Authors of a report published in the Comprehensive Guide to Autism 2014, pp 1585-1609 better duck fast! The article abstract reviews the highly toxic nature of aluminum and conclude that research data suggest that vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants may be a contributing etiological factor in the increasing incidence of autism. Such an assertion is forbidden by health policy authorities if not by science:
“Abstract Impaired brain function, excessive inflammation, and autoimmune manifestations are common in autism. Aluminum (Al), the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant, is a demonstrated neurotoxin and a strong immune stimulator. Hence, adjuvant Al has the necessary properties (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Oh Oh!! Authors of Report Concluding Aluminum Vaccine Ajuvants Are Contributing To Increasing Incidence of Autism Disorders Better DUCK!
Emotional Reactions of children with Autism, Ms Heather Nuske Olga Tennsion Autism Research Centre, Latrobe University
For years the autism professional community accepted the non evidence based speculation that autism disorders were caused by detached, cold mothers. The professions’ embrace of this fantasy caused serious harm to many families. The other side of the coin is that persons with autism disorders are also cold, detached, do not show typical emotional responses. The cold autistic persons theory has endured but is now under serious challenge from some of the innovative, fresh thinkers at the Latrobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research (Read more…)
Suzanne Wright’s recent honest and courageous statements in support of a National Autism Plan in the United States has attracted the wrath of Neurodiversity cult members and they will not relent. All the usual suspects have been voicing their irrational outrage Emily Willingham, Shannon des Roches Rosa, John Robison etc. In their modern version of the Cold Mothers Attack on parents that caused so much pain they condemn parents and family members for telling the world the unspeakable truths about autism: autism is a disorder, or group of disorders, harmful disorders that can inflict pain and suffering on those who (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THIS Is Autism, Conor’s Autism Reality, Self Injurious Behavior
Conor Doherty sporting a big smile after a quick tickle shave adventure with Dad this morning Many famous “autistics” were not diagnosed until they were adults and have turned their diagnoses into good career opportunities: John Elder Robison, Michelle Dawson, Ari Ne’eman and Mr. Ne’eman’s colleagues, the fellow corporate trustees of the Autistic “Self” Advocacy Network. For these extremely high functioning “autistics” autism is merely a difference not a disorder and they object, some even demonize, parents who talk about autism DISORDERS and seek TREATMENTS and CURES for their autistic children. For my son, who unlike all of the aforementioned, (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Severe Autism Disorders: Conor’s Autism Progress: Teeth Brushing and Tickle Shaves!
During recent weeks the TPGA “autism experts”, have done a great favor to children, like my son, who suffer from severe autism disorders. The TPGA autism wizards told parents like me who speak candidly about the deficits that limit and impair his ability to function independently in this world that we are making “monsters” of ours and all autistic children. Our children’s autism disorders, in the view of the humble yet brilliant autism experts are not really disorders, despite the title, despite the medical diagnoses that identified them as autistic. For our children’s benefit we should learn to accept (Read more…)
I have never read or heard any parent of a severely autistic child excuse the murder of severely autistic children by a parent. The only people who make this allegation are those who themselves who object to parents speaking honestly about their children’s severe autism disorders. Those who use the word “monster” in autism discussions do so in an attempt to suppress the truth about severe autism challenges by falsely alleging that honest descriptions of severe autism demonize autistic children.
