than “The Slow Boat to China” by avoiding the marketing hype advising this or that ingredient or supplement. There is no question but that your body needs vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants, etc, or this or that special nutrient. However, a proper diet designed for nutritional adequacy will include those same nutrients – at a much safer level to meet the needs of the body and generally at a fraction of the cost.

It is without question that good health derivatives from good nutrition and poor health deprives from poor nutrition. With that truism, what can we expect from medicines and therapies for the treatment of autism?

Medications are usually found to block some metabolic process rather than contributing to one's nutritional needs. There are those that would have you believe that Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA) is the first, best, and only way to treat autism. These therapies do not address the problem of nutritional deficiencies and this would be a lot like trying to mix a beautiful color when a primary color is missing.

To ensure proper help for the autistic child, simply evaluate the child's diet to determine if the needs for the developing brain are being met before trying remedies or therapy. This presumes that you have done your homework and have a clear understanding of what nutrients are required for a healthy brain. If the brain is starving, it must be fed to have good health and this would likely reduce the need for extended therapy or long term remedies.

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Responding to Difficult Behaviors With a Different Approach to Time Out

All children want to be good and please their caretakers . Young children do not PLAN to misbehave or fall apart. When a child has an emotional meltdown it signals that they are having trouble controlling their emotions, especially when the demands of the environment exceed their current ability to cope. Handling emotional outbursts may seem daunting yet there are many proactive things parents can do to manage and reduce temper tantrums.

When we dissect temper tantrums we often find that result from frustrations that can lead to anger or total loss of control. Anger and frustration are natural emotions, they are either good nor bad, they simply exist, as do happiness and love. When you enter the world of a child with autism, you may find that despite some language ability, he or she may have a difficult time making you understand what she or he needs or wants. The other possibility of course is experiencing sensory overload, which needs to be taken into consideration.

Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) desire to become effective communicators and more self-sufficient but they often lack the skills necessary to do so. Even neuro-typical children feel confused, helpless and lost in our adult world at times. As parents we need to teach our children, instructing them to develop appropriate ways to cope and training them to become self-sufficient. Anger management has to be taught, no one is born with it.

There are many tactics experts suggest parents use when they are faced with difficult behaviors:

• Telling children to stop – while communicating what you want them to do instead.

• Teaching the steps for anger management, including identification of feelings.

• Distraction (age appropriate) – humor, passions, hugs, point to schedule, etc

• Ignoring – no encouragement, leaving the room, etc.

• De-escalation – using counting, deep breathing, etc.

• Using time-out – sending children to their room.

For the annoying and annoying behaviors that children often exhibit I always encourage parents to use the last one, time-out, as a last resort and learn to use it appropriately. Unfortunately, time-out is often overused and therefore ineffective so it is important to decide what behaviors you want to use it for. Sending kids to time-out for all misbehaviors will dilute its effectiveness and may even create resentment in a child – being ostracized to your room while in turmoil does very little to teach any child how to have better.

I encourage parents to use time-out only for emotional meltdowns and temper tantrums, and I suggest redefining the entire concept. Throw away the word time-out, call it something else and create a different approach . Here are some suggestions for creating and implementing a new and improved, yet successful alternative to using time-out.

If interested in experimenting with a new form of time-out , first take a step back and reflect: What am I using time-out for? What is our goal? Are we using it to correct behavior or to punish or is there something else at play here? Based on your values, it is important to take some time to get clear on the purpose and the output you desire. The correct purpose of time-out should be for a child to learn how to calm down and eventually self-soothe.

Young children who misbehave, get angry and upset enough to have a temper tantrum need to learn self-calming skills But not in the heat of the moment. No brain – adult or child, typical or neuro-typical – can take in information and act upon it when in the heat of emotional despair or uncontrollable rage. Trying to reason with or scold a child who is in the middle of a temper tantrum is futile. Instead,

– Consider creating a 'feel better' place, a safe place that can replace typical time-out. This could be a beanbag in the kitchen, an arm chair in the living room, a corner of the family room OR the child's bedroom as long as it is not seen as punitive. Identify such a place for everyone in the family and make sure it is customized to each person's needs, temperaments and personality. When your child shows signs of breaking down, gently guide her to her designated place and provide her with a means to calm down. This could be cuddling with a blanket or stuffed animal, rocking, listening to soft music or whatever else was determined in advance.

