A new study using mice has found that dietary glycemic index could play a major role on autism symptoms.In the study, researchers found that mice (specially bred to have autism) following a high-GI diet exhibited the expected symptoms of autism, including repetitive actions and impaired social interactions.The mice also had less doublecortin in their brains; especially the region associated with memory. This is a protein indicator of newly developing neurons. ...more
Raising a child with autism is the hardest thing many people will ever do and it will go on for years, for as long as you both shall live. Some days it’s like running a marathon made up of 100 yard sprints. Other days it’s like standing on one leg on a swivel chair to change a light bulb.My stepson will receive his high school diploma in two weeks. He is 22....more
"Outside," my son said, as he pointed to the windows. The day was warm, the kind we've been waiting for all year. We gathered a game to play outside and a blanket to sit on. He led the way.
We sat on the blanket. We discussed the rules of the game. "We have to hit these targets," I said. I threw neon green and pink paddles made out of velcro out into the grass. We each had our ball. "Watch," I said. I lopped the ball and missed. My son laughed. "You're turn," I said.
"OK," he said. He tossed the ball. It bounced once and hit the target.
Education plays a pivotal role in any child's life, but when it comes to children who are specially blessed it becomes even more crucial. With a vision of unveiling a new horizon of life for the differently-abled children, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), a venture of Wave Group's philanthropic wing The Ponty Chadha Foundation goes out in front....more
Last fall I got sick. It started with a sinus infection, but it just wouldn't go away. I went to a clinic and got medication. It didn't work, so I called back and got some more. Not to give you TMI but the sinus drainage had stopped, while the headaches remained.I felt awful. My head hurt so badly and I spent a lot of my time on the couch. I am an active person. Spending time laying on the couch is not something I do. I felt super useless, especially in the evening....more
To my fellow warrior parents:I see you everywhere. I see you on the streets. I see you in stores and restaurants. I even see you at doctor and therapy appointments. I don’t know about you but I can spot you from a mile away....more
The conversation started innocently. I was at a friend’s cookout. A mutual friend and I began conversing about CCD (Catholic education). Bridget is of the age to begin CCD and learn the rites of passage in the faith. There are just a few small problems with that: 1. While she is of “age” she is not of “grade” (most children begin at 1st grade) 2. Learning (enough said) and 3. while most kids do not understand what sin is they do know right from wrong....more
Long ago (long, long ago) when I was 12 or 13, my friend Sue and I participated in a Bike-A-Thon. We met up with a couple of friends Joe and Ron, who were also participating. I remember it being a lot of fun with the exception of Susan smashing into and ruining Ron’s bike gears. We had so much fun that we went around the route twice (much to the dismay of the people who pledged by the mile – I was young; this did not occur to me at the time). ...more