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March, 2011:

Autism Books- Like a kid in the candy store

After years of taking care of children with autism, doing research, helping other families and LIVING autism, you would think the last thing I would want was another book about autism.  Not so.  Sadly, the Borders Bookstores near us are starting to close.   Not at all surprisingly, for a child who cannot handle change, one of my daughters in devastated.  Having said that, I rushed right to the “special needs” shelf to see what was left.  To be honest, the books I really wanted were already gone.  However, that did not stop me.  I slowly let my eyes meet every single title on that shelf… looking for any books I could find on autism. Once I found the books, I sat down, like a child with a bag of jelly beans, and started evaluating my finds.  I thought to myself, “I will open each book and if I find anything appealing, I will buy them.”  After all, they were 50 – 60 % off and they were a business right off for me.  A couple books went back on the shelf, but I thought I would share why I bought the 3 books remaining.

I opened one book and read the headline, “It’s okay to be angry!”  Good enough for me.  I knew I needed this book.

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The next book won me on the topic, “51 activities to do with families with autism.”  Even my children lit up at that idea.  And I certainly intend to share our favorites.

The third book was a book of stories by families who have special needs children called, “The Elephant in the Playroom.”  Oh yes, we have elephants in our playroom and sometimes we just need to know we are not alone.

I honestly look forward to sharing what I learn from each of these books… like a kid in a candy store with an extra jelly bean to share.  What are your favorite books, that have helped you on your journey?  Please share them with the families that visit here….

High Fiber Gluten Free Diets

Of all the diets most widely used in autism community, the Gluten Free / Casein Free diet seems to be the most wide spread.  In fact, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) actually found that parents and practitioners report that 60% of their children have a positive response to such a diet.  In our family, we have a child with diagnosed celiac disease, so she must have a completely gluten free diet- can’t even have a crumb.  In many ways this is a healthier diet; however, we have found one issue–getting enough fiber into our daughters diet.

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Fruits and vegetables are an obvious place to turn for fiber.  Apples and celery with peanut butter are a favorite for lots of children; however, our daughter is actually allergic to these items, also.  So, we went in search of the high fiber gluten/casein free foods and thought we would share some ideas with you.  For more on diet, check out our new book Healing Autism Naturally.

We learned that lentils have 15.6 grams of fiber per cup and found a great soup recipe that you can try.  We also found that refried beans have 13.4 grams of fiber per cup and found a recipe for enchilada casserole.  And at gluten.net, we found a comprehensive list of gluten free flours and grains.  In addition, our daughter absolutely loves the New Shaklee Fiber Apple Bars with 8 grams of organic fiber.  And, of coarse, we discovered popcorn with 5 grams of carbs per serving, very early on.

We would love to share your favorite

How to Help a Child with Autism…

When a child is diagnosed with autism, both the family and loved ones often go through a period of shock. I remember the very day our daughter was officially diagnosed with PDDnos. I knew the diagnosis was coming and yet still found myself on the side of the road, barely able to move. Well meaning individuals would say, “maybe they are wrong.” The director of her pre-school said, “Don’t let them label your child.”

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I often tell parents, diagnosis is not about a label. It is about getting your child the services and therapy they need to reach their God-Given potential. Outside factors cause autism. We, as parents and loved ones can cause the healing to begin faster. This video is a great place to begin. Thank you to TACA and HowCast for creating and sharing.

Dr. Oz on Autism

by Becky Cash

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As the mother of children on the autism spectrum, an advocate and a professional working within the autism community, I applaud Dr. Oz for his effort at taking a stab at autism.  Having said that, it appears to me that he is attempting to hit a hot button topic, without making any waves. 

Earlier this month, he aired a show on autism.  I applaud him for bringing in such guests as Dr. Bob Sears; however, his panel was more than heavily weighted with the traditional medical community.  Though he personally noted spreading out his own childrens’ vaccines (throwing a bone to the hesitant crowd of parents), he was quick to side with traditional pediatricians in saying that most parents could not keep track of such a schedule, and thus, should go with the traditional vaccine schedule.

On March 4,2011, Dr. Oz wrote a blog for a popular moms’ community entitled A Dr. Oz Primer .  Once again I am left saying, “Thank you Dr. Oz for throwing a bone…” but you are dodging the topic.  We need serious discussion that will lead to serious research and findings, not speculation that will lead moms to simply fear the air they breathe and the age of conception.    It is all too easy to talk about what may cause autism and leave families in fear, but without solid fact, it is at best worthless and possibly dangerous.

Until the research community can come together and work together to find real answers, perhaps we are best left discussing treatments and solutions to helping our children reach their God-Given potential.  Action, not-defense may be the best solution for now.

I'm Alive- Giorgio Tremante


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Wretches and Jabberers- Autism Movie in local theatres

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) at Indiana University and the Autism Society of Indiana have been selected by the Autism Society of America (ASA) to host two screenings of the film Wretches & Jabberers, on April 16 in Bloomington and April 23 in Indianapolis, to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month.  Here’s the link to the Press Release:  http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/17641.html

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Title:  Wretches & Jabberers Dates:  4/16 – Bloomington @ Showcase 12 (Third Street); 4/23 – Indianapolis @ Showcase 17 (Meridian Street)

Time:  12 Noon– both locations; doors open at 11:30

Cost:  Tickets $7.50 ea. – available to purchase online or at theater in advance (click on link above to theatre box office)

This is a Sensory Friendly Film Event!
About the movie:Wretches & Jabberers, directed by Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg, follows two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication. The movie is the latest documentary by Wurzburg, who won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject for her film Educating Peter and was again nominated in 2005 for Autism is a World. To view the movie trailer, visit:  http://www.wretchesandjabberers.org/

Speaking at Inspiring Abilities Expo- Greenfield, Indiana

FUSE (Families United for Support and Encouragement) will once again host its annual Inspiring Abilities Expo, on March 12, 2011.  This year, we at ASDPerspectives are proud to not only sponsor the event, but will be speaking on nutrition and bio-medical approaches to healing.  Last year we attended as sponsors and were very impressed with the array of services, compassion of all involved and professionalism of the organization. 

Speakers at the Event will include the following topics:

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Equine Therapy, Health Care Reform and Special Needs Children, Financial Planning,

Nutrition and BioMedical Approaches (by ASD Perspectives and Becky Cash)

and Applied Behavior Therapy. 

Becky Cash and Sandra Nardoni will also be available onsite to offer free 25 minute consultations to families wishing to start a supplementation program.  To pre-sign up for a time slot, contact us via the contact section of ASDPerspectives.com. 

To register for this FREE event at Greenfield High School in Indiana, go to www.fuseinc.org.