Through the Eyes of a Child with Autism

I don’t know if you remember my first book, Little Rainman, which I wrote through Jonny’s eyes. I actually wrote it for his teachers since each year they asked me the same questions over and over about him.  I never imagined it would be picked up by a publisher within six months. I am proud to say Little Rainman has helped countless people explain autism to their significant others like relatives, peers, teachers and others.

I was so honoured that Dr. Temple Grandin uses the illustrations which were done by my mom and a person also on the spectrum, in her presentations. This is not to toot my own horn, rather to say that each of you has a story inside and a way to help the people on your heels get through this maze especially since the rate of increase with autism is rapidly increasing with each passing year. Who knows, in ten years or so, Dr. Stephen Shore and I say that there may not be any “neurotypical’s” left! Lets help explain autism to everyone!

A response from Sandra, one of my readers wrote back:

Yes your are so right on!  I am SO proud of you Karen and all you have accomplished and continue to.

We need also remember that ALL the glory and honor go back to our Father that is truly the one that makes this all happen!  He loves you very much!

Blessings…..Sandra

A Gut Feeling! The Importance of Digestion, Elimination in ASD!

The importance of bowel function and how it is directly related to neurological function cannot be overestimated!  Problems within the bowel can lead to  symptoms and aggravations in those with autism and ADHD.  There are signs and symptoms to look for in the various problems within the bowel that could be contributing to problems in children with autism. Testing is available to find out more about bowel function to take the next steps in alternative treatment options. Treatment options will highly depend on testing results.  ??Liver liver function also plays a vital role in neurological health.  Methylation, conjugation and other important liver enzyme actions cause neurological problems, including autism,  when not working properly.
Initial causes of bowel and liver problems include infections, vaccine damage, metals and toxicity.

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A Mother’s Success Story – Daniel’s Journey Out of Autism

Unsure if you should consider biomedical approaches in treating autism?  Are you confused about where and how to get started?  Lori’s presentation is designed for those new to the biomedical approach and for those seeking an easy to understand overview of some of the most important biomedical treatments.  She will include an overview of the most important therapies that contributed to her son’s recovery including dietary intervention, applied behavioral analysis (ABA), yeast treatments, supplements therapy, chelation, and other alternative treatments that helped contribute to her son’s recovery.  This is a practical and parent friendly presentation that will inspire and give you hope.  Share in Daniel’s progress through his mother’s account, pictures and video segments.
Learning Objectives:
•    Gain a basic overview and understanding of each foundational biomedical therapy that is useful in treating autism.  The therapies discussed include diet, yeast and bacteria treatment, nutritional supplements, and detoxification.
•    Identify the specific symptoms in children who may benefit from biomedical interventions and how these symptoms can be alleviated through each intervention.
•    Gain a good understanding of how all the biomedical therapies work together – along with educational therapies  –  to offer hope for significant improvement and sometimes recovery.
•    Obtain practical information on how to get started pursuing biomedical treatments for autism.

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A Comprehensive Approach to Treating Autism

At the Autism Edmonton Conference, Parents, Families, Caregivers and Professionals will discover how to make significant improvements in the life of a child with autism, including:

• Find out about the newest biomedical research developments.

• Treat food allergies using special dietary interventions including   eliminating wheat and dairy.

• Find out why heavy metals play a role in autism and developmental   disorders.

• Learn why the level of cholesterol is important for brain function.

• Gain a basic overview and understanding of each foundational   biomedical therapy that is useful in treating autism.

• Identify the specific symptoms in children who may benefit from   biomedical interventions

• Gain a good understanding of how all the biomedical therapies work   together along with educational therapies.

• Obtain practical information on how to get started pursuing biomedical   treatments for autism.

• Review of research showing physical and behavioral reactions by   removing specific additives from the diet

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Hope, Healing & Possibiliites

On behalf of the organizing committee of the 2010 Edmonton Autism Biomedical Conference “Hope, Healing & Possibilities”,Hope I would like to extend an invitation to you to join us at this exciting conference. The event will be taking place in Edmonton, AB from March 26th – 28th 2010 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

We are proud to have assembled leading experts on autism spectrum disorders, with presenters from Canada and the United States. Speakers will focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the affected individuals and their families/caregivers by conducting presentations in the areas of biomedical interventions, research, and adjunct therapies.

The main focus of the conference is “Hope, Healing & Possibilities”, which includes unique and comprehensive approaches to treating autism. Addressing the biomedical aspects of autism spectrum disorders will be a key component to this year’s conference. Breakthroughs in medical research are happening all the time, but autism remains. Staying informed and up-to-date is a major challenge for parents and caregivers.

This Edmonton autism conference will provide comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist parents, family members, caregivers, physicians, educators, therapists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals in building effective interventions for all individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Parents of children with autism are encouraged to attend the conference and obtain information that may be helpful in finding the resources needed for recovery, advocacy, education and achieving a better quality of life. This conference will be very beneficial for parents and loved ones because not only will they get an incredible amount of information, they will be inspired. One of our main goals of this conference is to give people hope.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to network with colleagues, and listen to some of the leaders at the Scientific Sessions.

We look forward to seeing you in Edmonton.

