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US Autism & Asperger Association
May 13, 2012

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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

Challenges, progress part of daily life with autism


boy autismMy son, Will, has autism. He's 9 years old, going on 10, and is a happy, affectionate child who loves music, dancing and video games. He talks, but he is delayed academically and socially and his motor is always on full throttle - which can be exhausting.

Today, on Mother's Day, I reflect on the constant challenges we face, on how far he's come and how lucky it is that I haven't had a nervous breakdown in the process.

Will is accepted there. It doesn't matter if my son doesn't stop at first base and runs all the way to home after he hits the ball. If only the whole world understood these children this well.

His diagnosis at 18 months old changed our lives in many ways. There's a huge learning curve in autism and almost everything has to be done differently - school, food, medical care, behavior management, community outings - everything. The key is preparation and planning, but even then, you never know what could happen.

I look back and think about when Will was 2 or 3 years old. He was living in his own world and not able to connect with others. He didn't talk. If you handed him a toy, he would throw it, preferring to watch the ceiling fan spin. He rarely slept through the night, often waking up in the wee hours totally energized and bouncing off the walls.


Women's Health at Every Age

by Sherrill Sellman


AN ANCIENT ADAGE from Chinese medicine says, "A doctor would rather treat 10 men than one woman." In a way, this validates what women have always known - that we are indeed intricate creatures. At the heart of our complexity are hormones, their ebb and flow influencing all aspects of physical, emotional and mental well-being. When a woman’s hormones are in balance, she feels healthy, energized and vital. She is also far less likely to experience symptoms during her menstrual cycle or as she transitions through menopause.

As we learn to listen to our bodies and adjust to the many changes experienced with each decade, we can gracefully dance through our transitions, savoring the gifts and wisdoms garnered from our journey through time.

Unfortunately, all it takes is one alteration to this perfectly orchestrated process for hormone havoc to ensue, transforming a reasonable woman into a screaming banshee (sound familiar?). Our modern lifestyles do not help either, and in fact have had a somewhat disastrous effect on hormonal balance. For example, stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormones in meat and poultry, estrogen-mimicking chemicals in our environment and the widespread use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), have contributed to some of the highest estrogen levels ever measured, according to researchers.


Reconnect with your kitchen

patty lemerby Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC USAAA Advisory Board

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 . 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

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"ENVISIONING A BRIGHT FUTURE: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders," by Patricia Lemer

Click here to buy Envisioning A Bright Future.

Here is a Mother's Day gift from USAAA:
Click here
to read "Prioritizing Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," that was presented by Ms. Lemer at recent USAAA conference.

Ms. Lemer will be presenting at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9.

USAAA 2012 World Conference
Denver, CO, Sept. 6-9

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The US Autism & Asperger Association 7th Annual World Conference & Expo headquarters are at the Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, September 6-9, 2012. This is the first time USAAA has returned to the Denver area since the 2nd annual conference in 2007 where over 800 people attended. Hotel Reservations.

World leading Autism and Asperger experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Martha Herbert, discuss new research, treatment modalities, resources and avenues for advocacy. Topics include medical/biomedical, educational, behavioral and developmental evidence-based interventions. There will be a special event with Dr. Grandin that has never been presented at any conference.
Learn more about the topics and schedule.

USAAA is introducing: Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays. There will be a special cooking and nutrition session. USAAA introduces new sessions for educators and professionals: "Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism Interventions in the Schools and in the Community". Over 8 of the 17 hours are dedicated to Medical and Biomedical Treatment Modalities and Research.
Learn more about the schedule

The following is partial list of our presenters (Speaker Bios): Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Keynote
Temple Grandin, PhD** - Keynote
Phillip C. DeMio, MD*
Alex Doman
Richard E. Fyre, MD, PhD
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA*
Jacqueline F. Gauthier*
Debby Hamilton, MD, MSPH
Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Rebecca E. Hutchins, OD, FCOVD
Valerie Hu, PhD*
Sharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD*
Raun K. Kaufman**
Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Aaron Likens**
Michael P. McManmon, EdD**
Ron Minson, MD
Tim Page** *
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Eric Peacock, MBA*
Robert E. Rada, DDS
William Shaw, PhD
Stephen Shore, EdD**
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Theresa Wrangham*

*Parent or family member of an individual affected by autism
**As a child or as an adult, diagnosed with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome


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