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US Autism & Asperger Association
July 11, 2012

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Advice for a parent who hears those words, "Your child has autism"

Dr. Phillip DeMio

"What advice can you give to a parent who for the first time hears those words, “your child has autism".

Dr. Phillip C. DeMio was interviewed at the 2010 US Autism & Asperger Association World conference. Click on the image to listen to the interview.

The following is an excerpt from the USAAA 2010 Conference interview:
Jama Lambert: What advice can you give to a parent who for the first time hears those words, “your child has autism”.
Dr. DeMio: “Being a practitioner, I never forget when a person comes to me and their child is newly diagnosed and you get these little toddlers who are supposed to be the little rising star of the family. It’s devastating. Your hopes and dreams seem shattered. As a practitioner, it’s important for the parents to know that there is hope. They are often told that their child is not going to do well, that they are not going to have a good life. Many of the parents are still told to institutionalize their child, that there is no hope for autism, they will never get better, never function, and a bunch of "nevers", as Theresa Wrangham puts it (they will never talk, never walk, never get out of diapers, never live on their own, never get a job or never go to college). Many people walking around here [at the US Autism & Asperger Association annual conference] are proof that’s not true.” FULL INTERVIEW

"As a practitioner, it’s important for the parents to know that there is hope. Many of the parents are still told to institutionalize their child, that there is no hope for autism. Many people walking around here [at the US Autism & Asperger Association annual conference] are proof that’s not true."

Dr. DeMio will be introducing the World Premiere presentation, "Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. He will also be presenting, "Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan", and he will be participating on three panels: "Fathers of Children with ASD", "Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Community", and "The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel Discussion".

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A Top Pitfall of Special Diets - Oxalates

by Julie Matthews, CNC

julie matthewsI realized that many parents that are very experienced with diet still need help refining the diet for their child, whether it be GFCF, SCD/GAPS or other.

As your child heals and grows, changes will take place. You may be at a point that as something heals, it brings to light a new area that can benefit from attention. You may have a small setback due to a recent cold or infection that has brought up new reactions and possibly the need for a new diet direction.

"[Oxalates] can perpetuate a yeast overgrowth, even if you are on a low sugar and starch-free diet like the GAPS diet. They can cause chronic pain and inflammation including in the gut. "

I've been working a lot with the low oxalate diet in my one-on-one nutrition practice, and initially I was a bit surprised by the large number of children with ASDs that have a problem with oxalates and enthused by the good response many of them have with the low oxalate diet and supplementation. For example, a child whose stimming and rocking nearly disappeared with the low oxalate diet. Yeast clearing up for the first time with the low oxalate diet even after years on a starch-free and low sugar diet. More...

Julie will present, "Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. Conference Schedule.

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Early Bird Registration ends July 15th for the USAAA 2012 Conference - Register Now!

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The USAAA Conference Experience is for parents, caregivers, family members, healthcare practitioners, self-advocates, students, educators, friends and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy.

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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.

The USAAA Conference Experience is for parents, caregivers, family members, healthcare practitioners, self-advocates, students, educators, friends and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy.

Featuring World Premiere Presentations:

  • Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays
  • Functional Imaging of the Brain: You'll Never See Autism the Same Way Again
  • An Exclusive Special "One on One" with Temple Grandin
  • New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism
  • Autism: The Whole Picture is Bigger Than Any One Part
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Schools
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Community
  • Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome; It Explained Everything
  • Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD
  • A New Look at Prioritizing Interventions and Therapies
  • Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism Panel
  • DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope, Unveiling New Information
  • Advocacy and Combating Bullying Panel
  • Social Networking: 10 Lessons Learned from 25,000 Parents
  • Multimedia Social Skills Program for Children with Asperger's Syndrome (International Presentation)

CONTINUING EDUCATION is offered throughout the entire conference for all professionals. Check with your state or national associations to ensure CEUs are accepted by your organization. Attendees may register to receive a Certificate of Attendance (COA), CEU certificate, CEC certificate, CPEU certificate or a CME certificate that is applicable to the corresponding association:

Other Presentations Include:

  • Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning
  • Vision: The Effects on Balance, Vestibular, Movement and Cognitive Function
  • Visual Social Thinking Strategies
  • Autism subtypes and the severity of neurological problems
  • Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan
  • Engaging the individual with autism
  • Epigenetic Expression, RORA
  • Seizures and Mitochondrial Disorders
  • The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior
  • Strength and Interest-Based Learning: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities
  • Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond
  • A Neuroplasticity-based Intervention for Home & Clinic
  • Autism 101
  • Fathers of Children with ASD Panel
  • Holistic Medicine: Effective Treatment with a Focus on Nutrition
  • Adults - Ongoing Services Throughout The Lifespan
  • A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope
  • Effects of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals on the Incidence and Severity of Autism
  • Assessing & Teaching Functional Living Skills of All Ages Using The AFLS™
  • Auditory Hypersensitivity and ASD: A Treatable Condition
  • Oral Health Care for the Dental Patient with Autism

And don't miss The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel Discussion on Friday, September 7. The panelists presenting in this workshop review cutting edge interventions and treatments as well as the latest research and discuss the most frequently asked questions associated with medicine, interventions, and research. The discussion will include the entire lifespan of the individual and transitioning into adulthood. And much more.

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In this issue:

Advice for a parent who hears those words, "Your child has autism"

A Top Pitfall of Special Diets - Oxalates

Early Bird Registration ends July 15th for the USAAA 2012 Conference

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