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Do people with autism have feelings? sometimes it’s hard to tell, but…

I bet you’ve noticed that people with autism don’t display their feelings too easily. I used to cry at the front door when Jonny went off to school and didn’t even turn back to say goodbye to me as he walked out the door to school. In fact I didn’t even think he had feelings for the first 5 years of his life.

At six, he rode his bike across a busy highway without stopping to see if any cars were coming. I got very mad at him yelling “Jonathan, what do you think you are doing? You could have been killed.”  He said “sorry, mom”. I snapped back in my anger saying “sorry doesn’t cut it”.

He began crying which shocked me.  He said “you hurt my feelings.”  Up until that time, he didn’t display his feelings in the traditional sense, so I didn’t know how to perceive his feelings.  Sometimes it appeared he didn’t even have feelings though I knew he did.

After one of my readers read this recently, she wrote this back to me:

Thank you and this is so true my girl is now 12 and shows her feelings but not towards her baby sister who is now 2yrs, she don’t really even like to be around her and when she does which is not much at all it surprises me that Skye daughter with Autism will even play with her ball i’m sure these are signs of progress.

Biomedical conference for autism! Practitioners, educators and caregivers welcome!

This conference is for parents, caregivers, educators, and practioners. It features some of the world’s foremost autism experts speaking on a wide range of topics featuring the latest research on the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is an excellent opportunity for those seeking evidence to support the use of various biomedical treatment options. It will provide a comprehensive overview of latest biomedical breakthroughs and research in the treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Discussions will include the role of nutritional deficiencies and supplements, special dietary interventions, food allergies, toxic chemicals, heavy metal toxins, enzyme deficiencies, inborn errors of metabolism, immune deficiencies, the role of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract, and much more. This will be one of the most comprehensive autism conferences in Canada in 2010!

Practitioner Training Seminar:
Practical Skills for the Medical Professional
A two day practitioner training seminar will be held March 27 – 28, 2010. The training is for licensed practitioners only and is designed for practitioners who have a targeted interest in biomedical treatment options for children on the autism spectrum. There will be an opportunity to review treatment approaches for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, with a focus on the metabolic, gastrointestinal, and immunological function.

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Update on biomedical conference 2010

This conference is for parents, caregivers, educators, and practioners. It features some of the world’s foremost autism experts speaking on a wide range of topics featuring the latest research on the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is an excellent opportunity for those seeking evidence to support the use of various biomedical treatment options. It will provide a comprehensive overview of latest biomedical breakthroughs and research in the treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Discussions will include the role of nutritional deficiencies and supplements, special dietary interventions, food allergies, toxic chemicals, heavy metal toxins, enzyme deficiencies, inborn errors of metabolism, immune deficiencies, the role of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract, and much more. This will be one of the most comprehensive autism conferences in Canada in 2010!

The stories keep coming…

Dear Karen,

Thank you very much for sharing your story with us, it sounds almost exactly how we found out about my brother. Except for, it took at least 4/5 doctors to figure out what’s wrong with him. After he suddenly stopped talking my parents thought that he had developed a hearing problem, that maybe there’s something wrong with his tongue. Autism is still very new to our place and only those who have autistic children or siblings know what it’s really called.

My parents have always kept contact with different families.

My brother would be so much happier if people here could understand, but unfortunately as he is growing up, people seem to run away from him more and more. What hurts me the most is how lonely he is. My mom recently resigned, with me at school or out and Dad working he only gets a handful of time with us.

I don’t have any other brother or sister so I really don’t know how it’s like to have a normal brother, but I’m happy with mine. Although, I’d also like to know how to be normal myself, society here is very ignorant, it forced us to be almost ‘house arrested’. We can’t have a family time out anymore because my brother has violent tantrum whenever he goes out, there’s no one here who could tell us what to do. Someone always has to be with him, in case he keeps the water tap on. He’s terrified easily.

My parents have been working very hard to find out how to teach him to be self sufficient, we are progressing, yes; but not enough to lead a proper life together. Somehow my brother scares most of our relatives and friends so it’s really lonely at our home most of the time.

Prithul(my brother, the name means – ‘great’) is very fond of my boyfriend. He’s a person I’ve seen in a long time who really does play around with Prithul.

Sometimes I think, my brother is like a belt to us. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be slightest responsible seeing how reckless I already am.

But there’s someone else in my family who’s also sick. My mother suffers Paranoid Schizophrenia.  She takes her medication but sometimes she stops it. Home turns into a real hell when mom becomes violent, Prithul starts to have tantrums because of the unstable environment. My dad is 54 and has diabetes, eye problem which can’t be treated, high blood pressure and  the company he works on is breaking down, nobody will give him any job because he lost his eyes and age. Can you imagine what he goes through when these happens. My uncle helps us a lot.

I know it’s suppose to be about autism, I love my brother, but because of the harsh mentality of other people our lives have been altered.

But I’m glad it all happened. If it didn’t then I wouldn’t be where I’m now, harshness forced me to understand thing’s that might have taken a few more years to work out.

Prithul’s sleeping pattern keeps changing. He can potty in the commode now but can’t wash yet. We are working on that.

Say hello to your son from me and my brother. Have a nice day….

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