Martial Arts Proven Beneficial for Individuals with Autism

A recent and growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts.  A 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin physical therapy department confirmed what parents were already reporting — in the course of learning martial arts, children with autism [...]

In-Home Support Lacking for Parents of Sick Children

It’s all over the news that a Massachusetts woman has been charged with attempted murder, child endangerment and assault and battery for withholding cancer treatment from her son who also suffered from autism. She admitted that she did not give him in-home chemotherapy prescriptions for five months because the side effects made her son so [...]

Autism Speaks Announces the Ten Best Cities for Autism

As part of Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks has released its findings from an online survey identifying the most livable cities for autism. These cities were recognized by respondents for best availability of services and resources, including educational, recreational and medical offerings. The cities, in no particular order are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, [...]

Music Therapy Benefits Individuals with Autism

In my ongoing postings of alternative therapies to enhance the lives of children with autism, I would be remiss if I didn’t include music therapy. Everyone knows that music is a universal language and for children on the autism spectrum who have barriers to communication and social interaction, music is especially well-suited to their needs. [...]

Autism, Allergies and Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Return from the Brink

April 1st ushers in Autism Awareness Month and there is an excellent conference that kicks off in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to start the month. “When the Belly is the Beast: How Intestinal Health Impacts Brain and Behavior,” is a symposium dedicated to exploring nutritional and biomedical approaches to treating autism. In addition to speakers on gastrointestinal [...]

Massage Therapy Beneficial for Children with Autism

Parents of children with autism are always seeking ways to enhance the quality of life for their children and massage therapy is becoming an increasingly popular way of doing so.  One would think that a child with autism, who is commonly averse to touch, would find massage therapy intolerable. However, a massage therapist who works [...]

Earthing Offers Potential Health Benefits

Since time immemorial, man has been connected to the earth. Working in fields or gardening, walking barefoot on beaches, or sleeping under the stars are all activities that link us to the natural, electrical energy of the earth’s surface. But modern man, in his concrete world filled with monitors and machines, has become more estranged [...]

Fighting the Wrong Autism Battles Can Prove Costly

The US Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week protecting vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits highlights an even larger problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Well-intended parents are out campaigning and spending precious time, money and resources, all while home therapies needed to treat their child’s autism are being neglected. However meaningful [...]

Shocking Study Links Brain Erosion to Antipsychotics

This month, a shocking claim was made by the former chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen, when she published her findings that antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperadone, actually shrink the brain over time. Ms. Andreasen began a long-running study in 1991 on schizophrenia patients taking antipsychotics, periodically measuring their brain volumes with [...]

The Silver Lining of an Autism Diagnosis

Despite greater awareness and a better understanding of the disorder, autism rates continue to climb at an alarming rate, with more parents than ever before receiving the devastating news of an autism diagnosis. However, while the maze of a loved one’s diagnosis can be quite overwhelming, there is some potentially great news. As the first [...]

 
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