Friday, April 23, 2010

Autism on The Doctors today

I wanted to watch this show because Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh (PhD, BCBA-D), founder of CARD, was going to be on. I didn't realize how important this woman was until this week with this show and also getting the Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism book and seeing a chapter written by her (and one of my ABA professors from ASU).

Here are some notes from the show:

-The statistics now say 1 in 100 children are on the Spectrum. That comes out to 13 million families.

-Spectrum goes like this: *Typical//Asperger's//PDD-NOS//Autism*

-A functional MRI will show the difference between a typical brain and an autistic brain. The autistic brain has no function in the Amygdala, which is linked to emotions and agression.

-American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an 18 month and 24 month screen for Autism.

-Early intervention counts. The earlier the better!!

-Research shows progress with social interaction can be made with early intervention (5 year study at University of WA). Treatments can and should begin at 18 months of age.

-"Brains can heal" with aggressive treatment."

-6 warning signs: 1) little or no eye contact; 2) no smiling back or playing peek-a-boo; 3) delayed speech, no responding to name; 4) no pretend play; 5) don't point to things they want; and 6) regression.

-Trust your gut!!!

-For your insurance to cover it, it must be "evidence-based" therapy, like ABA. Currently, 17 states are offering insurance coverage.

-Organizations featured: HollyRod Foundation (offers funding for services) and Stephanie's Day (offers services from respite to legal advocates).

-The average family spends $50k a year for Autism services.

-ABA is the most common type of Autism therapy.

-Also talked about music therapy, equestrian therapy, hyperbaric chambers.

-Dr. Granpeesheh, "ABA works." Also, dietary change, medical, sensory integration all work in combination with each other.

-It's important to grieve. Don't feel alone.

-IPhone app for Autistic kids: Proloquo2go, helps kids communicate.

-Brain scans are being used to diagnose Autism. It's called magnetoencepholography(MEG).

-There is potential for a blood test to test for Autism in the future.

-Multiple studies show a common genetic abnormality; the gene identified affects the ability for nerve cells to communicate with each other.

-Books recommended; "Not My Boy," by Rodney Peete; "My Brother Charlie," Ryan Peete; "The Everyday Advocate," Areva Martin. Plus, check out the CDC's "Learn the Signs: Act Early."

-Don't be afraid to ask for a 2nd opinion or to ask to see a specialist AND always be an advocate for your child!

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