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Friday, April 20, 2018


This week in USAAA WeeklyNews
- The Columbo Strategy and How to Use It! A Success Story
- An Expedition Through Autism
- Atopic diseases and inflammation of the brain in the pathogenesis of ASD
- Differential immune responses and microbiota profiles in children with ASD
- Quick Tips from Previous USAAA Conferences
- The usautism.org website, support and resources


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The Columbo Strategy and How to Use It! A Success Story

from wightslaw.com

I went to the state department of education office and asked for written information about Extended School Year services. A nice person gave me a yellow ESY Handbook. This Handbook listed three criteria for ESY.

When I read the Handbook, I realized that I was advised of only one of the three criteria for ESY. If I had not contacted the state department of education and read the ESY handbook, I would not know about these other options.

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Change your tone and style!

Parental demeanor needs to be a blend of polite Miss Manners and Peter Columbo, who pretends ... I'm confused. Can you help me understand why you can't do X,Y, Z to help my child?

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An Expedition Through Autism

This video is by Spencer Kelly, a 16-year-old entrepreneur and owner of The Expedition Soap Company. Spencer shares his life experience having Asperger Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Spencer participated on the USAAA 12th Annual Conference and Expo self-advocacy panel last August in Portland, OR. Spencer also exhibited his products at the conference and interacted with over 600 attendees.

Be sure to visit ExpeditionSoaps.com and tell Spencer that you heard all about him from USAAA.

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Atopic diseases and inflammation of the brain in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders.

ABSTRACT: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect as many as 1 in 45 children and are characterized by deficits in sociability and communication, as well as stereotypic movements. Many children also show severe anxiety...Most children with ASD are prescribed psychopharmacologic agents that do not address the core symptoms of ASD.

Autoantibodies against brain epitopes in mothers of children with ASD and many such children strongly correlate with allergic symptoms and indicate an aberrant immune response, as well as disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB).

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Note: Luteolin is a biochemical agent that can significantly reduce inflammation, thanks to its potent antioxidant activities . . . not to mention its other functions as a supernutrient (bioflavonoid), carbohydrate metabolism promoter, immune system modulator and free radical scavenger. Rodney Johnson was lead researcher of the University of Illinois study (2010) and is the director of the university's Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Serum IL-6 and TNF may define an ASD subgroup that benefits most from treatment with the natural flavonoid luteolin. Atopic diseases may create a phenotype susceptible to ASD and formulations targeting focal inflammation of the brain could have great promise in the treatment of ASD.

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Luteolin-rich Foods Shown to Reduce Brain Inflammation, Boost Memory: fresh thyme (51mg), dried parsley (19.75 grams), fresh peppermint (11.33 grams), fresh rosemary (4.00 mg). Others include spinach, basil, olive oil, lemons, chamomile tea, cauliflower, lettuce, beets, artichoke leaves. (study in October 2010 Journal of Nutrition).


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Differential immune responses and microbiota profiles in children with ASD and co-morbid gastrointestinal symptoms

OBJECTIVES: Many studies have reported the increased presence of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Altered microbiome profiles, pro-inflammatory responses and impaired intestinal permeability have been observed in children with ASD and co-morbid GI symptoms, yet few studies have compared these findings to ASD children without GI issues or similarly aged typical developing children. The aim of this study was to determine whether there are biological signatures in terms of immune dysfunction and microbiota composition in children with ASD with GI symptoms.

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CONCLUSIONS: Overall our findings suggest that children with ASD who experience GI symptoms have an imbalance in their immune response, possibly influenced by or influencing metagenomic changes, and may have a propensity to impaired gut barrier function which may contribute to their symptoms and clinical outcome.

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Quick Tips from Previous USAAA Conferences

SOUNDBITES in Video Archive - View Short Videos, Excerpts and Tips, from past conferences, that are all under 4 minutes. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL USAAA SOUNDBITES VIDEOS.
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- The usautism.org website, support and resources


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