Autism is a serious problem in the world today, with 1 in 68 children suffering from the neurodevelopmental disorder in the US. Families with autistic children have to deal with a lot of hardships when it comes to treatments and interventions, and treatment costs. What heightens their hardships is the way their child with autism is treated by the society at large, which is often unpleasant and stems from a lack of awareness about autism.
The stress autism families go through can be reduced to some extent with the kind support of their friends and people in general. Such a kind and supportive attitude can be developed among people by creating awareness among them and educating them about autism.
Here is a list of ways in which you can create autism awareness in the society this April – the autism awareness month:
The Autism Ribbon
The autism ribbon – a ribbon with puzzle pieces – is often contained in jewelry, displayed on T-shirts and more. The autism ribbon was made by the Autism Society in 1999, and currently serves as a universal autism awareness symbol. As per the Autism Society, the ribbon’s puzzle pattern indicates the complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The various shapes and colors symbolize the diversity of families and people living with the disorder. The ribbon’s brightness represents hope, that with increased autism awareness, early interventions and treatments, and access to proper support and services, children and adults with autism can lead better and fulfilled lives, interacting with the world around them in their own way.
People show the autism ribbon often to start a conversation about the way the condition affects them or any family member. Some people are even glad to answer questions on autism and encourage others to get an insight into how it is to live with the neurodevelopmental disorder.
The Awareness Expo is a one-stop shop to find T-shirts and accessories with the autism ribbon.
Autism Awareness Jewelry
The autism awareness necklaces and bracelets by The Awareness Expo are a great way to spread awareness about the condition throughout the year. Such jewelry items often display puzzle pieces as a symbol of autism. The jewelry items are not only cool and trendy, but also serve the purpose of increasing autism awareness. They are available in gift boxes, making them awesome gifts for a friend or loved one with the disorder.
Autism Awareness T-shirts
T-shirts are another effective way to boost autism awareness. At The Awareness Expo, you can find T-shirts displaying puzzle pieces and the colourful ribbon with puzzle pieces, as symbols of the condition. The T-shirts are machine washable and 100% cotton, making them suitable for regular use. They are a great way of showing your support towards autism awareness.
Discussion About Autism Awareness
It’s quite intimidating to have a conversation around autism spectrum disorder and how the condition affects you or a family member. Such a conversation may arise as response for a misunderstanding about ASD or a negative interaction. However, you may choose to initiate a conversation on the topic by inviting a few people and hosting a Q&A session about the condition at your home. Such a conversation can be a great opportunity for others to put forth their questions about autism that they were not comfortable to ask previously.
In whatever way you choose to support and create autism awareness in the month of April, your contribution is always valuable. With more and more people supporting the cause, we can together create a world that understands autism better and is a better place for people with autism.
You would think that it would have been easy to get SSI approved for my son once he became an adult. It wasn’t. It was a lot easier to get guardianship through the courts than getting SSI approved. The fact that he had SSI before he turned 18 help, either.
After 3 months of going around with Social Security, my son was finally approved. Was that it? No. Then we had to do another evaluation to ascertain that his disability status hadn’t changed. Some of the questions that I held up the process were frustrating. They wanted to know what treatment he was undergoing, and the re-evaluation was to see if he was cured.
I hated having to deal with the questions from them. You would think that their so called medical professionals that are in charge of determining eligibility would understand what it means to be diagnosed as low functioning autistic. A child diagnosed at age of 5 isn’t going to be suddenly “cured” at the age of 18.
My son has made a lot of improvements over the years. My family celebrated, and still celebrates, the smallest of achievements. For other parents, these aren’t considered milestones. They are things that are taken for granted. For a parent of a child that is low functioning autistic, his smallest success is a major achievement.
I know that there are procedures that Social Security has to follow. Every disabled person has to follow the same set of procedures. That doesn’t make you feel better when it is you going through it to get your adult child approved. I also know that I will have to go through the re-evaluation process once a year.
