VOLUME 5; ISSUE
MAY 8, 2002
The cause of autism is unknown and thus is open to many
different types of theories ranging from environment toxicity, to viral
infections, and biochemical to developmental imbalances. Seizures and
other co-existing nervous system and digestive system imbalances are
common. Some children with autism respond to subtle energy
interventions and communications, such as Sensory Integration and
augmentative communication. Some children respond to nutritional
interventions and some to behavioral education. Most seem to benefit from
a combination of approaches.
It is probable that autism is not caused by a single
agent, thus the same treatments will not have the same success for every
A common thread that seems to run through
many successful treatments is parental/caregiver involvement. Take a look
at the therapies listed here and in the next issue and you’ll see that
behavioral, sensory-based and biological often include the parent
administering therapy in some way.
Many of us have heard of (and use) IBI/ABA,
Sensory Integration, GFCF diet, DAN! Protocol and Speech Language Therapy
but the idea of this E-News issue is to provide a brief overview of some
of the other therapies out there.
Next issue, we’ll review even more
If you have tried any of these (or any not
mentioned), we’d love to hear from you.
A follow-up issue written by parents* about their experiences with therapies is in the works and
contributions are welcomed!
Some of these treatments are considered controversial. Inclusion in this issue does not constitute endorsement.
We do believe you have a right to know what is out there and with
that in mind, hope you find this latest issue informative. The contents
are not to be taken as medical or professional advice, but to be used as a
starting point in your research.
please note that some of the therapy descriptions have been adapted from
websites endorsing said therapy. Please
keep this in mind in your quest for information! J
* The follow-up issue is
limited to parent contributions only.
I would like to credit Autism
Network Resources for Physicians Website. This site helped me with descriptions and links to some of
the lesser-known interventions and is very helpful!
CONTRIBUTE TO AN UPCOMING e-news ISSUE: We are looking for input on an “all
about siblings” issue.
Have you told your "NT" child about your ASD child's dx? How old
were they at the time? How did you do it (i.e. straight out, used ASD
IN THIS ISSUE...
newest feature is a workshop for this group entitled “How to Help the
Child Newly Diagnosed with ASD/PDD at Home” (Help@Home).
After a successful trial run, We are proud to announce that this
presentation has been honored with positively encouraging feedback and
We discuss issues such
Included is a great
handout packed with resources, service, agency and local vendor brochures,
ideas, articles and more. This
workshop was designed by the parent of a child with ASD; with input from
hundreds of other families and addresses what the family needs to know
when beginning their journey.
It runs for an entire
day or two evening sessions. Please
contact us for pricing and more information. Workshop may be customized to
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Tuesday June 3rd and 4th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at
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Here is a wonderful opportunity to participate in an ASO survey on education. This information will be included in ASO's Newslink - but in the meantime please forward this message onto parents of school-age children with ASD in Ontario - it will give us a tremendous amount of useful information to assist us in our awareness & advocacy efforts in the area of education. Thanks to Kathryn Everest and the York Region ASO chapter for their efforts in pulling this together!
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|1. Hyperbaric Oxygen||2. Facilitated Communication||3. Medications||4. Cranio-Sacral Therapy|
|5. Melatonin||6. Holding Therapy||7. Play Therapy||8. Music Therapy|
|9. Pivotal Response Training (P.R.T.)||10. Di-Methyl-Glycine (DMG)||11. Hippotherapy||12. Feingold Diet|
|13. Fast ForWord||14. Temple Grandin’s “Hug Machine”||15. Higashi (Daily Life Therapy)||16. Cod Liver Oil|
|17. Earobics||18. Dolphin Therapy||19. EEG Biofeedback||20. Enzymes|
|21. Ambient Lenses||22. Essential Fatty Acids||23. Ojibwa Tea of Life|
To obtain more information on these interventions and others, search
the Internet by inserting “therapy + autism” into your search engine. This
list is, by no means exhaustive.