– When you feel your temper about to burst, try role modeling the act of taking a break to feel better. If feeling out of sorts or displaying behaviors that indicate stress, frustration and anger are normalized like this and a solution is presented, it will not only minimize and prevent emotional outbursts over time but it will also provide your child with valuable lessons for coping with life .

– Introducing and role-modeling this new approach will take time and young children will need a lot of direct intervention in the beginning. Presenting it well is crucial to making it work. Explain the new routine using clear and specific language that your child understands (visuals or social stories when necessary) and giving concrete demonstrations will only help to increase its chance of success. Asking older children to have input into how it might work best for them will also help as well as giving the new process a positive and unique name.

– It is essential to introduce this new tactic at a time when your child is in good spirits. If your child is slow to process information you may even want to discuss it for a while before you actually implement it. Once you do, they will need to be guided firmly yet gently.

– Be consistent and stick to this method for at least four to six months. They say it takes a minimum of twenty-one repetitions or more for new behaviors to be accepted and become habit. If minor tweaks become obvious make adjustments right away making sure you communicate the change clearly.

Yes, all of this will take time but all good outputs are worth working for and time is what it takes to change behaviors and make them stick. Taking time is what parenting is all about, if we are not willing to invest our time and effort, than our parenting will continue to be difficult.

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Symptoms of High-Functioning Autism

My first recollection of autism is connected to watching the 'Rainman' movie and thinking about what happened to that brilliant child on the screen. On one hand, so talented on the other so restricted. My next close encounter with the disorder took place when my daughter became a teacher for disabled kids ages seven through ten. I still remember that night when she came back home from school, I looked at her face and knew something tragic must have happened. She shared with me her experience with one of her students diagnosed with autism. Now she brings home the knowledge and awareness that I would not have otherwise. As with all critical occurrences, there is no single single description of the disorder or the cure of it.

Autism is in fact the core condition of a spectrum of disorders, which all share common characteristics and are demonstrated in very diverse ways within each individual.

Autism is a major disability, affecting communication and interaction with other people, but also with the world.

The degree of autism varies from severe to mild, but the consequence is always serious. Correspondingly, someone with autism may have severe autism with severe additional learning difficulties, while others may have mild degrees of autism with normal or high levels of intelligence. The majority of those affected by autism have learning disabilities. Their language development varies greatly. Some may have very good speech, despite missing complete comprehension, while a significant portion of those with autism will have no spoken language. Many may be hypersensitive to noise, light, touch or smell, and under-react to pain.

The particular causes of autism are not known; we do know however that it is a biologically based disorder affecting the brain development. The patterns of disorderly behavior do not emerge until the child is between 18 months and 3 years old. At times there is a period of seemingly normal development and then, between 18 months and 3 years, the child gives the impression to withdrawal and lose skills. We do know that parents are not to blame for autism, but, actually, are the child's greatest resource.

As for the common signs of autism – those are social, communication and behavior. Autism is displayed in social settings, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, development of imagination and resistance to change of a routine.

Here are examples of such behaviors. Affected kid shows indifference; he or she joins activities with others only if adult authors and assists. The interactions in social settings are one sided. He or she indicates need by using an adult's hand, does not play with other children, talks consistently only about one topic, displays bizarre behavior. Very common is echolalia, when the child copies words. Laughing or giggling comes up in the most occasion times. There is no eye contact, variety is not spice of life, and there is lack of creative (pret) play.

Some of the affected kids can do some things very well and very quickly, but those never involve social interaction. Early diagnosis of such condition is critical in order to minimize the problems and maximize the full potential of the person.

