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US Autism & Asperger Association
August 21, 2012

Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.


USC Professor Appointed to USAAA Advisory Board

tim pageUS Autism & Asperger Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Tim Page to the USAAA Advisory Board. Tim was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of forty-five and says, "I am very grateful to have the diagnosis because it explains a lot."

usc logoTim is a professor at both the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Tim won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post, where he held the position of chief classical music critic since 1995.

There will be an exclusive interview with Tim Page "Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome; It Explained Everything", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver Sept 6-9.

"Before I was diagnosed [with Asperger's ] at the age of forty-five, I looked on my life as this narrative of a completely confused distraught kid who suddenly got energy in his early twenties and was able to do a number of things. Before my diagnosis, but after winning my Pulitzer Prize, after doing a lot of different books, I decided I was all well and took a job running an orchestra [the St. Louis Symphony]. It was a disaster. I went back to being seven or eight years old."

"I just collapsed. I just did such a wretched job. I said I am just terrible at this and you need to leave me alone. I went back to the Washington Post and I started to realize that the reason I had done well was that I was accommodating myself to my own needs. It was right then that I got the diagnosis. It explained everything; why I was good at certain things and completely oblivious to others." Full Biologo

There will be an exclusive interview with Tim Page "Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome; It Explained Everything", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. Tim will also be participating on the panel, "Advocacy and Combating Bullying".

Tim is the author of Parallel Play, an autobiographical account of "Growing up with Undiagnosed Asperger's". There will be a book signing following Tim's interview.

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The underlying neurology involved in self-regulation and sensory processing

dr. ron minsonDr. Ron Minson will present, "A Neuroplasticity-based Intervention for Home & Clinic", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. This presentation describes the neurological basis for a sensory approach to autism as well as the neurological and functional connections between auditory functioning, behavior, attention, focus, impulse control and emotional regulation. This presentation will introduce participants to the functional efficacy of such interventions as well as discuss recent research on the effectiveness of the approach with children with autism.

A sensory, neuroplasticity-based approach might complement behavioral and bio-medical approaches to autism.

Dr. Minson is the Clinical Director and Advanced Trainer for Integrated Listening Systems and had a Private Psychiatry Practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Minson received his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine and is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Minson served as Chief of Psychiatry for Presbyterian Medical Center and Director of Behavioral Sciences at Mercy Hospital in Denver prior to integrating sound therapy into his psychiatric practice in 1990.

The Learning Outcomes from Dr. Minson's presentation include the following:
1. Understand the inter-connectivity of the auditory, visual and balance systems, and how these systems play a role in our ability to function.
2. Recognize the underlying neurology involved in self-regulation and sensory processing, and how these relate to a person with autism. 
3. Identify key ways in which a sensory, neuroplasticity-based approach might complement behavioral and bio-medical approaches to autism.

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In this issue:

USC Professor Appointed to USAAA Advisory Board

The underlying neurology involved in self-regulation and sensory processing


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"The greatest gift we received yet was attending the four-day USAAA conference last year. There I met my heroes and found mentors that gave me hope and expanded my paradigm."
- Sara McCarter, Mom to Magnus "the great"

"I have been attending medical conferences for over twenty-five years. My grandson is affected by autism, so I wanted to learn more about autism spectrum disorders as well as claim continuing medical education credits for my practice. The USAAA conference is the most organized and thorough conference I have ever attended, including all of the medical conferences I attended in the past."

- Dr. Robert B., physician who attended first USAAA conference


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