Information about this popular intervention can be found in the book “The Child With Special Needs” by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PH.D. The book provides a comprehensive approach to developmental challenges including autism/pdd and many other related disorders. The authors show how to move beyond labels to observe the unique profile of the individual child. They also discuss how to develop the skills needed to help the child reach key milestones and develop new emotional and intellectual capacities. The Floortime approach helps parents use playful interactions to teach and reach their children.
view of autism (which he prefers to call "multisystem developmental
disorder") is thoroughly developmental. He faults most interventions for
zeroing in on the initial problem area observed during diagnosis -- motor,
sensory, behavioral, language, etc. -- rather than conceiving the child's
challenge in terms of a broad set of developmental processes across all areas.
The Child with Special Needs by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PH.D. ISBN: 0-201-40726-4, Addison Wesley Longman
From their website: “The Miller Method®: A Cognitive-Developmental Systems Approach for Children on the Autism Spectrum addresses children's body organization, social interaction, communication and representation issues in both clinical and classroom settings. The Miller Method® uses two major strategies to restore typical developmental progressions: One involves the transformation of children's aberrant systems (lining up blocks, driven reactions to stimuli, etc.) into functional behaviors; the other is the systematic and repetitive introduction of developmentally relevant activities involving objects and people. Activities are chosen to fill developmental gaps. This process is facilitated by narrating the children's actions while they are elevated 2.5 feet above the ground on an Elevated Square and similar challenging structures. Elevating the children enhances sign-word guidance of behavior and body-other awareness as well as motor-planning and social-emotional contact. It also helps children transition from one engaging object or event to another or from object involvement to representational play.
play an integral role in the program by generalizing the children's achievements
at the Center to the home and elsewhere.”
Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
method of changing a person's sensitivity to sound at different frequencies. It
was originally developed to combat the onset of some kinds of deafness, but was
tried on an autistic child and cured her. Since then it has not produced any
cures, but has been credited with success in reducing some of the symptoms of
some children. In particular, some autistic children show a strong aversion to
some sounds, and with Auditory Integration Training have lost their aversion and
exhibited other reductions in the symptoms of autism. There are two methods of AIT,
the Tomatis and the Berard.
They are different enough that they should perhaps be considered different
A kind of AIT developed by Alfred Tomatis. Over several weeks, the person listens to classical music with the low frequencies filtered out. Over time, voices (also filtered) are introduced, then the missing frequencies. Treatment requires weeks, typically 2 hours of listening a day. By stimulating the auditory system, and through it, by stimulating the brain, the Tomatis Method has reportedly been able to reduce the autistic symptoms to varying degrees. Each individual with autism is different and may respond differently to the program. In some cases first results were reported within a few weeks, whereas in others it may take longer. Also, progress is never a straight line. There are still good days and bad days. But the trend is often upward, especially when you look back over a period of a few months.
an individual with autism is hypersensitive to sounds, they attempt to treat
this first. When this stumbling block is taken away, they try to help them to
start listening better. It also opens the way to improve sensory integration.
These two elements, improved listening skills and better sensory integration,
are the building blocks to develop their communication skills.
Integration Training (AIT), an intervention developed in France by Dr. Guy
Berard, addresses the hearing distortions, hyper acute hearing and sensory
processing anomalies which cause discomfort and confusion in learning disabled
and developmentally delayed children. AIT seeks to retrain the auditory system
for those having an impairment of auditory discrimination or abnormal auditory
perception. Introduced to the United States in 1992 through the Georgiana
Institute, AIT has now been given to thousands of individuals with beneficial
results in the areas of educational and behavioral difficulties.
