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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. September 19 , 2007

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Autism Orlando Biennial Conference
February 14-17, 2008, Orlando, Florida

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Early Bird Registration is now available for Autism Orlando Biennial Conference. Incredible savings until December 1st. Click here to visit the conference website at www.autismorlando.com. For parents, caregivers, and families - Bring your entire team (spouses, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and therapists, etc.) . Full registration $250 for the 1st person and $100 each for two additional guests - Total $450 for three people or just $150 per person for the entire three day conference! Click here for more information.


Pycnogenol could soothe ADHD symptoms
By Clarisse Douaud

A soon-to-be published study has linked French maritime pine bark ingredient Pycnogenol to balancing stress hormones, in turn diminishing symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The research, set to be published in an upcoming issue of Nutritional Neuroscience, builds on previous studies linking the antioxidant ingredient to abating a host of conditions. The present study showed Pycnogenol lowered adrenaline by 26.2 percent and the neurostimulant dopamine by 10.8 percent.

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Other articles from Pubmed.gov:
Effect of polyphenolic extract, Pycnogenol, on the level of 8-oxoguanine in children suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

The effect of polyphenolic extract from pine bark, Pycnogenol on the level of glutathione in children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Peete on Oprah
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Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism (Hardcover) by Jenny McCarthy (Author)
ISBN-10: 0525950117

If your child stopped speaking, wouldn't look you in the eye and completely ignored the world around them, what would you do? In her new book, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, actress Jenny McCarthy shares her emotional story of diagnosis, hope, faith and recovery—a journey many thousands of parents now face.

...and then the nurse gave [Evan] the [MMR] shot," she says. "And I remember going, 'Oh, God, I hope he's right.' And soon thereafter—boom—the soul's gone from his eyes."

In 2002, Jenny gave birth to a beautiful baby boy she named Evan. As an infant, Evan was full of life, making eye contact and smiling, but soon things started to change. "God was giving me many hints about my son, and I didn't quite see them," she says. "So I know that he had to wake me up with two really big ones."

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Raun Kaufman appointed to USAAA Advisory Board

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USAAA is pleased to announce that Raun K. Kaufman, CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America™, has been appointed to the USAAA Advisory Board. As a child, Mr. Kaufman was diagnosed with severe autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents developed The Son-Rise Program, which enabled their son to completely recover from his autism. Now an international speaker and Ivy League graduate with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Mr. Kaufman bears no traces of his former condition. Raun's story was recounted by his father, Barry Neil Kaufman, in the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and was also the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love. His lectures focus on some innovative, outside-the-box techniques you can use today to help your child: move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others.

Raun will be speaking at AutismOrlando, February 14-17, 2008 in Orlando, Florida, hosted by Autism Today and USAAA.

To obtain a PDF file of Mr. Kaufman's paper, "Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders," that was presented last month and published in the USAAA 2007 International Conference Proceedings Manual, click here.

Click here to read more about Raun.


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Nutrition Science and Autism: Collision Course or Perfect Fit? by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

Children with autism have pancreatic insufficiency, bowel disease, gut inflammation, food allergy, poor diets, poor body mass index, and nutrient deficiencies more often than typical peers.
Children must be in normal nutrition status to grow, learn, and develop typically. This basic tenet drives federal programs like WIC, School Lunch, Head Start, Early Intervention (Child Find in CO), and health initiatives worldwide conducted by WHO, UNICEF, and more. In the US, we take it for granted that children are in good nutrition status. We shouldn’t: According to recent NHANES data1, children in the most recent cohort showed worsening status for several nutrients. Some of these nutrients had never been problematic before. All of them – vitamins A, D, C, E, and iron – are critical for infection fighting, cognition, or tissue integrity. Meanwhile, other data reflect staggering increases in child health problems for obesity, life threatening food allergies, asthma, ADHD, and juvenile diabetes. Even our infant mortality rate – a benchmark of any society’s overall health – has worsened relative to other countries since the 1980s. To obtain a PDF file of this paper that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual, click here.

