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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. May 30, 2008

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A ‘Dive’ for Oxygen
The wonders of hyperbaric oxygen therapy

by Virginia J. Pillsbury
reprinted with permission, H Magazine, April, 2008
A publication of The Florida Times-Union
www.hforhealth.com

Tiffany Watts and her son, Max, relaxing in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.  
Bob Self/times-union

When Tiffany Watts saw what mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) did for her then 5-year-old son, Max, she became a believer.

“My goal with Max was for him to know who I am and to know that I love him,” said Watts.

Diagnosed with autism at 17 months, Max couldn’t speak, had trouble settling down at night to sleep, and was unable to focus his attention. Watts tried several options including a major overhaul of Max’s diet, which resulted in some improvement in his skills, but she wanted much more.

Although apprehensive at first, Max responded well to the oxygen therapy and learned to enjoy the “dive”

When Max’s pediatrician suggested that Watts give hyperbaric oxygen therapy a try, she didn’t hesitate.

Not new to the traditional medical community, HBOT is utilized to treat a host of conditions including decompression sickness, hard-to-heal wounds, burns, and other ailments. It allows patients to safely breathe in oxygen – delivered to cells and tissues – while relaxing in tube-like chambers.

Although apprehensive at first, Max responded well to the oxygen therapy and learned to enjoy the “dive” – a session in the HBOT chamber.

Jennifer McManus of Oxygen8 in Ponte Vedra checks in on Tiffany Watts and her son in one of the HBOT chambers. bob self/times-union

“Filtered ambient air is compressed to the equivalent of 11 feet below sea level,” explained Watts. “It’s released into a chamber where a client can lie down, relax, sleep, or listen to an iPod, watch a DVD, read a book or chat on their phone. A typical dive lasts from an hour to 90 minutes and it is completely safe.”

Watts is amazed with her son’s progress.

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College Adds Master’s in Therapy Proven Effective in Treating Autism
The Sage Graduate School’s Master of Science in ABA and Autism has been approved by the New York State Board of Regents and is the only one in the U.S. that offers the program online.

Albany and Troy, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 20, 2008 -- Only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States offer master’s degrees in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), a treatment for autism identified by the United States Centers for Disease Control as being effective in the education and treatment of individuals with autism, and The Sage Colleges’ Sage Graduate School is now among them.

The program will be delivered via distance learning

The Sage Graduate School’s Master of Science in ABA and Autism has been approved by the New York State Board of Regents and is the only one in the U.S. that offers the program online, which means professionals working from Albany, NY to Seattle, WA, and from Osceola, FL, to Navajo reservations in Utah are eligible to complete their Master’s Degree in ABA and Autism without having to relocate.

ABA is a branch of psychology rooted in the study of human behavior and is a therapeutic approach that has been shown to improve the language skills, behaviors and socialization of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. One focus of the program will be the procedures and strategies for dealing with language development, abnormal behavioral patterns and socialization issues. The second major focus involves a deep understanding of autism, its cause and strategies for assessment.

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Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism and recently spoke at www.elms.edu in Chicopee, Massachusetts as part of their training for and promotion of their new concentration in autism. Click here about the Elms College program.

 

What promise does Ohio hold for autistic boy from Oklahoma?

By Michael McNutt
Capitol Bureau

Caroline Hall says her family has no choice but to leave Oklahoma because legislators didn't pass a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatments.

"The house should be ready to put up for sale next week,” she said.

She and her husband, Doug, are moving to Ohio, where their 4 1/2 -year-old-son, Dougie, can take part in a special scholarship program for autistic children, she said.

"For every family like us, there are probably 30 to 40 Oklahoma families who could never dream of picking up and leaving.”

Caroline Hall, who works in the physics department at the University of Oklahoma, was one of more than 30 parents who went to the state Capitol for several weeks to encourage legislators to pass the bill known as Nick's Law. The measure passed in the Senate, but died in the House.