I have learned one very important lesson when dealing with the Social Security office. Things go smoother if you conduct everything in person. Also, go prepared. Make copies of everything and take them with you. You should have his latest school IEP, all current medical evaluations, a copy of his medical records from when he was first diagnosed, any and all therapy evaluations. The more you have to give them, the less that they have to request. That means they can complete the process of approving your now adult child. You don’t need to take him with you, but if you have been named legal guardian already, bring them that paperwork, too. When dealing with getting your adult child approved for SSI, more is always better when it comes to paperwork you can provide.
Having the privilege of growing up with a special needs sibling, I have experienced the huge gap between his often mindblowing talents and the bottlenecks preventing him from realizing his full potential to develop into an integrated member of society. After meeting my Co-founder Paul who is legally blind and witnessing first hand how technology has granted him independence, my fear turned to inspiration and ReAble was born.
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Autism is usually defined as a complex disorder or developmental disability which affects a number of developmental areas and disables normal progress of a child who suffers from it. Official medicine states that autism is not curable, however, the cause for autism is up for debate, because there is no single cause that would be scientifically determined without any doubt. One of the most controversial theories that you are certainly aware of is that vaccines cause autism.
But we will not discuss whether or not this is true. There is no definite answer to that question and without further extensive independent studies there will always be doubt. We will focus on another issue which is vital for the parents of children with autism – can autism be cured or not?
This is probably not the first article you are reading about autism so you know that official medicine clearly states that autism is not curable. There are diets and other tools that can help but with autism you have limited possibilities of what can be achieved in terms of progress and development of an autistic child or adult. However, we have come across an interesting new method that claims it can make considerable improvements in the life of an autistic person and consequently in lives of their family members. Zoran Dernovsek, the author of the food supplement called RENS H claims that his invention was able to help children with autism to make developmental breakthrough. In his experience the biggest problem is the amount of toxic metals, especially Aluminium, accumulated in the brain which makes it impossible for the body to recover. His method is supposed to open up the lymphatic system which enables the body to clean the brain from metals and thus making a way for the body to cleanse itself.
It has never been easy for parents to visit the doctors for their children with autism spectrum disorder or ASD, rather it has been a scary thing for the children. After all, they are going to experience something for the first time. When a child is going to meet the pediatrician for the first time, routines and familiarity cannot be expected. In this article, few tips recommended by the MAPS pediatricians have been listed. Let’s check them out:
Prepare Your Child Well in Advance
Parents should give their children ample time before their first MAPS pediatrician visits. The sooner you will start preparing your child, the more prepared he or she will be. You can make children read picture books on visiting doctors, or you can buy a toy doctor kit to make them aware of the environment. Even you can watch a video featured on a friendly doctor. These little activities will help your children overcome the fear of visiting pediatric professionals for the first time.
Pick the Right Time for Appointment
You should choose the right time for appointment. It would be better if you can arrange the first appointment of the day or the first appointment after the lunch break. It will reduce the time you need to spend waiting for your turn in the waiting room. You should always schedule the time keeping in the mind your child’s schedule, nap, and meal times.
Help Your Child Understand the Environment
As your children are not familiar with the environment of the doctor’s chambers, it’s your duty to try to make them understand about the same. One of the best ways would be talking to them freely and allowing them to ask you queries floating around their minds about the pediatrician’s chamber. One thing that needs careful handling is what you say to your children. Suppose you’re describing the doctor’s chamber to your child, don’t make it scary to them at all. For instance, don’t tell them such thing to keep quiet as the doctor is very moody and he/she may punish them. This kind of saying can evoke a sense of fear in children and hence can lead to further complications.
Take Your Child in a Quiet Room
In a doctor’s chamber, the waiting room is perhaps the busiest place. It can be too much for little ones. So, you should ask if you can take children in a quiet room or a secondary waiting room. In most of the cases, nurses or the other staffs help the parents take children in a quiet place to calm them.
Help the Staff with Information about Your Child
If you want the best accommodation for your child, you need to provide authoritieswith relevant information about your children. Generally, whenever the parents ask for an appointment, they demand a form to be filled by the parents. In this form, you should enter right information about your child, so that the staff can understand each child’s characteristics and accommodate accordingly.
