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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nutritional therapy (NAET) Autism Treatment

Nutritional therapy may be key to stopping autism | Fox News

In the last two years, autism cases have increased by 23 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means that one in every 88 children in the United States is on the spectrum. 
While there are various treatment options available for children suffering from autism, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, medical director of the National Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, recently conducted a study that revealed food and nutrient sensitivities play a significant role in the lives of autistic children. 
“With the average American getting over 150 pounds of sugar each year, and there being almost 85,000 new chemicals that have been added to our environment, it has become very difficult for many people's immune systems to tell friend from foe,” Teitelbaum said.  “This has resulted in a marked increase in sensitivities, especially to common foods.” 
The study, funded by the NAET research foundation, utilized what is known as the NAET treatment –a method that involves a desensitization technique that ultimately “teaches the immune system to get back in harmony with the environment,” Teitelbaum said.

OK, I was following until it got to this part which gets a tad out there ...

NAET is a holistic treatment that is used to eliminate allergies of all types. According to NAET’s website, the technique uses “a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.” 
“It is really very simple,” Teitelbaum said of NAET.  “The person holds the substance that they are sensitive to while the NAET practitioner presses on some acupressure points along the spine.”

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Antioxidant Supplement N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) and Autism

Antioxidant shows promise as treatment for certain features of autism

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) — A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder. 

The antioxidant, called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reducing the children's repetitive behaviors. The researchers emphasized that the findings must be confirmed in a larger trial before NAC can be recommended for children with autism. 
Irritability affects 60 to 70 percent of children with autism. "We're not talking about mild things: This is throwing, kicking, hitting, the child needing to be restrained," said Antonio Hardan, MD, the primary author of the new study. "It can affect learning, vocational activities and the child's ability to participate in autism therapies." 
The study appears in the June 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry. Hardan is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford and director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at Packard Children's. Stanfordis filing a patent for the use of NAC in autism, and one of the study authors has a financial stake in a company that makes and sells the NAC used in the trial.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

'Sensory' Therapies for Autism - No Evidence They Work?

Doubt Cast on Usefulness of 'Sensory' Therapies for Autism - Yahoo! News

MONDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Sensory therapies using brushes, swings and other play equipment are increasingly used by occupational therapists to treat children with developmental issues such as autism, but a large pediatricians organization says there isn't much evidence that such therapies actually work
Still, the group isn't completely discounting the potential of sensory therapies -- it's a ripe area for research, it noted. 
But before parents spend the time and money on taking children to sensory therapy, they should know that, as of now, the techniques are largely unproven
"It's OK for parents to try these types of therapies, but there is little research backing up the effectiveness of these therapies and whether or not they improve long-term outcomes for kids with developmental disabilities," said Dr. Michelle Zimmer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Timing of Seizures: Frontal lobe (Noon to Midnight); Temporal lobe (Midnight and Noon)

Very interesting.  My daughter has seizures and they happen after noon and usually later in 99% of the time.  We are able to coordinate riskier activities like swimming in the morning.  We also tend to book air plan flights in the morn to avoid seizure on the plane, etc.  Does anyone else have experience with seizures that happen only at certain parts of the day?

Timing of Seizures |
The investigators analyzed records from patients who had an ambulatory EEG from 24-72 hours. They maintained a log of symptoms and signaled the time when symptoms occurred by pushing the event detection button during their EEG. Eight Hundred Thirty-one (831) reports were analyzed and 44 patients had definite seizure events. A total of 129 seizures were recorded with various locations in the cortex. Frontal lobe seizures occurred more frequently between noon and midnight as compared to temporal lobe seizures which occurred much more frequently between midnight and noon. A separate analysis of the frontal lobe seizures revealed a cluster of seizures that tended to center around 6:33 a.m. Temporal lobe seizures had 24 seizures that seemed to cluster around 8:50 p.m.
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Colorful, technological approach to autism | |