book “The Sound of a Miracle; A Child’s Triumph Over Autism” by Annabel
Stehli details a pioneering mother’s efforts to help her daughter using this
The Sound of a Miracle by Annabel Stehli ISBN: 0964483815, Georgiana Organization Inc
The Georgiana Institute
Samonas Sound Therapy
Samonas Sound Therapy is a processing of therapeutic music that provides direct stimulation to the middle ear, cochlea, auditory nerve and cerebral cortex and indirect stimulation to the entire central nervous system. Samonas Sound Therapy teaches an individual to listen and trains the auditory system so that the full range of sound can be processed without distortion, hypersensitivity or frequency loss. This auditory training aids in the processing of language while eliminating the distractions of ambient sound. The data strongly suggests that this auditory input improves overall neurological function and hemispheric communication, and that it should prove to be beneficial for most who wish to explore its use. Samonas is relatively inexpensive compared to most sound treatments. It is provided in a series of compact disks, which through a specified treatment protocol can be done within the home.
Son Rise (Options Institute)
Barry Neil Kaufman's books, Son-Rise (Warner Books, 1976) and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues (H.J. Kramer, 1995), documentaries of the grueling process he and his wife, Samahria Lyte Kaufman, underwent to help their severely autistic son, Raun. Kaufman literally locked himself in a room with his son for hours on end for almost three years, observing Raun, following his lead when he could perceive an initiative, and trying to "bring him back to the world."
Kaufman is grown now, and has graduated from college. The Kaufmans remain heavily involved in the treatment of
autism; however, through the Options Institute in Sheffield, Mass. Satellite
centers have recently opened in Holland and the U.K. Although the Options
program is quite expensive, some parents say it has been helpful.
Its primary principles are unconditional love and acceptance.
Irlen Lenses (Vision Therapy)
using colour filters to alter the contrast between the words and the page.
Once the proper colour has been determined through an extensive screen, overlays
of that colour are placed over the page while reading. In many cases,
tinted glasses are recommended, though these can be expensive. Although the
treatment is simple, the results are often very dramatic. The use of the
colour filters will allow a person with Irlen Syndrome to read for long periods
without discomfort. The ability to read for long periods of time and
recognize words quickly is greatly increased, enabling the affected individual
to more effectively practice reading, one of the most important elements in
learning how to read.
Nobody, Nowhere (ISBN: 0380722178, Avon Books (Pap Trd)) (Irlen Lenses)
(ISBN: 0812925246, Times Books) both by Donna Williams (Irlen Lenses)
Chelation of Mercury
The use of a chemical called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) has been used for decades. Probably 700,000 people have benefited by this technique. Chelation therapy, administered by a properly-trained physician and given in conjunction with lifestyle and dietary changes with the use of specialized nutritional supplements, is an option to be seriously considered by persons suffering from coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular disease, brain disorders resulting from circulatory disturbances, generalized atherosclerosis and related ailments which lead to senility and accelerated physical decline. And now, autism.
benefits from chelation therapy vary with the total number of treatments
received and with the severity of the condition being treated. More than 75% of
patients treated have shown significant improvement from chelation therapy. More
than 90% of patients receiving 35 or more treatments have benefited when they
have also corrected dietary exercise and smoking habits, which are known to
aggravate arterial disease. Symptoms improve; blood flow to diseased organs
increases, need for medication decreases, and the quality of life improves.
Chelation of Mercury by Amy S. Holmes, MD
Dimercaptosuccinic Acid (DMSA), A Non-Toxic, Water-Soluble Treatment For Heavy Metal Toxicity by Alan L. Miller, N.D.
Vitamin B6 and Magnesium
Rimland conducted an experimental study of the use of megavitamin therapy on
autistic children, concentrating on vitamin B6 and magnesium. The double-blind
placebo-controlled crossover experiment utilized 16 autistic children, and
produced statistically significant results.
both studies the children showed a remarkably wide range of benefits from the
vitamin B6. There was better eye contact, less self-stimulatory behavior, more
interest in the world around them, fewer tantrums, more speech, and in general
the children became more normal, although they were not completely cured.
