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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. April 18, 2008

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USAAA Online Registration Open With Special Offer

Attend one of the most comprehensive Autism/Asperger conferences in the world for only $42.00*/day/person.

Registration for the USAAA 2008 International Autism and Asperger Conference is now available online. Click here for registration, or go to and click on Register Now or Learn More.

USAAA is offering a special early registration package for families. The family package allows you to register up to two additional people for only $120 each for the entire four day conference.**

Many things set this conference above others.
Speakers interact with parents exchanging ideas and listen to their individual stories.
The siblings of children with autism also have a panel where they discuss their experiences.
There is a parent and practitioner open panel discussion where all members of the panel are parents of a child with autism.
Lunch will be provided Friday and Saturday as sponsors are secured. Check the schedule online for further details.
Two special clinics will be presented on Thursday and Friday evening that will include a buffet for all registrants. Both of the clinics are included in your registration for that day.

By registering now during Autism Awareness Month, three people can attend one of the most comprehensive Autism/Asperger conferences in the world for only $42.00/day/person*. This includes two special evening clinics sponsored by CARE Clinics on Thursday, September 4th and International Hyperbarics Association on Friday, September 5th which include a full buffet for all paid attendees.

Don't miss this incredible offer as we bring "Biomedical Treatments, Behavioral and Developmental Therapies Together". USAAA assembles thirty world renown experts that focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the affected individuals and their families and caregivers by conducting presentations in the areas of biomedical interventions, research, behavioral and developmental therapies, diet and nutrition, and family issues. It is attended by Parents, Health Care Professionals, Caretakers, Educators, Individuals on the Spectrum and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for individuals living with autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

*based on a full registration price of $265 and two additional registrations at $120 each over a four day conference period. (Two day passes are also available). Family package is for non-professionals only.

Doris J. Rapp, MD and Paul Shattock, PhD, OBE to Keynote at 2008 Conference

Dr. Doris J. Rapp, a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist and author of the best selling book "Is This Your Child?" and "Is This Your Child's World?”, will make her Autism/Asperger national conference debut at the USAAA 2008 International Conference in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Rapp will present, "Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults," from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Friday, September 5th and will also present in a second session from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm the same day.

Dr. Rapp has published 29 medical articles, authored eight chapters in medical texts, written eleven books and three booklets about allergy. Dr. Rapp believes it is imperative that both the public and physicians recognize that multiple body areas and a wide range of symptoms can be produced in allergic patients who have unrecognized and atypical forms of allergies.

Dr. Rapp is a world renowned speaker and has appeared on numerous talk shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, The Maury Povich Show, The Montel Williams Show, Nightline with Ted Koppel, and The Phil Donahue Show. To learn more about Dr. Rapp, click here.

Paul Shattock, PhD, OBE is Honorary Director of the Autism Research Unit (ARU) following his retirement in 1998 from teaching Pharmacy for over 20 years at the University of Sunderland. He is Chairman of ESPA (European Service for People with Autism) (providing teaching and residential services for young adults with autism) and Vice-President of the World Autism Organisation (WAO) having previously been secretary for Autisme-Europe. His research interests include: rights and models of service provision for people with autism, biomedical and environmental factors implicated in autism, and the use and abuse of medication for autism.

Mr. Shattock will present from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 6th. The research undertaken by Shattock at the ARU investigated the theory that autism is a consequence of a metabolic disorder, whereby certain biologically active peptides and other related compounds (derived mainly but not exclusively from dietary gluten and/or casein) are not metabolised correctly in the autist, and along with Kalle Reichelt led to the widespread use of the Gluten-free, casein-free diet in treating autism.

To learn more about Mr. Shattock, click here.

For a complete conference schedule, click here.

Book Review

More Than Words: Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Paperback)
by Fern Sussman (Author)

Paperback: 424 pages
Publisher: Hanen Centre; Illustrate edition (July 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0921145144
ISBN-13: 978-0921145141

Book Description: More Than Words presents a step-by-step guide for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder in an extensive, practical, and user-friendly format. Strategies are drawn from current research to help children develop more advanced communication skills, focusing on helping the child reach the following four goals: 1) improved two-way interaction, 2) more mature and conventional ways of communication, 3) better skills in communicating for social purposes and finally, 4) improved understanding of language. Wonderfully illustrated and with chapters divided into four color-coded stages of communication, this book was developed for The Hanen Program For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Review: "More Than Words" is a 'must-have' reference for parents of children with ASD, and for professionals supporting parents. More Than Words addresses the very specific challenges posed by children with ASD, using strategies drawn from and based on the Hanen Program, an empirically validated, child centered developmental approach to supporting children's communication development." — Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP. Director, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI. Adjunct Professor, Brown University Center for the Study of Human Development.

Autism: a mitochondrial disorder?

by Jay Lombard, DO
Med Hypotheses. 1998 Jun;50(6):497-500.

Mitochondria are vulnerable to a wide array of endogenous and exogenous factors which appear to be linked by excessive nitric oxide production.

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by disturbance in language, perception and socialization. A variety of biochemical, anatomical and neuroradiographical studies imply a disturbance of brain energy metabolism in autistic patients. The underlying etiology of a disturbed bioenergetic metabolism in autism is unknown.

[Nitric Oxide ] is also a toxic air pollutant produced by automobile engines and power plants.

A likely etiological possibility may involve mitochondrial dysfunction with concomitant defects in neuronal oxidative phosphorylation within the central nervous system. This hypothesis is supported by a frequent association of lactic acidosis and carnitine deficiency in autistic patients. Mitochondria are vulnerable to a wide array of endogenous and exogenous factors which appear to be linked by excessive nitric oxide production. Strategies to augment mitochondrial function, either by decreasing production of endogenous toxic metabolites, reducing nitric oxide production, or stimulating mitochondrial enzyme activity may be beneficial in the treatment of autism.

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In This Issue:
USAAA Online Registration Open with Special Offer
Doris J. Rapp, MD and Paul Shattock, PhD, OBE to Keynote at 2008 Conference
Book Review "More Than Words"

Autism: a mitochondrial disorder?

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