Mercury, Mercurial Lies and the Liars that tell them, by Kenneth Stoller, MD, FAAP

The cover-up at the CDC surrounding the mercury preservative found in so many vaccines (up until about 2003) has had very serious far-reaching implications.

In May 2004, I had been invited to testify in front of the Government Reform Committee to discuss new developments in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I had been invited because of the work I was doing with hyperbaric oxygen in treating brain injured children, including fetal alcohol syndrome.

All the experts searching diligently for those elusive genetic mutations seem blissfully unaware of the impact of autism on our schools and the impending disaster, as these autistic children become autistic adults.

Hyperbaric oxygen is where oxygen is given under pressure in chambers that are used to treat scuba divers who get the bends. I and several other physicians had found that hyperbaric oxygen was returning functionality to the brains of affected children.

To obtain a PDF file of this paper that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual, click here.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA 2004 Summary, by Randy Chapman

Some of the key significant changes in special education law under the IDEA 2004. Initial Evaluation Timeline, What if No Parental Consent?, LEAs Not Required to Use Severe Discrepancy Standard for Students with Learning Disabilities, Response to Intervention (RTI), Generally, Benchmarks and Short-term Objectives No Longer Required, Measurable Annual Goals Now Must Include Functional and Academic Goals, The IEP team must include not less than 1 regular education teacher, Due Process Complaint Notice. To obtain a PDF file of this paper that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual, click here.


The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Arousal, by Marlo Payne Rice

Like all children, those with autism have unique sensory needs, cognitive skills, and individual strengths and weaknesses for learning. However it is common, because autism itself is so difficult to understand, for us to label all autistic children as having the same needs in an attempt to create a clean service model. Autism is messy. In thinking that all autistic children are alike we fail to recognize the sensory and cognitive continuums of the autistic individual, and in turn we render ourselves unable to provide appropriate arousal states for new learning. Furthermore, by lacking good information about learning styles and different modalities for learning, we limit the ultimate potential for our autistic children by expecting them to succeed in our traditional language-driven model of education. To obtain a PDF file of this paper that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual, click here.


The Basics of Digestive Enzymes as Dietary Supplements, Devin Houston, PhD

Who should take enzyme supplements?

Enzymes are specialized proteins that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur under conditions to sustain life. The enzyme itself does not change during the reaction, but changes one compound (known as the “substrate”) into another (known as the “product”). Enzymes are involved in almost every metabolic function in any living organism. There are over 10,000 separate and distinct enzymes that have been characterized. Each enzyme usually has only one function, or works on one substrate to produce one product; therefore, enzymes demonstrate specificity in their function. Not all enzymes are useful when taken orally. To obtain a PDF file of this paper that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual, click here.

For all papers presented, click here.


State must cope with autistic adults
BY SUSAN ABRAM, Staff Writer
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CANYON COUNTRY - As a child, Dan McQueen had trouble coloring inside the lines. As an adult, he still works hard to fit within the lines of acceptable behavior drawn by society. Diagnosed as a teenager with Asperger's syndrome - one of the less-severe disorders on the autism spectrum - McQueen, 26, has found that the world around him isn't as forgiving as it was when he was a kid. "As soon as you turn 18, it's different," said McQueen, now 26 and living with his parents in Canyon Country. "Society is generally more forgiving of a normal person who has a bad day than with the person with autism who has a normal day." McQueen's experience will be replicated more frequently in the years ahead as the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism grow into adulthood, according to a state report released Tuesday.

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In This Issue :

Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008

› Pycnogenol could soothe ADHD symptoms

› Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Peete on Oprah

› Raun Kaufman appointed to USAAA Advisory Board

› Nutrition Science and Autism: Collision Course or Perfect Fit? by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

› Mercury, Mercurial Lies and the Liars that tell them, by Kenneth Stoller, MD, FAAP

› Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA 2004 Summary, by Randy Chapman

› The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Arousal, by Marlo Payne Rice

› The Basics of Digestive Enzymes as Dietary Supplements, Devin Houston, PhD


› State must cope with autistic adults


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