I can not tell if the explosion of autism since 1980 has been triggered by our ability to diagnose or by the actual changes in the fetus and baby development caused by the overdose of chemicals. I know though, that we managed to register 77,000 artificial food additives since 1940 and that an average American consumes 14 pounds of chemicals with their food per year. The results of these statistics can not be ignored by our bodies. Simple reality check: if you would not put something into your fish tank, do not stick it in your body.

Maybe it will not happen to eliminate autism, but it will definitely help our health and the world.

In the mean time I would like to invite you to gain more information about the early detection of the disorder and ways to gain control of the situation.

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Improving The Possibilities Of Curing Autism

Our medical science is not yet ready to wipe away clean from our world. The real cause of autism remains unknown. Regretfully, our medical advancement has not shown any progress in bringing forth a cure for this severe disease. Autism is still affecting children all around the world and the most unfortunate thing is that, their parents have no clue of what they must do. Reason for this dilemma is the lack of awareness. The number of autism-affected children this year has increased a bit higher than the previous years.

Before starting a therapy process to cure autism, a child must go through a precise process of diagnosis, to determine the existence of the disease. If they are found to be affected by the disease, then they must be governed in the autism therapy. Doctors found out that, genetic disorder is one of the reasons of getting a neurological disease. Therefore, experts are trying to cure autism and other neurological diseases by starting treatment at the cellular level. However, not just medicines, autism patients suffer from psychological disorder; so, they need a series of therapy to get their social understanding skill improved. Experts and doctors suggest following a set of rules systematically to improve the possibilities of curing autism.

A medical checkup is important
According to world-recognized researchers and doctors of autism, a complete medical treatment is needed before starting any therapy to cure a neurological disease. There is no general treatment for autism patients, as each patient display different forms of symptoms in this disease. Fortunately, there is a pattern of treatment followed by doctors to cure autism.

Therapy comes next
Modern therapy for autism consists of medicine and exercises to improve the learning abilities of patients. A common problem seen in autism patients is their difficulty in understanding the spoken language. They also have problems to respond accordingly.

Therefore, they must be surrounded in to speech therapy at first. The Sensory Integration Therapy that improves the patient's brain growth would follow this up with the increased flow of sensory information process.

Selecting school
An autism affected patient needs to be exposed in social environment. School helps them mingle with other students and understand emotions as well as develop their reasoning ability. However, they also need attention and care, more than students who are without the disease. So, find a school that is capable of providing all that the patient needs.

These are the rules that can develop a patient of autism and improve their learning skills naturally. So, keep yourself updated about news on how to cure autism and spread the knowledge among others too.

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How to Teach Your Child With Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome to Understand the Feelings of Others

Do you know a child or adult with autism or Asperger's syndrome who seems to be blind to the feelings of others? Do you ever ask yourself …

  • How do I get him to see that the world does not revolve around him?
  • How do I teach my child with autism to understand that others have feelings and needs too?
  • How can I get him to help out around here without constantly nagging him?

Ultimately, this is a problem of lack of empathy. Your loved one on the autism spectrum simply does not understand others' feelings or how to empathize with others.

Tips to Help a Child or Adult with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome Develop Empathy

To try to help you understand how you can help your child with autism or Asperger's syndrome to understand and feel the emotions of others, I have asked a young adult with Asperger's syndrome to share her live experiences with us. Hearing the words and experiences of a young woman with Asperger's syndrome hopefully will give you insights into how people on the autism spectrum think and how they brain works.

With these insights you will be able to help teach your loved one to better understand others.

This is part of a series of “Friendship Academy” newsletters written by a young adult with Asperger's.
Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Accommodate Each Others' Needs

Last night, I found myself going to a play with some friends (who also have Asperger's syndrome), most of what I had known for many years. We did the things for each other that most people who had known each other for many years would – mainly, we accepted and worked around each others' quirks. We knew each other well enough to know how to do this.

One of our friends with Asperger's syndrome has a challenge with traffic. Another has time issues etc. We accommodated one friend's need to avoid traffic in driving to the play, made sure to give extra explanation of what we were doing to a second friend, and made sure to leave on time for a third friend who hates being late.

I was allowed to choose our seats, because I can be pretty particular about where I'm sitting.

