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Online Autism Rating Tools

You have received the news that your child has autism, is on the spectrum or is 'at risk' for autism.  There are many different treatment options available for your child, but how can you measure if they are having an impact? 

 

Bernard Rimland and Dr. Stephen Edelson developed the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) with the intent to assist parents, physicians and researchers evaluate virtually any treatment for autism - at no charge.  The scores are weighted according to the response and the corresponding subscale.  

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Causal Link between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis and Autism Discovered

Dietary Interventions Will Have Relevance for Prevention and possibly for Treatment of Autism

 

A new study by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) demonstrates the impact that Vitamin D may have on social behavior associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Dr. Patrick and Dr. Ames show that serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin, three brain hormones that affect social behavior, are all activated by vitamin D hormone. Autism, which is characterized by abnormal social behavior, has previously been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain and to low vitamin D levels, but no mechanism has linked the two until now.

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SB277 Would Require Mandatory Vaccination in California!

SB277 was introduced by state senators Richard Pan (who is also a pediatrician) and Ben Allen as a response to the recent Disneyland measles outbreak. SB277 would would repeal the state's personal belief exemption and require that only children who have been immunized for diseases such as measles and whooping cough be admitted to a school in California.  A similar proposal failed in Oregon last month.

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Journal writing can help mothers raising a child with autism manage stress

An article appearing in theJournal for Autism and Developmental Disorders. discusses how journing can help mothers of children with autism manage stress.  Associate Professor Rondalyn Whitney and author of the article states  that mothers can get burned out because if there is no one there to help them. They can't get out of the house to participate in any interventions for themselves. She compared the situation to the oxygen mask advisory on airplanes: mothers need to help themselves first before they can help others

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Gestational Diabetes Associated With Increased Risk of Autism

A study published in JAMA disucsses the link between gestational diabetes and increased risk of autism.  Researchers found that intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes diagnosed by 26 weeks' gestation was associated with ASD in the child. 

Exposure of fetuses to maternal hyperglycemia may have long-lasting effects on organ development and function. Previous studies have revealed long-term risks of obesity and related metabolic disorders in offspring of women who had diabetes prior to pregnancy as well as women with hyperglycemia first detected during pregnancy (gestational diabetes mellitus [GDM]).

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