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US Autism & Asperger Association

April 26, 2013

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Autism therapy uses horses to reinforce communication skills
Dr. Sandra Wise to present Social Skills, Communication, and Non-Verbal Interaction: Equine-Assisted Learning at USAAA Conference in August

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Editor's Note: USAAA CEO Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD had the opportunity to visit "Eye of a Horse" in St. Cloud, Florida in March. "The experience was incredible", said Dr. Kaplan. "This is not about therapeutic riding. It is about experiential learning - hands-on, in-the-moment problem-solving, boundary setting, communication, influencing others, reading body language, perspective taking, and much more. The focus is on Social Skills, Communication, and Non-verbal Interaction. I understood the importance of the outdoors as a major component of the entire program. What was also compelling was how willing the horses, especially the wild horses, interacted with us."





The therapy shouldn't be confused with equine therapy that teaches students to ride or groom the animals. The purpose of the exercises are simply to read and react to the non-verbal cues the animals provide.

 



WKMG - TV Orlando
ST. CLOUD, Fla - The CDC reports that nearly 1 in 88 kids will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Stories often feature young children who are early in their diagnosis, but what happens as they age? Often times the services available to them become much more limited.

Now there is a program that’s trying to fill that gap, using what might be considered unorthodox techniques.

A trip to Crescent J Ranch in rural Osceola County is like a trip back in time. From the native pine forests to the dense wetlands, it’s a snapshot of Florida before the industrial revolution. Entire Story

Sandra R. Wise, PsyD will be presenting Social Skills, Communication, and Non-Verbal Interaction: Equine-Assisted Learning for Beginners and Beyond and participating on the Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Team Approaches for Autism Interventions in Schools Panel 1 on Overview of Interventions in Schools at the USAAA 2013 World Conference.

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Oxalates and the Low Oxalate Diet: Interview with Karla Wiersma and Julie Matthews

julie matthewsBy Julie Matthews, CNC

Oxalates are sharp crystals that are very inflammatory. Oxalates bind to minerals in the diet like calcium and can create mineral deficiencies. They 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. Oxalates can not only lodge in inflamed tissue causing chronic pain for years, such is the case with vulvodynia. Oxalates can also affect the cellular "works" like the mitochondria causing low energy, low thyroid, blood sugar imbalance, and I suspect mitochondrial disorders.

oxalatesOxalates are high in many nutrient-rich foods such as spinach, nuts, beans, and more. This means that many well-intentioned parents inadvertently add high oxalate foods that may be problematic for some children, such as almond flour on grain-free diets like SCD and GAPS and spinach juice in an attempt to increase nutrition in a child's diet.

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A recent study, "A potential pathogenic role of oxalate in autism" showed that children with autism had 2.5-3 fold increase in oxalates in urine and plasma (respectively), the first study of it's kind.

Julie Matthews will be presenting Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond and participating on the Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Team Approaches for Autism Interventions in Schools Panel 4 on Nutrition Intervention Improving Autism Related Disorders at the USAAA 2013 World Conference.

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