What is Autism?

From a Parents Perspective:

When you hear people talk about autism you may have heard references to Rain Man or a movie with a child portraying someone with autism.  It seems mysterious to some.  In a way, they say autism is a mystery or like a puzzle because they don't have many clues to why or how autism is caused.

But really above all: a person with autism is a "person" with autism or symptoms of autism.  It's getting to know the person that is a challenge because of the difficulty in relations and understanding.

So what is autism?  In my opinion, autism is mostly symptoms resulting from various reasons stemming from neurological disruptions mostly neurotransmitters.  (There have been remedies for many of these disruptions and I speak of both conventional and biomedical treatments.  (More info to be posted soon)

Symptoms of autism: (Children with autism can have a few of these symptoms or all of them).

. prefers to be alone

. difficulty with social interactions

. speech delay

. little or no eye contact

. don't want to be held.

. Odd behaviors or plays with toys in an odd way.  For example, a child will sit and spin the wheels on a toy car rather than pushing it around,  They enjoy lining things up in a row.

. walking on their toes.

More severe behaviors include head banging, bending their fingers by pressing on a floor or hard surface or crawling between a mattress and box spring.  (This is a sensory need for deep pressure.)

Our Story of Hope and Success.

"Becoming Aware of Our Son's Autism and Finding Hope for His Future."

by Marian Helmick

"As a first-time parent it was hard for me to tell that Davey had autism. I knew very little about autism I had only heard of severe cases such as with head banging, rocking and other things Davey wasn't doing. I didn't believe Davey had autism until I attended a 15-hour Autism Spectrum Disorder  seminar."

It was a long process trying to understand what was really going on with Davey throughout his first two and a half years. Back before we began interventions and nutritional alternatives his means of playing and communicating were different than typical children. You could find him playing with shoestrings, throwing our socks, sliding anything that would fit under our china cabinet, and when playing with a puzzle he preferred to slide the puzzle pieces under the tray instead of putting the puzzle together in the tray. He was not interested in playing with toys other than throwing them or flipping the cloth tags on his stuffed animals. He had no imaginative play, little social contact, no speech, little or no eye contact, didn't like being held and only babbled and did not imitate any words. He was like this until he was 2 years 11 months old.   To continue the full story on AutismNE website.  AutismNE Our Story

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Treating Autism

In my opinion, the best approach to treating autism is to "love your child" to wellness.  Love your child as a whole with autism.  Embrace your child and this is the beginning of recovery.  Adding therapies such as occupational and speech therapy can help motivate your child's awareness and abilities.  Treating autism is not changing the person you already know and love, it's helping them to grow and become more independent for themselves.

A major part of treating your child is helping yourself.  Our children need us to be well both physically and emotionally.  Our stress is their stress and VS.  (I've experienced this may times.  I used to feel stressed 24x7 and it was like my son was stressed 24x7 as well.)  The last 5 years I've been practically stress free and my son is doing much better; this could be a VS affect with us.  Learn techniques on stress relief, (info to be posted soon).

Social networking and support for Autism

The best way to network with other parents is in a local support group.  For instance, a support group in Northeast Ohio "AutismNE is both a resource of online information and a way to get together.  Getting together with other parents is rewarding because you can become friends, learn from each other, get your kids together and learn more about what events and services are in your area.

If your time is very limited and not able to get out to meet with others, than a good social networking site is something that you can count on to connect with other parents. "MyAutismTeam" is a very good networking and support group.  Many parents all over the country are communicating daily on this site and it's a pleasure getting to know so many wonderful parents.

Going to the Dentist

If your child is noise sensitive the high pitched drills may wreak havok on your child's nervous system.

Try to find a dentist that has their own practice usually it is only them or one other dentist working at the same time or  

make an appointment when there is the least patients being treated.  Sound from drills carry a long way and may cause an individual with autism to feel very uncomfortable which will make it difficult for them to get through a visit.  Also the lights in the office may affect the as well.  If your child is uncomfortable your dentist should be understanding and try to accommodate your child's needs.  There are now dentists that specialize for special needs children and you can look them up by google or visit "MyAutismTeam" to see a list of parent recommended providers.

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