By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.
Sept 15, 2015, Fox 28 Columbus, OH: Boy With Autism Forgotten, Found Dead on School Bus
Sept 15, 2015, Richmond (VA) Times: Police: No charges expected in 7-year-old girl's drowning
Sept 15, 2015, KOB 4 Albuquerque: If people with special needs get lost, this website can help
Sept 15, 2015, Wall Street Journal: Gluten-free diet has no benefit for children with autism, study finds
Sept 14, 2015, WebMD: Pregnancy Intervals May Affect Autism Risk
Sept 14, 2015, Philly.com: Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants
Sept 14, 2015, Providence (RI) Journal: With new book, Brown professor wants to change the dialogue on autism
Sept 14, 2015, KTVX TV Salt Lake City: Parkway Pedal to benefit the Autism Council of Utah
Tragic deaths associated with autism are now common. A non-verbal teenager dies after being left on a school bus and a seven year old girl drowns. Somehow we're supposed to believe it's always been like this.
Fox 28 Columbus, OH
WHITTIER, California (Kate Murphy) -- The parents of a young teen with special needs said they trusted their school district and its bus drivers to get their son home safely.
Nineteen-year-old Paul Lee, who had autism, was found dead in a school bus on Friday. According to the family, the bus driver forgot Paul was onboard.
Virginia Beach police say no charges will be filed against the owner of a pool a 7-year-old Virginia Beach girl was found dead in.
The Virginian-Pilot reports the medical examiner has ruled the girl's death an accidental drowning.
Meanwhile the media blunders on, covering autism like it's a medical curiosity, and not a national social and economic cris
Parents and caretakers of people who have special needs know that if a person wanders off, there can be a lot to worry about. But a new, free service can help just in case. It's called "If I Need Help."
Bruce and Erin Wilson's son Jay is an active, energetic teenager with severe autism. There is usually someone with him, but if he ever gets lost, they worry about what could happen – so they created "If I Need Help." Users can create a free account online and enter details about their family member—their needs, preferences and how to get in touch.
"One mom of a little boy said, hold on to 'em or he'll run from you also," Erin Wilson said. "And another put, he can be violent and scratch up your face, so just hold his hands down and that'll protect you. So really vital information for the person who finds them."
The focus of this story is of course, kids with autism who are prone to w
A diet popular as an alternative treatment for autism doesn’t appear to improve behaviors or symptoms of the condition, according to a small but rigorously conducted study published this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
. . .One theory behind the gluten- and casein-free diet is that children with autism have trouble digesting these proteins and, because of a “leaky gut”, absorb components of these compounds that lead to physical discomfort and behavioral symptoms, according to Dr. Hyman . . .
"Leaky gut"?? Wasn't that what Andrew Wakefield found?
As expected, it's now debunked.
Meanwhile, old claims are rehashed for public consumption.
The amount of time between a woman's pregnancies may matter when it comes to the possible risk of her children developing autism, new research suggests.
Research has universally claimed that autism is associate the mother: OLD MOMS, FAT MOMS, MOMS WHO MARRY OLD DADS, DRINKING MOMS, SMOKING MOMS. ---AND MOMS WHO HAVE BABIES TOO CLOSE TOGETHER. This has been out for several years, but WebMD pretends it's "new."
This is the message: If it isn't YOUR BAD GENES, it's your behavior mom. We have not come far from the days of the REFRIGERATOR MOTHER CAUSING AUTISM. (Nice ad for NeuroTribes on this story.)
Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes.
The findings, published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that breast-feeding might enhance social development in certain at-risk infants.
. . . However, the authors and other experts stressed that the study offers no evidence that breast-feeding ultimately affects a child's odds of developing autism, or that it lessens the severity of autism symptoms.
Breast feeding and reducing the odds of autism is also an old claim. Notice that there's a 'risk' gene for autism. (More training the public that autism is A GENETIC DISORDER.)
And we're told it's really proof of nothing. Life goes on. Pretending to address autism is what it's really all about. See---people are studying autism. It's just such a mystery.
A Brown University professor wants to move the fulcrum on how people with autism are viewed — from tragedies to unique individuals who demonstrate the same behaviors all human beings exhibit.
. . .Prizant, an adjunct professor in Brown's department of theatre arts and performance studies, has studied people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for more than 40 years. Being "on the spectrum" refers to a wide range of symptoms, which can go from mild to severe. Characteristics include difficulties in social interaction and with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.
. . . At the book’s core, Prizant argues the symptoms most often associated with autism — flapping arms, avoiding direct eye contact and echoing words — should be embraced by caregivers in an effort to better understand the individual and the behavior’s underlying cause.
His research is applicable to the growing number of people who are diagnosed every year. A 2014 study by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum — a 30 percent increase from 2012, when 1 in 88 were diagnosed.
Forget all the mystery...the no known cause, prevention or cure stuff about autism. It's all about accepting. Autism "should be embraced."
Prizant has been "studying people [with autism] ...for more than 40 years." According to him, all the autism is just an expanded definition. There's nothing to worry about.
Hop on your bike and help out the growing need for autism research and resources. This weekend the Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism promises to raise money and awareness.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. Nationally, one in every 68 birth is affected but in Utah the number is one in 54. Families and care takers will spend an estimated additional $60,000 to raise a child with autism.
The need is growing. One in every 54 kids in Utah has autism. Amazing that these words don't scare everyone in Utah. There are a lot of people who "should be embraced" in Utah.
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.