" 1 of 110 children are being DX with Autism in the USA "

" 1 of 110 children are being DX with Autism in the USA "

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Noone well involved in the education of their child with AUTISM ignores the exsistance of Dr. Temple Grandin Scientist and AUTISTIC. This coming month of Feb. HBO will air her documentary . I encourage you all to see it. We must not forget that www.cdc.org has now announced that in 2009 1 out of 100 children are neing diagnosed with a form of AUTISM in the US. Lets not continue to ignore it in afew years AUTISm isnt going to be considered the un-normal.


Temple Grandin -

Reinventing Autism, a 90-minute documentary, will tell the captivating story of Temple's life, and her journey overcoming autism and living life to it's fullest. This preview offers a glimpse of the project -- which has been a labor of love for Temple and the production team -- who are committed to increasing awareness of autism and helping families emerge from a grim diagnosis to create a full and meaningful life for their children. For more information, visit www.templegrandindoc.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

By Carla K. Johnson The Associated Press


Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 American children have autism disorders — higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150.
Greater awareness, broader definitions and spotting autism in younger children may explain some of the increase, federal health officials said.
“The concern here is that buried in these numbers is a true increase,” said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. “We’re going to have to think very hard about what we’re going to do for the 1 in 100.”
Figuring out how many children have autism is extremely difficult because diagnosis is based on a child’s behaviour, said Dr. Susan E. Levy of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics subcommittee on autism.

“With diabetes you can get a blood test,” said Levy. “As of yet, there’s no consistent biologic marker we can use to make the diagnosis of autism.”
The new estimate would mean about 673,000 American children have autism. Previous estimates put the number at about 560,000
One of the studies stems from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. The results were released Monday, and published in October’s Pediatrics.
In that study, based on telephone surveys, parents reported about 1 in 91 children, ages 3 to 17, had autism, including milder forms such as Asperger’s syndrome.
The other government estimate has not been formally released yet. But because of the new published findings, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to announce Friday during an embargoed press briefing that their preliminary findings also show about 1 in 100 children have the disorders.
The CDC uses an in-depth method for its estimate, said CDC researcher Catherine Rice. An agency network reviews the education and health records of 8-year-old children in selected cities and determines whether the children meet the diagnosis. Autism experts generally consider this method more rigorous than a telephone survey.

President Barack Obama has made autism a priority for research, Insel said. Federal stimulus money has been earmarked for autism, and a 2006 law pumped millions of dollars of new federal money into autism research, screening and treatment.
The published findings, which include state-level data, will help the government plan new services, said Michael Kogan, a researcher with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, who led the new study, which lists authors from several government agencies, including CDC.
The findings are based on the results of a national telephone survey of more than 78,000 parents of children ages 3 to 17. The survey dealt with many health issues and included two questions on autism.
Parents were asked whether they had ever been told by a doctor or other health care provider that their child had autism, Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder or some other autism spectrum disorder.
If the parent said yes, they were asked if their child currently has autism or an autism spectrum disorder. “Yes” to both questions was counted as a child with an autism disorder.
The survey questions were flawed, said autism researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California, Davis. A broad definition, read to some parents who asked for clarification, didn’t include “repetitive behaviours,” Hertz-Picciotto said. And parents weren’t asked about a professional diagnosis in the second question.
Children with autism can have trouble communicating and interacting socially. They may have poor eye contact and engage in repetitive behaviour such as rocking or hand-flapping.
“The wording and definition invited much broader interpretation,” Hertz-Picciotto said, and researchers didn’t check what parents said against medical records.
In another finding, nearly 40 per cent of the children ever diagnosed with autism disorders didn’t currently have autism, the parents reported. That rate is much higher than ever found by autism recovery researchers. Outside experts said they doubt it reflects a true rate of recoveries. Autism could have been suspected and later ruled out for some of the children, the authors wrote.
One of the new study’s authors was supported in part by a grant from the advocacy group Autism Speaks. The others work for federal agencies.
“Autism is a highly prevalent disorder,” said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer of Autism Speaks. “We’re looking at a major public health challenge.”
Source: http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/world/2009/10/04/11296256.html
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AUTISM Reality

