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  US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc.
May 13 , 2007

Welcome to USAAA Weekly News, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome.

In This Issue :
Happy Mother's Day; a special story
You could WIN a spa package
TIP of the week - Reconnect with your kitchen
Food Matters
Yoga Therapy
Quote of the week
Quick Links

What is an AutisMom?

Once there was a little girl named Wendy.

She dreamed of all of the things that she could be.

First she wanted to be a nurse... She would care for the sick with gentleness, patience, and love.

Then she wanted to be a teacher... She would teach children and help them have the best chance for success.

In high school, she thought that being a religious minister would allow her to provide comfort, care, and spiritual sustenance.

A little older, and she wanted to be a lawyer... She would defend the poor and defenseless.

Finally, she wanted to be a doctor... She would unravel all the mysteries of what made people sick and how to cure them.

Wendy got married, and she became a mom. Her little boy flourished and learned with ease, his future was bright, and Wendy was delighted. But his abilities seemed to change, and he seemed to be ill. Wendy’s little boy was diagnosed with autism.

Wendy was scared, so she asked the angels, “Who can help my little boy?” And the angels said, “You can help him, you will be everything that you always wanted to be.”

“But, angels,” said Wendy, “I am scared that my child will not be all that I’d hoped he could be.”

“He isn’t right now,” replied the angels, “But he is all of the things that you can help him become.”


* When you register, during the month of May, for the USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger Conference that will be held in Denver, Colorado August 8-11, 2007, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of five spa treatment packages from Each package is a $100 SpaWish certificate, redeemable at over 1000 day spas nationwide. Click here for conference registration. Click here for contest rules. Anyone that has registered for the conference before May 13, 2007 is automatically entered into the contest.

TIP of the week - Reconnect with your kitchen

Serve a varied menu of organic and home-cooked food. Reconnect with your kitchen. Buy cookbooks; taking a cooking class; download gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free alternatives from,,, and Kinnikinnick Foods. Good quality “fast” food is available online, by mail order, and at local super markets. Avoid packaged, processed empty calories, the Golden Arches, pizza and pasta. Steam nutrient dense vegetables. Serve with the ancient gluten-free grains millet, quinoa and amaranth. Make soup. Crack young green coconuts and make natural probiotics with the water and immature meat (
Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC

Ms. Lemer is co-founder and the Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), an international, non-profit organization integrating conventional and holistic therapies for children with developmental delays. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University. She is a National Certified Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 30 years. She is especially interested in helping families prioritize therapies, so as to use their financial personal resources most efficiently. Another area of Patty’s great interest is vision and the role of visual dysfunction in AD(H)D and autism. She is the author of numerous articles. Ms. Lemer is on the USAAA Advisory Board.

Ms. Lemer will present "Prioritizing Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Click here for a bio of Patricia Lemer. Click here to preview an abstract of Patricia Lemer's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.

To view the entire conference schedule, click here.

betsy hicks

Food Matters
by Betsy Hicks

(published in USAAA newsletter December, 2005)

The rapid decline in food quality in the United States has strongly contributed to the increase of diabetes, celiac disease, immune disorders, and developmental disabilities. The presence of chemical preservatives, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, aluminum, and arsenic in chicken feed are some examples of insidious and dangerous food ingredients. Americans' excessive ingestion of carbohydrates, nutrient depleted soil, misinformation about the benefits of dairy and soy, and a lack of trustworthy information from the FDA further jeopardizes the quality of Americans' diets. Children with developmental disabilities, especially, are suffering due to an ignorance of nutrition. Yet traditional medicine continues to look to the pharmaceutical direction when treating illness without any consideration of diet. Medical doctors receive little dietary training, and it usually does not include education with regard to the consequences of newly “advanced” preservatives, excitotoxins and pesticides. We cannot control all external environmental exposures, however we can make educated choices in our food that will improve our health, behavior, and brain functioning. We must turn to food for healing and suspect food in illness. Click here for entire story.

Betsy Hicks is author of Cooking Healthy Gluten and Casein-Free Food for Children, Betsy is a well respected diet counselor hailed as one of the most innovative teachers of diets free of gluten, casein, soy, corn, egg and much more. In addition to her professional nutritional expertise, Betsy is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of and team at Pathways Medical Advocates. She develops and coordinates the marketing and public education programs offered by this innovative practice including her radio talk show for Autism One Radio, anchor of The GFCF Diet Comprehensive Video and ongoing community lectures and workshops. The mother of a son with autism, she speaks nationally on dietary and holistic interventions for children with disabilities. Betsy is on the USAAA Advisory Board.

Yoga Therapy

Originally published July 9, 2006 in USAAA WeelkyNews

Riley Jackson and Shane Perlow, both 7 and ordinarily full of energy, were lying on their backs and taking deep yoga breaths while little plastic frogs on their bellies steadily rose and fell. Soon, they were wobbling and grinning through "tree pose" and hissing enthusiastically for "cat pose." Riley, who has missing front teeth, gaily sang "London Bridge Is Falling Down" as he wiggled into bridge posture. Yoga is a part of the boys' occupational therapy at Hands On Therapy in Pikesville, where Riley is being treated for a sensory disorder and Shane gets help for handwriting problems and some related spatial issues. As the half-hour yoga session ended, Shane, a sweetly polite kid with wavy brown hair, declared that he felt good. "I feel more quieter," he said. "More calmed down."

Click here for entire story.

Quote of the week - "Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
—Zora Neale Hurston

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