Friday, February 27, 2009
In a chaotic or threatening situation, fear is the primary emotional response of an autistic individual. Often the initial physical response is to freeze. 'Meltdowns', or brain overloads can be scary for the individual with autism, and for the person trying to help if they don't know how to react in this situation. Common coping strategies, such as hand flapping or leg shaking, can be misperceived as being wilful, noncompliant, and uncooperative; and some techniques commonly recommended during times of distress or crisis, such as maintaining eye contact or using light touch, can be counter-productive rather than providing relief.
Using the easy-to-remember acronym S.C.A.R.E.D, coined by clinical psychologist Will Richards, this guide offers strategies and practical techniques that will be a valuable reference tool to anyone in a first response position. The authors have created a training programme to explain the autistic experience and mindset, and guide the interventions of first responders to autistic individuals in crisis.
Last week, the parents of yet another child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were awarded a lump sum of more than $810,000 (plus an estimated $30-40,000 per year for autism services and care) in compensation by the Court, which ruled that the measels-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had caused acute brain damage that led to his autism spectrum disorder.
The family of 10-year-old Bailey Banks won their case quietly and without fanfare in June of 2007, but the ruling has only now come to public attention. In the remarkably clear and eloquent decision, Special Master Richard Abell ruled that the Banks had successfully demonstrated that "the MMR vaccine at issue actually caused the conditions from which Bailey suffered and continues to suffer."
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Story Created: Feb 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM EST
Story Updated: Feb 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM EST
Wendy Fournier, president of the National Autism Association takes the Hot Seat to discuss a court decision ruling that certain vaccines have not caused autism in kids.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
"I do not specifically treat autism. Instead I treat kids who have multiple medical problems, including immune, digestive, and nutritional imbalances, detoxification problems, heavy metal toxicity, food sensitivity issues, etc... THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IS ALL OF THESE KIDS HAPPEN TO HAVE A DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISM."
- Dr. Woeller