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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. January 28 , 2007

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J. Michael Uszler, MD, appointed to USAAA Scientific Advisory Board

J. Michael Uszler, MD, has been appointed to the USAAA Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Uszler is the Medical Director at Santa Monica Imaging & Therapy Associates, Inc., courtesy staff physician in Nuclear Medicine at Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical and Molecular Pharmacology at UCLA. Dr. Uszler has been actively involved in SPECT imaging of all body areas for 20 years, with a particular focus on the brain since 1992. His expertise includes quantitative regional brain imaging for normal and abnormal comparisons, for evaluation of both anatomic and functional brain disorders, and for the effects of therapeutic interventions as part of the healing process. Dr. Uszler's most recent emphasis is on "Autism- you'll never see it the same way again", i.e. using SPECT imaging to look at brain regional function patterns in autistic individuals. His work also includes cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, stroke and dementia, and in using SPECT brain function imaging to follow the course of various therapies, including medications and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dr. Uszler received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He also received the Hofmeister Award for Excellence in Study and Clinical Performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Graduating Senior Award, Marquette School of Medicine.


"Autism Caregivers - Your S.O.S. has been heard!"
Webinar features leading autism experts to discuss new developments and coping tools for autism and Asperger's syndrome

by J. Michael Uszler, MD

Parents of autistic children live with tremendous stress. They needbiomedical information, as well as personal assistance. When I helped a mother put a shoe on her resistant son and saw him immediately rip it off and throw it across my waiting room, I decided to act. That’s why I, J. Michael Uszler, M.D., assembled a team of Autism experts to discuss new developments and coping tools for autism and Asperger's syndrome. You can attend this information-packed, online event in the comfort of your own home. The specific, insightful steps and new strategies will make an immediate difference in your life, and in the life of your autistic loved one. I promise you, the “Autism Caregivers – your S.O.S. has been heard!” event will live up to its name. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

The webinar expert team includes: J. Michael Uszler, MD; Jeff Bradstreet, MD, FAAFP; Stephen M. Shore, ABD; Valerie Paradiz, PhD; and, Robert J. Krakow, Esq.

When: The Webinar is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2007.
Where: Online from your computer
Time: 2-4:30pm PST, 3-5:30 MST, 4-6:30 CST, 5-7:30 EST

For additional information on the Webinar, click here.


"Mozart of Jazz" to perform at Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress
Matt Savage, an autistic 15 year old gifted and talented musician, who is changing the face of jazz, will showcase at Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress, Saturday night, March 3

Matt Savage, a fifteen year old professional jazz pianist, will perform a 90 minute concert with his Trio at the Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress, Saturday evening, March 3rd, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

Matt was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Matt could not communicate easily or withstand noises, not to mention music. He has made an extraordinary emergence from his own autism. As Matt's mother puts it, "He learned piano overnight. One day, at the age of 6½, he just decided that he could play."

Matt and his two sidemen, who are world-class, adult musicians, have played to audiences all around the world and with such musical luminaries as jazz legends Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Chaka Khan, Bobby Watson, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis and others.  He has been called “amazing” by Dave Brubeck, and been touted as the “Mozart of jazz.” He is changing the face of jazz and has earned the respect of the greatest jazz musicians because of his understanding of the theory and complexities of jazz, knowledge that sometimes never comes to adult musicians who have studied music all their lives.   "What I love about jazz is that you can break the rules and be free," Savage said.  

Matt has appeared on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien”, Jay Leno, Lifetime Television, and interviewed with Barbara Walters for ABC’s 20/20. The Matt Savage Trio performed at the famed New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Matt appeared on “The Today Show,” “The View,” “Montel” and The Discovery Channel. For more information about Matt Savage, go to the following website: http://savagerecords.com/. For ticket information, call 1-866-928-8476.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Dr. Temple Grandin, who is inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world; Dr. Andrew Wakefield, an academic gastroenterologist whose main focus of research is an investigation of the immunologic, metabolic, and pathologic changes occurring in inflammatory bowel diseases such as autistic enterocolitis, and the potential relationship of these conditions to environmental causes, such as childhood vaccines; and, Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director of the International Hyperbarics Association, who knows firsthand the heartbreak and struggles of having a child with a disability.