"It's been more than a frustration; it's been an outrage,” she said.

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Act On Autism' Appeal To Pope Benedict XVI After Bertha Church Autism Ban

Pope Benedict XVI has been urged to act on Autism after Adam Race, a 13 year old boy with severe autism was banned from the Roman Catholic Church of St.Joseph in Bertha, Minnesota by his priest Fr.Daniel Walz. According to court documents, Fr. Daniel Walz took out a temporary restraining order on the boy with autism and his mother Carol Race on the grounds of disruptive behaviour.' They were threatened with arrest by the Sheriff of Todd County if they entered the church for Mass.

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Autism spectrum typically misunderstood

by Mona Tremblay
For the Norwich Bulletin
Posted May 30, 2008

I have been following the articles concerning the 16-year-old boy with Asperger’s involved in the shooting incident in Brooklyn, and the numerous charges that have been brought against him. I watch, wait and hope that someone will write more about this rarely talked about, and commonly misunderstood, disability.

While many with Asperger’s function fairly well with appropriate supports and services, there are far too many underserved and unserved youths and adults in our state, and across the country.

I am a parent of 19-year-old identical twin sons with a diagnosis of autism. My sons have friends with a diagnosis of Asperger’s. As a local and statewide disability advocate for many years, I have worked with numerous families in communities here in northeastern Connecticut.

I wish I could say this was the first time I have heard a story like this, or this will be the last. I have grave concerns about the rising prevalence of youths and young adults with diagnoses of Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, and/or severe mental illness, becoming victims in an uninformed criminal justice system.

Sadly, these types of arrests are becoming more common in our larger cities. These problems are not going away.

These very individuals are among the most underserved and misunderstood members of our “disability community.”

Truthfully, the young men playing basketball behind the church that night couldn’t have recognized the disability present in the teenager they were arguing with. If they had, they would have known their name-calling would have been a provocation of potentially unmanageable and explosive consequences. Even with the numbers reaching astronomical, epidemic proportions, we have yet to fully educate our communities about this growing number of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

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Mona Tremblay lives in Putnam with her two sons. She is former member of Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Committee and serves as the New England regional coordinator for the Connecticut Family Support Network and is involved with Connecticut Autism Action Coalition


Autistic Man Labelled 'Retard'

A retail giant has apologised after an autistic man was labelled a 'mental retard' by a member of staff in Bath.

The cruel comment left 44-year-old Vincent Smith and his carer embarrassed and in tears as they left the Boots store in Stall Street.

Mr Smith, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, had been in the shop buying a head for his electric razor when he realised he did not have enough money to pay for it.

"It isn't right for anyone to say such a thing like that about anyone, let alone my son.

He became upset and the sales assistant serving him asked another member of staff for advice.

As with many autistic people, the fear of being put in an awkward or unfamiliar situation causes Mr Smith distress and he started to panic.

He ended up throwing his hands in the air and repeating 'oh no' in a distressed manner.

With that a member of staff said: "Don't worry about him, I wouldn't bother serving him - he is a mental retard."

He has been bullied since he was a child because of his autism and I just don't know what to do about it.

Mr Smith and his carer walked out of the shop and went home.

His mother, Joy Smith, who lives with her son in Odd Down, said: "Vincy and his carer Natasha were crying when they came home. I was completely speechless when they told me what had been said. I just cried with them.

"It isn't right for anyone to say such a thing like that about anyone, let alone my son.

"I was so upset for him but he goes through this on a regular basis. He has been bullied since he was a child because of his autism and I just don't know what to do about it. I know he feels so alone and so do I.

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In This Issue:
A ‘Dive’ for Oxygen
College Adds Master’s in Therapy Proven Effective in Treating Autism
What promise does Ohio hold for autistic boy from Oklahoma?
'Act On Autism' Appeal To Pope Benedict XVI After Bertha Church Autism Ban
Autism spectrum typically misunderstood

News Around the World
Autistic Man Labelled 'Retard'


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