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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in October, 2014

Parents can learn how to give effective therapy to their children with autism, a new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds.

Researchers at Stanford University looked at a type of therapy called Pivotal Response Training (PRT), which is one the of the handful of treatments shown to be effective for kids on the autism spectrum, says Kari Berquist, PhD, study co-author and a clinical instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences and an autism clinician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The therapy focuses on improving kids’ motivation language skills by reinforcing their use of language related to the task at hand. One of the advantages is it can be done anywhere: anytime a child attempts to ask for something by name—a toy, say—they’d be rewarded with the item they requested, which reinforces their use of language.

well, there may be something there, but for the time being, it’s just something to follow.  First of all, you need to get extremely high doses of  sulphoraphane into your child.  And for those who had a positive effect, it went away after a month.  Still, the idea of stressing the body (akin to a high fever) may lead to something…

https://www.yahoo.com/health/broccoli-may-hold-the-secret-to-improving-autism-99994821267.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES: An unpredictable world makes unbearable demands on those with autism, study suggests

The brain is a biological machine that makes predictions. But what happens when a wrench is thrown in the works, and jams up the ability to foresee the trajectory of a moving object, or what happens after a frown?

Researchers at MIT believe such a wrench lies at the core of autism, a disorder with widely disparate symptoms that strike with varied intensity.

Social and language deficits, repetitive behavior, hypersensitivity to stimuli and other symptoms may be manifestations of an impaired ability to predict the behavior of the outside world, according to an analysis published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/10/04/responsible-autism/16749633/

A touching story from The Cincinnati Enquirer on one family’s struggle with their son’s autism.