Marcus was diagnosed with autism two months before his third birthday. There were signs that something was not quite right since he was a baby, but he was our first child and we didn’t know any better.
My little guy has been working really hard to learn new concepts and improve his language and speech. Increasing his expressive language was a very slow and tough journey. That is, until one amazing day in April when he experienced a spontaneous language explosion that persists to this day.
While I write this story, I am looking at my son, Beau. He is happily sitting on the couch wearing shorts and a t-shirt, munching on pistachios, and grinning while watching Ghostbusters, a movie he specifically requested to watch. To most people, this would be a very ordinary scene.
thought I had done everything right. I had opted out of a sonogram, ate organic food, used organic products, and exercised while carrying my son, River. He was born naturally, without any complications, weighed nearly 9 pounds, and we chose not to vaccinate.
In our quest to help our son over the years, we have done some traditional and non-traditional treatments, I have read countless books, blogs and forums. I have been to so many conferences and presentations that I could probably present some of them on my own!
Tristan was born in November 1999 after a wonderful and uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery to a first time mom. He breastfed immediately and the first few months after he was born were “normal” per all the baby books I read — no colic, sleeping well, normal looking and smelling bowel movements, and no unusual fevers or ailments whatsoever.
Most parents will never forget the day they realized their child had autism. For me, it was the day we went to the circus. That was the day my denial ended, and our autism journey started.
Our firstborn, Wesley was born in May 2004. My pregnancy was pretty normal, except for a little mild preterm labor in my third trimester. He was born at 36 ½ weeks and was healthy.
They say autism is a marathon, not a sprint, and I have to say I agree with that sentiment. Our marathon began in 2006 with the arrival of my identical twin sons, born at 26 weeks.
What is autism and what does it mean when you hear that your son may have this diagnosis? These words first ran through our heads in 2003, when our son Skyler was 2 years old.
My daughter, Ryan, was born December 4, 2002. Three and a half years later, she was diagnosed with autism. I became concerned about her development at age 2 ½, when she didn’t answer to her name, protested any demand placed on her, and was extremely tactile-defensive.
By Dr. Bob Sears TACA Physician Advisory member Viruses have been implicated as a possible contributor to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s.) Solid research on this is lacking, and much of what autism biomedical practitioners do to diagnose and treat viruses is based on theory, experience, and consensus. In this article I will discuss how I […]
The Treating Autism Chart originated from the 2003 book “Treating Autism” from Autism Research Institute’s Dr. Bernard Rimland and Dr. Stephen Edelson. The purpose of this chart is to allow parents to describe the symptoms their child exhibited before and after treatment. This will allow other parents to identify who may be a similar match […]
Autism and Medications: What Parents Need to Know By Dr. Dan Rossignol MD FAAFP Download a PDF of the presentation here.
Medical professionals gave them little hope. “We had to become our child’s advocate,” says Sue. “We had to find doctors we could trust. We were living under a veil of bleakness, feeling isolated.”
Seven year old Kelsi Owen is a champion of “Bunny Rescue,” an organization that helps find homes for abandoned rabbits. She owns her own bunny, Whiffle , who was a gift in celebration of Kelsi’s progress away from autism and her growth into a typical 7 year old.
My story starts like any other day. I was in the kitchen preparing lunch for my kids. One therapist had just left after their session and another one was due to arrive any minute. But today was unlike any other day.
The news of Alex’s murder is an enormous tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
“Dad, I miss hockey.” That’s what my 6 year-old son, who has autism, said to me a couple of weeks ago as we were getting ready for dinner. I can honestly say that I never expected to hear those words from him.
Some fathers are fully on board with the plan to save their children. Some fathers are confused as to what this strange group might have in store for their child who was branded hopeless