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Autism One Conference re-cap

Wow, what an incredible week we had at the Autism One Conference in Lombard, Illinois.  I commented that I was already overwhelmed an hour after registration and I had not even been to a talk, yet.  To be in a place where everyone works with or has a child with autism, and everyone believes that we can get our children back is an absolutely unbelievable place to be.  I was also blown away by the level of knowledge that penetrated the Westin Hotel for five glorious days.  Please do not get me wrong…  I was exhausted, overwhelmed, cried, laughed and breathed in a way that I have not in so long.

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Over the next couple weeks, I will write about several of the topics discussed at the conference.  You also may see a bit of a stronger tone in the words that I write.  My goal, through nutritional and autism consulting is to truly help families get to the next level in helping their families.  I watched my own child… no I particpated in my own childs’ journey from not being able to walk or talk or be able to go to school or be around too many lights and sounds to where she is today….  a nine year old child entering full time school in the Fall with 26 other students, at grade level.   I worked tirelessly to heal what we now know are rampant health issues in children with autism….  I fought the insurance companies, the public schools, the doctors who could not move forward.  And I believe that the families reading and working with ASDperspectives want health and healing also, for their children, their families, and themselves.

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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.

Accepting our children with autism

‎”Accept your child as they are, not as you wish them to be. Your lovely baby didn’t die: they’re still here. It’s time to stop mourning (because that’s what pushing your child beyond what they can cope with is, a subtle form of morning the child you “should” have had) and let your child be themselves.”- An excerpt from our book, “Healing Autism Naturally,”  by Becky Cash (Available soon…)

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Girls on the Autism Spectrum

As parents of children on the spectrum, we will do anything.  We get the best nutrition products, the best doctors, the best therapists…  however, not so good doctors, school officials and others who are uneducated push us in other directions.  Yesterday I learned that some schools are forcing children onto birth control so they do not have to deal with menstrual cycles.   Sounds crazy, right/  Not really.  Millions of children are on ritalin and other drugs at the schools request.  Other children are on anti-depressants at the schools request.  Is it so surprising that schools would force parents to ‘stop’ their daughters menstrual cycles to meet their own needs?

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Now, don’t get me wrong.  I completely support parents making educated decisions for their children.  However, these girls are not being put on hormones for their benefit, to regulate hormones or mood swings or to balance their own nuerotransmitters.  They are being put on pills so that the schools do not have to deal with special needs children and medical issues.  This is not only unethical but it is likely illegal.  By law, public schools must meet the needs of children, in their least restrictive environment.  Since when did putting a girls health at risk fall into that category?

Girls (and adults for that matter) who are on chemical hormones have additional nutritional needs that must be met.  They are at greater risk of osteoporosis, fertility issues and some cancers.

Unless we wise up and do something, yes, I think this generation of girls is more susceptible. On top of early puberty you have teenage girls using hormonal contraceptives very early on. And yet multiple studies have shown that use of hormonal contraceptives in young girls increases their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as six times. And the younger a girl begins using them, the greater her risk of breast cancer.

Suppressing ovulation deprives the body of natural hormones produced by the ovary that are needed for proper growth and development, including pregnenolone, testosterone, androstenedione, DHEA and the estrogens. When ovulation is suppressed for years by birth control pills, not only is the body deprived of its natural hormones, the ovary can forget how to ovulate.  David Zava, PhD

Ovulation is a natural process that a girls body goes through and anytime we stop a natural process unnaturally, we are reaking havoc.

Minimally, girls, teenagers and women on hormonal birth control should be taking a pharmaceutical grade calcium magnesium,  pharmaceutical grade multivitamin and Womes’ health products including GLA (naturally balances hormones).  We are available to discuss yours or your childs’ specific needs.  Simply contact us via this website or at .

Autism Statistics continue to rise….

I was blown away, this past April, when the Centers for Disease control came out and said that they now believe autism statistics have reached the level of 1 in 100 children.  My first reaction was that not even the autism community dared quote stats that high.  But, with ever growing numbers of children being diagnosed at various points on the spectrum, we are left to wonder, how high will the numbers go before something is done to stop the growth.

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In a study of ten communities, between 2002 and 2006, the center for disease control found an average of 57% increase in the prevelance of autism.  These numbers are staggering.  In some communities, the numbers were even higher.  If we were to be blown away by that increase, 1 in 100 children should definately mobilize the troops.  But, I have not heard the troops being released… have you?  Sure, articles are all over the news, and parenting  newspapers like IndyChild are now dedicating entire sections to helping families find resources in their area….  but I am looking for trumpets blaring, a Presidential Press Conference announcing that the government will finally finance research studies to find a cause- even if the answers lead to pollution and vaccines, and at minimum, a line item in the health care bill that says we will make sure our children will be taken care of and treated for a cure.   Alas, from what I can see, autism is not even in the bill.  I am told it would just be too expensive.  From where I sit, it may be too expensive to not address this National Epidemic now…

A siblings perspective on autism….

Despite my earlier observations on post- vacation adjustment…. we have ventured out on another family excursion.  This one has become our annual trip to Family Land, a Catholic family camp, that our children do really love.  They spend a week on swimming, pony and horse back riding, sliding on the St. John the Baptist water slide, smores, and kids camp programs.  We, the adults, with our littlest ones in tow, get to enjoy all the fun with our children, while also enjoying the adult programs in the morning.

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Our family, being the least likely to really rough it, stay in the air conditioned cabins in St. James field and use the luxury bath house :).  So last night, in the middle of the night, our 8 year old wakes up screaming (not uncommon when out of her surroundings).  After waking up most of the cabin, we finally conclude that she has to use the restroom.  In one of my not so great moments, I proceed to lecture her about her need to scream and wake everyone up.  At this point, our oldest is also in tow to the restroom and gently chides me, “She can’t help it mom, she has autism.”  While processing the reality of the statement, I try to mentally fight back with a “Well, she is high functioning,” thought.

As I sit here writing, I still ponder the statement…. “she can’t help it…” and wonder if that is true.  That is a topic in and of itself…equally impotant to me is the question of how her siblings are processing the situation.  As a mom, I know that I often teach my children to have compassion for their siblings, whether it be Catherine with her diabetes, Gabriel with his sleep disorder
or even the baby in her littleness.  But, this statement, “she can’t help it,” leaves me with so many questions. Can she help it?  Is her sister correct?  How do we teach one child to handle another?  In the end, we would probably all do alot better to have compassion, whether it be towards our own children or the children of others.  And just perhaps, they will have compassion and empathy towards us in the end.

Easier said that done!  How do you teach siblings about their siblings differences?  We would love to hear.