Colorful, technological approach to autism | |

Nish Parikh wanted to reach autistic children and ultimately help them become more independent. He thought about what his own children liked — technology, animation, color, fun characters and positive reinforcement. So he set about trying to reach autistic children using those principles.
Parikh, CEO of Somerset-based WebTeam Corp., developed Shanesh Colors Program, an “interactive, educational intervention program for children with learning disabilities or with autism or autism spectrum related disorders.” The program involves the use of kiosks in schools or in his after-school program, and he also designed apps to be used at home.
“It’s an innovative way to deliver evidence-based therapy like Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),” Parikh said, adding that there also is an integrated tracking and monitoring system.
Parikh owns Shanesh’s COLORS Academy at Raritan, which uses the program via special touchscreen kiosks and cameras recording their success. Children use colorful and animated apps designed specifically for their needs in the after-school program to reinforce their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Risperdal and S100B: Prolactin, Tumors and Tardive Dyskinesia - AGE OF AUTISM

Risperdal and S100B: Prolactin, Tumors and Tardive Dyskinesia - AGE OF AUTISM

With Autism numbers climbing, there are those who look to the profit margin of knowing thousands of children, teens and young adults may need medications to "target behavior."   It is unfortunate and incorrect that Autism is still being looked at as a behavioral and developmental disability for many instead of a neuroimmune disease that manifests in repetitive behaviors, anxiety and verbal/social regression. For many, like my daughter, that regression came about after vaccinations.  These children tend to be very vulnerable canaries to toxins, thus medications can prove to be problematic for many.  It is important to know the mechanism of action in treating symptoms short term, but especially long term as some of these drugs have severe side effects that increase with dosage as well as duration.  

Recently, I wrote about a new study showing that over a third of children with an autism diagnosis had high levels of S100B in their blood, a calcium-binding protein that is produced primarily by astrocytes and is indicative of active brain injury.  While reading about S100B, I started to realize that some abstracts and research about Risperdal and other anti-psychotic medications were appearing that seemed to show a pattern.  
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Autism expert urges more research - and skepticism | The Marion Star |

Autism expert urges more research - and skepticism | The Marion Star |

MARION - Beware of snake-oil salesmen.
That time-old saying is true today, according to an autism expert who spoke recently at The Ohio State University at Marion.
Joshua Diehl, who has extensively researched autism, addressed a packed Guthery Room in Maynard Hall. Diehl focused on research-backed treatment options for autism while discussing upcoming changes to how autism is classified.
He also warned parents to be careful when they hear something online promising a new treatment for autism, suggesting some of the promises to be true.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Anat Baniel Method and Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Austism Spectrum Disorder

More About Treatment for Autism in Children with the Anat Baniel MethodIt is estimated that one in 100 children is on the autism spectrum. The diagnosis is mostly based on the observation of repetitive, restricted and stereotypical patterns of behavior and on impairments in communication skills and in social interactions. 
With the Anat Baniel Method we see the compulsiveness and rigidity that these kids exhibit, coupled with their difficulty to relate, to transition and their often compromised coordination and poor organization of movement, as a manifestation of their brain’s inability to differentiate and form patterns like those in healthy brains. 
Movement is the language of the brain. Movement communicates with the brain, providing it with the necessary information it requires to form and organize itself, and in turn, through its experiences, to learn to organize the movements of the body, of thinking, of feeling, of emotion, and of all action. To understand more about these ideas, we recommend reading Kids Beyond Limits.When we work with a child on the autism spectrum, rather than try to make him do what he would have been doing had he not had this condition, which frequently leads to limited results, we use movement with attention and the other Nine Essentials to communicate with the child’s brain, helping it heal. As a result the child begins connecting more fully with himself, with his body and with what he feels, awakening his attention and his ability to make sense of himself and the world around him.You can learn more about how the method works by doing Anat’s workshop for parents of special needs kidsMore @


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