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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. May 8, 2009

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New Jersey Conference Recap with Manual and PowerPoint's
Courier Post covers all four days of the conference
Cognition, Sensory Processing and Arousal
Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum A Personal Account
Shop Online and Support USAAA

New Jersey Regional Conference Recap with Manual and PowerPoint's

Thanks to Oxy Health Corporation, we are able to share with you the 2009 USAAA / CoMeD Regional Conference Proceedings Manual and all of the PowerPoint's from the conference. There is a wealth of information from speakers who presented on biomedical treatment, sensory processing and arousal, new insights into the biochemistry of autism, first steps to healing your child, special diets for special kids, living with autism, plus much more.

Thank you Oxy Health for making this possible for over 30,000 subscribers to the USAAA WeeklyNews.

Click here to download the Proceedings Manual and to view the Powerpoint presentations.


Courier Post covers all four days of the conference

May 1 - Autism sessions to draw 500 to S.J.
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May 2 - Autism mother places blame
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May 3 - Doctor questions value of vaccines
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May 4 - Doctors stand by research to treat autism
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Cognition, Sensory Processing and Arousal

By Marlo Payne Thurman

Children of higher intelligence take in more information than their peers of average cognitive ability. However, because the sensory skills of filtering, regulation and modulation mature with age, innately asynchronous sensory development in the gifted, twice-exceptional and high functioning autism and Asperger’s populations places our most intelligent youth at risk for academic, social and emotional problems. When compounded by learning disabilities, most asynchronous children simply cannot access enough cognitive energy to compensate and function successfully in their day-to-day lives. This, in turn, leads to cognitive and emotional fatigue, heightened physiological arousal and ultimately mental health symptoms.

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Marlo Payne Thurman presents "Cognition, Sensory Processing and Arousal" at the USAAA 2009 International Conference, July 9-12 at the Westin LAX Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, California.

Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum A Personal Account

by Stephen Shore, EdD

Most of us are inducted into the Autism Community by what I call the "Autism Bomb." Autism often strikes a typically developing child at approximately 18 to 24 months with a sudden, dramatic loss of speech and contact with the environment. Self-stimulatory behaviors ("stims") such as hand flapping and repeatedly spinning objects can occur. All of this happened to me when I was hit with the autism bomb at 18 months.

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