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Here is a list of helpful and insightful Newspaper and Magazine Articles about Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger’s Syndrome, and other developmental difficulties.

10 Holiday Hiccups – and how to prevent them
Ah, the holidays. Special meals. Special family gatherings. And, of course, our special children! Oftentimes, we just barrel through the holidays, hoping for the best – but not taking the time and focus to make sure this celebratory time really feels like a celebration for us and for our children on the Autism Spectrum. Most of us find ourselves unwitting participants in at least one of the 10 Holiday Hiccups.
Age difference between siblings, not parental age, may indicate higher risk for autism: study
Children born more than two years after their older sibling may have less of a chance of being born with autism, a new study finds. January 11, 2011
On autism’s cause, researchers just ‘scratching the surface’
The controversy surrounding a retracted study that linked autism to childhood vaccines has been fueled by the fact that no one knows what really causes autism. January 6, 2011
Scientists Test ‘Trust Hormone’ For Autism Fight
For decades, parents of children with autism have been searching for a drug or diet to treat the disorder. Their latest hope is the hormone oxytocin. It’s often called the trust hormone or the cuddle hormone. And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the narcotic oxycontin. But some children with autism are already being treated with oxytocin, even though it’s not approved for this purpose. January 3, 2011
Southland rent-a- Santa spreads Christmas cheer in China, donates to autism society
Richard Goodman, a retiree from La Habra with a white beard and a red suit, ventures into a culture where most people know little about the jolly old elf and Christmas traditions. December 24, 2010
Proximity to freeways increases autism risk, study finds (More research is needed, but the report suggests air pollution could be a factor.)
Children born to mothers who live close to freeways have twice the risk of autism, researchers reported Thursday. The study, its authors say, adds to evidence suggesting that certain environmental exposures could play a role in causing the disorder in some children. December 16, 2010
Unique way of showing movie caters to those with autism
Sensory Friendly Films provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
Autistic children get trial run for air travel
Southwest Airlines conducts a practice exercise for children with autism and their families to become familiar with air travel – carrying bags, getting boarding passes, going through security, waiting at the gate and sitting on the plane. November 23, 2010
Handwriting Problems Hard to Outgrow With Autism
A new study shows the handwriting problems that often affect children with autism are likely to persist into adolescence, but there may be strategies to help them compensate. November 16, 2010
Douglas County to be part of genetic, environmental study on people from the womb to adulthood
Mother-to-be has applied to be part of a longitudinal study announced Wednesday that she hopes will answer questions about how the disorder is transmitted among families. October 28, 2010
Siblings of autistic children may have some autism-related traits, study says
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine have uncovered more evidence of a genetic basis for autism. Reviewing surveys collected from more than 1,000 families with autistic kids, they discovered that siblings of autistic children who have not been diagnosed with the disease often exhibit mild traits of autism, including speech delays. October 11, 2010
Child Autism Epidemic Firmly Linked to Environment
New research shows that even low-dose, multiple toxic and infectious exposures may be a key factor to the onset of autism. August 30, 2010
Why the Supreme Court Could Side With Autism Activists in Fight vs. Vaccines
On Oct. 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, a case that threatens to flood the federal court system with about 5,000 largely meritless lawsuits that claim vaccines cause autism. October 4, 2010
Researcher Refused Data On Autism-Coal Link
A leading autism researcher says he has been denied access to data that could prove a link between coal-fired power stations and autism. October 5, 2010
The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series
The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series begins its ninth season of public lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 beginning at 4:30 p.m. October 5, 2010
Person of the Week: Autistic Scientist Temple Grandin Inspires Children, Champions Animals
Temple Grandin stole the spotlight at the Emmys, standing up right in the middle of the awards show again and again, smiling far wider than the Hollywood stars beside her. September 3, 2010
Autism Research Finds Empirical Link Between Multisensory Integration and Autism
