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  • 00:28

    AMTA’s Strategic Priority on ASD

    in Health

    The American Music Therapy Association's Strategic Priority on Autism Spectrum Disorder is wrapping up their 3-year endeavors. Marcia Humpal (Chair), Blythe LaGasse, and Petra Kern will be sharing the outcomes of this work group on this episode.

  • 01:33

    Cell Danger Response!!! The Bridge Between Stress and Illness!

    in Health

    Wondering What Happened to Your Body?

    Wondering Why You are Still Sick?

    On Monday, November 9, 2015 at 8 PM (eastern time) Dr. Jess Armine will explain how stress creates illness. It's called the "Cell Danger Response".

    We have always known that very stressors can create illness in the human body and, frankly, we have given it "lip service".

    Last week Dr. Jess Armine and Shawn Bean attended SHEICON2015 given by Dr. Ben Lynch. Dr. Jess had the honor of boing o0ne of the speakers. The main feature in the entire seminar was the cell danger response and its relationship to mitochondrial dysfunction as well as the degradation of all your bodily processes.

    In other words, the very basis of disease and illness!

    Understanding the cell danger response is the path to healing. This upcoming Monday Dr. Jess Armine will, in his usual manner, make this complex concept easy to understand and fun! (trust me, it wasn't easy)  :-)

    Join us and learn! They'll be plenty of time for questions and answers. Dr. Armine will create a PowerPoint for everyone to follow along.

    We promised you cutting edge research and we are delivering! See you then!

    Here's the pdf: http://goo.gl/NyEJ9U




  • 02:00

    The Fight Against Autism

    in Health

    According to the Center for Disease Control:

    • About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.

    • ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

    • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.

    • Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD has average to above average intellectual ability.

    In the past two weeks, there have been several stories in the media regarding autistic children that have lost their lives. This is a subject that affects of all and more knowledge is needed. Tune in 8:30 pm EST as we discuss this topic with our expert guest to find resources that are available.

    You're also want to call in to be part of the conversation; we are changing our show's format. Our cast has never been shy to give their opinion, but we want to hear what you have to say. We'll be addressing controversial and hot trends in our media so you'll want to call in and chime in. 1-713-955-0793 and press "1" to be part of the conversation.

  • 00:31

    Raising a child with ASD/Autism

    in Parents

       In continuing observance of April, Autism Awareness Month, today Dr. Annie Abram will interview Alina Rodescu-Pitchon, a mother of 26 old Ben about the challenges and rewords of raising a child with ASD.
    Alina Rodescu-Pitchon was born in Bucharest, Romania and emigrated to the US with her family as a child in 1964. She graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning to go on to work in NYC. After working at I.M.Pei & Partners, Costas Kondylis, and Gal Nauer Architects, she now heads her own design practice, Pitchon Design Group. She is the proud mom of Ben, 26, and lives in Wilton, CT.

  • 00:48

    BE SAFE, Safety and Rights Education for Individuals with Autism

    in Family

    Emily Iland, M.A. is an award-winning author, advocate, film-maker, researcher and leader in the autism field. She’s the Past President of the Autism Society of Los Angeles and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge. Emily is the mother of a young man with ASD (Tom Iland), and brings personal experience and insight to her professional roles.

    Learn more about BE SAFE The Movie and BE SAFE Teaching Edition at www.BeSafeTheMovie.com

    All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)

  • 00:39

    Helping Hearts Academy; Making a Difference For Kids Who Learn Differently

    in Self Help

    Cyndy Sanchez ended up creating a school for children who learn differently. Whether on the Autism Spectrum, diagnosed with dyslexia, or having ADHD, her school makes the difference for these children because their being different doesn't matter. The Academy teaches in whatever manner each student learns and make no mistake, everyone at Helping Hearts learns.

    Located in Youngsville, LA on the southside of Lafayette, LA...Helping Hearts Academy has the vision "to become the premier learning institute of the south that best serves the needs of the children with learning differences and their parents while fully maximizing the child’s learning potential."

    Please feel free to reach out and discover Helping Hearts Academy yourself by emailing Ms. Cyndy at helpinghearts@msn.com or calling   337-857-6817. They can also be found online at Helping Hearts.