Autism Research Institute article
Epsom Salts Baths
parents swear that a nightly soak in Epsom Salts helps calm their child with
autism down and promotes a good night’s sleep. The most comprehensive package
of information you can get on this can be obtained by emailing us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
and requesting the BBB Autism Guide to Epsom salts.
Ask for yours today (no charge applies).
The NIDS (neuro-immune
dysfunction syndrome, a condition which encompasses Autism, PDD, Asperger's
Syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and ADD/ADHD) Medical Research Advisory
a group whose mission is to access new therapeutic modalities for NIDS in
children. They believe that these children are suffering from a medical
condition rather than a developmental condition, and have formulated protocols
for physicians and pharmaceutical companies to use in the treatment of NIDS
The proposed protocol includes a series of testing, including lead level, candida titer, allergy food screen, and rubella titer. Course of treatment is based on the test results and patients history, but can include dietary modifications, treatment for immune system, and SSRI's, which increase blood flow to the brain. The testing recommendation can be viewed at Dr. Goldberg's website, which can be done by your own pediatrician or Dr. Goldberg (whose office is in Tarzana, California). Dr. Goldberg’s Website
Beck took her young son for a routine gastrointestinal test in 1998.
In the days following, her son was suddenly able to do many things he was
previously unable to due to being severely affected by autism.
She tried to establish what could have caused this and discovered the
hormone secretin was used during these tests.
A great deal of publicity followed when in October 1999, Beck appeared on
is a natural substance, produced by all mammals. While it is not a drug, the FDA
nevertheless requires that it be sold only by prescription. Secretin is usually
given by slow injection (infusion), but there are other methods of
administration, which are being considered. The only FDA-approved use for
secretin is in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal problems, not as a treatment
for any disorder.
are very few physicians who have used secretin to treat autistic children and
these physicians do not wish to be identified, because using secretin as a
treatment has not been specifically approved by the FDA, and because these
physicians are concerned that they will not be able to deal with a flood of new
patients. Finding a physician who will infuse secretin is therefore a problem.
Another problem may be the availability of secretin.
reported benefits such as: --eye contact, awareness, sociability, speech, and so
forth. An unexpected benefit, better sleep, was a write-in, mentioned by many
parents but not included among the choices we provided on the SOS form. Several
children began sleeping the night through on the night of the infusion.
hospitals conducted double blind trials of secretin but there has never been any
real encouraging results. Bernard
Rimland and many of the DAN! Practitioners still tout it and many parents
believed it was the ‘magic pill’.
The term "AVB" is shorthand for a program of
applied behavior analysis that focuses on teaching verbal behavior through a
collection of highly effective teaching procedures taken from the science of
behavior analysis. AVB is IBI, plain and simple. (according to the Christina
Many persons with autism have deficits in social cognition, the ability to think in ways necessary for appropriate social interaction. For example, theory of mind describes the difficulty autistic individuals have in assuming the perspective of another person. This can be addressed by a technique, which is used to help individuals with autism 'read' and understand social situations. This technique, called 'Social Stories,' presents appropriate social behaviors in the form of a story. It was developed by Carol Gray and seeks to include answers to questions that autistic persons may need to know to interact appropriately with others (for example, answers to who, what, when, where, and why in social situations).
Comic Strip Conversations by Carol Gray, Future Horizons; ISBN: 1885477228
Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped
TEACCH is not a teaching or learning system, but a behavioral management system, which, when properly implemented delivers more predictable behavior and greater cooperation from the TEACCH subject. TEACCH helps the child learn self-care skills and it prepares the child and the family for some degree of lifelong institutional involvement. TEACCH uses structure and modified environment to teach skills, using the affinity for routines and rituals to teach and reinforce.
Exchange Communication System (PECS)
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed as augmentative/alternative training package that allows nonverbal children and adults with autism and other communication deficits to initiate communication. It was created with educators, residential care providers and families in mind, and so it is readily used in a variety of settings. Verbal prompts are not used, thus building immediate initiation and avoiding prompt dependency. The system goes on to teach discrimination of symbols and then puts them all together in simple "sentences." Children are also taught to comment and answer direct questions.
