Show someone with Autism that you Love them!

Show someone with Autism that you Love them!
Hugs and Kisses to my Daughter Alanis

We As Parents with Autistic Children -We're All In This Together

We As Parents with Autistic Children -We're All In This Together
Come together as a Community

Read My Book-Alanis' Daily Routine on Magicblox!

How to Help A Child With Autism

Explaining Autism to Children: ASD and Me

How to Recognize the Early Signs of Autism

Apps for Autism

Kathy Perry, Jodi DiPiazza Sing at Night of too many stars

Friday, November 18, 2011

Autism can be an Advantage says Researchers

People with autism have advantages, in some ways, over people without the condition, and scientists need to stop viewing the traits of autism as flaws that need to be corrected, one autism researcher argues.

By seeing autism's differences as defects, researchers may fail to fully understand the condition, said Dr. Laurent Mottron, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.
"Recent data and my own personal experience suggest it's time to start thinking of autism as an advantage in some spheres, not a cross to bear," Mottron wrote in a commentary published Wednesday in the journal Nature. For instance, when researchers see activation in regions of autistic people's brains that differ from others' brains, they report these differences as deficits, "rather than evidence simply of their alternative, yet sometimes successful, brain organization," Mottron said. By emphasizing the strengths of people with autism, deciphering how people with autism learn and avoiding language that frames autism as a defect, researchers can shape the discussion of autism in society, Mottron said.

Autism's advantages
Mottron said he does not want to minimize the challenges of autism. "One out of 10 autistics cannot speak, nine out of 10 have no regular job and four out of five autistic adults are still dependent on their parents," Mottron said.
But people with autism can make significant contributions to society in the right environment, he said.

The research setting is one of those environments. Several people with autism work in Mottron's lab, and one researcher in particular, Michelle Dawson, has made major contributions to the lab's understanding of the condition through her work and insight.
People with autism often have exceptional memories, and can remember information they read weeks ago. They are also less likely to misremember something, which comes in handy in a science lab. Dawson can instantly recall the methods used to study face-perception in autism, Mottron said.
Recent research has shown people with autism often outperform others in auditory and visual tasks, and also do better on non-verbal tests of intelligence. In one study by Mottron, on a test that involved completing a visual pattern, people with autism finished 40 percent faster than those without the condition.

In fact, intellectual disability may be over-estimated among people with autism, because researchers use inappropriate tests, Mottron said. "In measuring the intelligence of a person with a hearing impairment, we wouldn't hesitate to eliminate components of the test that can’t be explained using sign language; why shouldn’t we do the same for autistics?" Mottron said.
I no longer believe that intellectual disability is intrinsic to autism," Mottron said. "To estimate the true rate, scientists should use only those tests that require no verbal explanation."

Still a disorder
Rajesh Kana, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, agreed that researchers shouldn't solely focus on the deficits of autism. However, autism should still be thought of as a disorder, and not merely a difference, Kana said.

People with severe autism have problems functioning in their day-to-day lives, and even people with less severe autism can fall victim to deception, because of their limited abilityto understand when someone is lying. Proper interventions can improve the lives of these people.
"A comprehensive account of autism should take into consideration the strengths and weaknesses" of the condition, Kana said.

While it may have been true in the past that researchers concentrated mainly on deficits in autism, the field is now taking a broader and deeper view of the disorder.

Understanding autism's strengths is important for providing support for those with the condition, Kana said. For instance, if a child has minimal verbal ability, then you probablywant to find a visual routeto help him.

