The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has joined our fight against Autism. This months’ edition of PEDIATRICS®, the official journal of the AAP, has a major article entitled, “Gastrointestinial Conditions In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Developing a Research Agenda” (the article is available online here) acknowledges many of the gastrointestinal problems our children on the spectrum face each day.
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We had a wonderful week at AutismOne. It truly is a time where professionals working with special needs children from many different backgrounds present their clinical findings that improve the life and function of these children and their families.
I loved it this morning when Joshua came down the stairs, looked at me and said “I love you mommy”. It has not always been like this and we have worked hard to get here. Has it been worth it? Every single minute of the time spent in therapies or giving supplements, IVIG, etc. has definitely been worth it. To give you a glimpse of our lives over the past twelve years since Joshua’s official diagnosis I’d like to share a couple of fun Joshua stories with you.
We here at Mending Autism would like you to meet someone very special to us, Dr. Jerry’s wife, David’s Mom, Donna Kartzinel. She’s been the parent of an autistic child, Joshua, who is now 15 years old, and has three other sons. She’s going to be a periodic guest here at Mending Autism to provide a mom’s perspective.
I commonly see Attention Deficit (AD) with or without hyperactivity in my office. The inability to posses focus will dramatically limit a child’s ability to attain and integrate new information. With a deficit in the ability to maintain attention, a child will no longer be able to make progress in many aspects of education.
I often see Attention Deficit (AD) with or without hyperactivity in my clinic. Parents tell me that their child simply cannot stay focused on anything. There seems to be a great issue with the child’s ability to concentrate. Circle time in the child’s classroom in usually a disaster. Some of the concerns I hear from parents and teachers include:
This past week I lost a very dear friend. He has passed away. I have had the honor to grow with him and his family over the past 10 years. He had a very kind, gentle personality and he was very loving, especially to his mother. But, the world refused to see him that way. At times it was hard for me to see him that way, and, I know, sometimes it was even challenging for his family to see him that way. You see, he wore a disguise. We call this “disguise” autism [see note].
Whenever I consider a medical approach to treating children with autism, I offend a certain contingent of people. They may look at autism as a gift or even as a part of what makes them unique, and ask me to stop implying that they are or have a “disease” that must be “cured.”
Let’s start out with a basic definition of Autism….my definition! Autism can be considered the mismanagement of incoming information and stimuli. The more mismanaged the information and stimuli, the more severe we consider the individual with Autism.