March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Envisioning A Bright Future Book Review

>> Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Envisioning A Bright Future" is a wonderful addition to your library. The book is edited by Patricia Lemer who is the national director of Developmental Delay Resources. Her book is about interventions that work for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

There are many approaches when it comes to the causes of autism. Is it vaccines, environmental, a "total overload", or genetics? This book takes a look at all of the possibilities that is backed by support from numerous scientific literatures. Removing toxins and allergens, adding nutrients to the rid the body of toxins, and buying dye-free medications is a start. Adding a special diet can be productive in changing an over sensitive person reactions.

Various therapies that are explained include vision therapy since more and more optometrists are seeing patients with autism spectrum disorders who can have significant vision problems. The book explains how an optometrist can help an autistic person, by using lenses and probing. Adding other therapies as well will aid in the productivity of living life with autism spectrum disorders.

This book is the perfect addition and will help explain autism spectrum disorders, their symptoms, and treatment options to you. I have really enjoyed reading this book, because there is so much reliable information that you will need to take notes when reading. I hope that you will purchase this book as a guide to autism spectrum disorders, their causes, and treatment options. Happy reading and I will end with a quote from Patricia Lemer:

"Human function is incredibly complex because the various senses are interrelated. When an environmental impact (perhaps food dyes, heavy metals like mercury, or dairy in the case of a food allergy) impairs one of the senses, a domino effect occurs, which impairs other senses. a clear example of this is when babies have ear infections. This infection ( and the drugs used to treat it) can disturb the vestibular system in the inner ear (which controls balance). The vestibular system works with language center of the brain that control the eyes, the part of the brain that controls emotion (the lymbic system), as well as the digestive tract. So, this environmental impact (additives, heavy metals, allergens) can lead to problems in any of these areas: hearing, vision, emotions understanding, speaking and the ability to pay attention."

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3 special comments:

Karine March 4, 2009 at 5:56 AM  

Thank you for this review and all the other great information you share.
I'll definitively pick this book up. It sounds like a great reference to have.
Just to let you know, your link to the Optometric Extension Program Foundation is broken. Their website is
All the best.

amandaautismx2 March 4, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

Thank you Karine, I did add your link to my page.

Karine March 11, 2009 at 7:38 AM  

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for adding my link to your page.
I like your posts. They're always full of useful information.
All my best wishes.