The GFCF Diet

>> Thursday, October 30, 2008

Well, looks like I am on my way to the gfcf diet that a lot of autisic children are on. A gfcf diet is needed when a child has gastrointestinal problems, and 80% of children with autism has a GI problem. It will take me a while to learn how to get it together and go for it. I am going to have to learn everything there is to know. I have provided a list of links to the side of my blog for you to enjoy. I have a friend that is giving me a bag of chickpea flour. I'll see what I can do with that. I'm just hoping that I am able to do it with ease. Planning will be the name of the game. Guess I'll be needing gfcf cookbooks for Christmas this year, a bread machine, and a grinder. Guess I need to ask what utensils are used in making flours and other things. Anybody have a suggestion? Leave a comment and I'll get back with you. Signing off until we get moved.... we finally got a three bedroom for the boys. They are having problems sharing a bedroom. Then "Ed"s therapist called me yesterday and said that his ADHD medication was aggervating his autism symptoms. So I still don't know what we are going to do about that. Still haven't heard from the Dr. Goodbye for now.


Detecting Autism Early....New procedure

>> Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Early detection for autism is very important, and today some are not diagnosed until they are at least three years of age or longer. There is now a new way to test for autism as early as 9 months, which is great. The researcher's at Canada's McMaster University has developed a computerized test to track the eye movements of an infant with sensors that aims to predict autism in children. It administers five eye-tracking tests over ten minutes. It measures the direction and fixation of a child's eyes to an image or human face. Yale's University's Toddler Developmental Disibilities Clinic uses similar techniques to study patterns in children ages three months to three years. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab has created a software and in-home recording devices that track the habits of a newborn, to find clues to detecting autism early on in life. I believe that this is great. Everything helps when it comes to diagnosing autism early, and I hope that they have great findings, and amaze the world. Here is the article from out of Abilene, Texas.


Learn Occupational Therapy At Home

>> Thursday, October 23, 2008

I came across this on occupational therapy videos and thought that I would like to learn how to do that. Occupational therapy helps people of all ages learn how to function and interact with others on a day to day basis, and is often used for children with autism. Here
are the benefits of occupational therapy for children with autism.

TRP Wellness launches new DVD series for children with special needs
. These DVD's are reasonable if you are interested in taking a look at these occupational DVD's .

Hope you will enjoy them.


Autism Support Network

>> Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Autism Support Network has launched it's free online support community to help parents and others learn about the autism spectrum disorder. The Wall Street Journal wrote an article on it, explaining the opportunities that are available. To join in with the Autism Support Network, you can share your opinion and share your experiences with each other. Another one I recommend is AutismWeb. I currently have a poll up to see who all has had issues with Heb B shots, jaundice, and autism. Please sign up for this group and take my poll. There are lots of nice people there to talk to. I've noticed some parents are concerned with these three combined, and I'm hoping to find the end of the light for this. I appreciate any comments that you may have, and could use them on this subject.


