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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Autism Jabberwocky: When simply ignoring the evidence isn't good enough

Autism Jabberwocky: When simply ignoring the evidence isn't good enough

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory Integration Therapy

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Using Video Modeling to Teach Social Skills

Using Video Modeling to Teach Social Skills

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The Autism News: Hyperbaric Autism Treatment Shows Possible Promise

The Autism News: Hyperbaric Autism Treatment Shows Possible Promise

The Autism News: Using the language of music to speak to children with autism

The Autism News: Using the language of music to speak to children with autism



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Monday, March 16, 2009

How many autism spectrum disorder blogs are there out there? Here's 175 to get you started!

How many autism spectrum disorder blogs are there out there? Here’s 175 to get you started!

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Hyperbaric treatment for children with autism: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial

Several uncontrolled studies of hyperbaric treatment in children with autism have reported clinical improvements; however, this treatment has not been evaluated to date with a controlled study. We performed a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial to assess the efficacy of hyperbaric treatment in children with autism. ... more (source)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nicotine Patches to treat autism?

A Photon in the Darkness blog discusses the proposed use of nicotine patches as an autism treatment. As an ex-smoker who is very familiar with nicotine withdrawals, this would not be a good candidate for "give it a try" no matter the evidence that it helped, which there doesn't seem to be any.

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Spirulina: Algae for Autism

One mother used spirulina to reversed the signs of autism in her son

Wikipedia on Spirulina ...

Protein

Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source. It is a complete protein,[citation needed] containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine, and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs, and milk. It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes.[4][5]

Essential fatty acids

Spirulina is the common name for human and animal food supplements similar to Chlorella and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (Blue Green Algae.) Spirulina comes from two different species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima. These and other Arthrospira species were once classified in the genus Spirulina. There is now agreement that they are a distinct genus, and that the food species belong to Arthrospira; nonetheless, the older term Spirulina remains the popular name. Spirulina is cultivated around the world, and is used as a human dietary supplement as well as a whole food and is available in tablet, flake, and powder form. It is also used as a feed supplement in the aquaculture, aquarium, and poultry industries.

Spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and arachidonic acid (AA).[5][6]

Vitamins

Spirulina contains vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Dynavox Autism Success Story



The following is from a mom per my request for Dynavox and Autism Success Stories. We are getting more out of the Dynavox daily and have been using it to play games as a family. It is truly a great tool, but a lot of work.

My daughter got her Dynavox V about three years ago this coming May. I have to agree that programming it is a lot of work. We have four people assisting us with using the device and programming it. We have our SLP, our Dynavox consultant/trainer, our daughter's aide and me....mom. I've spent up to nine hours in one day just on programming. It has been very useful in many situations like going on vacation, going to the doctors office, going to the dentist and/or orthodontist. She uses it to tell me what she did at school today and what she worked on for the day. We also use it for helping her to remember all the steps with setting the table, ordering at restaurants, grocery shopping and using a list, using the ATM machine, and many many other things. She uses it to play games as well...solitaire is one of her favorite games. We are always thinking of more way to use it.

However, I think the biggest drawback is it's portability. It's very heavy and isn't easy to lug around school all day. It's not real practical during PE because of it's size and weight. My biggest recommendation would be for Dynavox to find ways to improve the size and weight of the device to improve it's portability. It would also be nice if the black carrying case had a built in pouch for the white dynavox pen.

Anyway, I could write a lot more but just wanted to give a little feedback on our experience with the device.

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