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US Autism & Asperger Association

October 31, 2014

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For Children with Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care

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Online Survey: Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism and Marital Satisfaction

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Documentary: Salem's Ballet
Just 14, he's already danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

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Halloween Candy Solution - The Switch Witch


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For Children with Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care

By Catherine Saint Louis, The New York Times

KATY, Tex. - Like many parents of children with autism, Nicole Brown feared she might never find a dentist willing and able to care for her daughter, Camryn Cunningham, now a lanky 13-year-old who uses words sparingly.

Dr. Robert Rada, a special-needs dentist with a solo practice in La Grange, Ill., says children with autism need time and flexibility to settle into the routine. He invites parents into the treatment room, because they can translate for nonverbal children.

Finishing a basic cleaning was a colossal challenge, because Camryn was bewildered by the lights in her face and the odd noises from instruments like the saliva suctioner - not to mention how utterly unfamiliar everything was to a girl accustomed to routine. Sometimes she’d panic and bolt from the office.
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rabert radaDr. Robert Rada has presented at USAAA Conferences on "Oral Health Care for the Dental Patient with Autism". In 2010 Dr. Rada facilitated a statewide program in Missouri entitled "Effective Dental Treatment for Individuals who have a Diagnosis of Developmental Disability". Approximately half of his private practice is devoted to individuals with developmental disabilities and he treats patients with autism on an almost daily basis.

FULL ARTICLE
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Online Survey: Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism and Marital Satisfaction

by Kim Bolling, MS
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
Antioch University New England

The purpose of the study is to examine the marital adjustment and satisfaction of couples in which at least one partner has Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adult couples of any age and sexual orientation, with or without children, are invited to participate. Our hope is that this study will contribute to the body of scientific knowledge about the strengths and stressors of neurologically mixed couples, with the goal of improving the relationships of those with AS or ASD and their loved ones. Click here for more information to participate in the study.

To participate, please contact the principal investigator with any questions, or for a password and link to the survey, at: researchAS@rkkacentral.com OR kbolling@antioch.edu

Participation involves completing an online survey at your convenience, and should take no more than 20-30 minutes to complete. Your responses will be completely anonymous. By way of thanking you for your time, we are offering $5 gift cards for iTunes or Amazon to anyone who takes part in the study.

To participate, please contact the principal investigator with any questions, or for a password and link to the survey, at: researchAS@rkkacentral.com OR kbolling@antioch.edu

Click here for more information to participate in the study.
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Documentary: Salem's Ballet
Just 14, he's already danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Salem Foxx finds it hard to talk about his Asperger's but he believes it does have its benefits. Aged just 14, he's already danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and credits his condition with helping him become a better dancer. "If I didn't have Asperger's I could have possibly not even had my obsession with ballet." His passion for dance is plain to see in this beautiful documentary. Watch the VIDEO

"I find it hard to talk about Aspergers. So many people in the world just don't understand what it really is. - Salem

"His communication was hitting and screaming. He didn't really walk for quite a while. He started dancing before he was three." - Salem's mother

Watch the VIDEO
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Halloween Candy Solution - The Switch Witch

by Julie Matthews, CNC

If your child is following a special diet, or you just don't want them to eat junk, you might be dreading Halloween, or even wondering if you should go trick or treating at all.

Another helpful strategy (especially for young children) is to teach them EARLY that they (we) just don't eat this junk. At age two, my daughter understood that...while other kids might eat brightly colored rainbow lollipops or candy, that she does not. (The Switch Witch ideas came from an autism mom)

For kids with food allergens and intolerances, trying to sort through the gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and eggs is tough enough. And then there's all that sugar, sugar, and more sugar. But worst of all - the artificial and genetically modified ingredients.

But don't fret, I've got a solution for you - that will let you and your kid(s) go out and collect all the junk food you want. I tried it last year and it worked like a charm! And, like many great food/kid ideas, this one came from an autism mom. Note: you won't actually eat all that junk food. FULL ARTICLE

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