Edelson Center for Environmental and Preventative Medicine
Autism Resources: Methods, Treatments, Programs
Treatments and Therapies
Quackwatch – Questionable Treatments
Behavioral Interventions for Young Children with Autism by Catherine Maurice et al ISBN: 0890796831, Pro Ed
(ABA/IBI plus curriculum)
Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for
by Catherine Maurice, et al, Pro
Ed; ISBN: 0890798710
The Child with Special Needs by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PH.D. ISBN: 0-201-40726-4, Addison Wesley Longman (Floortime)
The Autistic Child: Language Development Through Behavior modification by O. Ivar Lovaas (ABA/IBI), Irvington Publishers: distributed by Halsted Press; ISBN: 0470150653
Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children: The Me Book by O. Ivar Lovaas, Univ Park Pr; ISBN: 0936104783 (ABA/IBI)
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder by Karyn Seroussi ISBN: 0684831643; Simon and Schuster (dietary intervention for autism)
Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis ISBN: 1885477449; Future Horizons (dietary)
Understanding the Nature of Autism: A Practical Guide by Janice E. Janzen, Therapy Skill Builders; ISBN: 0761643796
The Sound of a Miracle by Annabel Stehli ISBN: 0964483815, Georgiana Organization Inc (Auditory Integration Training)
Nobody, Nowhere (ISBN: 0380722178, Avon Books (Pap Trd)) (Irlen Lenses)
Somebody, Somewhere (ISBN: 0812925246, Times Books) both by Donna Williams (Irlen Lenses)
Son Rise (ISBN: 0446342823, Warner Books) (Options Institute)
Son Rise: The Miracle Continues (ISBN: 0915811618, JH Kramer, Inc) both by Barry Neil Kaufman (Options Institute)
A Miracle to Believe in by Barry Neil Kaufman, Doubleday; ISBN: 0385149913 (Options Institute)
The New Social Story Book: Illustrated Edition by Carol Gray, Future Horizons; ISBN: 188547766X
Comic Strip Conversations by Carol Gray, Future Horizons; ISBN: 1885477228
Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration by Shirley Sutton, Ellen Yak, Paula Aquilla 132 Queens Drive, Weston, Ont Canada, M9N 2H6 Fax: 416-249-2909 (Sensory Integration)
The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz ISBN: 0399523863, Berkley Publishing Group (Sensory Integration)
Quick and Easy Ideas by Carolyn Rouse ISBN: 1884135331, Mayer Johnson (Communication)
More Than Words by Fern Sussman ISBN: 0921145144; Hanen Centre (Communication)
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home by Linda Hodgdon ISBN: 0961678615, Quirk Roberts Publishing (Communication)
Sensory Integration and the Child by Jean Ayres ISBN 0874241588; Western Psychological Services (Sensory Integration)
Solving Behavior Problems in Autism: Improving Communication with Visual Strategies by Linda Hodgdon ISBN: 0961678623, Quirk Roberts Publishing (Communication/Behavioral)
A Work in Progress by Ron Leaf ISBN: 0966526600, DRL BOOKS (ABA/IBI)
Right From the Start by Sandra Harris ISBN: 189062702X, Woodbine House (ABA/IBI)
Teach Me Language by Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D. and Lorelei Dake, B.A. ISBN: 0965756505; SFK Books, Inc. (communication)
Diet Intervention and Autism Implementing the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet for Autistic Children and Adults - A Practical Guide for Parents by Marilyn Le Breton ISBN: 1853029351; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (dietary intervention for autism)
Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD by William Shaw, Great Plains Laboratory Inc; ISBN: 0966123816
Teaching Children With Autism to Mind-Read : A Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents by Patricia Howlin (Editor), et al, John Wiley & Son Ltd; ISBN: 0471976237
Do-Watch-Listen-Say : Social and Communication Intervention for Children With Autism by Kathleen Ann Quill, Paul H Brookes Pub Co; ISBN: 1557664536
A Picture's Worth : PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism (Topics in Autism) by Andy Bondy, et al, Woodbine House; ISBN: 0933149964
Teaching Children With Autism : Strategies for Initiating Positive Interactions and Improving Learning Opportunities
by Robert L. Koegel (Editor), Lynn Kern Koegel (Editor), Paul H Brookes Pub Co; ISBN: 1557661804
Autism Treatment Guide by Elizabeth K. Gerlach, Four-Leaf Pr; ISBN: 0963757806
Music Therapy for the Autistic Child by Juliette Alvin, Auriel Warwick, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0198162766
To assist parents or care
givers as they evaluate different treatments, we have included this list
of guidelines created by Dr. B.J. Freeman in her paper Diagnosis of the
Syndrome of Autism: Questions Parents Ask.
