Archive for June, 2012
The debate rages on as to whether the rate of autism has exploded or if we’ve simply become more apt at diagnosing people on the spectrum. Regardless of why so many people have autism, the need for autism educators is not going away. Any qualified individual who has an interest in special education should consider autism education.
Yes, it is lucrative, but that’s not really a good enough reason to go into the field. Instead, interested parties should know that they will have a significant impact on a child’s life. Actually, not just the child, but also the families who can better thrive with improved communication and behavior with an autistic family member. The need for autism educators is great, so all who are interested should go for it.
At the Huntsville Golf Club, Lehman, the 2012 Allied Services Heinz Rehab 19th annual Autism Classic golf tournament raked in $100,000. The money, presented by Lexus MotorWorld, will be used to assist pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder. This is the third consecutive year that this particular tournament has been noted as a Lexus Champions for Charity.
This sort of autism news always warms my heart. It’s nice to know that people and corporations across the U.S. care about advancements in how we treat autism. It’s also heartening to read that the money will be put to good use in the community.
At the Festivale Italiano, a festival celebrating Italian culture, two events will be held to bring autism awareness. The first event is an autism walk. It will start around 10 in the morning and journey from Gallup Park to the Farmers Market.
The second autism awareness event is Grape Stomping for Autism. While testing out their grape stomping skills folks can also raise money for autism research. Both events are sponsored in part by Autism Speaks, which is an autism advocacy organization.
The U.S. Department of educations’ Institute of Education Sciences awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter graham Child Development Institute. The goal of the grant is to aid researchers in designing programs for high school students who are on the autism spectrum. The grant also involves collaborating with other researchers at UNC-Charlotte, Vanderbilt University, UC Davis, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of Texas at Austin.
I was not surprised to read this bit of autism information, given that UNC has long been a leader in autism research. After all, the TEACCH program, the first to take a broad-based approach to autism, was developed at the university. A lot of money has been poured into studying autism in young children; it is good to focus on how to help adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Pharmaceutical companies are supposedly racing to create medications that will relieve behavioral problems associated with Autism and Fragile X syndrome. The two conditions are not identical. Fragile X is an inherited intellectual disability that is only found in boys.
It is important to distinguish the two because the medication that is being created needs to be tested more widely across the autism spectrum. According to various articles on autism and drugs, the root of the medications will increase the production of a specific amino acid which inhibits the neurotransmitters from being released in the synapses. What isn’t known is if this sort of medication is simply sedating the children or if the drugs are actually relieving autism and Fragile X behavioral symptoms.
There are nearly 5,000 pending cases of regressive autism following vaccination that have been filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, according to NVIC.org. The cases are being handled as omnibus hearings. Previously, the program had awarded compensation for children who suffered permanent brain damage following vaccination.
If you believe that your child has suffered from vaccine damage, then you should contact the VICP. They can help you navigate the federal court system and put you in contact with attorneys who specialize in vaccine injury claims. On your own, you can look up U.S. Court of Claims cases that may support your filing.
Should pregnant women receive vaccinations while pregnant? The answer is yes, depending on the type of vaccination. For example, the Hepatitis B, Influenza (inactivated) and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis are all recommended.
On the other hand, vaccinations with live-viruses can cause harm to a fetus. Vaccinations to avoid during pregnancy include vaccines for Hepatitis A, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Varicella (chicken pox), Pneumococcal, and Oral Polio Vaccine. If you are pregnant and not up-to-date on your vaccinations, then be sure to consult with your primary physician before scheduling any shots.
Though there is no known cure as of yet for autism, there are treatments that can help improve the quality of life for autistic children. When parents look for a treatment for autism for their child they should consider several factors. For instance, look for programs that deal specifically with behavior and self-care skills. Look for programs that provide individual attention and opportunities to interact with peers.
Autism treatment is frequently multifaceted. A course of treatment may include medication to control specific symptoms as well as behavioral therapy. Depending on how verbal a child is, a speech therapist or trained aid may be incorporated into the mix.
Did you know that some adults have thimerosal allergies? Though thimerosal is rarely used in vaccines anymore, it is still used in some fluorescent dyes and antiseptics. Adult thimerosal allergy symptoms include swelling, redness, and blisters on the skin, as well as itching, burning, or localized discomfort at the point of contact.
To test for a thimerosal allergy, a doctor can apply a TRUE test. (TRUE stands for Thin Layer Rapid Use Epicutaneous). It’s essentially a skin patch test in which a small amount of thimerosal is applied to the skin. If a reaction is spotted after an allotted amount of time, then an allergy can be diagnosed.
Should you take probiotics while you are on antibiotics? The answer, according to most natural health experts, is an emphatic yes! Antibiotics wipe out good bacteria along with the bad.
Certain bacteria, particularly in our guts, are vital to overall health. Probiotics in the form of pills or powder encourage the growth of healthy bacteria. When you are on antibiotics, or just after you’ve completed a course of antibiotics, make sure to take probiotics.