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June 3, 2014

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Early Intervention: An Occupational Therapists Point of View

Top 10 Items that Should Be Listed in an IEP

logoHealth News

Why Can't I Get Better?

12 Household Toxins You Should Banish From Your Home

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USAAA 2014 World Conference - Sept 4-7 - REGISTER NOW

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Early Intervention: An Occupational Therapists Point of View

By Dr. Frederick B. Covington

To correctly begin this article we have to start with, "ONCE UPON A TIME". You may be sitting with a puzzled look on your face, but let me explain. Lets look at students A, B, and C:

Student A is a 15 year old student who’s teacher is ready to fail him because of his poor handwriting.

ONCE UPON A TIME.....when the same student was 4, he was unable to keep his alphabet aligned on his wide ruled paper nor was he able to complete simple mazes. His visual motor integrational skills were not addressed when he was young and is now a hindrance to his progress.


Having an individual proceed through life without successfully achieving base developmental milesstones is a recipe for academic failure and scholastic latency. We must begin to look at students the same way an architect looks at building a home. If the architect has a million dollars to build a home, he would not spend only 1000 to plant or lay the foundation.

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Top 10 Items that Should Be Listed in an IEP

By Dennise Goldberg

We all know how important it is to have an IEP that addresses our child's Academic, Developmental and Functional needs; to ensure they are appropriately prepared for an independent future. Therefore, as parents, we have to make sure our child's IEP includes the necessary information to prepare them for life after high school. The results of your child's most recent assessments, report cards, state tests, school personnel and parent input will assist the team in developing an appropriate IEP.


6. A statement of any accommodations that your child is receiving on State or District Wide Assessments. To ensure your child is being tested in the appropriate environment; students who test in smaller groups tend to feel more comfortable and experience less anxiety.

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Why Can't I Get Better?
Solving the mystery of lyme and chronic disease

Dr. Horowitz presented at the USAAA 2009 Workshop in New Jersey

by Richard Horowitz, MD

Each of us can become confused as to who we really are when we are in the midst of chronic illness. We can't find the happiness we once experienced, because we are drowning in the pain or confusion of dealing with our symptoms. Once we have calmed the mind through a meditation practice such as calm abiding meditation, and no longer follow thoughts of the past, present, or future, we now have a stable mind that can look at the nature of what arises in insight meditation. This allows us to go deeper in meditation and cut through disturbing emotions.


The first time that I heard about insight meditation was in my fourth year of medical school in Belgium. I went to see my meditation teacher, Gendun Rinpoche. I let him know that I was having a difficult time dealing with my rigorous schedule, and that my mind was often unsettled. His advice to me was to meditate, and to look at the nature of my mind.

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12 Household Toxins You Should Banish From Your Home

By Leah Zerbe

Healthy home alert! To save money, protect your health, and help the environment, give these toxic tenants an eviction notice.


Corn, soy, and canola are common crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand heavy dousings of Roundup (or other glyphosate-containing chemicals), and foods containing these ingredients tend to contain higher levels of Roundup than other crops do. To avoid genetically engineered (GE) foods and Roundup in your food, buy organic.

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conference news update

USAAA 2014 World Conference
September 4-7, 2014



Over 30 of the world’s most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism Spectrum Disorders community come to Kansas City, Missouri to share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself. Join us at the award winning Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel September 4-7, 2014.


they are coming to kansas city

dr. demio
tim page
dr. herbert
Dr. Shore
Internationally recognized expert physician
Pulitzer Prize winner
and USC professor
Harvard professor - cutting edge of autism research
World renowned professor of special education

dr. shaw
raun kaufman
Dr. Hu
Dr. Kaplan
Researcher of the biochemical basis of autism
Subject of an award-winning NBC television movie
GWU Professor identifying new biological pathways
Chief investigator for first study on early diagnosis

Introducing for the first time:
Self-Advocates in a TEDx-style, short-form presentation with five presenters in combined one hour plenary session.

Special plenary sessions:
The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel Discussion
Ten Tips to Reduce Brain Overload by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Self-Advocacy - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan Panel with Tim Page, DFA, Pulitzer Prize winner and USC professor of music, communication and journalism; Stephen M. Shore, EdD, world renowned professor of special education at Adelphi University; Jennifer O'Toole, Founder of Asperkids and teacher; Raun Kaufman, subject of an award-winning NBC television movie; Christopher Gauthier, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography at Utah State University
Bringing It All Together. Plus more.

Medical/Biomedical track:
Biomedical Interventions: Treating the Underlying Causes of the Symptoms by Dr. Phillip C. Demio
The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism by William Shaw, PhD
A Compelling Story of Recovery by Lori Knowles-Jimenez and Daniel Knowles
New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism by Valerie Hu, PhD
Diagnosis of and Treatment for Disorders that are Comorbid with Autism by Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Functional Imaging of the Brain - New Discoveries by J. Michael Uszler, MD
Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond by Julie Matthews, CNC. Plus much more.

School track:
Music, the Carrier Signal for Verbal Communication by world renowned professor of special education, Stephen M. Shore, EdD
New and Effective Interventions in Schools
Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages Using The AFLS™ by Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA
The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior by Marlo Payne Thurman, MS. Plus much more.

Other sessions:
10 Key Steps to Finding a Job and Keeping It

Parents Facing a Lifetime of Daunting Challenges Panel
Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender

Support Services Panel (for support in Kansas and Missouri)
Improvements in Overall Behavior
Autism Breakthrough: Tantrums and Other Challenging Behaviors
Special exclusive interview with Tim Page. Plus more.

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