Those who talk about “autism monsters” are the same New York and Washington press corps media darlings who never met (Read more…)
“Children with autism who are older than 13 years and have low intelligence are at the greatest risk of having epilepsy, says one of the largest epidemiological studies on the issue to date1. Children are typically diagnosed with epilepsy after having at least two seizures — uncontrolled surges of electrical activity in the brain. About 2 percent of the general population has epilepsy2. Most studies peg its prevalence among people with autism at 30 percent. The new study, published 4 July in PLoS One, breaks down this prevalence by age. It finds that among children (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: SFARI Highlights Serious Risk of Epilepsy for Young Children and Teens with Autism and Intellectual Disability
The Conor Countdown continues, as Conor gets up each day at 6 am and changes the number reflecting the number of days until school resumes. My son Conor, and his autism disorder disability, have been well accommodated in schools here in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He has benefited both from the assistance of education aides and resource teachers trained in the UNB-CEL Autism program and by placement, at our request, outside the regular classroom for his ABA based instruction. His placement is not segregation in the sense of the racial segregation which once prevailed in the American south. His (Read more…)
The picture above, for those visiting my blog for the first time, is my son Conor now 17+ years old. I love him dearly and he brings great joy into my life every day. He is also severely autistic with severe cognitive challenges (intellectual disability) and like many with those characteristics he also suffers from epileptic seizures. As great a joy as he is he also engages in acts of self aggression and suffers from sensory challenges, meltdowns and obsessively repetitive behaviors that are very disruptive in themselves. For Conor his autism is not a joy, a blessing, a (Read more…)
In yesterday’s commentary Autism Speaks Joins Drake And J.Cole In Insulting 40% With Autism AND Intellectual Disability I criticized Autism Speaks for stigmatizing persons with Intellectual Disability, particularly the 40% of persons on the autism spectrum with ID, the 40% that Autism Speaks seldom acknowledges in its promotions and literature. I received the comment, posted above, from BLOOM – Parenting Kids With Disabilities editor Louise Kinross that expresses my issue with Autism Speaks’ approach to intellectually disabled members of the autism spectrum better than I did. It would do Autism Speaks and the autism community it (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Sound Advice for Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks has joined rappers Drake and J. Cole in insulting persons with Intellectual Disability particularly the 40% of the autism spectrum with intellectual disability. The rappers had published song lyrics referring in an insulting manner to persons who are “autistic, retarded”. Autism Speaks did not simply criticize the rappers for denigrating persons who were autistic or intellectually disabled. Autism Speaks criticized the rappers for perpetuating negative stereotypes and for failing to recognized the many persons with autism and “other” disabilities who have enjoyed great success and talents. Presumably it would have been OK in the view of Autism (Read more…)
Yesterday was Canada Day and Conor sported his Team Canada shirt to celebrate. He also debunked not one but TWO autism myths. Conor has received ABA based intervention at school for 8 years. Yet, contrary to the myth that ABA causes discomfort and harm to persons with autism disorders, Conor shows his terrific smiles again ( see also side bar on this blog) debunking that nonsense yet again. He also debunks the myth that people with autism disorders do not like hugs and his Mom was very happy to assist in the demonstration!
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Shannon Rosa, with the Twitter help of Seth Mnookin and Dr. Jon Brock is at it again, misrepresenting autism disorders and the state of knowledge about autism causation and of course blaming autism parents fighting for their children for the latest report of a professional caregiver abusing an autistic child because they dare talk honestly about the negative aspects of autism DISORDERS : “At their worst, negative media-sown autism messages influence people like Greg Simard, who brutally beat a 12-year-old, non-speaking autistic boy in his care. Simard justified his actions by saying of the boy, …. Some autism parents never find (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Unthinking Autism Guide Shannon Rosa Attacks Autism Parents …. AGAIN.
May 6, 2013
Honourable Premier David Alward Respected Cabinet Ministers and Party Leaders Dear Premier Alward
I am the Acting President of the Autism Society New Brunswick and a parent that was involved, with many other parents, in the advocacy that led to the establishment of the UNB-CEL autism intervention training program, the provision of early autism intervention to children aged 2-5, UNB-CEL autism specific training of Education Aides and Resource Teachers and the reversal of the decision to close the Stan Cassidy Center tertiary care autism team. We also argued with some modest success for an evidence based, (Read more…)
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Conor enjoys some Kermit Komfort this morning while sleeping and awaiting a trip to see our family physician. It has been a very difficult week for my Buddy as we work through his seizure and medication issues. Hoping things turn for the better today!
The following commentary is from the blog Muslimah Next Door written by Dishad Ali. It addresses an issue that I have raised several times – the lack of real autism awareness created by autism awareness events. The author’s comments at Muslimah Next Door under the title When an Autism Awareness Event is Anything But are followed by a letter from Harshita Mahajan the mother of a teenage autistic son addressed to Autism Speaks. I sincerely hope that Autism Speaks takes the mother’s concerns, and the contents of her letter, seriously and begins to provide during autism awareness events awareness of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mother Of An Autistic Son Asks Autism Speaks for Some Actual Autism Awareness
The pictures above were initially posted on this site on May 26, 2012, several months before Conor’s 1st known Grand Mal Seizure in November. As I posted then, external conditions were perfect and Conor was enjoying a favorite activity in a favorite location when he suddenly began hitting himself in the head. I don’t know what caused it, Conor lacks the communication skills to explain, but it was definitely internal. Together with many similar circumstances including sudden closing of his eyes and looking blankly into the distance I reported them to his pediatrician as possible seizure activities. The pediatrician did (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and Seizures: Conor’s Second Grand Mal Seizure (That We Know Of)
Our entire family has had nothing but good experiences at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital, the “DECH”, in Fredericton and that trend continued this morning when we took Conor for blood tests at 7 am. The tests were required by the consulting neurologist to establish some base lines before starting some new medications to address Conor’s seizure activities. We contacted the DECH yesterday to see if they could accommodate Conor with a direct entry to the blood works room without taking a number and waiting in line. We explained his autism, intellectual disability and tendency to have meltdowns when frustrated. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Blood Tests and Autism: Conor and the DECH Both Did Very Well Today! Thank You Very Much!