Carry Comfort Objects with You During the Visit
Most of the children have some comfort objects that help them feel comfortable and secure. If your child has something that can help you keep the child composed, don’t forget to carry it with you during the visit to the doctor’s chamber.
Carry Food and Other Essential Things
You may need to wait for a long time in the doctor’s chamber. Therefore, it would be better if you can carry food and other things essential to your child (for instance, medicines, if required). If the child becomes hungry. He/she will become restless and start crying. To avoid such situations, you should never forget to carry food and other important things.
Help the Doctor Communicate
If we look at the past MAPS pediatrician visits records, it is clear that pediatricians build a long-term and strong relationship with children during the course of their treatment. But, you can’t expect this familiarity at the first visit. Therefore, you need to help the doctor communicate. Some children deny talking to the doctor out of fear. You should assure them and make them feel safe. You need to insist them affectionately to communicate with the doctor.
A Final Takeaway
It is not easy to deal with children; autistic children in particular, as they are the most sensitive creatures, unaware of the way of the world. A first-time visit to a pediatrician, is, of course, a great deal for them. Even parents feel nervous as well. But everything can be handled properly if you follow the tips discussed above. Being parents, you should keep your nerve strong and organize everything with love and care. MAPS pediatrician visits can lead your child to a better life.
Do you need any other information on autism or pediatrics, specialized in autism? Then feel free to write to us!
Children get stressed and it’s important to realise its natural and part and parcel of growing up. However, how we help them deal with stress can really define us and can be a big positive – so here are some tips on how to help them manage anxiety.
1) Let Kids Know That Facing Fear Is Important
It’s only natural to try and avoid situations that we’re afraid of. This can become a problem when a child grows anxious and avoids the source of that emotion. The anxiety simply grows over time. A child needs to be taught that facing his or her fears is the natural and healthy way to reduce that anxiety. The body has its own internal system for dealing with anxiety and restoring a healthy sense of calm. In most cases, remaining in contact with the source of your anxiety will lead to lessened feelings of anxiety after 20 to 45 minutes. (Read Lessons from a Toddler and Facing Fears Without Pushing Your Child Over the Edge to learn more about facing fears.)
2) Teach Kids That Perfection Isn’t Mandatory
As parents, it’s only natural for us to want our children to do well in every sort of performance situation: academic work, sports, and more. It’s important not to rob kids of the opportunity to be kids! Letting a child know that a score of 85 on a test is not acceptable is sending him or her the wrong message. It’s important for kids to strive and to teach them to work hard. You also need to be prepared to accept imperfections and mistakes as your children learn these lessons. (Learn more on the importance of accepting imperfection in this blog post titled “Eyes of the Tornado”.)
3) Keep Your Focus Positive
When children get stressed out or anxious, they’re vulnerable to falling into a negative spiral of self-criticism. A tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive can cause your kids to get anxious about future challenges. Get your child to concentrate on the positive side of things by setting a good example and drawing their attention to positive attributes and the up sides of the situations they encounter. (Read more in “Embracing the Worst” by clicking here.)
4) Make Time For Relaxation
Just like adults, kids need less-structured time to decompress and relax. Be careful with scheduling activities where a drive to succeed can eclipse having fun, like sporting events. Your child needs time set aside for playing with no higher purpose besides having fun. Make space in your kid’s schedule for playing with toys, engaging in non-competitive sports, playing games, creating, or simply being silly. A relaxing space can really help with relaxing children. A room where lights are low and that has relaxing sounds can be a benefit. Water features for the home may also provide that trickling and relaxing sound that can help children relax and let go.
5) Set A Good Example When It Comes To Self-Care And Behavior
Your children are going to emulate the behaviour you model for them. If you avoid excess anxiety and deal with stress in healthy ways, your child will learn to do the same. Make sure you schedule enough time to take care of yourself; this way your children will understand the importance of self-care in their lives. If you maintain a positive outlook and consistently look for the positive way to think about a given situation, your child will do the same. Parents are their children’s foremost role models. That means it’s important to take care of your own psychological health to raise your children healthy.
