Autism Awareness Month

Latest Blog Posts on Autism


Holidays and grief

Date: 01/01/2015

Today, I heard again the Christmas song about the little boy whose mother is dying on Christmas eve and he wants to buy her shoes to wear as she goes into heaven. He doesn’t have enough money to buy the shoes and a person in line gives him the money he needs. It’s never been my favorite Christmas song because of the obvious sentimentality. The song was never realistic to me. Yet, it deliberately s ...

Related Topics: Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Death And Dying, Grief, Intellectual Disability, Christian, Christmas, Simple Truths


CDRIN: A Turning Point For Depression Research

Date: 09/19/2014

    Last week I was a guest participant in the CDRIN (Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network) Training Program held in Calgary, Canada. The training was hosted by Mood Disorders of Canada with Dr. Barbara Everett as our instructor. The event marks a turning point in how depression and other mood disorders are treated by researchers. Until now researchers haven’t u ...

Related Topics: Depression, Mental Health, Depression Help, Beliefnet, Terezia Farkas, Suicide Prevention, Wellbeing, CDRIN, Mood Disorders, Lived Experience, Bipolar, Anxiety, Ptsd, Autism


Chris Dowling: Christian Horror Writer?

Date: 09/05/2014

Chris Dowling on the set of "Produce." (C. Dowling) One of the most pumped up movies about the rapture and end times is coming to theaters this weekend and chances are you’ve never even heard of it. The film is called The Remaining and it is not your father’s A Thief in the Night movie. Affirm films has been experimenting with their faith-based films division, trying hard not to do a ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Left Behind, A Thief In The Night, Movie, The Remaining, Casey La Scala, Rapture, End Times, Inverview, Chris Dowling, Produce, AFFIRM Films


6 Alarming Facts You Don’t Know About Fluoridated Water

Date: 07/01/2014

There is more to fluoridated water than you may be aware of. Many of us have been brought up to think that fluoride in our waters protect our teeth from tooth decays and keep our teeth and bones strong. What we were NOT told is that consuming fluoridated water can be problematic. Its impact on our health, including our bones and teeth, could do us more harm than good. Open your eyes to some of ...

Related Topics: Fluoride


A Brief Update on Autisim

Date: 05/28/2014

If you have a chance to listen to Geneticist Wendy Chung's TED talk on autism, do so. She briefly summarizes where we are on better understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Here are a few of her points: 1) Autism is a spectrum disorder which means it looks different in different children. There is a wide range of symptoms and functioning. 2) Better awareness of the disorder and symptoms ...

Related Topics: Love And Family, Autism, Causes Of Autism, Wendy Chung, Genetics And Autism, Understanding Autism, Autism And Vaccines


AFI Docs Announces 2014 Schedule with Ebert's "Life Itself" in the Spotlight

Date: 05/23/2014

I am a proud sponsor of Washington's magnificent annual documentary festival and this year's list of films is outstanding. I'm delighted that director Steve James will be there with his documentary about Roger Ebert, "Life Itself." Also scheduled: 112 WEDDINGS: DIR Doug Block. USA. Filmmaker Doug Block (THE KIDS GROW UP) started filming people's wedding videos 20 years ago as a way to mak ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Documentaries, Life Itself, Afi Docs


Help! My Child Eats Dirt!

Date: 05/15/2014

A mom notices that her three-year-old son eats dirt, paper and sand. She wonders if this is normal and if he will eventually grow out of this behavior.   A child who persistently eats nonnutritive substances like dirt, sand and paper for a period of over a month could be suffering from pica. Pica is more common in children with autism and developmental delays, but affects other children as ...

Related Topics: Love And Family, Parenting, Pica, Eats Dirt, Childhood Disorders, Children Who Eat Nonfood Items


Interview: Overcoming Autism with Claire LaZebnik

Date: 03/24/2014

A completely revised new edition of the indispensable book Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life comes out tomorrow. The original, published ten years ago, was written by Dr. Lynn Koegel, the nationally recognized head of the Autism Research Center at the University of California, and Claire LaZebnik, a professional writer and the mother ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Claire Lazebnik, Overcoming Autism, Lynn Kogel

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