Autism Awareness Month
Latest Blog Posts on Autism
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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