The Early Years With My 7y/o

>> Monday, October 20, 2008

I had the flu when I found out I was pregnant with "Ed" my 7y/o. I was given antibiotics to help with the kidney infection that I had as well. My pregnancy went great no morning sickness at all. Everything was going well, then later on in my pregnancy, I found out that he had choroid plexus cysts. I was almost terrified to learn they wanted to do a down's syndrome test on the amniotic fluid. I didn't however... who would? There has been questions raised on this type of cyst, and autism, but there isn't much relivant information on it. When he was born, he had jaundice pretty bad. This caused him to sleep most of the time during the first week. After he had gotten better, sleep would almost never happen. I could hold him and rock him to sleep, but once I put him down, he immediately woke up. We'd be up all night trying to get him to go to sleep...everything from 2:00 a.m. car rides to sleeping without putting him down. Here I was trying to sleep as well with a baby having to be held to sleep. He continued this until he was 18 months old and "Dev" was born. I was trying to get him to sleep the morning I went to have "Dev". Once "Ed" was 6 months old he was already becoming a vilolent child. Kicking me to change diapers, and standing up in his crib falling face forward into the crib mattress, just to name a few. By the time he was one, he began to throw huge toys at me just for fun. He was still not talking by this time. I would sit in front of his high chair and say "mom" over and over again, but wouldn't get a response. I started crying wondering why my child wouldn't talk. I had no idea what autism was, and never seen the movie, "The Rainman". I was stuck and didn't know a thing about what was going on. It wasn't until a nurse from the health department came to check on "Dev" was had just been born that I learned that "Ed" needed to be evaluated. This took a couple of months as well. He was evaluated by a rehab center and was in need of a specialist for his toe walking. The specialist basically told me that he should come out of it once he grows, then he gave me the options if he didn't. I didn't like those options, and glad that he did out grow it. He was put into therapy for his speach for about 2 years. It wasn't until time for preschool that I didn't get a diagnosis of autism for him. We had an appointment with the special education director of the local school system that he got to see a psychologist and had tested him for autism. From the school, I received a diagnosis for him. He went to preschool and started showing bad behavior. The schools over looked it leaving me to find other help for him. By the time he was in kindergarten, his behavior grew worse. His regular teacher had said that if he doesn't get his behavior under control, she would have to take him out of her room and keep him in special ed. all day. I felt bad for him, and still I had no where to turn. Then he went to 1st grade, and I found out that the local mental health agency had a therapist that went to schools was available to him. I signed him up, and now he is doing better. I did put him on medication, because if I didn't the behavior would not have ended. He is currently on Vyvanse and Clonidine which works well for him. He has previously been on Adderall-XR and Focalin. The Adderall-XR made him loose his appitite, and the Focalin made him unfocused and not understand what was going on around him. He is doing very well on the Vyvanse, and doing much better with his behavior. He is continuing his good grades in school making mostly A's. He has come a long way and I'm very proud of him.


McCain, Obama go head to head in last debate!!!

>> Sunday, October 19, 2008

Politics and autism is a main political point in history. Autism is big news, and there is much to know about the conditions that affect so many people today. Research is still on going for thousands of researchers around the world. There has also been a lot going on in the United Kingdom as well as other countries. It is spreading all over the world. Could it be an epidemic like some say...I wonder. I am quoting the first paragraph of a face off between Barack Obama and John McCain. It's a transcript for that debate. HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and Democrat Sen. Barack Obama faced off at Hofstra University Wednesday night in their last debate before Election Day. Bob Schieffer of CBS was the moderator. Here is a transcript of the debate.
It is quite lengthy so I would allow time to read it. About 20-30 minutes. This is what I thought:
CNN Presidential Candidate Debate Transcript

John McCain said about autism:

"She'll be my partner. She understands reform. And, by the way, she also understands special-needs families. She understands that autism is on the rise, that we've got to find out what's causing it, and we've got to reach out to these families, and help them, and give them the help they need as they raise these very special needs children."

This is very well put.
What Barack Obama said about autism:

"I do want to just point out that autism, for example, or other special needs will require some additional funding, if we're going to get serious in terms of research. That is something that every family that advocates on behalf of disabled children talk about."

This to me doesn't seem right. I quote, " If we're going to get serious in terms of research." I felt like he doesn't think it needs to be a serious thing. This is my opinion only.


Have a Heart Horse Rescue

>> Friday, October 17, 2008

On October 6, 2008, an article in the Tupelo Daily Journal was published about a women named Sheila Horton. She has a non-profit organization in Baldwyn, Mississippi for the benefit of rescuing horses from abusive owners. She currently has a total of 18 horses and one maybe two are pregnant. Her maximum is 12 horses at a time. She is making this her full time job to care for these animals. She is in desperate need of funding due to a rise in the cost of feeding and vet care. When I read this article in the newspaper, I felt that there must be something that I can do. I contacted her to see if she would allow me to post about her organization. She agreed, and even invited my boys out to see them. I am hoping that you will feel just as concerned as I am and will donate to help keep these horses safe and healthy. The article in the newspaper can be read here. The web site for her is as follows Have A Heart Horse Rescue.