"Your intervention should target the deficits, but work with the strengths," Kana said.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Working on my new Children's Book

I'm working on my new Children's book. A funny, whimsy, cute and exciting, fun book to read to children. My illustrations are almost complete, so amazing to see my illustrations come to life with my story. Here is a sneak peek at my new cute illustrations.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? A FILM

What Are You Doing? "is a short film, created by Autism Awareness, which aims to teach school aged children about acceptance and understanding of their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This film addresses some of the fears children may have about ASD. Study shows that 1 in 60 children in Australia has Autism. What are you doing? will be screened at primary schools across Australia later this year and we hope, in the future throughout the world.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Data Shows half of All Children with Autism Wander and Bolt from Safe places

The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) the nation's largest online Autism research project, recently revealed the preliminary results of the first major survey on Wandering and elopement among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and announces the launch of a new research survey on the association between pregnancy factors and ASD. The Wandering and elopement survey found that approximately half of parents of children with Autism report that their child elopes, with the behavior peaking at age four. Among these families, nearly 50% say that their child went missing long enough to cause significant concern about safety. In just three weeks, more than 800 parents of children with Autism completed the survey. We hope that advocates and policy makers use this research to implement key safety measures to support these families and keep these children safe. God Bless!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

ASD More Common says new study in Korea

A new study of Autism prevalence is gaining international headlines. Study shows 1 in 38 children, that's 2.64%, of kids they studied had Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD. They also found more than two-thirds of ASD cases in the mainstream school population unrecognized and untreated. This leads them to believe Autism prevalence estimates worldwide could increase when a comprehensive approach in used to identify children with ASD. Currently, ASD is diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, specifically one in 70 boys. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a persons ability to communicate develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. The prevalence of Autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls Autism a national public health crisis-the cause and cure unknown.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

NMNO Supports Autism Speaks momsniteout.com

Tonight is National Mom's Nite Out! National Mom's Nite Out is the first national organized celebration of motherhood, intended to bring together today's moms, Physically and Virtually. They have chosen to support Autism Speaks this year! Have a great night out, to all moms with and without Autistic children. All moms deserve a night out on the town. We all can use a little break from our Children to let our hair down and be ourselves for an evening out with family or friends. Have a relaxing, exciting, happy, National Mom's Nite out!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My New Children's Book About Autism

Hello Everyone, I have written a new Children's Book about my daughter Alanis who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. This book is about my daughter's day to day routine and challenges with Autism. Alanis shows you how she overcame some of her difficult challenges that she deals with each day. My family is very proud of her because she has come a very long way. There are many families and children faced with challenges and diversities, who can relate to Alanis' story. With Prayer Love and Patience, it makes your journey so much easier in life. My Book is now avaible at www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Alaniss-Daily-Routine. It will also be available at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com in a few weeks. God Bless!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Understanding Children with Autism

When people don't understand about Autism. They talk about children with ASD Misbehaving in Public. There should be more Awareness about the behaviors of Autistic children. If people really knew the frustrations and emotions that these children try to express by acting out or misbehaving they would truly understand. This is their way of communicating and expressing themselves, they don't know any other way. That's why there are parents who are afraid to take their child with ASD Out in public places because, of what others might have to say about our children. I was one of those parents that was afraid to take my daughter out in Public Place because people would stare and scrutinize my daughter, not knowing her disability. Eventually, I overcame that fear of Other people talking and staring at us.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What About Our Children when they become Adults?

Data shows that 500,000 Autistic children will reach Adulthood in the next ten years. Will there be Jobs and housing for our children? What's going to happen to our children, when we as Parents are no longer here to take care of them? Who will provide for our children (Adults) if there's not enough Jobs and housing for our children?

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Sibling of A Child with Autism....Our Guardian Angel

My son James has always been really good with his sister Alanis who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Alanis would scream all the time and have her meltdowns. James is younger than Alanis, when she was 4 yrs old and he was about 3yrs old James would say to her.....Alanis would you please be quiet and stop screaming, your giving me a headache. Alanis would look at him and stop screaming every time he said that to her. I was so surprised because when I would tell her to stop screaming she screamed louder. James would get Alanis to interact with him in Playing, social activities on the computer, she started to say words after he repeated the words to her. James was always helping her to get dressed and telling her to put the right shoes on her feet. James was a big help to me and his sister. I told James that he was born to be here for his sister Alanis. James is his sister's Guardian Angel! God Bless my son James!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blogging about AUTISM

I was currently on a Autism Awareness Website and there were so many people talking about their children with Autism and other disabilities. We as parents are all in a race to find a cure for our children. We have found out that all our children that suffers with the same disorders all have similar characteristics. Parents, we feel that we are alone with this complex and fragile challenge that we have to face each day for our kids. We are not alone, we have each other to communite with so, don't be afraid to talk about what's going on in your life.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Early Intervention