of Evaluating Therapies of Autism
any new therapy with hopeful skepticism. Remember the goal of any
treatment should be to help the person with autism become a fully
functioning member of society.
BEWARE of any program or technique that is touted as effective or
desirable for every person with autism.
BEWARE of any program that thwarts individualization and
potentially results in harmful program decisions.
Be aware that any therapy represents one of several options for a
person with autism.
Be aware that therapy should always depend on individual assessment
information that points to it as an appropriate choice for a particular
Be aware that no new therapy should be implemented until its
proponents can specify assessment procedures necessary to determine
whether it will be appropriate for an individual with autism.
aware that debate over use of various techniques are often reduced to
superficial arguments over whom
aware that often-new therapies have not been validated scientifically.
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is pleased to present:
Pukonen, M.H.Sc., S-LP (C), Director of The Speech Foundation of Ontario -
Wednesday, May 8th, 2002 7:30 p.m
location: Richmond Hill Public Library, Main Branch - Yonge and Major Mackenzie
(southwest corner) Free Parking - Members: $5.00, Non-Members - $10.00,
Memberships available at the door -- $15.00 per year
will be speaking about the Speech Foundation, the Toronto Children's Centre, and
the programs that are offered. If you have any specific questions you would like
answered, please submit them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR LEARNING - A DIRECT INSTRUCTION WORKSHOP
Academy & Learning Centre Presents Johanna Preston Friday May 10, 2002
-- 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Toronto - Registration by phone - 416-767-3176 by May 1, 2002. Cost $160.00
for Learning is a comprehensive oral language program that teaches essential
concepts and skills that children need to succeed. Direct Instruction is the
teaching method used. It applies a behaviour approach to instruction and its
curricula. Direct Instruction programs are "scripted" and can be
purchased from SRA publishers (see SRA 4kids.com). Teaching material is provided
at no additional cost due to the generosity of SRA publishing. Workshop is
limited to 15 people. Contact Brookfield at 416-767-3176 or fax at 416-767-3431.
for Learning" provides carefully sequenced lessons to help students.
you will achieve:
Learn common vocabulary as well as language used in textbooks and other
Develop precise knowledge of "little," but important, words such
as first, next, between, who, what, and where
Use different sentence forms, ask and answer questions, and follow
Acquire important information and knowledge, such as days of the week,
months, and seasons
Learn the logical aspects of language, such as classification and
Learn how to do "Direct Instruction" (DI)
Review the "Language for Learning" Curriculum
Learn about DI design elements and why they are effective
Learn hand signals; correction procedures; problem solving techniques
Practice skills and receive personal feedback from workshop leader
Learn about other DI products from SRA display
cost is $160.00 - payable by Visa/ MC or cheque by May 1, 2002 to Brookfield
Venue - Toronto Preschool Autism Service: Surrey Place Centre located in St.