6) Bravery Should Be Rewarded
When your child takes a stand against his or her fears, deliver positive reinforcement by rewarding this behavior. You can use either tangible (stickers, treats) or intangible (hugs, praise) rewards. Make the motivational aspect of the reward clear from the outset. Rewarding well-defined positive behaviors will inspire your child to engage in them over and over.
Autism is a mental condition that develops from early childhood. A child with autism disorder has to endure difficulty in communicating. There are some symptoms of Autism:
- A learning disability
- Genetic disorder
- Sleep dysfunction
- Seizure disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
There are five interesting facts about Autism:
There has been a surge witnessed in the ratio of Autism affected children in America. As of now in America, autism affects 1 in every 50 schoolchildren. 1 in 68 children is affected by it. 1 in 42 boys is affected by autism.
Autism is undetectable. In today’s technological world, advancement can be seen in the medical field. There is still no system devised that can detect Autism.The problem is that autism is not some kind of flu or virus; it is a mental disorder that cannot be detected by any blood test or scan. The process of diagnosing autism relies on observing the child and his/her behavior.
Autism affected individuals are not expected to be social animals. Individuals with Autism are not good at making friends. They do not like to interact with others much. There is a common misconception that autism affected individuals are not affectionate. One needs to explicitlyteach the many hidden rules of the society. According to experts, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have been affected with Autism.
Autism is the fastest growing disability in many countries in the world. It is growing at alarmingly 14% per year in the world. Autism costs a family upto$60-65,000 a year.
There has been no cure discovered for Autism. Interestingly, many efforts have been made to find a cure for Autism. Early diagnosis can help children with Autism to develop better communication and social skills.
There are some signs that can suggest if your child is suffering from Autism:
- Not speaking much (less than 50 words by the age of two)
- Using few words with repetition
- Using single words
- Showing no response despite having perfect hearing
- Showing anger
- Not interacting with children of his/her age
- Likes to play alone
- Likes personal space
- Showing less emotions
- Not enjoying moments
- Less usage of facial expressions
- Avoids eye contact while talking
- Gets upset on little things
- Showing repetitive movements of arms hands and fingers
There is no cure for autism. However, special educational and behavioral programs can help children with autism. Each program can have different impact.
Some of the treatment plans are mentioned below:
Behavior therapy can help a child with autism to deal with behavioral issues. It can be effective in making a child to control anger and behave socially.
English Tuition can help in communication therapy. The private tuition can enhance the communication skills of a child with Autism.
Children that have Autism can respond to high-class educational programs. A private tuition can help the preschool children in showing good progress.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
It can play an immanent part in having a positive impact on your child’s behavior.
What You Need to Do:
If you are a parent to a child with autism, you need to do the following things:
You need to be consistent with your child. Your patience can help the child in learning a lot more things.
Stick to the plan
You should always stick to the plans made for your child. If you are planning to hire an English Tutor for your child then never waste time and do it.
Reward the good behavior of your child
It is imperative that you reward your child for his/her good behavior. It can create a good healthy environment for learning. The child will get more involved and will try to behave according to the situation.
Make it fun
You need to see the experience with your child as a fun-filled experience. You need to make it as much fun as possible for the kid. The child will learn more if the learning experience is fun and full of joy.
Evolve with your child
It must be the most significant thing to do.You need to change according to your child
Autism can be helped through extensive care and love. A private tuition can help take the burden of the parents. It is significant that parents start to look into options that can help their child with Autism.
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC PINK: MJNA), the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, subsidiary HempMeds® Brasil today announced that the Brazilian government approved a prescription for the Company’s cannabidiol (CBD) oil product Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) to treat a patient in the country with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
This marks the first time Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency ANVISA has granted a prescription for RSHO™ to help an autism patient. Earlier this month, Medical Marijuana, Inc. also announced that ANVISA had also granted the filling of two separate prescriptions for RSHO™ for the first time to help a patient combat the effects of Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
“We commend the Brazilian government for its compassionate approach to cannabis and for recognizing the need for alternative treatments to treat medical conditions for which there are currently no cure,” said Chief Executive Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc., Dr. Stuart Titus. “We hope that this most recent decision by ANVISA will bring light to additional families in Brazil who have children with autism that could benefit from access to our hemp oil. We’re optimistic about several new studies being conducted on the potential benefits of cannabis on individuals with autism, including one study being conducted in Israel focusing on CBD’s effects on behavioral symptoms associated with autism.”
