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Autism Blogs

Yesterday I found a couple of blogs on Autism both with interesting things to say. Autism Nights is so new its only on its second article but what an article it is. Top 10 Reasons Parents of Autistic Children are Pissed Off (Numbers 1 – 3) is a
diatribe on how mercury and autism are connected. It makes no attempt at putting forward a balanced argument but lets face it, the pharmaceutical companies are big enough to stand up for themselves.
Adventures In Autism details the successes and failures in treating Chandler, the blogger’s three year old autistic son. Its been running about a year. It includes a review and diary of Chandler’s treatment at the Sensory Learning Center. Check out the archives for July and August 2004 for the diary. The blog also deals with mercury and has a good history of Thimerosal, the form of mercury used in vaccines.
More on Mercury and Autism


  1. Vivian Halperin

    Sensory coordination support for children with sensory integration challenges, including children with autism

    Sensory coordination involves using one sense in order to stimulate the second sense. For example if I touch you, your eyes will then focus upon the place on your body being touched. When I begin work with a child challenged by a sensory disorder my first task is to observe which of the five senses is used by the child, which one he or she depends upon most of all, and which of the senses is not being used. I begin working with the child’s sensory strengths. To further exemplify, the last child in my care was most dependent upon auditory perception. If I placed a picture book in front of his eyes he did not respond. If I began reading that book out loud, he became attentive. I also observed that he enjoyed being held and touched. Logically, responsiveness to touch gave me insight into a potential strength, body awareness. I supported the coordination of the two senses, touch and sound by moving his body to the rhythm of music and storybook rhymes. I then proceeded to coordinate vision (a sensory weakness) with touch and sound by asking him to point to pictures in a book, and state what that picture was as I moved his body (arms, legs, torso) in time to the rhythm of the words.

    Consequent to supporting the sensory coordination of touch, sound and vision, within a two-week period this little boy progressed at daycare. Daycare educators were no longer required to move him from one place to another when it was time for nap, or time to wash hands, etc. He moved himself and his self care skills improved quickly. Therefore his potential strength, body awareness had begun to be realized.

    This is just some of the work I did with this child but exemplifies the following. Firstly sensory integration is dependent upon the coordination of the senses, rather then the stimulation of one sense at a time.

    Secondly, I employ sensory coordination as a chain of sensory stimulation involving an activity (looking at pictures in book, doing a puzzle, playing with musical instruments etc). In this way the stimulation of the senses through their coordination is applied to something in the child’s world, making the world more meaningful to the child.

    Thirdly, it is my view that sensory coordination jump-starts early childhood development. For example, an infant is not born understanding language. Nor do they learn to interpret the sounds in their world through sound merely. Rather, understanding language relates to understanding human action through visual perception, which is further reinforced through tactile exploration. Therefore sensory coordination is intended to support the child as he or she takes on the steps that have been missed during an earlier stage of development.

    Fourthly, based upon observations derived from my work, sensory coordination potentially results in an independently functioning sensory system, or cognition. Referring again to the example of touch, sound and vision coordination, I support the child by telling him to watch the activities in his world. Is it now time to look at books? Perhaps it is the time to prepare for nap? Thus, I am supporting his interpretation of his world at daycare, but it is up to him to interpret that world.

    Finally, just as each of the child’s senses is realized through another sense, it is my observation that awareness of self is achieved through awareness of the world outside of self. For example, during the last few weeks of my employ with this child I used short and very distinct sounds to further stimulate visual perception. As the sounds were played the child engaged in activities with moving objects, or objects positioned side by side. I observed that these sounds were very stimulating for the child, who was now able to focus on activities that were otherwise not appealing. This was the final step coordinating sound with vision, which resulted in further progress pertaining to the child’s awareness of the world outside of self and correspondingly, of body awareness.

    With respect to body awareness these were just a few of my observations. When out for a walk I suggested that he get a good run, and together we ran. I said, ‘okay its time to stop now’, and he stopped indicating self-control of body. When we played with a balloon, he effortlessly swung his shoulders and head around in order to see it, catch it, and send it back to me. In this instance the child demonstrated his easy awareness of the relationship between himself and a moving object as his eyes and upper body (we were sitting) moved to catch a moving object.

    Therefore visual perception and auditory perception have achieved coordination. Once coordinated the short distinct sounds that previously were so stimulating are less interesting. Sound perception supports rather then interferes with the meaning of the ever-moving ebb and flow of life contexts . Movement seen is spontaneously understood and reinterpreted by the child who applies it to self .

  2. Interesting article. I have three children with Autism. They all seem to focus on different senses. I am going to give what you suggested a try and see how I get on.

  3. My younger sister was diagnosed with autism in 1958. Needless to say, we had never heard of it.I have written a book from the sibling perspective, A Different Kind of Kin:For Relatives of Persons with Autism. I interviewed many other families with a person with autism. It also contains a number of books about autism. The book can be found on my website or at Amazon.

  4. Nick

    Check your autistic kid for Thyroid imbalance, it wouldn’t hurt. Check out the book called Thyroid Power.

    Please let me know. I am interested how your children started the autism, what age, things happening at the time, food, water etc.

    Does anyone have concerns about Water Additives + Metals + Blood Type

    Floride (and who knows what else) has been proven to alter Thyroid activity.

    Thyroid activity dictates how inflammation and infections are dealt with (autoimmune response increased/decreased)

    Resulting inflammation of the liver can cause metals to not be removed, when induced (or injected) into the body.

    Delivery and deposit of metals to the Brain results (Lead, Mercury, copper).

    Most Blood types may be more susceptible to this (few may be unnaffected).

    How to Stop?
    1. Stay away from all toothpastes with Flouride (Flouride comes from pesticides and chemical waste, it is a way for big companies to sell their waste, it weakens teath (and bones)).
    2. Stay away from Floridated water.
    3. If you are going to have injections, ensure they do not have mercury additives.
    4. Stay away from canned Tuna, Fresh Tuna or any other large sea fish (small ones don’t retain as much mercury).
    5. Stay away from all farmed fish (unless organic).
    6. Only by organic meat.
    7. Only by organic Veg.
    8. every now and then, drink distilled water to remove any unwanted elements from the body (it’ll suck them right out). DON’T drink distilled water for too long (no more than 5 days I’d say).
    9. I am not a doctor…. but have seen DRAMATIC ups and downs on my sons intellect. Very sad to see, especially since I’m the one looking after him, and obviously have done the wrong things: (Floridated Kids bottled Water from Safeways + Canned Tuna Fish + No Water Filter to remove unwanted metals).

    If anyone has a sympathetic and astute doctor that would be interested in the above comments, then please let me know.

  5. Kim

    I have also read that unbalanced yeast levels effect a child with autism dramatically. I was reading Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy and she wrote about how dramatically her son changed once she rid his body of an overgrowth of yeast. She talks about the process being very challenging and her son moods were very dramatic but there were a lot of benefits once his levels were normal.

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