Accommodating the Needs of Others is a Skill that Those with Asperger's Syndrome Have to Learn

This may seem pretty commonplace to you, but it's actually a skill that takes a while to grow in most people with Asperger's syndrome – considering the needs of others, and making a sacrifice, however small, in your own comfort to accommodate them.

More and more I have been considering the matter of empathy in people with autism and Asperger's syndrome. I am sure many of you parents have been considering it too. “How do I get my child with autism to consider the needs of others?” you may think. “How do I get my child with autism to see that the world does not revolve around him?” “How can I get my child with autism to help out around here without constantly nagging him?”

What Affects A Person's Ability for Empathy – Whether or Not they have Autism?

A big part of being able to empathize with others depends on a person's age and emotional readiness. Theory of mind, the theory that others have thoughts and needs other than yours, takes a while to develop. In people with autism or Asperger's syndrome in can take longer yet, as we are talking about a development delay here.

Sensory Overwhelm in Children with Autism

One reason that children with autism often do not empathize with others is sensory overwhelm – when the world is so overwhelming to you on a daily basis, it's really hard to think about others. A person with Asperger's syndrome may feel that they can just barely keep your head above water. But we find that even children with autism and Asperger's syndrome, when they get old enough and learn better coping strategies, they ever have more energy to expend on others – and begin to appreciate the feelings of others.

But part of it is experience. I've come to believe that since kids with autism and Asperger's syndrome do not have the same social experiences as others. Therefore, it can be really hard for these children with autism to refer in what would be called a normal way to “common” experiences that others have.

As one young adult with Asperger's syndrome I know puts it, “I have great theory of mind with other Aspects. I can read them just fine.

Children with Autism Do not Learn Early Early Childhood How to Relate to Others

Think about the childhood of a typical child. Lots of rough and tumble games, competitive sports, team building activities, slumber parties – endless opportunities for the neurons in the brain to make connections of “This is how it's done, this is what other people are like.”

If I poke my friend Jimmy, he'll say Ow. If I share my candy bar with Jimmy, he'll smile at me. If we both score the winning goal on a soccer team, I feel good about him and he feels good about me – a sense of connection. These basic connections are the building blocks for a sense of belonging, for self-confidence, and for being able to relate to others and understand their needs. But this is often not the case for children with autism.

Children with Autism May Never Develop Social Skills

Now think of a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Maybe he just prefers to play alone, and the diagnosis is not done until much later, especially if he does well in school. Maybe he is diagnosed, but due to sensory issues and developmental delays can not handle playing with other kids.

He may memorize the AL section of the Encyclopedia Britannica and be able to recite full movie scripts, but other kids just seem like foreign objects which he has no idea what to do with. Those connections, therefore, are never made for many children with autism and Asperger's syndrome.

Sympathy versus Empathy in Children with Autism

It is often said that sympathy is when you feel sorry for someone but can not really relate to what they are going through. Empathy is said to be when you can refer to what they are going through because you went through the same thing or a similar enough experience that you can feel their emotions. Many children with autism or kids with Asperger's syndrome may have one or both of these things, but just show it differently.

Why Do not Kids with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome Develop Empathy?

The reactions of a child with autism may be delayed due to having so many things going through his or her head all the time and being over focused on their environment. The subtleties of understand another's feelings and emotions are lost as he or she simply tries to survive the over-stimulating environment in which they live. They may understand and sense another's feels and think “That's rough” but forget to say it or it may have to them hours later when they are processing the conversation.

One Adult with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome Relates Her Experience

I recall a phone conversation I was having with someone not long ago. We were talking about some issues I was having, and then suddenly the person said she had to go because her elderly mother had just had a fall and she had to call to check up on her. I continued talking about my situation for a minute and then said goodbye. After I hung up I realized I had not commented on the situation with her mother or expressed any concern – and I was concerned! It's just that it took a few minutes for my brain to switch gears between thinking about me and thinking about her.

On another note, if a person's empathy comes largely from shared experiences and a person with autism or Asperger's syndrome is lacking many common social experiences, it is easy to see why this sense of empathy can be often absent or delayed.