AUTISM Reality

critically acclaimed documentary film about autism by an autistic film director.
'autism reality' is a moving interview-based piece that shows a new and refreshing side of the issue. thank you Dr. Temple Grandin!don't press play unless you have 10 minutes to spare (you'll want to watch the whole thing)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Always Resolve everything now

The Key to Lasting Relationships

A message from the Lord to all of us via James Macdonald from walkintheword.com , I will never forget the first time his preaching made a difference in my life , It was a few days after the diagnosis of my son david and what the Lord sent to me via this Pastor really and truly made me change at that very moment the way I saw my sons Diagnosis . I listen to his preachings every single day a nd I truly feel I have been blessed by the messages . I deal with people everyday and it is difficult to deal with people that you might not agree with . It is even more difficult when you cant seem to see eye to eye with a family member . This pastor focuses on the family and this is one of the things I love about his sermons. Following are just quotes of a specific message called "ALWAYS RESOLVE EVERYTHING NOW" http://www.walkintheword.com/broadcast.aspx A very strong message to us . I thing a wonderful meaningful message as we start year 2010 . The Lord is comming soon and there is no more time then to make right choices for our life and our families life.
I hope you are as blessed from this message as I have been


"Avoid it. Ignore it. Sweep it under the carpet. Flip the page of the calendar and hope it’ll go away. But it won’t. Personal conflict between family members, coworkers, neighbors, even brothers and sisters in the body of Christ robs us of peace, distorts our perspective, and destroys our relationship with God.

Hear this: God is all about resolving relational conflict. In fact, His Word details specific ways you can begin to resolve conflicts in your relationships...today! Download His truth into your life from these three messages and get started resolving conflict...NOW!""God doesn’t just want to save you, He wants to change you." much of the pain in life flows from relational conflic doesnt it?. There has been so many poor things modeled for us . Maybe our parents dont resolve things , They might just stick it under the carpet or try to flip some pages onthe calendar and think it will go away or deny it or avoid it .Now hear this! God is all about His children RESOLVING relational conflict because we are sinful people we cant avoid it .
In everyones life comes relational conflict James chapter 4 says :

"What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."

The problem lies in us in our own pride my selfishness my insistence on being right about everything. Yet (if we let Him) God will build in me a humility and a graciousness and a loving nature. We arent surpriced that Jesus had so much to say about relationships Mathew 5:2121"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
25"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny"


Lets build a clear foundation of what God wants us to do when we are in relational conflict. Lets beggin with this : Always resolve everything , I have an Idea of how hard this is . But there is a good reason for doing so based on the teachings of Christ . God takes it seriously, Dont we wanna take seriously what the Lord takes seriously? God takes relational conflict very seriously. Listen if you allow your life to be a life of hatred God help us all.I know we all have been in very difficul places in your life. But if we hate someone and we dont make things right you dispise that person that condition of heart is not consistant with the heart of a person who has been born again by the spirit of God .

On a personal note I hope that you all can take the time to listen to the message and we can all make a good change in our life for this year 2010.Sometimes people need time. And so that is respected . But never take too long I have learned that months days and weeks is too long fo the Lord. Make things right in the name of Jesus it will be the best thing in your heart.

Embracing hope by Faith

Why are you in despair my soul?

And why have you become disturbed with in me ?,
Hope in God for I have yet praise Him.

The help of my conscience and my guide.

Be strong and let your heart take courage all of you who hope in the Lord.

A horse is not falls hope for victory nor does it deliver anyone why it’s great strength.

Behold the eyes of the Lord is on those who fear Him on those who hope for His loving kindness. For I hope in you oh Lord that you will answer Lord my God,

And now Lord for what do I wait ?.

My hope is in you.

I need not search for the Lord for He is seeking me and

my hope is in Him finding me where ever I’m .

My mind is filled with feelings of fear ,

But my hope in God overcomes those obstacles and keeps me waiting in confidence that the Lord will be faithful.

