Day: July 27, 2017

Hcde-texas.org: Autism Summit 2017 set for Oct. 4-5 at HCDE offers resources to assist students with spectrum disorder

Hcde-texas.org: Autism Summit 2017 set for Oct. 4-5 at HCDE offers resources to assist students with spectrum disorder

July 27, 2017 by HCDE-Texas

Autism Summit 2017 will be held Oct. 4-5 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington, Houston, Texas. The conference provides autism experts with breakout sessions on issues including autism legislation, transition services and testimonials from young adults with

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Patienttalk.org: 'The Adventures of Thomas and Blanket' – a new book to help kids on the autism spectrum from Sarah Phelps

The Adventures of Thomas and BlanketThe Adventures of Thomas and Blanket

My son Thomas has Autism and as expected finds many things very difficult to understand which makes life that little bit harder as a family. He is the happiest and friendliest little boy you could meet and it is guaranteed that he would put a smile on anybody’s face.

As a mum I have tried to help him understand daily situations that we would almost certainly take for granted.

Thomas has a love of reading books after teaching himself to read even though he couldn’t communicate with us as he didn’t speak until he was four years old.His love of his iPad had taught him words and pictures and when he was able to verbalise, it was amazing to hear him reading from a book 😍

Due to his love of reading I have created stories about Thomas where I have used him and his beloved comfort blanket as the main character. I have tried to use situations such as his trip to the hairdresser and dentist, which have been extremely traumatic experiences for him, and have turned these situations into magical tales with him as the main star.

I originally set out with these stories printed on A4 paper which I kept at home but then decided to put it into a printed book so that he could keep and read himself. I funded the self publishing of his book called ‘The Adventures of Thomas and Blanket’ which is through Amazon, and to see him reading and understanding the stories was worth all the time and effort in the world. This book has helped Thomas greatly in understanding these situations and he no longer becomes distressed when visiting his hairdresser, who also stars in his book, although we are still working on the dentist trips but I suppose we can’t have it all eh 😊

I am overwhelmed at the response as we have sold over 100 copies of the book through Amazon with some sales as far as Europe which is a wonderful thought knowing that other families have found our book a benefit for their child.

I don’t admit to being an amazing author as I am just a ‘Mam’.

‘The Adventures of Thomas and Blanket’ has even been raised with officials in the Welsh Assembly Government who have overall policy lead on Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Education after we sent a copy to Kirsty Williams Cabinet Member. Again another achievement if something did ever come if it 😊

I wanted to share our story and our books as there may be someone who also has the same fears and perhaps Thomas and his blanket may help them understand that little bit more, just by reading his magical adventure stories.

This is a link to a local news article for you to read too:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/mother-whose-son-autism-decided-12412893

Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed hearing about our story xx

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Optometryweb.com: Visual Engagement is Heritable and Altered in Children with Autism

Optometryweb.com: Visual Engagement is Heritable and Altered in Children with Autism

A new study conducted by researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and Emory University in Atlanta, and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has found how children visually engage with others in social situations is a heritable behavior that is altered in children with autism.

For

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Wfla.com: Fastest cyclists across Europe break world record for kids with autism

Wfla.com: Fastest cyclists across Europe break world record for kids with autism

(WFLA/NBC News) — Cyclists in Europe broke the latest Guinness World Record while raising money for children with autism.

The record he broke was for the fastest cycle across Europe.

The 27-year old Egyptian cyclist and a team of four other Swedish cyclists cycled more than 37-hundred miles across Europe

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Sex and Sexuality – Why does it matter ?

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Sex and Sexuality – Why does it matter ?

Apologies to anyone who saw the title and thought that someone had discovered a sequel to the Jane Austen classic “Sense and Sensibility” ..

But I want to talk about sex. 

Not graphically but sex in the context of how some people seem to be getting over excited about other people and what they do in their private lives. 

I’m heterosexual. 

And you know what ?. That isn’t important. It doesn’t make me better than

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Fox6now.com: “It's a good place:” A unique program in Milwaukee is dedicated to helping those with autism

Fox6now.com: “It's a good place:” A unique program in Milwaukee is dedicated to helping those with autism

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MILWAUKEE — Having a happy and successful learning experience is something all parents hope their children can have — but sometimes finding the best method of education can be difficult for kids on the autism spectrum.

But Islands of Brilliance is changing that.

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Washingtontimes.com: Researchers examine eye movements to better understand genetic causes of autism

Washingtontimes.com: Researchers examine eye movements to better understand genetic causes of autism

New research in the study of autism further links the syndrome to changes in genes, adding more data to the complicated question of whether the environment or biology is responsible for the behavioral disorder.

In a statement released by the National Institutes of Health, researchers found a link a between

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Blog:Triple AAA- Words

Blog:Triple AAA- Words

I’ve been thinking about how I describe myself.  The words I’ve used, the apologies preceding them.  “I’m sorry, I’m behaving like a toddler.”  “I was very gauche when I went to university, really immature for my age.”  “I know this is stupid…I know I am stupid, but…”

What if I’m not behaving like a toddler, or being stupid, I’m just autistic?  A lifetime of bad words, derogatory words, apologies to myself and others because I

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Blog:Triple AAA- Who am I?

Blog:Triple AAA- Who am I?

I have been realising a lot of things over the last year or so.  About how I function (and how I don’t function).  And where my masks start and where they end.  And I’ve realised I’ve hung my self identity on pegs for years now.  In my twenties it was hard working career woman (that gave me a breakdown).  Hard drinking fun times person.  That ended in detox.  And in the last five years, recovering

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Telegraph.co.uk: David Mitchell: 'To cope with a child who has autism you need to be a creative improvisor'

Telegraph.co.uk: David Mitchell: 'To cope with a child who has autism you need to be a creative improvisor'

When Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell sees “a stranger showing a little act of kindness toward his son it makes him tearful.” 

“A woman on a Thames boat trip boat let him play with her hair; I immediately went into anxious dadsplaining mode and started to apologise but she

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Psychologytoday.com: The New Science of Using Eye Movements as a Test for Autism

Psychologytoday.com: The New Science of Using Eye Movements as a Test for Autism

Cerebellum  (Latin for “little brain”) in red. 

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Neuroscientists at the University of Rochester have masterminded a rapid eye movement test that can detect abnormalities in the cerebellum that also appear to be a marker for certain autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Their paper, “Eye Movements, Sensorimotor Adaptation and

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Digitaljournal.com: Autism Disorder and Treatment Market 2017 Share, Trend, Segmentation and Forecast to 2022

Digitaljournal.com: Autism Disorder and Treatment Market 2017 Share, Trend, Segmentation and Forecast to 2022

Global Autism disorder and Treatment Information, by types (Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental) by therapy treatment (neurofeedback, auditory integration training, chelation therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, facilitated communication) by drug type (SSRIs, Anti-convulsants, Stimulants – Ritalin, Anti-psychotic, Risperidone) – Forecast to 2022

This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire

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