Autism Spectrum Information

Autism is a relativity new disorder that we have become aware of in the last 50 years. It is complex and misunderstood, but it is a treatable disorder. Doctors, scientists, and parents all over the world have witnessed recovery is possible.

Most parents usually start to notice behaviors defined as autism with in the first three years of life. However, each individual is unique and can be affected by autism differently and to different degrees and different times of their lives.

Learning to Dance in the Rain ~ A Mother's Holistic Approach to Helping Her Child with Down Syndrome and Autism

One day, as I was putting Heidi's beloved video 'Alice in Wonderland' away, I recalled reading legitimate concern has surrounded mercury through the ages. If you think of the phrase, 'Mad as a Hatter!' it refers to the individuals who worked making felt hats, using the vapors of mercury in the process. It was well known back in that day that every "hatter" would eventually come to live as a "mad" (crazy) man. In today's vernacular? Well, it would be basically considered and termed an occupational hazard. Some modern toxicologists analyzing mercury issues are concluding that those men in the old hat industry actually became autistic adults.

Later on I was reading that they believe Leonardo Da' Vinci became Asperger's, while Van Gogh got mentally ill after working with lead-based paint. "Wow," I gasp, that sounds like autistic symptoms. I debated with myself isn't it revealing that individuals with autism have abnormally high amount of mercury, lead, and copper in their lab results.

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Travel Tip for Children on the Autism Spectrum

If you are traveling with an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, here are some tips to make the trip more enjoyable for all concerned.

  • Plan in advance. Call ahead and inform the airline, hotel, resort and cruise line of the individual’s situation and inquire what special accommodations – boarding, fridge, inside room -are available.
  • Bring the individual’s bedding if you think   that will make him more comfortable.
  • Be realistic in selection vacation destinations with environments you believe the individual can handle.
  • Book low season on a cruise or at a resort so there will be fewer guests and the staff will have more time to devote to your needs.
  • Travel by car, if flying or other public transportation seems too difficult.
  • Choose hotels/motels with kitchen suites or room service so you can eat some of your meals in your room.
  • MP3 players with headphones, loaded with favorite music, can soothe individuals who are disturbed by noises. Personal DVD players can also help make a long trip more enjoyable.
  • Don’t hesitate to explain the individual’s situation to others you may encounter, including flight attendants, hotel staff, employees at the amusements you visit, and other vacationers.
  • Prepare the individual before and during the trip on what to expect that day.
  • Adhere as closely as you can to the individual’s normal routine.
  • If a person unfamiliar with autism comments or questions, stay calm and explain the condition.

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