ASD is a neurodevelopment disorder that develops in infancy or childhood and is characterized by social interaction difficulties, verbal and physical communication impairments, and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. currently have ASD. In Brazil, recent statistics suggest that 1.5 million total children have autism.
Hoping to further bring the benefits to more people suffering from autism, Mexican neurosurgeon, Dr. Saul Garza has recently mentioned that he is currently enrolling patients for a study on the effects of CBD on autism. This study comes after Dr. Garza concluded a research study on Lennox-Gastaut epilepsy in Mexico with favorable results for the botanical CBD version that is allowed into Mexico (HempMeds® RSHO-X™). These results are set to be published in the near future and formally presented at the International Epilepsy Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 2-6, 2017.
About HempMeds Brasil™
HempMeds Brasil™ currently has three cannabis products approved for importation into Brazil as a prescription medication for Epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Chronic Pain. The company had the first-ever cannabis product allowed for import into Brazil and its products are currently subsidized by the Brazilian government, under their health care system, for all three medical indications listed above. HempMeds Brasil is working on additional approvals for multiple indications.
About Medical Marijuana, Inc.
Our mission is to be the premier cannabis and hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create awareness within our industry, develop environmentally-friendly, economically sustainable businesses, while increasing shareholder value. For details on Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s portfolio and investment companies, visit www.medicalmarijuanainc.com.
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Playing is an important part of every child’s life. It’s a social activity that teaches them to understand the world and the people in their life. Often they pretend to be grown up while they are playing, and they act out scenes they have witnessed in everyday life. Playing and pretending to promote social development, learning, growth, and fun.
A Child’s Routine In The Hospital
A child’s normal routine is completely disrupted when they are hospitalized. They are separated from family and friends for most of the time they are there. Familiar toys, games, stuffed animals and books can help the child be more at ease. Parents can pack some favorite toys and a special new one to help their child be more at ease in the hospital’s unfamiliar setting. The sounds, smells, and activities in the hospital may cause your child to feel anxious and fearful. Playing while in the hospital allows the child to retain some control over their day, and it helps them not to worry as much about the strange surroundings, tests, and treatments. Hand-held video games and apps for tablets entertain children and keep them distracted during treatments and tests.
Children can often express their thoughts through art. Drawing and coloring are favorite relaxing activities for children. The colors are soothing and help them feel safer. If your child has a tablet, you can download this Android mandala coloring app to provide a fun and peaceful activity that will exude a calming influence while he or she is in the hospital. Colored pencils and paper are also good gifts for the child in the hospital. Drawing pictures of their doctors and nurses can help them realize they are friends who are there to help.
Books And Movies
There are times when a child isn’t able to move around while having a treatment. Movies and books are the right activities to entertain the child during these times. Most hospitals have a selection of age-appropriate movies and books, and parents can bring some favorites from home. Many children have a favorite movie they will watch over and over because it comforts them. Don’t be concerned by the repetition because the characters are the child’s friend and he or she feels safe when they are watching it.
When You Pack Their Bag
Small children often have a special blanket. Be sure it goes in the bag along with a special stuffed animal. Pack warm pajamas, socks, and a sweater. Hospitals often feel cold and these items will keep your child feeling warm and cozy. Hospital pillows aren’t as soft as the ones at home. Sending your child’s favorite pillow in a cartoon character case will put a smile on his or her face. Ask your child’s doctor about food restrictions. If there are none, tuck some favorite crackers in your child’s bag for a special treat.
Playing provides a safe space for your child when they are sick. A few special toys, games, and books can help your child feel more comfortable during their hospital stay.