A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has provided concrete evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) process sensory information such as sound, touch and vision differently than typically developing children. August 19, 2010
Describing the Brain in Autism in Five Dimensions
Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Assisted Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Using a Multiparameter Classification Approach August 11, 2010
A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism
People with autism are often socially isolated, but the Madison public schools are nationally known for including children with disabilities in regular classes. Now, as a high school junior, Garner, 17, has added his little twist to many lives. August 1, 2010
New Survey By Enzymedica Links Autism & Digestion, Suggests Successful Strategies
A new survey by Enzymedica and the Enzyme Research Group (ERG), links autism and digestive problems, and suggests diet modification and dietary supplements as successful tools for families facing the diagnosis. July 23, 2010
Picky Eating by Autistic Kids Won’t Affect Growth
Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be extremely picky when it comes to what they will or won’t eat, but new research shows that it doesn’t seem to affect their growth and development. July 19, 2010
Autistic Superstars: Meet Carly Ryan
Earlier this year in the United Kingdom, BBC Three presented a ground-breaking season of documentaries about young people with autism. The season of warm and insightful films explored the abilities and strengths of these young people as well as the challenges they face. Take a peek at one of the programs, Autistic Superstars, where Reggie Yates, the TV show host, seeks out a cast of talented young people with autism to perform at a music event in London. Watch here to see Carly’s performance on the television show. May 12, 2010
FDA warns maker of product used as alternative autism treatment
A product promoted to parents of children with autism is not a harmless dietary supplement, as claimed, but a toxic unapproved drug that lacks adequate warnings about potential side effects, including hair loss and abnormalities of the pancreas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned in a letter to its maker. June 23, 2010
Diagnosis of boy’s autism pits doctors vs. schools
A frustrated teacher and a child struggling with autism have combined for a tumultuous year for the Brunos. The Gilbert family spent months caught in an escalating dispute with Gilbert Public Schools officials about their son’s disorder – autism – and his need for special services to help him succeed in school. June 6, 2010
Autism finding could lead to simple urine test for the condition
The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London and the University of South Australia, suggest that their findings could ultimately lead to a simple urine test to determine whether or not a young child has autism. June 3, 2010
Beautiful Minds: Stephen Wiltshire
Stephen Wiltshire from London is a star among savants. Stephen is autistic. He did not speak his first words “pencil” and “paper” until he was 5. Yet, when he was 11 he drew a perfect aerial view of London after only one helicopter ride. April 7, 2007
“Wishers Learn Life Lessons from Autistic Son”
Reprinted from The Delphos Herald, April 20, 2009
“Out of a Distant World”
By Cynthia Pegram February 2008
“Your Child with Autism: 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Navigating the Holidays”
By Raun K. Kaufman December 2007 (updated 2012)
“Chasing Autism Help”
Reprinted from The Berkshire Eagle November 2007
“Building a Bridge – Breakthrough Straratagies for Reaching our Children”
Reprinted from Good Autism Practice Journal October 2002
“Anything is Possible”
Reprinted from The Middleton Guardian UK
“Light of Learning Comes on for Toby”
Reprinted from The Journal
“I Love You Mommy”
Reprinted from Woman’s World Magazine
“Mum’s Joy As Miracle Treatment Transforms Danielle And Shaun”
Reprinted from The Sunday Mail
“How The Son-Rise Technique Is Giving Power To The Child”
Reprinted from The Sunday Mail
“Breaking Through Autism”
Written by Raun K. Kaufman Reprinted from The International Autism Research Organization Newsletter
“Autism and The Myth of False Hope”
Written by Raun K. Kaufman
“Parents Given Hope In Dealing With Autism”
“The Son-Rise Program”
Reprinted from Autism File
“Opening Up The Options”
Reprinted from The Evening Press
“A Child Lured Out By An Emotional Connection”
Reprinted from South China Post
“He Beat Autism, Now Helps Others”
Reprinted from Star Bulletin
“Family Believes the Sun is Rising for Autistic Son”
Reprinted from Gazette Community News
“Journey From a Silent Planet”
Reprinted from The Daily Telegraph
“The Importance of Being Happy”
Reprinted from In Context
“Parenting by Intention”
Reprinted from Mothering Magazine, USA
“Assistance For Autistic Children”
Reprinted from Mothering Magazine

Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid

 

Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,

Jackline

 

Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar

 

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