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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. November 19, 2008

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New study on biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorder-associated biomarkers for case evaluation and management by clinical geneticists
by David A. Geier, BA and Mark R. Geier, MD, PhD, FABMG, FACE

In April of 2008, the American College of Medical Geneticists issued clinical practice guidelines recommending that clinical geneticists identify the etiology of ASD's and treat patients with the diagnosis.

It is clear that, as additional research is performed, the clinical geneticist will need to give careful attention to the task of incorporating new testing and treatment options for ASDs.

This article examines recognized, clinically available biomarker testing for the evaluation and treatment of ASDs. It will attempt to explain the clinical significance of the findings and, where possible, explore potential treatment options.

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Minnesota Tracked Down Pig Brain Disease, Ignores Autism?

By Kim Stagliano, Age of Autism

[Mayo Clinic] of the strongest health department's in the country? We've yet to see it in the Somali autism situation.

Do you recall last winter when a handful of people in Minnesota contracted a rare neurological disease that was tracked to their job blowing pigs' brains out of their skulls at a meat processing plant? State officials couldn't act fast enough to solve the problem. So why is it that Somali parents who've watched their children collapse into autism aren't getting the same rapid fire answers? Racism? Or Autism?

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Lee Silsby Introduces Enhansa Curcumin Supplement for Autism

Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy, the leader in custom compounded medications for autism, announces its newest product, Enhansa, Enhanced Absorption Curcumin Supplement. Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid found in the popular Indian spice turmeric. Enhansa was created by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy. To date, several hundred patients on the spectrum are using Enhansa. Current product order rates indicate a high level of both patient and physician satisfaction.

Enhansa is clinically proven to increase intracellular Glutathione, reduce levels of nearly every elevated inflammatory cytokine found in autistic patients and improve liver detoxification. In addition, Enhansa acts as an anti-viral and anti-fungal agent and is a potent PPAR Gamma Agonist and NF-Kapp B inhibitor. Patient benefits include improved digestion, detoxification and antioxidant support.

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How to help your Special Needs Child Make the Transition to Adulthood

Children with Autism, mental retardation, Downs Syndrome, any other special need, or none at all have one thing in common. Every child will get older and eventually reach adulthood. This can be a rather intimidating thought if you and your child have not prepared for this challenging time. Recently, a distraught mother called me in a panic. “I just talked to my school district, and they told me that my son will no longer receive public school funding after this school year. What am I supposed to do with an autistic man after his services stop?” she asked. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard this lament.

No matter how old your child is, start today. Even if your child has only one more year of school, and has not started a transition program, you can negotiate with the school district to get a few more years of school because they didn’t follow the legal requirements to provide a free and appropriate education which includes a transition program.

Public schools are required by law to provide transitional services starting at age 16 for students with an IEP. These services should include life skills training, such as cooking or making a bed, pre-vocational and vocational skills that should prepare a child to enter the world of work, and general skills and planning capabilities that lead to a life of self-determination. My experience has been that most schools have not even begun to think about this process beyond some sex education and consumer math.

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Advocacy Self Help
The 7 "P's"of Effective Advocacy

Special Ed Advocate has launched a series that will provide a self-help study plan every advocate should have. You'll learn how to plan and prepare to be an effective advocate, and where to go to get the information you need.

As a parent, you negotiate with the school for services. To be a successful negotiator, you must understand the system and how it works.

Many parents don’t realize that school systems are bureaucracies. Parents often don’t know how important decisions are made - or by whom.

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Teacher axed for treatment of autistic boy

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A school board in Florida has voted to suspend a kindergarten teacher who allowed her students to vote on whether an autistic boy could remain in class.

Teacher Wendy Portillo did not address the Port St. Lucie School Board before the action was taken Tuesday night, the Web site reported.

A police report says Portillo brought 5-year-old Alex Barton to the front of the classroom last May 21 and asked students to vote on whether he should stay in class given his behavior.

At the time, the boy was in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.

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Autism Software to Help Children in the Middle East

COLUMBIA, SC, Nov 18, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Accelerations Educational Software (AES), a leading developer of software for autism and other developmental disorders, is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with Qatar-based Anzima. The strategic partnership will help introduce AES programs in the Middle East, significantly benefiting children with special needs.

Together with AES, Anzima will offer software support in Arabic and English and also set up representatives to provide support and services.

"This is a huge step forward for our company," says Karl Smith, founder of Accelerations Educational Software.

"People tend to forget that autism is a global epidemic and this partnership will help get our products in the hands of children outside the United States," he adds.

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In This Issue:

New study on biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Minnesota Tracked Down Pig Brain Disease, Ignores Autism?

Lee Silsby Introduces Enhansa Curcumin Supplement for Autism

How to help your Special Needs Child Make the Transition to Adulthood

Advocacy Self Help
The 7 "P's"of Effective Advocacy

Teacher axed for treatment of autistic boy
News Around the World
Autism Software to Help Children in the Middle East

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