June 2012


Autism America Radio Becomes Official Radio Program of National Nonprofit Autism Speaks — First Show 6/16/12 – MarketWatch.

 

Doubt Cast on Usefulness of ‘Sensory’ Therapies for Autism – US News and World Report.

This annoys the heck out of me, because sensory integration therapy was a lifesaver for Rob. It clearly made a big difference in his ability to calm himself, handle noises, tastes and textures that bothered him, to tolerate clothing, and reduce his “tactile defensiveness” (his dislike of being touched). It also greatly reduced his hyperactive behavior, and enabled him to expand his tolerance for frustration in general.

But Rob clearly had signs of sensory issues: he was in nonstop motion, always threw things as hard as he could, arched his back when being held, raged in frustration over the feel of his clothes, refused to eat mixed foods, covered his ears and screamed at loud noises, wore rubber bands around his wrists and ankles, tied bandanas tightly around his head, cinched his belt as tight as he could get it, refused to be held, etc.  Like Temple Grandin, deep pressure was very necessary for him, and we also saw a big calming effect as a result of brushing his skin. Repetitive motion like rocking horses and bouncing horses and swings and trampolines also helped him.

So I would urge you to consider SI therapy if your child is hyperactive, destructive, easily frustrated, dislikes to be touched, reacts to the feel of clothes, and/or shows sensitivity to lights, sounds, tastes or smells.

 

Nutritional therapy may be key to stopping autism | Fox News.

I have heard about NAET therapy before. I would not call it a “nutritional therapy.” But I feel pretty ambivalent about the treatment, since it depends upon the idea of allergies to substances that disrupt the body’s energy flows. In that sense it is more like non-western therapies. There are books that describe the protocol available on Amazon; just search for NAET. The therapy can be expensive, but there are also protocols available for doing it yourself with your autistic kids. NAET, like many eastern medicine techniques, claims to be able to cure allergies, asthma, autism, arthritis, and a host of other conditions. I chose not to go this route with Rob, but I’m open to reconsidering it if research actually shows it to be effective.

 

Autism May Diminish Belief in God | Theory of Mind | LiveScience.

Research shows that theory of mind may influence belief in God. This makes sense to me, since I think that the ability to imagine the mind of others is part of the ability we have to imagine God and relate to Him.

I know Rob has always struggled with belief in God: raised in a strong Christian environment,  he was mad at God for “making him with autism.” Then, he couldn’t tell when God was talking to him; then, he felt that God never answered his prayers; and now, isn’t even sure God exists.

At this point I hope my belief is enough to carry him along; as he matures I hope he will come to experience God for himself.