The primary front line autism service providers, regardless of where one lives, are parents. In Canada at least parents have also been the first and most effective advocates for services for autistic children from BC to Ontario to New Brunswick to Newfoundland and all points between. For most parents recognition of that fact is important only to prevent others with less understanding of the impacts of autism on our children from purporting to speak on their behalf when they do so contrary to our children’s best interests. The only award most of us really need though are the hugs and (Read more…)
Conor, 2nd Birthday, the day before he is diagnosed with PDD-NOS (subsequently changed to Autistic Disorder)
Yesterday was Conor’s 17th birthday. Today is exactly 15 years since he was diagnosed with an autism disorder, PDD-NOS, the day after his second birthday shown in the pictures above. Shortly afterward he was re-diagnosed with Autistic Disorder, and he was also subsequently assessed with profound developmental delays. I can’t say that I am overly impressed with the research into autism causes, treatments or even our understanding of what constitutes autism that has taken place in the last 15 years. 15 years ago . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Conor’s Autism Diagnosis 15 Years Ago Today
The video and clip below are from the Medicare for Autism Now web site and feature MFAN co-founder Jean Lewis, one of Canada’s foremost autism advocates, providing an articulate, personally informed summary of the struggle for autism treatment in Canada. Jean keeps the discussion on a non-partisan level and discusses the fight to end Canada’s inhumane and discriminatory exclusion of treatment for those with autism disorders in the context of other historic struggles for liberation from discrimination based on race and gender. A very important point to remember in Jean’s message is that such struggles are never overnight affairs. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Jean Lewis On The Struggle for Autism Treatment In Canada
Autism is a spectrum in many ways including the ways in which it is presented through various media. Everybody, particularly the main stream media, loves the feel good stories of accomplishment. We all suffer when we see images of self injurious behavior: common occurrences in severe autism although rarely reflected in the mainstream media or in autism research accounts. The photos of my son Conor in the composite above show him during the recent holidays in a calm, happy mood that is seldom depicted in portrayals of autism. Despite the hustle and bustle that comes with the season Conor, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Conor’s Quiet Joy
TPGA guru Shannon Des Roches Rosa (SDDR) is aghast and angry because Slate.com has dared publish “Is the Neurodiversity (ND) Movement Misrepresenting Autism?“, a gentle critique by autism parent Amy S.F. Lutz, of the harmful, irrational Neurodiversity ideology embraced by the leaders of the ironically named “Thinking” Person’s Guide to Autism. Self labelled as a guide for “Thinking” Persons the TPGA is harshly critical of anyone, especially autism parents, who disagree with them; anyone who portrays autism as a disorder or as a group of disorders, deficits or symptoms. In the Neurodiversity world of the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: TPGA Aghast and Angry: Slate Dares Print Autism Parent Critique of Neurodiversity Ideology
“Autism Spectrum Disorder Must meet criteria A, B, C, and D: A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general developmental delays, and manifest by all 3 of the following:” Autism annual reviews have been published by a number of sources most of which ignored or mis-characterized the most important autism event of 2012. The most important event by far and the one with the most negative implications for those who actually suffer from autism symptoms was the APA approval, on Saturday, December 1, just before the holiday season, of the DSM5 . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism 2012: Disaster for the Autism Spectrum’s Intellectually Disabled
Hey Dad, wanna play the Gooey Brownie Tickle Game?
I had trouble, despite the very substantial weight difference, holding Conor back from giving me a Gooey Brownie Tickle
And the Gooey Brownie Tickle winner is: Conor … of course!
Conor has enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! with Mom and Dad for many years. Today we were watching our DVR recording of yesterday’s Wheel of Fortune episode. The game winner was unable to solve the Bonus Round two word puzzle. She got “Brownie” but not the first word for which few letters had appeared. Conor giggled when he heard . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Conor’s Wheel of Fortune Gooey Brownie Tickle Game