We can see here the different ways that empathy may be slow to develop in someone with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome. It is still there, but it needs the right circumstances to come out.

What Can A Parent of a Child with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome Do?

A parent can help their child understand others' emotions. As you watch your child, think to yourself …

  • Does Sammy understand that his grandmother is sad?
  • Does Tina see that her friend is worried about her sick brother?

If you sense that your child misses emotional cues, ask your child to focus on what the other person is thinking and feeling. How is the other person feeling? How would you feel in the same situation?

After all, most children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome are quite intelligent. They can be taught. But many parents forget or do not notice that their children with autism miss the signals that a neurotypical child sees. By pointing out to your child that another child is worried, scared, sad or happy, it will help them develop the skills necessary to develop a sense of empathy for others.

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Asperger’s Syndrome Child: Developing Social Skills at Home and School by Teaching Empathy

Many parents feel notice that their child with Asperger's syndrome of high functioning autism shows little if any empathy for others which inhibits their social skills. These children can seem aloof or selfish and uncaring.

But any parent with a child on the autism spectrum knows that outward appearances can be deceiving. Our loved ones with Asperger's syndrome of high functioning autism are very caring and feeling beings. But they often have difficulties understanding the feelings of others which is a contributing factor to the well known autism symptom – lack of social skills. Often times, we see this ability to understand another person's feelings as a lack of empathy.

How Can a Person with Asperger's Syndrome Develop a Sense of Empathy and Improve Social Skills?

Lack of emotional readiness, sensory overwhelm, and lack of relevant experiences can all contribute and help explain why your child with Asperger's syndrome may seem distant or uncaring of others feelings.

In this article, we will talk about the process of developing empathy – an important ingredient in improving social skills. Below, a young adult with Asperger's syndrome shares her experiences and feelings to help us understand how those with Asperger's syndrome feel and cope.

If a child with Asperger's syndrome or high functioning autism is disconnected from people when he is young, due to different brain wiring, this sense of difference is likely to persist and cause him to withdraw from people and experiences over the years. The more he thinks of himself as a person who can not connect with other people, the less likely he will be to try.

In order to develop social skills, one must practice. But if a child continuously fails in his or her social interactions, they will eventually become discouraged and give up.

Experiences of a Young Adult with Asperger's Syndrome –

I moved to a house with a 94 year old, very vibrant and active roommate two years ago. This woman, Madeline, has the most welcoming smile and presence I have ever felt. I immediately felt calm and comfortable in her presence, which never happens for me. I started spending more and more time with her, watching TV and talking about nothing important – just soaking up her gentleness and positivity, her utter acceptance of me. Every time she smiled at me, it made me happy.

I thought this behavior – willing spending time with another person – quite out of character for me, but I kept doing it. Madeline was always happy to see me. Merely entering the room could make her face light up. Therefore I started feeling a sense of connection to her.

Some of these principals, especially high affect – Madeline was a very passionate speaker with highly evident emotions – as well as pure acceptance, gentleness and meeting someone on common ground are some of the very principles of the autism therapy floortime. (Floortime is a therapy designed to increase emotional and cognitive connections in an autistic person's brain, and to bring the person slowly into the world around them by first joining them in their world.)

Madeline had wonderful social skills. She had the ability to make me feel welcomes and to draw me out.

My Relationship with My Roommate Increases My Empathy and Improved My Social Skills –

After I had been living here about seven months, Madeline had to go to the hospital for about two weeks because of a problem in her leg. The first night she was there, I worried about her constantly. I kept thinking “But she was always talking about how much she hated hospital food!” I hoped she had something good to eat and was being well taken care of.

This probably sounds quite unremarkable, except I had never before worried about someone on quite an emotional level before. I had always expressed sympathy (when I remembered) and felt intellectually things like “I hope so and so gets better soon. emotional level before.

It rather took me by surprise. While the feelings were of a negative nature, I was so happy to have them (upon later reflection) because they made me feel so much more connected to the human race! I did not feel so isolated inside myself when I had those feelings.

