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July 31, 2014

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North Canton [Ohio] couple living with Lyme disease; USAAA's Dr. Phillip C. DeMio helps couple

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Professor with Autism Uses Music to Reach Kids with Autism

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North Canton [Ohio] couple living with Lyme disease
USAAA's Dr. Phillip C. DeMio helps couple

By Denise Sautters staff writer

Seven years ago, Andy Gonzales' head was filled with many questions. What is wrong with me? Why can't my problem be diagnosed? What can I do? "I didn’t know what was wrong with me," he said. "I was fatigued and had equilibrium issues. I had acute events like increased heart rate, vision problems, and almost meningitislike symptoms at one point. I would run a fever of 102 to 103 degree for a month at a time, and suffer from paralysis of various parts of my body." After several years of testing, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Only that wasn’t the answer.

He eventually found Dr. Phillip DeMio, a Lyme disease specialist in Cleveland. With DeMio's help, he found his answer in 2013. It's Lyme disease...."When you look at it through a microscope, they are shaped like a spiral. Spirochetal diseases are sexually transmitted. Syphilis is famous for it."

"We are very convinced it is transmissible through romantic sexual contact," said DeMio, acknowledging he and other medical professionals most likely will be in the minority of doctors on the issue. It is in the family of the spirochete germs, he said. "When you look at it through a microscope, they are shaped like a spiral. Spirochetal diseases are sexually transmitted. Syphilis is famous for it. They are also congenital and a baby can get it, probably through the womb and breast milk. That is not what most doctors are taught or believe. Most doctors and nurses believe (Lyme) is not transmissible except through a tick bite." DeMio said that on an individual basis, it is difficult to make a case for Lyme disease being transmitted by humans. But "we have instances where every single member in the family has it," DeMio said, agreeing that "for the most part, it is a tick-born illness, mostly the deer tick." Full Article...

Dr. DeMio will be a featured presenter at this year's USAAA 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, September 4-7, 2014. Dr. DeMio presents, "Effective Biomedical Interventions: Treating the Underlying Causes of the Symptoms". He also participates on The Doctors and Researchers Panel.

dr. stollerDr. Kenneth Stoller, who also specializes in treating co-infections, including Lyme disease, will present "Co-Infections Including Lyme Disease and How To Treat Them" at this year's conference and also participate on the The Doctors and Researchers Panel.


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education news

Professor with Autism Uses Music to Reach Kids with Autism
USAAA Advisory Board Member to Present at Conference

 Dr. ShoreLONG ISLAND, NY - Stephen Shore, professor of special education at Adelphi University, splits his time between preparing graduate students to teach, and using music to communicate with children living with autism. He holds a doctorate in education and plays a bevy of musical instruments - but was once a nonverbal child struggling with autism.

Stephen had been a fairly typical toddler when, at 18 months, what he calls "the autism bomb exploded. That's when I lost functional communication, had meltdowns, withdrew from the environment, and, in short, became a very autistic little kid." When he was two, in fact, a doctor told his parents he had "never seen a child who was so sick" and recommended institutionalization. Fortunately, his parents refused and his mother, Carole, made it her life's work to intervene. Full article...

By the time he got to graduate school in music at Boston University, Stephen thought he had outgrown his childhood difficulties. "If somebody would have asked me if I had autism or was I autistic, I would have said, well, I was as a child, but that's over now," he says. Yet as he prepared for his exams he found "“some sort of weird glitch."

Dr. Shore will be a featured presenter and panelist at this year's USAAA 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, September 4-7, 2014. Dr. Shore presents, "Music, the Carrier Signal for Verbal Communication". He also participates on "The New Interventions for Schools" Panel and "The Self-Advocacy - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan" Panel.

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exhibitors and sponsors

conference news update

Conference update on CEU Accreditation

Attention Parents: Tell all your teachers and other professionals to sign up and join you at this year's conference in Kansas City.

Professionals: Expand your skills, network, and career. There is no better way to meet parents, physicians, and educators under one roof than at a US Autism & Asperger Association conference. Parents, professionals, and educators share their experiences and tips. Pre-Register or call 1-888-9AUTISM.

