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Felony Assault? Non-verbal 14-year-old Girl with Autism Hit & Pushed Teacher at School

From ABC 30/40 in Alabama - Emily Holcomb, a non-verbal 14-year-old girl with autism is facing First-Degree Felony Assault charges. Emily attended Hamilton High School where she hit/pushed her Special Education teacher causing a "mild injury" in October. Emily has been barred from attending the high school, must undergo evaluations to determine whether or not she is competent to stand trial and the school district has also filed misdemeanor charges against Emily's mother, Jenny, for not being able to control her child in a school setting.

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Sat, 12/10/2011 - 10:20

Guest Blog – Our Heroes & Temper Tantrums

submitted by juliehornok

Our Heroes & Temper Tantrums
By Julie Hornok
I was watching a Dallas Cowboys game with my husband while scrapbooking, and I happened to glance up at the TV just in time to witness the most bizarre event.
Something had happened in the football game that had caused the football player to have a temper tantrum right there on the field over a call the ref made. Not only was I shocked that his behavior was unprofessional, but I was shocked that the crowd seemed to think his actions were justified! I could not believe this man was considered an American hero.
Just imagine you are sitting with friends around the kitchen table playing a deeply competitive game of Monopoly. Your friend, Tom, rolls the dice. It is an 8, but he needed a 10 to get onto Boardwalk. He goes ballistic! He jumps up from the table, throws the dice across the room and slams his Monopoly money to the floor. “It’s not fair!” he screams. “It was a bad roll! Those dice have been making bad rolls against me the whole game!!!”


Interview – Dr. Julie Buckley – Part 2

submitted by lawilcox

As I mentioned in Part 1 of my interview with Dr. Julie Buckley last week, I met Dr. Julie Buckley at the National Autism Association annual conference in the fall of 2010, but I was already familiar with her work. Her book, Healing Our Autistic Children, is one of my favorite books for parents raising children with ASD. In the book, Dr. Buckley shares very personal experiences (as a mother and Pediatrician) about how and why autism is a treatable medical disease. Also, the two times I’ve heard Dr. Buckley speak at NAA, I was greatly impacted. See my post about Caring for the Caregiver HERE inspired by Dr. Buckley’s presentations at NAA the past two years.
LAW: Please share a little about “The Big 3”: Inflammation, Oxidative Stress and Toxicity.
JB: When I teach families about the big three – toxicity, oxidative stress, and the chronic inflammatory response, I use the Venn Diagram approach that Sid Baker, MD and Liz Mumper, MD taught me. We know that autism, classically defined, is at the center of the intersecting circles, where behavior abnormalities, communication problems and social skills challenges intersect. But we also know that physically, autism lies at the intersection of three big problems – gut disease, immune dysregulation and methylation chemistry disturbances. It is these physical problems that give rise to the behavior/communication/social skills problems Leo Kanner observed. And even more fundamentally, it is the “Big 3” – toxicity, oxidative stress, and the chronic inflammatory response – that allow the physical things (the gut disease, the immune dysregulation, the methylation chemistry disruption) to get started, and then those physical things give rise to the behavior/social skills communication problems…it starts to feel a little bit like that old childhood song “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly…”


New Research on Effectiveness of Seizure Meds for Children with ASD

A new study conducted by researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Texas Houston provides new insights regarding treatment for epileptic seizures and seizure-like brain activity in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is estimated that 25-35% of all individuals with ASD will eventually experience full-scale seizures. For this reason, this study examined 20 traditional treatments, 25 non-traditional/alternative treatments, and both the effects and side-effects of the treatments to help guide physicians as they treat individuals with ASD and seizure activity.

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Tue, 06/07/2011 - 09:38

Interpretation is VITAL in Recovery

submitted by dramberbrooks

I want to touch on interpretation and the role it plays in your child’s recovery. When I refer to “interpretation” I am speaking to the act of the physician looking over, ordering and recommending properly. This is VITAL in any care plan and for any child. I have had hundreds of patients say to me “Dr.


Defeat Autism Now! Conference Update

submitted by dramberbrooks

I just got back from the Defeat Autism Now! Conference and as usual it was great. They are starting to advocate more for alternative therapies, including craniosacral therapy. I was happy to see them mention this as I too have seen huge improvements in my 8 years of doing this therapy. I had some time to speak with some of the leading biomedical physicians and we all agree that caring for these children takes a certain expertise and knowledge. Many doctors from all over the world come to learn about biomedical care and with the help of DAN! It’s become the starting point for many doctors.


Getting Guidance (Part 2)

submitted by dramberbrooks

A few weeks ago I did part 1 of this blog to bring awareness to parents with special needs children and the importance of getting guidance. So, lets dive in and answer these questions so you can get started tomorrow.
Does the type of testing matter?
Each doctor has a toolbox of testing they do and all are not equal, neither is the interpretation of the results. I will touch on this more next month but in the mean time find someone that treats and sees children with special needs and make sure they have the knowledge in functional medicine (treating the core issues) to treat your child.


Getting Guidance (Part 1)

submitted by dramberbrooks

It is Autism Awareness month and it makes me think most about those parents and families that are without guidance on their journey. In a blink of an eye your life changes and your child is diagnosed, this overwhelms every family and most all have little guidance. The maze of the internet becomes the constant as you search online for hope. Some parents get the care they need and others spend 10 years following dead ends. It is my mission to see parents get ALL their options for treatment. I cannot count the number of parents that have cried in frustration and in joy.


Study Shows Diet May Help Kids with ADHD More Than Drugs

"Kids with ADHD can be restless and difficult to handle. Many of them are treated with drugs, but a new study says food may be the key. Published in The Lancet journal, the study suggests that with a very restrictive diet, kids with ADHD could experience a significant reduction in symptoms."

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Sun, 03/13/2011 - 10:10

Neurofeedback and ASD – Dr. Michael Linden

submitted by lawilcox

Last fall at the National Autism Association annual conference, I had the pleasure of hearing Michael Linden, PhD, of the Attention Learning Center in California speak on the topic of Neurofeedback (NF) in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Because there are not many doctors offering this kind of therapy for individuals on the spectrum, and because my son Ethan was undergoing an individualized Neurotherapy protocol with a local doctor at the time, I was very interested in what Dr. Linden had to share. He and his colleagues are making very interesting discoveries and improvements in the areas of diagnosis and treatment and I wanted to share some of that information here. Dr. Linden was gracious enough to answer some of my questions to share with you!


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