Other notable speakers are Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, Dr. Teresa Bolick, Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Dr. Phillip DeMio, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Stan Kurtz, Dr. Barry Prizant, Dr. William Shaw, Stephen Shore, Dr. Lauren Underwood, Dr. Dan Rossignol, Dr. Sarah-Monique Williams, Ed Kaleolani Spencer, and Julia Berle who is mother to a child who recovered from autism.

Click here for more information about Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress conference, March 1-4, 2007.


Recovering From Autism: A Local Doctor Says It's Possible

By Patricia Crosby
First Coast News
January 22, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- When Dr. Julie Buckley talks about autism and recovery, it's more than just her life's work, it's personal. Dr. Buckley's 8 1/2 year old daughter Dani was diagnosed as profoundly autistic at the age of 4. "I think the thing that will always haunt me, was the waking up in the morning, the crying and the moaning. As a mom, all I wanted to do was it make it better," says Dr. Buckley.

And, as a pediatrician Dr. Buckley found a way to make Dani better. Through research and contacts she learned about DAN which stands for Defeat Autism Now. She delved back into her medical books and is now one of four leading DAN doctors in Florida, treating more than 600 children with autism locally and around the world.

After a few years of using the DAN approach Dani is now considered gifted in her third grade class. "Her recovery was pretty dramatic, but for each child recovery happens at a different pace," says Dr. Buckley. "All of my patients are either in recovery or are recovering, and all are feeling better," she says.

Click here for complete story.


Alzheimer's, Kids Can Be Helped With New Method

(KUTV) Health care workers around the world are beginning to use a therapeutic new technique to take care of people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s called Snozelen (pronounced Snooze-Uh-Lin), but it wasn’t even developed for Alzheimer’s.

Snozelen started in Europe as a treatment for children with Autism. But the method’s effects quickly proved useful for patients in the Alzheimer’s community.

Researchers found that Snozelen has a calming and soothing effect on those who use it. And because Alzheimer’s patients often suffer from agitation or social withdrawal, the technique seemed helpful.

Click here for complete story.


Plan Your Response to an Autism Emergency
by Dennis Debbaudt © 2007

The past year also brought with it a predictable spate of autism related wandering. Children and adults all over the world wandered from care and into danger. Wandering should be a cause for concern for every one of us who advocate for people with autism. Wandering--and other risks associated with autism--should be included with every information packet offered to families who are new to the spectrum. This information can save lives. To help ensure safety and lower risk for a child or adult with autism, parents and care providers will need to become proactive and prepare an informational handout.

A leading cause for concern are children and adults who run away or wander from parents and care providers. Tragically, children and adults with autism are often attracted to water sources such as pools, ponds, and lakes. Drowning is a leading cause of death for a child or adult who has autism. Wandering can also lead to high risk field contacts with law enforcement or members of the general public.

For entire article, click here.


Cartoon to help autism

Cambridge Evening News, UK
2007-01-27

A NEW cartoon animation which helps autistic children understand emotions has been launched thanks to research at Cambridge University. Stephen Fry narrates the free DVD, Transporters, which features the adventures eight toys in 15 episodes - each focusing on a different human emotion. Behind the fun animation lies cutting-edge research from the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. Prof Simon Baron Cohen, director of the centre, said: "Children are drawn to predictable, rule-based systems. "At the core of autism is an ability to deal effortlessly with systems because they do not change and a disabling difficulty in dealing with the social world because it is always changing unpredictably and is different every time." The DVD, which was commissioned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, will be sent out with a booklet.

Copies can be requested from www.transporters.tv

 

In This Issue :
J. Michael Uszler, MD, appointed to USAAA Scientific Advisory Board

"Autism Caregivers - Your S.O.S. has been heard!"
Webinar features leading autism experts to discuss new developments and coping tools for autism and Asperger's syndrome

"Mozart of Jazz" to perform at Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress
Matt Savage, an autistic 15 year old gifted and talented musician, who is changing the face of jazz, will showcase at Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress, Saturday night, March 3

Recovering From Autism: A Local Doctor Says It's Possible

Alzheimer's, Kids Can Be Helped With New Method

Plan Your Response to an Autism Emergency by Dennis Debbaudt © 2007

Cartoon to help autism


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