    Listen in as Cyndy, someone who was diagnosed with ADHD later in life, describes her journey of discovering a passion for education and successfully turning it into opportunities for the young ones in her community.  



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  • 00:30

    Invisibly Autistic: The Surprising Truth About "Seeming Normal"

    in Social Sciences

    In this episode of AspieFriendly, Lorin Neikirk explores a phenomenon that isn't often addressed: Invisible Autism.

    When someone knowing very little about autsim thinks about ASD, they usually think of children who spin and hand flap and either talk incessantly about trains (or dinosaurs or the weather) or who don't speak at all. All of these things may be true for some, but there is a whole group of people with autism who don't "seem" very autistic at all. Are they any less so? Not exactly, They simply present in a different way. Those with Aspergers often fall squarely in this category. Women with Aspergers even more so. It may surprise NTs to learn that some on the spectrum can seem so "normal" that others on the spectrum may not initially realize they are autistic. Women with autism quite often "fly under the radar" regarding detection. 

    Prompted by a conversation between Neikirk and her young-adult son (both of whom have Aspergers) this episode of AspieFriendly takes a closer look at what it's like to be Invisibly Autistic. Why does it happen, what are the pros and cons, and what do we do when we're faced with a difficult situation because of it? 

    Join us as we talk about these things and more, in Invisibly Autistic: The Surprising Truth About "Seeming Normal".

  • 01:00

    Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone - MH, DD, ASD & Disability Advocacy

    in Culture

    Join The Arc of Luzerne County for a conversation with Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone. Savannah began advocating at the age of 12, when her mother asked her to sit on a panel for a a state level conference presentation. Advocacy became a true passion for Savannah once she became an adult.  Co-morbidly diagnosed GAD, PTSD, and ASD (Asperger’s), she worked in Mental Health advocacy before she connected with the ASD and DD communities.

    Other advocacy as well as community involvements have included national and state level organizations and advisories, various county level advisories, and Freelance Advocacy efforts.  Savannah is an active member of ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) and SAU1 (Self Advocates United as 1). 

    Savannah is also a Freelance Writer and Social Media Specialist. She blogs at Cracked Mirror in Shalott and you can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

  • The Parker J Cole Show -- How to Make Your Church Autistic Friendly

    in Entertainment

    When my nephew was about two years old, at some point, we realized that he wasn't talking. He would mumble incoherently. The kids at church in the nursery, when he attempted to speak, did not understand him. Concerned about this, we took him to the doctor and we discovered he had autism.

    I had no idea what that meant. I'd heard of autism. In fact, there was another child who had it at the church too. So I knew of it but what did it mean? Through early intervention, counseling, and other methods, he is growing up to be able to interact with people and develop interpersonal relationships. Yet, some of the children at the church (where most of his time spent) were standoffish toward him. For a while even, there was some bullying involved too. As an auntie, this upset me (more than I can put here in this box) but it made me realize that churches need to be sensitive to children and adults who have various brain disorders. 

    According to AutismSpeaks.org, "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development." Furthermore, "..1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years." Chances are, there will be a child in your congregation who has autism. What can a congregation do to make their church autistic friendly?

    Join me as I discuss this with Stephen J. Bedard of Hope's Reason Ministries. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Click on the link here:http://tobtr.com/s/7920617, or download the mobile app. Tune in! 

  • Women's Power Hour: Dealing with An Autistic Person

    in Family

    What is Autism?

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological disorder that typically appears in the first three years of life. Though every case is unique, ASD typically impacts the ability of a person to socially interact with others, and can (though not always) bring with it a variety of learning difficulties.

    Like many other neurological disorders, cases of ASD vary widely in severity. Some people with ASD develop significant language and communication difficulties before the age of three. Others do not have these challenges but still experience significant problems with social skills and nonverbal communication. The scope and severity of these symptoms can change over time, with an individual experiencing leaps of progress or serious regression at different stages of his or her development.

    Quest: Debi.  She is a stay at home mom of 2.  For years she was told her younger son had ADD but she instinctually felt that it wasn't accurate.  Finally he was identified as having autism after years,.  Since then, she and her family worked through many challenges.  She will be sharing how they overcame the daily struggles of having an autistic child.