Lucy's Catholic School at
Clinton Ave, Toronto (north side of College Street - 4 blocks west of Bathurst
Street) on the 2nd floor.
Johanna Preston, MA - Child Study and Education; O.C.T. Principal, Lawton Learning Clinic Senior Consultant, Angus Lloyd Associates, Inc. Johanna has worked for Angus Lloyd Associates, Inc. for over four years. She currently works as the principal of the Lawton Learning Clinic, and as senior consultant for Angus Lloyd Associates, Inc. She has received training in Direct Instruction, both in specific programs and in how to train teachers to teach Direct Instruction programs through the Association for Direct Instruction (Eugene, Oregon). She has trained teachers and education professionals in both public and private schools across Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and her Master of Arts degree in Child Study and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT COURSE
Presented by Behaviour Management Services, Mental Health Program of York Central Hospital & Kerry's Place Community Services Autism Consultants
June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2002 4-consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm at Loyal True Blue & Orange Home building, 11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON
Please Register early as space is limited to a first come first serve basis. Cost is $15 per person.
Register by voicemail: (905) 780-1590 or return e-mail
The Parent Education Course is geared to parents whose children are under 12 years of age.
|Motivating your child|
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|Effect of your behaviour on your child's behaviour|
NUTRITIONAL AND METABOLIC CONSULTANTS - DAN PROTOCOL
Dr. Cynthia Heavener D.C. and Dr. Frank Janowicz D.C., Nutritional and
Metabolic Consultants For Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aurora Family Health Clinic
13 Church St., Aurora, ON (905) 727-0119
As parents of a child with a diagnosis in the autistic spectrum of disorders (ASD), it can be overwhelming trying to decipher all the therapies and options that are out there. We know because, as well as being Chiropractors and DAN! practitioners, we are also the parents of two ASD children.
When our first child, now 11 years old, was about a year old, we noticed that certain foods exacerbated his symptoms. There our quest began. For the past decade we have been researching the relationships between diet, biochemistry, and autism. We have also done laboratory testing in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and, based on that testing, have implemented dietary changes and supplement regimes. We have found this approach to be very fruitful with our own sons and with the children we have worked with. We would like to present this as a pathway you may wish to pursue.
In 1995, Dr. Bernard Rimland, director of the Autism Research Institute, brought together about 30 clinicians and researchers, all of whom had a special interest in autism spectrum disorders. Their goal was "to accelerate the development and dissemination of information that will be helpful to many families of autistic children". The conference was called Defeat Autism Now!, or DAN! From that meeting, a consensus was formed and the DAN! Protocol was published. The report outlines several laboratory tests and corresponding treatment options that have been found to be helpful for children with autism. The report is updated as new information is discovered. The latest version, entitled, Biochemical Assessment Options For Children With Autism, is the guide we use in assessing and treating ASD children.
The key point here is that we are treating children, not autism. All children are different and the approach will vary from child to child. Many of our children are not healthy. They may be pale, have eczema, chronic ear infections, gastrointestinal disturbances, mercury toxicity, or any number of health problems. Some of them may have genetically induced biochemical or metabolic abnormalities. Others may have nutritional deficiencies due to a restricted diet, or an inability to absorb some nutrients. Identifying the cause of these problems and correcting them, can often lead to dramatic changes in the symptoms of autism. One simple example is seen in serum ferritin. Serum ferritin, or blood iron levels, are often found to be low in children in the autistic spectrum. A recent study showed that low serum ferritin levels adversely affects neurological development, even in the absence of anaemia. Any child with developmental issues should have their serum ferritin checked, and iron supplements should be given if indicated.
Essential fatty acids are called essential because they are. They are especially critical in building brain tissue. In the past several years numerous studies have linked fatty acid deficiencies or impaired fatty acid metabolism with learning difficulties, including ADD and autism. This is not surprising because the brain is composed primarily of lipids (fats). An essential fatty acid test can reveal if your child is lacking the fatty acids required to build a healthy brain or if there are problems in how his or her body is metabolising their fats. Supplementation can greatly improve fatty acid biochemistry.
