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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in July, 2016

OK, I have to admit, I thought the ice bucket challenge was a stupid “bucket list” item.  Bad Pun intended.

Yet, you can’t argue with success.  Apparently, that dumb ass challenge raised a very smart $115 million and that has propelled research on ALS.  In fact, perhaps even leading to a breakthrough.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/07/27/the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-is-working/

So, in the spirit of if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, what would make a great “Autism Challenge”?  Something that could raise closer to $250 million in research funding.  There’s got to be a great idea out there.  On the plus side, there’s apparently no shortage of dumb people ready to do something stupid, along with writing $100 checks for the action.

For Children with Autism, Multiple Languages May Be a Boon

Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism

In the context of today’s times, comes an article about a police officer who helped a young boy get over his fear of the police.  As it turns out, the officer is white and the child is black, but the main takeaway is someone reaching out and being appreciated for the effort.

Mom Thanks Matawan Police Officer for Being Kind to her Autistic Son

http://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/s/ftg5f/mom-thanks-matawan-police-officer-for-being-kind-to-her-autistic-son

 

In the movie, All About Bob, one of the core lines is the idea of baby steps.  You need to start somewhere.  In the area of understanding autism we are building on baby steps.  Alone those lines is this piece of research which looks to better understand what’s going wrong with the neuron connectors in autistic kids.  And perhaps, someday soon, there may be a way to mitigate the traffic jam:

Activity between the cells improved when researchers added IGF-1, a growth promoting protein known to enhance connections between neurons.

Read more:  http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/07/08/Stem-cell-reprogramming-allows-scientists-to-model-autism-development/6741467977370/ Stem-cell-reprogramming-allows-scientists-to-model-autism-development (1)