So That's What They Were Thinking!

Later on, at different times, two of my friends began having severe health problems of the same sort that I had experienced a few years ago. They were both long distance, so I was limited in what I could do to help them.

I had many long phone conversations with one friend, Elaine, trying to provide both emotional support and practical solutions. After the often hour long conversations, I was drained and in emotional turmoil. I felt helpless. I wanted to ease her pain so much. I wanted to make things better for her. I did what I could, but it was not much. It almost felt like too much to deal with, but I would never walk away from her.

After a few phone calls like this, I got an epiphany. So THAT'S what my parents and friends were feeling during all of my crisis phone calls to them! Years before I had called them during my own health crisis in tears. They tried to help, but I just felt more alone. I kept telling them “YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!” I was convinced they did not care, because they often had a hard time showing their emotions about the situation and I had an even harder time reading what they did say.

I would mention something that was bothering me and be hurt when my grandfather would change the subject without any response. “Why did not you say anything?” I would ask him. “You know how I feel,” he would say. “No, I do not!” I would tell him. “Come on, you know I feel bad for you,” he'd say. “No, I do not!” I'd repeat.

I truly felt isolated from those that were trying to help me because I could not imagine how they were feeling towards me. Why? Because I had never felt that way towards anyone else. How could I even know those feelings exist, or at least know what they felt like?

Relationships Develop Empathy for a Person with Asperger's Syndrome –

If you can understand how others are thinking, you can feel more connected to them. You can understand their needs more and feel the desire to fill them. This, as I understand it, is empathy. Without the kind of interactions and friends that foster this awareness (that so many on the autism spectrum do not have), you're stuck pretending to be functioning in a world, longing for emotional connection and having everyone around you think you're self-centered and uncaring about others. Without these emotional connections you never really can have sufficient social skills to develop deep and nurturing relationships.

I believe empathy lives in every single person – but the right experiences and circumstances have to be present to bring it out.

Tips for Parents and Those with Asperger's Syndrome or Autism

  • Try to expose your child to social situations and experiences that they have not had before, within the limits of their abilities. Social groups, summer camps, anything that will offer the ability to foster these forms of relationships. Make sure the programs are well matched to your child's needs, though.
  • For children, social stories are also a good way for a parent to focus on development of social skills and empathy. You can create your own social stories with your child by drawing pictures of people and events and adding captions to the stores. Perhaps a relative that your child knows was in the hospital. Maybe a friend fell off their bike and scraped their knee. Think of an event that your child can refer to. By developing a story around this event, you can help your child fill in the emotions that the people in the story felt – worry, fear, sadness – to help your child with Asperger's syndrome practice empathy.
  • You can also purchase books that are specifically designed to teach empathy and feelings. Check out Amazon.com which has array of these books.
  • Many therapists can help your child with Asperger's syndrome learn social skills by focusing on developing empathy. Check with your school or a local Asperger's syndrome or autism support group. There may be a class offered by your local education department. So many children with autism and Asperger's syndrome need this type of training that classes are common.
  • Consider purchasing videos or audio tapes. Many companies sell videos specifically geared to children to help them understand the feelings of others. After all, practice makes perfect. One good thing about videos is that they can help your child read facial expressions. Children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome often have challenges reading facial expressions. Videos can make a point of highlighting the aspects of facial expressions. And by allowing your child to watch the video many times, they can pick up a lot of clues to reading the feelings expressed by a person's mannerisms, gestures and facial expressions.
  • For adults with Asperger's syndrome, try to expose yourself to different social opportunities. Also consider therapy to try to help you work through these issues.

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Autism Disorder Spectrum Gets a Boost From Artificial Intelligence

Our nation's challenge with autism is real, and it is significant – this is not something we can pretend away, or hope it will disappear – it will not. Thankfully, there is a large group of people working to solve this problem. I'd like to take a few minutes to speak to you about all this because it has been a topic of conversation at our think tank for quite a number of years.

