Foods For Thought: An Insight Into Special Diets

Diets: caveman, paleo, “ape,” low carb, low glycemic, zone, ketogenic, specific carbohydrate, GAPS, “grain brain,” “wheat belly”diet — why is there so much interest in these diets? What are they targeting? Is it gut dysbiosis/inflammation or food allergies, or insulin dysregulation, or gluten intolerance, the optimal primate food, or something else? Is there perhaps a [...]

Turkish Sociologist Declares Children With Autism Born Atheists

Recently, Turkish sociologist Fehmi Kaya declared in numerous Turkish media outlets that children with autism are “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.” He elaborated by saying, “That is why they don’t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is necessary to create awareness [or religion] [...]

Autism-Related Depression in Mothers and Children

A pair of articles about autism and depression have captured my attention recently. The first involves a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in which researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health examined medical records from 50,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II and found that those who experienced the most physical, emotional [...]

Autism and Law Enforcement

All autism parents feel anxious about their children in the community, knowing they could be perpetrators, victims of crime, or wanderers.  Far too often, criminal actions on the part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) individuals are provoked by school administrators and/or police officers not understanding the signs and manifestations of autism. A recent case in point [...]

Scientific Community Shuns Sensory Integration Therapy for Autism

Researchers at the University of Texas, led by Professor Mark O’Reilly, have declared that Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) is scientifically ungrounded and should cease to be used by a majority of occupational therapists in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  Since many agencies are mandated to use only scientifically-proven methods, they advocate that Applied [...]

Special Education: An Overlooked Factor to the Newtown Tragedy

Something has been tugging at my heart in the wake of the unfathomable tragedy in Newtown, CT.  The obvious broken systems have been laid bare.  Gun control issues must be wrestled away from special interests and mental health must be recognized as an urgent public health issue.  But there’s another broken system in America that [...]

Holiday Message to Autism Parents

For those of you who followed my articles in the past, you will know I’ve been out of the autism loop for a while, consumed by the affairs of my immediate family of sixteen-year-old twin sons with high functioning autism.  Having seen them to their junior year of high school, I can tell all of [...]

MSNBC Host Suggests Colorado Shooter James Holmes Has Autism

As details continue to emerge about Colorado ‘Dark Knight’ murder suspect James Holmes, many media figures are beginning discuss his background, upbringing, mental health and overall state-of-mind. Unfortunately, this has invariably (and predictively) once again exposed the ignorance associated with autism. Such is the case on yesterday’s "Morning Joe" program, when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough [...]

Changing the World, One Set of Keys at a Time

I wear a set of keys on a chain around my neck. I don’t know what, exactly, these keys unlock, but I wear them in hope, and in memory.  After my grandmother passed away years ago, my grandfather invited the women of the family to view her jewelry box and select any items that we [...]

21 Jump Street Movie Ignites Autism Controversy

The blogosphere has been abuzz the last few days about an emerging controversy involving the new "21 Jump Street" movie starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube. The movie, set for release on Friday, March 16th, is being promoted by a YouTube trailer, which shows Ice Cube using the term "autistic" as an insult [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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