Concerned about Vaccinations

>> Monday, October 13, 2008

Many are concerned about vaccinations causing autism. My husband and I think our two boys was caused by genetics. That is what I was told by a few psychologist. I don't know about any family history on either side, but do see characteristics of possible problems on my husbands side. I am adopted, so sadly I don't know anything about my genes. But who really knows if it is completely genetic or not. I haven't really made up my mind on the issue yet, and I'm still learning everything I possibly can about this condition that affects so many precious lives. I am sending out word on what I can find on the subject, but leaving it up to you to decide for yourself and hopefully help you in making a decision on what you feel went wrong. I'll explore research, opinions, evidence, etc.
First off we will discuss vaccine concerns. These are from
Dr. Ari Brown's Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots
This is an in depth report on why vaccines do not cause autism. The next one is the The following list of studies published in peer-reviewed journals is provided so that parents and practitioners can themselves compare the balance of evidence about MMR and autism. MMR vaccine does not cause autism examine the evidence.
There are other articles to read concerning vaccines on their website. Here is something on WebMD Autism-Vaccine Link: Evidence Doesn't Dispel Doubts
, but let's take a look at the genetic research on the issue. A gene has been found to a possible link to autism. The researchers have identified that the chromosome 11 gene may be linked to autism, but it can't be pen-pointed. They have also found 5 or six more genes that are linked to autism susceptibility. There are as many as 30 genes that can be identified with a link to autism. Article on Gene That May Lead to Austism.
Check out related stories in this article for more. Searching
for autism will give you lots of news about autism and science. Here is a pdf of autism genes 2005 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development .
Parents have may idea's on what causes autism, but I on the other hand has accepted that my boys have autism. To me it's not about what causes it, but more about what I can do to make it better for them. That is my goal, and not to blame a bunch of vaccine preservatives, or worry about the genetic science of autism. Accepting is the main part instead of having my head spin on looking for it's causes on how my boys have obtained the condition. For other parents out there, you may have decided what causes your child's autism, but for the proof of mine I don't know. I have given you the research and now it's your turn to decide for yourself. Thanks again, Amanda


Autism Survey

>> Sunday, October 12, 2008

Elizabeth Allen is needing a survey of parents who have children with Asperger's Syndrome. If you would like to take the survey for about 20 minutes or so please do so. This is the note she sent to my group ASD-MS at yahoo groups. Thank you for your time and hope that she will receive lots of responses.

My name is Elizabeth Allen and I am currently a
special education
graduate student
at KU. I am currently working on my masters project,
which is a transtion survey specifically designed for parents with
children with Asperger's Syndrome. I am looking for organizations who would be willing either to email this survey to parents with children with Asperger's Syndrome, or to post it on your site.


Autism and Toys

>> Friday, October 10, 2008

When it comes to autism, there are groups of children who have sensory problems of all kinds. I believe that toys for autism spectrum disorders, will give the children the necessary skills at home that they can receive in therapy. Now you to can have toys like these to soothe your child during the tough times. My two boys have angry bears that their therapist gave them at school. They are not allowed to stomp or throw them, but use them when they are angry and wanting to hit others. Instead, they hit on the angry bear to release the angry that has overcome them. I at home have used them as all feelings bears. Mine have feeling of sadness, frustration, anger, lonely, and so on. My 5 year old uses his as a love bear. He plays with stuffed bears with a babyish talk. He's cute. They also have a great deal of silliness. So therefore, toys like these can be found here and other sites as well Toys For Autism.


What is Autism

>> Thursday, October 9, 2008

It's very important to know the sign's of autism spectrum disorders. Some children may have only a few and some can experience most or all of them. It is very thorough on the signs of autism.



>> Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I believe in this story from It's about how having autism may mean more intelligence. My oldest son who is in the 2nd grade is highly intelligent. He is in the top of his class. He is an excellent student in Math, Reading, and Spelling. He usually has 100 average in those classes, and in spelling he gets the bonus points as well. He retains information very well, and even so over a long period of time. My youngest son is still learning in kindergarten and is receiving occupational therapy for his handwriting, and is experiencing delays in reading sight words, and sequencing. My husband is also highly intelligent. He is going to college for computer programming and has been in college for two years. He will graduate in 2010, and is maintaining a GPA of 4.0.



>> Monday, October 6, 2008

Hello, my name is Amanda and I have two boy's ages 7 and 5 who are both diagnosed with high functioning autism and secondary ADHD. I will be going thru headlines bringing you information on Autism. I will be talking about everything related to autism, and it's scientific aspects as well. These are only my opinions and experiences that I have with my two boy's, so I hope that you will enjoy them. Thank you and hope to see you in the future. I am still learning so it may take some time for me to get adjusted to the blogging world. Please bear with my while I learn everything and get adjusted.