Now then, just to give you an example of some of what is being done to get a handle on the authenticity of this problem – consider this new innovation. The MedGadget Website has a very cool innovation listed on April 19, 2012 in an article with a nice graphic display titled; “Autworks: A Web-Based Tool to Diagnose Autism,” by Jan Sinnige. The article / essay stated;

“In the latest issue of Nature Translational Psychiatry, researchers from the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School published a new algorithm to detect autism much quicker. individually to diagnose the autism disorder. “They found that only seven questions were sufficient for an accurate diagnosis.”

Interestingly enough, autism diagnoses have increased drastically and one study indicated that autism occurs now in 1 out of every 88 children, if this is the case, it's beyond epidemic proportions. An article worthy of your consideration on this was written by Shirley S. Wang published on March 20, 2012 titled; “Autism Diagnoses Up Sharply in the US,” and as I was discussing this with a local county case worker here specializing in adult autism cases that speculated that the increase was two-fold.

First, there is much more awareness these days, therefore any mental anomalies would be duly noted, plus, there were an increase in cases. Some grad students I spoke with from the University of Riverside had put together a diagnosis matrix, which was helping them identify where on the autism spectrum each student in High School Special Ed was at, so making it easier to teach to their specific needs since the spectrum is so large.

From high functioning autistic conditions to those which are completely debilitating there are solutions to helping individuals through school and life – able to live on their own and enjoy a fruitful life. We are a strong and powerful nation – we have the will to help those who need it most. We can do this. Think on it.

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Autism Month – Autism

1) What is autism month?
The month of April is considered as the Autism month by the United States. This particular day is chosen to educate more people about this fastest growing developmental disability prevailing in the US The figures states autism to be affecting one in 98 children in Georgia and one in 110 children when the statistics are taken nationally. It is obvious that you know someone affected by this condition or you are certainly one amongst them. Spreading and educating about autism in this month will certainly be the best way of bringing up awareness about autism among the people. For this, first you will have to learn and understand more of this condition and go out and communicate with the affected people even if they are nonverbal. This will indeed bring a drastic difference in them. You can also hug, touch and help them enjoy their world world which will undoubtedly be the best thing you do for this autism month.

2) What is gluten?
Gluten is referred to as the protein composite mainly present in those foods that are processed from wheat and other associated grain species that includes rye and barley. The elasticity of your dough is due to the presence of this compound that also helps in giving the specific shape and thus aiding in the rise finally give it a chewy texture. Gluten is composed of gluten and gliadin seen in the endosperms of different grass-related grains along with starch. Gluten is considered as the richest protein source that is present in those foods having the sources and added as an additive in the others that has lower protein content. Certain pet foods also have gluten added to their protein content to enhance the richness and nutritional value.

3) What is gluten free diet?
The newest dietary problem maker is gluten considered to be causing severe health issues in some people. Gluten free diets are pretty popular these days and you can get anything from beer to brownies. You can now find the majority of them choosing these special diets to remain fit and healthy always even if they are not having problems with this component. There are both advantages as well as disadvantages when it comes to gluten free diets. With the variety of products lined up for gluten allergic people, it has been a disgrace for them as they can consume anything that they want without the fear and thus reducing the intake of processed foods. You can find anything from beer to bread, pastas to even brownies of your choice. The downside is that these products are pretty expensive and it does not suite the pockets of many. There are many of them who choose this diet even if they are not allergic to gluten and sole dependence leads to lowering vitamin levels that results in other problems.

4) Is a gluten free diet good for autism?
A Gluten free diet or a casein free diet is also known as GFCF diet and is considered as one of the best alternative treatment methods for children suffering from autism. There are plenty of reports from parents who tried the same with their autism affected child even when they found them to be non-allergic to gluten and found difference in behavior as well as speech. According to the theory, children suffering from autism, process proteins and peptides in food stuff containing gluten in a different way when compared to that of the others. This method is considered to worsen the autism symptoms and therefore gluten free diets are highly recommended for them. This will prevent the symptoms from being worsened up because producing noticeable changes in speech and behavior. At the same time, it is important to make sure that the child receives enough fiber, minerals and vitamins when gluten free diets are being administrated.

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