My hope is no longer in the empty attitude with no future,

Gods word details God’s plan for blessing my life.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.

Plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Hope flows into my life today as I exercise my faith not in what I feel or see but in what Gods word says about my future I’m a servant of the Lord.

Let it be to me according to your word.


PICA Disorder

PICA disorder

My child Alanis is dealing with PICA Disorder. Many children that have sensory related issues /Autism deal with this disorder as well. Some are more severe then others. Alanis is considered to e in the early intervention part of PICA . I wanted to write about this because I have been asking for your prayers for my child and well I wanted to bring awareness of PICA . We received this diagnosis last year for alanis but she was inthe very low end of the PICA spectrum , At this time she is considered to be in the more severre end because of the things she has now eatena nd she needs medical intervention. As you know my child also has an anxiety disorder that doesn't help the PICA but with the many prayers and faith in the Lord and last but not least the help of the professionals she will make it .

A behaviorist specialist in PICA will be here in the home and in school so I appreciate evrything and everyone who is now going to help her.
I will keep you all posted
What is PICA :

Many young kids put nonfood items in their mouths at one time or another. They're naturally curious about their environment and might, for instance, eat some dirt out of the sandbox.
Kids with pica, however, go beyond this innocent exploration of their surroundings. As many as 25% to 30% of kids (and 20% of those seen in mental health clinics)
have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by persistent and compulsive cravings (lasting 1 month or longer) to eat nonfood items.
About PicaThe word pica comes from the Latin word for magpie,
a bird known for its large and indiscriminate appetite.

Pica is most common in people with developmental disabilities, including autism and mental retardation, and in children between the ages of 2 and 3. Although kids younger than 18 to 24 months can try to eat nonfood items, it isn't necessarily considered abnormal at that age.
Pica is also a behavior that may surface in children who've had a brain injury affecting their development. It can also be a problem for some pregnant women,
as well as people with epilepsy.

People with pica frequently crave and consume nonfood items such as:
•dirt•clay•paint chips•plaster•chalk•cornstarch•laundry starch•baking soda•coffee grounds•cigarette ashes•burnt match heads•cigarette butts•feces•ice•glue•hair•buttons•paper•sand•toothpaste•soapAlthough consumption of some items may be harmless, pica is considered to be a serious eating disorder that can sometimes result in serious health problems such as lead poisoning and iron-deficiency anemia.

Signs of PicaLook for these warning signs that your child may have pica:
•repetitive consumption of nonfood items, despite efforts to restrict it, for a period of at least 1 month or longer•the behavior is considered inappropriate for your child's age or developmental stage (older than 18 to 24 months)•the behavior is not part of a cultural, ethnic, or religious practiceWhy Do Some People Eat Nonfood Items?The specific causes of pica are unknown, but certain conditions and situations can increase a person's risk for pica:

•nutritional deficiencies, such as iron or zinc, that may trigger specific cravings (however, the nonfood items craved usually don't supply the minerals lacking in the person's body)•dieting — people who diet may attempt to ease hunger by eating nonfood substances to get a feeling of fullness•malnutrition, especially in underdeveloped countries, where people with pica most commonly eat soil or clay•cultural factors — in families, religions, or groups in which eating nonfood substances is a learned practice•developmental problems, such as mental retardation, autism, other developmental disabilities, or brain abnormalities•mental health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia•pregnancy, but it's been suggested that pica during pregnancy occurs more frequently in women who exhibited similar practices during their childhood or before pregnancy or who have a history of pica in their familyTheories about what causes pica abound. One is that a nutritional deficiency, such as iron deficiency, can trigger specific cravings. Evidence supports that at least some pica cases are a response to dietary deficiency — nutritional deficiencies often are associated with pica and their correction often improves symptoms. Some pregnant women, for example, will stop eating nonfood items after being treated for iron deficiency anemia,
a common condition among pregnant women with pica.

However, not everyone responds when a nutritional deficiency is corrected, which may be a consequence of pica rather than the cause, and some people with pica don't have a documented nutritional deficiency.