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May 27, 2013

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Should you tell your child about his/her autism diagnosis?

stephen shoreStephen M. Shore, EdD, Professor at Adelphi University, author, worldwide presenter, and self-advocate was interviewed recently. He was asked, "Should you tell your child about his/her autism diagnosis?" View Dr. Shore's comments on YouTube and learn about his 4-step approach.

Dr. Shore will present at the USAAA 2013 World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, August 16 and also particiapte on a panel discussion the same day.

"This is a very important issue and I see many parents struggling with this. I believe that it is very important for a child to know that they are on the autism spectrum."

"Not telling a child their diagnosis can have a negative effect on self esteem."

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More Younger Women Getting Breast Cancer

By Joseph Mercola, MD

breast cancer imageRevealing new data from the charity Cancer Research UK reports that a record number of women under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer.

For the first time, more than 10,000 women under 50 were diagnosed with the disease in the UK, which translates to one out of every five women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The news comes on the heels of a JAMA study published earlier this year, which similarly found that the number of young women (aged 25-39) in the US being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer is also increasing. Read the Story

it's fairly safe to say that there are likely multiple contributors, many of them environmentally based.

These chemicals have been detected in breast cancer tissues at concentrations up to 1 million times higher than the estrogen (estradiol) levels naturally found in human breast tissue.

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How hope can help you heal

By Amanda Enayati, CNN Contributor.

hope image(CNN) -- Few things are more ethereal than hope. It isn't tangible, easily measurable or available in pill form.

That's likely why the idea that hope may wield a significant influence on healing -- and even survival -- may be tough to take for our bean-counter brains, hardwired by evolution to seek certainty at any cost.

Shane Lopez, author of the new book "Making Hope Happen," is unfazed by any such ambivalence.

"I began my career by studying intelligence and how that relates to good health," he says. "Sometimes I found it easier to just tell people I was an intelligence researcher. They reacted like that research was somehow important and fancy."

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Groopman's research showed that during the course of illness, belief and expectation -- two mental states associated with hope -- have an impact on the nervous system which, in turn, sets off a chain reaction that makes improvement and recovery more likely.

"Wishing is the fantasy that everything is going to turn out OK. Hoping is actually showing up for the hard work."

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"My Child Has Achieved More Than Your Child"

by Robert Brooks, PhD

college headSeveral weeks ago I was drawn to a piece written by Beth Teitell in The Boston Globe titled "Parents get competitive on college." When I finished reading the article I thought that perhaps a more fitting title might be: "My child has achieved more than your child" or "Boasting parents, an increasing phenomenon." Teitell focused on the number of parents who brag about the colleges at which their children have been accepted, a practice that involves a much larger audience than ever before due in great part to the outreach afforded through social media such as Facebook. Read the Story

"In my clinical practice I have worked with many wonderful parents whose children struggle with learning and/or behavioral problems."

"Lest I be misunderstood, I am not against parents informing family or close friends about a child's accomplishments or parents acknowledging to their child their understanding of the time and effort that their child has expended to reach certain goals.

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USAAA 2013 World Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 15-18


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These are some of the 30+ experts who have the solutions: Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished adults with autism in the world; Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a Harvard professor who is on the cutting edge of autism research; Tim Page, DFA, a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor, who is grateful to have a diagnosis; Stephen M. Shore, EdD, a world renowned lecturer who overcame his autism challenges and is now a professor of special education; Phillip C. DeMio, MD, a father and a nationally recognized expert physician who has treated thousands of persons with ASD; Elaine Hall, a mother who is making miracles for children, teenagers, and adults.



On August 15 - 18, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 2013 Annual World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel and Convention Center. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After three days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

Our speakers and panelists include physicians, behaviorists, educators, researchers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental specialists, psychologists, social workers, scientists, nutritionists, siblings, teachers, self advocates, parents, education consultants, plus more. USAAA features World Premiere presentations.

Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, will keynote the opening session on Friday morning, August 16 and there will be an exclusive special "One on One" with Temple. Dr. Grandin ranked 31st on Time Magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010 in the world. Dr. Grandin's fascinating life was brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, Temple Grandin, which received seven Emmy awards in 2010. Dr. Grandin works as a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.

Continuing education will be offered throughout the conference.

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In this issue:

Should you tell your child about his/her autism diagnosis?

More Younger Women Getting Breast Cancer

How hope can help you heal

"My Child Has Achieved More Than Your Child"

The Autism Event That Will Change Your Life. Forever.

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