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Interventions For Autism We Found Useful With Our Grandchild

BY DENIS ROGERS, MD REMARKS FROM DR GILLIAN FORRESTER, PHD AND DR CLAUDIA GONZALEZ PHD We have a grandchild who was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at around 18 months. She had seemed to develop normally up until the age of 18 months and then regressed. It was as if pathways in the brain, previously open, had become blocked. She is now seven and has shown amazing improvement. Her “stimming” (obsessive repetitive behavior) […]

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Health-Related Fitness Programs For Adolescents Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder

BY YOCHEVED BENSINGER-BRODY PT, PHD, PCS, CHRISTOPHER EVANGELISTA, SPT AND DANA YEE, SPT Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often receive physical therapy services from the time they are diagnosed (and sometimes even before!) through their school years. Typically, physical therapy goals are focused on helping these children achieve their gross motor milestones, such as walking and jumping, as well as improving quality of walking and balance. Despite receiving skilled gross motor-related services […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Embodying Development For Growth

BY DR. LORI BAUDINO, BC-DMT This article will glance at the common symptomology that links across the spectrum of children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The author will explore the varying degrees of etiology, the starting place for these children’s need for displaying such symptoms. And lastly, an approach that can aid the ASD community of parents, educators and clinicians in supporting their different treatment interventions. This information will allow you to […]

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Power in Numbers

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Not only are we more powerful in numbers, we are more powerful when we use our voices. Regardless of one’s political views, no one can deny the concept of power in numbers. While some of us feel that our nation is falling apart or that we are in distress, a fellow advocate of mine could not disagree more and couldn’t put it more eloquently, “Our nation is not under […]

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Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! – #Learning

  Learning….I think the first thing we needed to learn was that Bree was not going to be like her older brother and sister. My son, Daniel, was my first born and his sisters hate that he earned the title the “easy one” but, that was what he was. He had an easy going personality early on and he excelled in school right away. My second born Kailey, began by teaching me life is not […]

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GAME TIME!

Man with Asperger syndrome invents educational board game that encourages wholesome family interaction. It may be the ultimate irony that Anthony Tinervia Jr.’s new educational board game, Keys to the Capitals, keeps players entertained and interacting with one another for hours. That’s because Tinervia struggles with Asperger syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder). Such social interactions don’t come easily for him. So, it’s a huge victory for him to see families setting aside their electronic devices […]

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Attempting a New Mindset

Saying “I don’t know” has a way of permitting me to stop trying to move that mountain and stick to the idea of moving one rock at a time. I consider a new year as a sort of invitation to do better. After hearing some New Year’s resolutions, I thought it would only be fitting for me to sit and think about what goals to shoot for this year. It would be great to try […]

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Chapter Two: M.A.S.H.

When I was a kid, I loved playing M.A.S.H (Mansion/Apartment/Shack/House).  If you’re over 30, don’t act like you’ve never played!  Strangely enough, each time I played, I’d almost always end up living in a mansion in Hawaii, with Keanu Reeves, our four kids, and a stretch limo.  Those answers may or may not have been rigged, but I’m pleading the fifth.  You’ll be surprised to learn that things didn’t quite pan out the way the […]

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The Durrett Family – Finding the Normal Button

Around age 2. We knew something was going on with our little Payton. She wasn’t talking as much as her sister. It took her almost 17 months to walk. We always called her our quiet child. During this time, we started looking into tests and procedures to uncover what’s going on with Payton. Started with the pediatric doctor and neurologist, genetics and metabolic. Around age two and a half, maybe 3, an EEG revealed she […]

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Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #Acceptance

Acceptance…Do we accept the diagnosis? For us, the diagnosis was “ASD” or Autism Spectrum Disorder. By the time we received it, she was 5 years old. When we first started asking the question, “Is she autistic?” people laughed at us…“Of course not!” After all, she was somewhat social, had some speech and occasionally eye contact. Sure, she rocked a lot, but she was just calming herself. There was always an excuse for the things she […]