CEU Accreditation - Continuing education is offered throughout the entire 2014 conference for all professionals. Check with your state or national associations to ensure CEUs are accepted by your organization. Attendees may register to receive a Certificate of Attendance (COA) or CEU certificate with their association. For additional information, click here.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - CEU certificate. This course is offered for up to 1.65 ASHA CEUs (Various level, Professional area). The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - "This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886673846-2887) for 15.5. Social Work continuing education contact hours." Boards that Endorse the NASW CE Approval Program include Kansas and Missouri. For a list of all Boards, click here.

Public/Private Schools - A Certificate of Attendance is offered throughout the conference. USAAA introduces breakout sessions geared toward school sessions for educators and professionals throughout the conference. Learn more about registration and the special discount for school educators and staff.

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USAAA 2014 World Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
September 4-7, 2014

they are coming to kansas city

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.



Introducing for the first time (World Premiere):
The Time is Now: 10-minute keynotes about what we learned from living with autism.
Five presenters in combined one hour plenary session.

Special plenary sessions:
The Doctors and Researchers Panel:
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Valerie Hu, PhD
William Shaw, PhD
Kenneth Stoller, MD
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Ten Tips to Reduce Brain Overload by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Self-Advocacy - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan Panel
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
Benjamin Tarasewicz, public speaker, actor, musician
Bringing It All Together
Joyce Miller DeMio
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Raun K. Kaufman
Lori Knowles-Jimenez
Julie Matthews, CNC
William Shaw, PhD
Marlo P. Thurman, MS
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Theresa Wrangham

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
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
A Compelling Story of Recovery
by Lori Knowles-Jimenez and Daniel Knowles
Functional Imaging of the Brain - New Discoveries
by J. Michael Uszler, MD
Get Started Now - Food and Nutrition Matter!
by Julie Matthews, CNC
Improvements in Overall Behavior
by William Shaw, PhD
Co-Infections Including Lyme Disease and How To Treat Them
by Kenneth Stoller, MD
Tips and Tricks for Your New Grocery Shopping Treasure Hunt
by Joyce Miller DeMio
Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender
by Julie Matthews, CNC

Educational and Developmental track:
Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method
by Raun K. Kaufman
Core Academics: All Classrooms Begin With a Focus On "Me"
by Gil Tippy, PsyD
Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages Using The AFLS™
by Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA
Unlocking the Precious Precocious Potential of ASD Kids
by Jennifer O'Toole
The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior
by Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Music, the Carrier Signal for Verbal Communication

by world renowned professor of special education, Stephen M. Shore, EdD
New Interventions in Schools Panel:
Jennifer O'Toole, Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA, Stephen M. Shore, EdD, Marlo P. Thurman, MS Gil Tippy, PsyD
From Preschool to Post-Secondary Education: Navigating Systems and Preparing for Transitions
by Marlo P. Thurman, MS
Special exclusive interview with Tim Page. Grateful for the Diagnosis; It Explained Everything
by Tim Page, DFA
10 Key Steps to Finding a Job and Keeping It
by Margaret Dillon Katz
Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism

by Gil Tippy, PsyD and Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Panel: Support Services for Missouri and Kansas,
by Vonda Minor and Jennifer Smith
Living with Aspergers: Navigating a Delicate Balance, by Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Parents Facing a Lifetime of Daunting Challenges Panel

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Please support our sponsors and exhibitors. Click on their name and visit their web site. Our exhibitors and sponsors help support the USAAA 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri September 4-7, 2014. To view the current sponsors and exhibitors for the 2014 USAAA Conference, click here.

*American Medical Autism Board
**Autism Society - The Heartland
*Autism Treatment Center of America
*Brain Balance Center of Overland Park
*Brennan Innovators, LLC
*The College Internship Program
*Designs by Ja9
*Future Horizons
*The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
*Houston Enzymes
*MMR-Autism Research
*Nourishing Hope
*New Beginnings Nutritionals
*Oxy Health Corporation
*Partington Behavior Analysts
*Project ACCESS (Missouri State University)
*Quintessential Biosciences (Q Sciences)
*Sensory Learning Center of Blue Springs, MO
*Strong Institute
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*Well Amy®
*World Scientific
*ZenWorks Productions


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