Allergies are a huge problem for many children in the autistic spectrum. While some people's allergic responses are restricted to hives, others may exhibit behavioural responses. A family history of allergies, or symptoms such as red ears, chronic ear infections, gastrointestinal disturbances, dark circles under the eyes or eczema are some of the findings that would prompt us to explore the possibility of an allergic connection in your child.
In the past few years a connection has been made between heavy metal toxicity and autism. Symptoms of mercury toxicity can mimic the symptoms of autism. It is important to test each child's heavy metal levels. If the levels are high, we need to look at possible sources of contamination, as well as any impairment the child may have in his own detoxification systems. A process called chelation is effective in removing the metals, although it can take some time.
There are many other assessments, and treatment protocols in the DAN! Protocol. My goal here is to give you a sampling of what could be happening with your child. I don't mean to give the impression that there is usually a 'magic bullet' that will cure your child's autism. Most often it is a long and arduous task of determining which foods and/or supplements will bring optimum health to your child. Obviously a child will have the best chance of achieving their potential if they are healthy.
The DAN! approach to autism is an adjunct to other therapies, not a replacement. It addresses the metabolic and physiological needs of the child. In our experience, it has been exceptionally worthwhile.
GENEVA CENTRE MOVIE NIGHT
Geneva Centre for Autism will host our next movie night for individuals with Asperger Syndrome, and their guests, on Monday evening, May 27th, 2002. The feature film will be The Lord of the Rings. The Regent Theatre is located at 551 Mount Pleasant, south of Eglinton and north of Davisville Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:00. The movie and snack are complimentary.
Kathy Deschenes, Director of Fundraising, email@example.com, Geneva Centre for Autism
NEW SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP ORGANIZING FOR 5 - 7 YR. OLDS.
A new Social Skills group for 5 - 7 year olds being developed, with a planned start in September 2002. We are collecting the names of families interested in planning, participation and further details.
CONFERENCE IDEAS REQUESTED.
An autism conference is in the planning stages. Please suggest topics and speakers that are of interest to you.
Ontario Adult Autism Resource & Support Network
ONTARIO ADULT AUTISM NETWORK OAARSN offers a rich and expanding collection of up-to-date information and communication tools that can put you in touch with others. We can all benefit from the opportunities for mutual support, encouragement and information sharing. We especially hope that OAARSN's efforts to draw attention to positive approaches and best practices in supporting adults with autism can help all who live and work on the front lines. Click here
GENEVA CENTRE SUMMER TRAINING INSTITUTE, GENEVA CENTRE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
The Summer Training Institute is scheduled for August 19-23, 2002 in Toronto. Brochure may be viewed in PDF format here.
The Geneva Centre International Symposium is scheduled for October 23, 24, 25, 2002 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Symposium 2002 brochure has been mailed out and is available at here This year you have the option to register on-line; major discounts for early bird registrations. Also, for the first time, delegates from around the world can access 8 presentations of the International Symposium 2002 live through the Internet.
TEACHING VERBAL BEHAVIOUR - WORKSHOP
The following workshop is being offered by the Child Development Centre of Oakville:
Teaching Verbal Behavior: Hands-on Training for Tutors & Therapists
Presenters: Cherish Richards, BCABA and Holly Smith, BCABA (from Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., Florida, USA)
Dates: June 4 & 5, 2002 or June 6 & 7, 2002
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 2774 South Sheridan Way, Oakville, Ontario
Prerequisites: Workshop #1 by Dr. Vincent J. Carbone (or equivalent)
Participants Limited to 20 participants per session (As May 3, 2002 - only 2 spots available for June 4/5th and approximately 6 spots available for June 6/7th, 2002)
Contact Information: Tracie Lindblad (905) 849-7993 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Director, Child Development Centre of Oakville, President, Four Points Inc.
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