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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. May 11, 2008

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Mother's Day Special Edition

What is an AutisMom?

Once there was a little girl named Wendy.

She dreamed of all of the things that she could be.

First she wanted to be a nurse... She would care for the sick with gentleness, patience, and love.

Then she wanted to be a teacher... She would teach children and help them have the best chance for success.

In high school, she thought that being a religious minister would allow her to provide comfort, care, and spiritual sustenance.

A little older, and she wanted to be a lawyer... She would defend the poor and defenseless.

Finally, she wanted to be a doctor... She would unravel all the mysteries of what made people sick and how to cure them.

Wendy got married, and she became a mom. Her little boy flourished and learned with ease, his future was bright, and Wendy was delighted. But his abilities seemed to change, and he seemed to be ill. Wendy’s little boy was diagnosed with autism.

Wendy was scared, so she asked the angels, “Who can help my little boy?” And the angels said, “You can help him, you will be everything that you always wanted to be.”

“But, angels,” said Wendy, “I am scared that my child will not be all that I’d hoped he could be.”

“He isn’t right now,” replied the angels, “But he is all of the things that you can help him become.”



Moms deserving of special thanks
By Theresa Walsh Giarrusso | Sunday, May 11, 2008, 08:31 AM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Whether their children have Downs Syndrome, Autism, learning disabilities or physical impairment, these moms always amaze me with their diligent care.

Every day I spend my time talking to moms. I meet them on the playground, doctor’s offices and even in the airport, and I always feel compelled to ask them about their children. They usually open right up and talk about the joys of raising their kids, as well as the challenges they are facing.

While all mothers are special and take on the extremely difficult task of rearing loving, responsible children, I wanted to take some time this Mother’s Day to focus on some moms who are dealing with some extraordinary challenges. I wanted to share with you some moms that I admire most:

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Vaccine Safety Requests For Our Next Commander in Chief

My name is Rebecca Estepp. I am a proud military wife and mother of two boys. My husband is currently deployed overseas. This is his third deployment in five years. My oldest son, Eric, is a child living with autism.

I followed the recommended vaccine schedule for my son Eric. He developed typically until he had a vaccine reaction. Eric was later diagnosed with autism.

In 2008, children who follow the recommended vaccine schedule receive 48 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 - more than twice the number of doses of vaccines that children got in 1983,

We know from the recent government concession in the Hannah Poling case that children with underlying and generally unidentified, mitochondrial disorders are at risk from such aggressive vaccination practices and can develop autism from receiving too many shots in one day. Military families are frequently exposed to multiple vaccinations in one day as they move about from base to base in their service.

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Women's Health at Every Age
By Sherrill Sellman, ND
better Nutrition

MAY 2007 volume 69 :: number 5

AN ANCIENT ADAGE from Chinese medicine says, “A doctor would rather treat 10 men than one woman.” In a way, this validates what women have always known—that we are indeed intricate creatures. At the heart of our complexity are hormones, their ebb and flow influencing all aspects of physical, emotional and mental well-being. When a woman’s hormones are in balance, she feels healthy, energized and vital. She is also far less likely to experience symptoms during her menstrual cycle or as she transitions through menopause.

As we learn to listen to our bodies and adjust to the many changes experienced with each decade, we can gracefully dance through our transitions, savoring the gifts and wisdoms garnered from our journey through time.

Unfortunately, all it takes is one alteration to this perfectly orchestrated process for hormone havoc to ensue, transforming a reasonable woman into a screaming banshee (sound familiar?). Our modern lifestyles do not help either, and in fact have had a somewhat disastrous effect on hormonal balance. For example, stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormones in meat and poultry, estrogen-mimicking chemicals in our environment and the widespread use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), have contributed to some of the highest estrogen levels ever measured, according to researchers.

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Yoga Therapy

Riley Jackson and Shane Perlow, both 7 and ordinarily full of energy, were lying on their backs and taking deep yoga breaths while little plastic frogs on their bellies steadily rose and fell. Soon, they were wobbling and grinning through "tree pose" and hissing enthusiastically for "cat pose." Riley, who has missing front teeth, gaily sang "London Bridge Is Falling Down" as he wiggled into bridge posture.

Around Maryland and beyond, a growing number of kids with attention, anxiety and learning disorders, as well as...autism...are embracing yoga.

Yoga is a part of the boys' occupational therapy at Hands On Therapy in Pikesville, where Riley is being treated for a sensory disorder and Shane gets help for handwriting problems and some related spatial issues. As the half-hour yoga session ended, Shane, a sweetly polite kid with wavy brown hair, declared that he felt good. "I feel more quieter," he said. "More calmed down."

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TIP of the week - Reconnect with your kitchen

by Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
USAAA Advisory Board

Serve a varied menu of organic and home-cooked food. Reconnect with your kitchen. Buy cookbooks; taking a cooking class; download gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free alternatives from,,, and Kinnikinnick Foods. Good quality “fast” food is available online, by mail order, and at local super markets. Avoid packaged, processed empty calories, the Golden Arches, pizza and pasta. Steam nutrient dense vegetables. Serve with the ancient gluten-free grains millet, quinoa and amaranth. Make soup. Crack young green coconuts and make natural probiotics with the water and immature meat (
Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC

Her new book, "ENVISIONING A BRIGHT FUTURE: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders," will be available by May 25th and can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

Ms. Lemer is co-founder and the Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), an international, non-profit organization integrating conventional and holistic therapies for children with developmental delays.

Here is a Mother's Day gift from USAAA:
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to read "Prioritizing Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," that was presented by Patty at the 2007 USAAA annual conference.


Quote of the week - "Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground." —Zora Neale Hurston

In This Issue:
Happy Mother's Day
Moms deserving of special thanks
Women's Health at Every Age
Yoga Therapy

TIP of the week - Reconnect with your kitchen
Quote of the week

2008 Conference - Register Now!

$1,000 prize in honor of service

A message from USAAA CEO Larry Kaplan:

This mother’s day I’d like to honor my mother, Sibyl Kaplan Moses (1916 – 1994). She dedicated her life with over sixty years of volunteer service. To honor and encourage those who have dedicated time to volunteering like my mother, USAAA has created the Sibyl Kaplan Moses Volunteer of Distinction Award.

This award recognizes individuals whose special volunteer contributions have made a significant impact in the autism community. Each award winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and will be brought to the US Autism and Asperger Association International Conference in the summer. If you or someone you know fits this description, you can learn more about the award and apply here.


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USAAA 2008 Annual International
Autism and Asperger Conference,
Austin, Texas, September 4-7, 2008

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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) kicks off its third annual International Autism and Asperger Conference (and 5th overall conference since 2006) in Austin, Texas, September 4 - 7, 2008. Twenty-eight of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. The conference is presented in part by CARE Clinics and International Hyperbarics Association and will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport.


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