It is very important for parents as well as doctors to know the signs of ASD, so that our children can get diagnosed at an early age. Early intervention does help! If you as a parent notice any signs, then you should explain this to your childs doctor but, if he refuses to have your child diagnosed take your child to another doctor for a second opinion. Don't take No for an answer! We all know our children's behavior better than any one else, even before we take them to the doctor. My daughter was diagnosed at a very early age with Autism and she started a program in our community very early. Early intervention did help her overcome some of her challenges with Autism. I will say it does depend on The Programs, The Environment for our children, The Appropriate and Educated Staff. There's a lot to be considered for our children. Keep Praying for Our Children!! God Bless!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Come together as a community of people to talk to one another about your child. What your child might be going through at this time in their lives. It's not easy being a parent of any child, We as parents may want to talk to someone that's going through the same thing your child might be going through. Since I have been leaving comments on different Autsim Awareness websites and other blogs, I have chatted with so many people from around the world from other Countries, Cities and states. The Parents pretty much say the same things that I speak of about my daughter. I spoke to a lady named Martha in
Africa that has a 4 yr old daughter with Autism, I have also chatted with a lady in the UK named Sarah that has a 6 yr old daughter with Autism. I have recently chatted with a young women from China, she stated there in China that there were
so many Autistic children and Adults with Autism. So, coming together and chatting with someone about Autism could be good for the both of you. I'm always here If someone needs to talk. God Bless!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Autism Awareness Month

This is Autism Awareness Month, Parents get together with other Parents with Autistic children and share your Parenting Skills about the one you love on the Spectrum. We are all learning more about our children each and everyday, we can always use some advice from one another. As a Parent of a child with Autism, My Goal is to Organize Awareness Globally for people to better understand about Autism.  Autism Speaks is a wonderful Organization for people to come together as a community of people to talk about our experiences with our children. We give advice and learn new information about others, no ones perfect that's why we search for these different website and Organizations. God Bless!

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Study Shows

New study shows that a new case of Autism is diagnosed every 15 seconds Worldwide.

Autism Awareness

Being a Parent of a teenager with Autism, My Goal is to Organize Awareness Globally for people to better understand about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autistic 12 year-old Interviews his Mom About What It's Like To Raise Him.

Anxiety in School- Real look Autism.com

Famous People with Autism

Maria's Journey about Autism

United Nations is creating a Postage Stamp to honor World Autism Awareness Day

United Nations is creating a Postage Stamp to honor World Autism Awareness Day
What a great honor for Autism!

How Ballet can help Kids with Autism

Pathfinders For Autism

I'm Here, an animated short film about Autism by Peter H. Reynolds

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? A FILM

AUTISM ROCKS-No Strings Attached

Commercial About an Autistic Child

Flyaway a Movie, When Love means letting go of your child with Autism

Wally Promoting Autism Awareness for his younger brother Nicky 2011

Parents Devise GPS Device for Autistic Children

The Talk on CBS with Carly Fleischmann on Autism

Carly's Voice

After watching The Talk on CBS with Carly Fleischmann, A nonverbal teenager with Autism really inspired me. She's a Blessing and inspiration to us all. Because, you don't talk doesn't mean that you don't have something to say.

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete

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Holly Robinson Peete explains the important lessons about family, hope, love and tolerance fill my brother Charlie, the illustrated book based on Author Holly Robinson Peete's own Autistic son. She collaborated with her Daughter Ryan, and the uplifting story is told from the sister's point of view.

Kaspar the friendly Robot helps Autistic Kids

United Nations WebCast Solving the Autism Public Health Puzzle- Panel Discussion with Amy Gravino

Kelly Lebrock on Autism

Meet Kelly Lebrock, star of the romantic comedies Woman in Red and Weird Science, celebrity host of Autism Vancouver. Listen to Kelly Lebrock's powerful story behind her passionate dedication to Autism and wellness advocacy.

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