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April 25, 2014

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USAAA Chairman and Advisory Board Member Meet with Secretary General of the Vietnam Autism Network

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What You See in the Toilet Can Give You Valuable Insights into Your Health

Can Aggression be Related to Food?

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Methodology in the IEP - So What Can Parents Do?

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USAAA Chairman and Advisory Board Member Meet with Secretary General of the Vietnam Autism Network

Bich Ngoc Hoang, Secretary General of the Vietnam Autism Network met with US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Chairman Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD in Salt Lake City and USAAA Advisory Board member Stephen M. Shore, EdD in Boston last week as part of the Eisenhower Fellowship program.

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Bich Ngoc Hoang and Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD in Salt Lake City

As founding director of Global Leaders Ltd., the Vietnamese franchisee of the Crestcom Leadership Development system, Ms. Hoang has trained and developed leaders and managers from over 200 Vietnamese corporations and nonprofit organizations. She is also a national advocate for families affected by autism, and in her role as Secretary General of the Vietnam Autism Network, she is charged with developing a nationwide network of autism organizations. She will use her fellowship to share strategies for building an effective autism network; learn about advocacy and policy development for people with autism; study programs to train and support families affected by autism; and investigate leadership development programs.

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Stephen M. Shore, EdD and Bich Ngoc Hoang in Boston

"It was a pleasure to meet Ms. Hoang and introduce her to our programs available here in the U.S.", said Dr. Kaplan. "I enjoyed learning about her role in developing their own programs in Vietnam. She faces a tremendous challenge in creating programs as well as developing residential facilities for so many affected individuals and their families, very similar to our battles we encounter here in the United States."

"Children who are non-verbal are refused admission to the school system and must live at home and this places a heavy burden on our families, said Ms. Hoang."

"Children who are non-verbal are refused admission to the school system and must live at home and this places a heavy burden on our families, said Ms. Hoang."

"Here is someone who is working extremely hard to bring support and services to the autism community in Vietnam," said Dr. Shore". "Ms. Hoang is committed to helping the many individuals affected by autism and wants to learn about methods of diagnosing and treating autism, as well as mechanisms in promoting uniformity in these approaches."

In addition to her stops in Boston and Salt Lake City, Ms. Hoang travels to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

Eisenhower Fellowships is a nonprofit/nonpartisan leadership development organization founded in 1953 in honor of President Dwight Eisenhower, and chaired by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), that brings leaders from around the world to spend five weeks meeting with experts in their fields of interest throughout the U.S. More information is available at www.efworld.org.

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What You See in the Toilet Can Give You Valuable Insights into Your Health

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to toileting habits, the topic is not exactly a favorite among Americans - at least for those above the age of four. Mention poop and you can easily clear a room - or at the least, generate some unusual facial expressions, nervous laughter, and wisecracks about "too much information."

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What’s more important than frequency is the ease with which you move your bowels. If you need to push or strain, something is off – moving your bowels should take no more effort than urinating or passing gas. The thing to watch for is a sudden change in your bowel habits. Many factors can affect regularity, such as diet, travel, medications, hormonal fluctuations, sleep patterns, exercise, illness, surgery, childbirth, stress and a whole host of other things.

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Can Aggression be Related to Food?

By Julie Matthews, CNC

Aggression is a difficult and sometimes devastating symptom that occurs in children for varied reasons - some known and some unknown - both nature and nurture. It’s a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak. Causes and triggers of aggression are difficult for any child to understand and describe (Autism or not). It was this very correlation (food and aggression) that initially intrigued me fourteen year ago, and sparked my career as nutrition researcher and clinician focused on ASD and beyond.

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"One of my client's children, a boy 10 years old, had daily aggression toward his family and therapists. It would happen dozens of times per day, seemingly out of the blue. People were getting hurt and it was a scary situation for everyone involved. I suspected salicylates as the culprit, and after a dietary trial removing them, his aggression virtually disappeared - it went from 50 times per day to one time a month (and likely that was an accidental exposure)!"


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Methodology in the IEP - So What Can Parents Do?

By including frequent references to the need to use scientific, research based instruction and interventions, Congress clarified that methodology is vitally important. By requiring the child’s IEP to include “a statement of special education, related services and supplementary aids and services, based on peer reviewed research …" (Section 1414(d)(1)(A)) Congress clarified that IEPs must include "research-based methodology."

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So What Can Parents Do? We advise parents to get a comprehensive evaluation of the child by an expert in the private sector.

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On September 4-7, 2014, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri at the award winning Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After four 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.
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