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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in May, 2010

Probably not enough time/attention is placed on the impact autism has on the other siblings.  Often, the other siblings may have a touch of the “aut” as well but are considerably higher functioning.  Trying to keep their lives reasonably sane become a major priority for the parents.  As if they don’t have enough on their plates already.

This article is about a caring/gifted sibling who is trying to raise awareness for the siblings of autistic children.  They certainly deserve all the attention we can provide.

No great revelation to us parents, but once the general population realizes they’re going to have start footing the bill, maybe we’ll see a greater priority from Big Pharma.   The article cites an “an 846 percent growth since 1997.”  I’m sure the CDC will continue to attribute that to better diagnoses.

In an unrelated matter, the CDC refuses to acknowledge that days have been getting longer since Dec 21.  It attributes the “apparent” increase in daylight to a better diagnosis of the sun’s effects.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/05/fairfax_autism_not_baby_boomer.html

I’ve always felt that Dr. Greenspan was a true pioneer in developmental autism treatments.  This video shows some of his strategy of breaking into the world of autism and then interacting with the child.

Dr. Sidney Greenspan on Floor Time

This is from US News & World Report.  I assume they’re referring to the parents as I don’t think the autistic children have taken it upon themselves to seek out their own alternative treatment.

What this points out to me is the continuing desperation of the autistic parent and the willingness to try anything that might work.    We had Michael & Sean on the GF/CF diet for a couple of years, but didn’t really notice any different when they went off it it.  Again, I think there might be a 100 triggers to autism, so the chances of your child reacting to a change in diet are remote, but probably worth the experiment.

I’ve been doing this blog for almost five years now and it’s sad to me that the song remains the same; desperate parents looking for something and the main stream medical and pharma industries offering NOTHING!

By Jenifer Goodwin
HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) — About one in five children with autism uses alternative treatments to help with the neurodevelopmental disorder, most often a special diet, a new study finds.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2010/05/02/parents-of-autistic-children-turning-to-alternative-treatments.html