A Dad's Journey

Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in July, 2010

My son Sean has been experiencing greater and wilder mood swings, but I’m hesitant to put him on meds.  The kids we’ve seen put on these mood drugs experience tremendous weight gain and seem to be sleep walking.  That’s why I find articles like this encouraging:

Seaside Therapeutics Inc. is announcing positive results from a Phase 2 trial for a drug candidate to treat fragile X, the most common form of autism.

Officials at the Cambridge, Mass.-based company say it is the largest study of its kind on the syndrome and produced improvements on specific neurobehavioral metrics.

This is from my local YMCA newsletter…

Dave Ferrell and his son Blake, will be competing in the New Jersey State Triathlon on July 24 in Mercer County Park.  In addition to training and competing, Dave has made a cart and boat to participate in the triathlon with his son Blake, who is a special needs swim student at the Y.

Good luck Dave and Blake!

I have to admit the actor used in this piece, which shows a teen age kid with little knowledge of autism to one of a dad whose son has autism hit home for me.

Times Are Changing

Pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin is often used to bring on labor.  There’s also been recent buzz about using oxytocin “the hug drug” to help bring out empathy among kids on the Spectrum.

However, the drug seems to have a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character.

There is the possibility that  a Perfect Neurodevelopmental Storm Correlates With Use Of Pitocin During Delivery. A document by Catherine Lisa Kurth, PhD explains the correlation and implications in ADHD and even autism; she has worked thirty years as a psychotherapist – and for fifteen of those years she has tracked the clinical pattern for justifying her questions about use of pitocin.