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


Is Vision Therapy Right For Your Child

>> Monday, March 9, 2009

Many of the behavioral characteristics of those with autism spectrum disorders do involve the visual system as well. Please read Mary Megson and The Autism"s Visual System.

Poor eye contact, staring at lights or spinning objects, side viewing, and other general difficulties are often symptoms of visual dysfunction. We have 3 out of 4 members in our household that have been diagnosed with nearsightedness. The boys dad is the only one with good eyes. Darn, I was hoping that they would have good eyes. The optometrists says that they boys eyes will only get worse as time goes by.

It is recommended that anyone with autism, PDD, learning disability (LD), speech-language delay, sensory integration dysfunction, Asperger's or any other psychological problems to be looking for a behavioral optometrist in your area.

Most children do not outgrow vision delays without intervention. Here is one testimony I found for one in Mississippi. Improving visual function can lead to improvement in areas such as language development and social-emotional skills. A vision exam can be the first step in conquering behavioral problems; such as, turning and tilting the head, gaze avoidance, and side looking as well as having better overall function.

The primary goal of vision therapy for persons on the ASD is to help them give meaning to what they see. Again refer to the link on Megson above. Many have poor vision and their behavior is similar to that of a blind person. Please read Patricia Lemer's book "Envisioning A Bright Future" on how vision therapy can impact your life, and it will explain in detail on how it is to be done. This book is a complete guide to autism and all of the interventions that do work. It is great for a parent, teacher, physician, optometrist and so on.

Listed below are some more resources for you to check out:

1 special comments:

Melissa March 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

Hey, just wondering if you found a doctor for this locally? If so would you e-mail me the info. Thanks a bunch!