Mindfulness in Autism

Mindfulness in Autism

Mindfulness in Autism

Why is mindfulness in autism the most important thing you can do for your child? The autism journey is not for the faint of heart. If you are like me, you were thrust on this journey, kicking and screaming, and perhaps even angry at the Universe or the Man upstairs. You certainly didn’t sign up for this and you certainly wouldn’t choose this for yourself. I am entering the thirteenth year of my journey with my son with autism. And I fought it, and hard, in the early years. I was searching for the silver bullet. I scoured the internet, met with autism experts all over the country, and read everything I could get my hands on. And it did very little to help my son. From $20,000 hyperbaric oxygen chambers to expensive IV therapies, I gained a lot of knowledge about the physiological train wreck in autism, but very little in the way of a meaningful connection with my…

Outsmarting Autism: Expanded and Updated

Patricia Lemer’s Outsmarting Autism is a key component of Epidemic Answers’ health-coach training program because it teaches foundations of health, not only for children with autism, but also for children with allergies, autoimmune disorders, behavioral disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. With the expansion and update of the book, Outsmarting Autism, Updated and Expanded: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages, the book continues to be an important foundation for parents and professionals with questions about improving symptoms in children with autism. Outsmarting Autism is an encyclopedia infused with Lemer’s Total Load Theory. Each child has his or her own unique load of stressors to which he or she has been exposed, and each child has different triggers that cause these stressors to come into play and contribute to symptoms. The Five-Step Plan Lemer shows us how to prioritize healing modalities with her five-step plan: Take Away the Bad Stuff, and Add Back the Good Stuff Lemer’s…

Creative Consciousness: Working with Meditation and Hypnosis

Creative Consciousness: Working with Meditation and Hypnosis

Creative Consciousness: Working with Meditation and Hypnosis

Change is a creative process that starts within from our creative consciousness. We often hear people say “it’s just your imagination”, but the imagination is a powerful tool that can help us make real, lasting changes in our lives. Our conscious mind, that which we are aware of, represents only 5% of our mind’s activity; this mean that 95% is controlled by the unconscious mind, including all of our behaviors, decisions, cravings, and automatic actions. The Subconscious Mind The subconscious mind is a very special part of our unconscious, and its functions include: Operating just below the conscious mind Storing all of the memories and information that you can recall Living in the moment Being intimately connected to our emotions and our body’s functions Running programs Being able to be programmed to learn new behaviors The subconscious does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. When we watch a movie or have a dream, the…

Our Children With Type 1 Diabetes: Causes, Solutions, and a New Prognosis

Our Children With Type 1 Diabetes: Causes, Solutions, and a New Prognosis

Our Children With Type 1 Diabetes: Causes, Solutions, and a New Prognosis

In this post, Carla Atherton, Director of the Healthy Family Formula, relates how she discovered that functional medicine has better answers for why her daughter developed type 1 diabetes. What We Are Missing in Conventional Care for Type 1 Diabetes? When I got the call from the doctor that fateful day, (February 2nd, 2012, to be exact), our lives changed forever. “Carla,” she said, “your daughter has diabetes.” I stood in my friend’s entrance with my silver flip phone in my hand while my three children bustled around me getting their boots and jackets on to go home. But we weren’t going home. We were going to the hospital. When we arrived in the hospital, we trusted the staff to tell us what to do, but it didn’t take long before I realized that our goals and theirs were much different, that they had no answers for us, only a “hush, darling, don’t ask too much,” in response to my…

Patricia Lemer Retires from Epidemic Answers Board

Patricia Lemer, better known as Patty, has served the families and communities of children with educational and developmental challenges for over 40 years. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and Learning Disabilities, a Masters of Business, and a license as a Professional Counselor. Patty practiced as an educational diagnostician, mostly in the Washington, DC area, and for a short time in Pittsburgh, where she now lives. She has authored three books on healing autism. The latest book, an updated and much expanded version of Outsmarting Autism, will be released in March, 2019. Patty has been called upon as a lecturer and consultant internationally. From 2012-2014, she helped launch a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait. In 1993, she co-founded and became the Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), one of the first non-profit organizations to address the needs of families with autism, before there was an internet. They published a quarterly newsletter and held periodic conferences….

School Lunch Programs: Feeding Mind, Body and Soul

School Lunch Programs: Feeding Mind, Body and Soul

School Lunch Programs: Feeding Mind, Body and Soul

Alyce Ortuzar fills us in on what’s in a school lunch, how it relates to your child’s health, how to improve it and how to get your kids involved in the process. It’s lunchtime at school. What are your kids eating? Here are some possibilities:  Meat and dairy products with government-approved pesticides and endocrine- disrupting hormones U.S. Department of Agriculture-subsidized irradiated beef or chicken from sick and stressed animals raised under unsanitary and inhumane conditions Products loaded with chemicals and devoid of nutrients qualifying as food, such as artificial strawberry-flavored milkshakes containing such mystery ingredients as: Amyl acetate Anethol Anisyl formate Benzyl isobutyrate Dipropyl ketone Ethyl butyrate Phenethyl alcohol Rum ether Solvent What’s Wrong with Additives?  Research shows that pesticides and hormone-disruptors are neurotoxic to growing brains. In the 1970s, pediatrician Benjamin Feingold linked food additives, dyes and other additives to hyperactive behavior and learning problems. Removing these poisons and putting children on diets of salycilate-free fresh fruits, vegetables, and…

Sensory Integration Dysfunction and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Integration Dysfunction and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Integration Dysfunction and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

If any sense is inefficient, the integration process can be disrupted, and Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) – a term coined by A. Jean Ayres PhD – occurs.  However, because of the possibility of confusing it with the unrelated disorder Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), in the 1980s, those in the field informally began using the term DSI for dysfunction in sensory integration. Ayres Sensory Integration Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) is now trademarked, and includes the original theory, assessment, patterns of dysfunction, and intervention concepts, principles, and techniques articulated by Dr. Ayres and applied by therapists trained in this approach worldwide. Some of Dr. Ayres’ colleagues and students, headed by Susanne Smith Roley OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, founded a new organization called The Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI). CLASI provides continuing education opportunities for mastering, applying and advancing knowledge in ASI theory and practice, culminating in a certificate of certification.  CLASI is a…

Sensory Diet

Sensory Diet

Sensory Diet

A sensory diet can help many individuals with autism, whose sensory processing is compromised, because they may find it hard to achieve and maintain an appropriate arousal level. In addition, a sensory diet can help those with Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as those with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities; sensory issues may be playing a large, undetected role in these disorders. Children with these disorders may move from sensory-seeking to sensory-avoidance behaviors, which can be problematic for authority figures even though they serve a purpose for the individual. But what if kids with autism were given opportunities to rock, touch, move, and jump? Maybe they would be satiated and not act out inappropriately. What Is a Sensory Diet? This is the stance taken by many occupational therapists who show parents how to use a sensory diet. Just as a nutritionist recommends certain foods and supplements, the occupational therapist may recommend readily available opportunities to be physical, and supplements them with…

Preventing Sensory Processing Disorder in High-Risk Infants

Preventing Sensory Processing Disorder in High-Risk Infants

Preventing Sensory Processing Disorder in High-Risk Infants

Kelly Dorfman, MS, LDN, discusses how a good neurological diet and healing the gut may stave off Sensory Processing Disorder in a high-risk infant. Three year old Charlie was recently diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and his parents were relieved to finally have an explanation for his extreme fussiness, poor sleep, and developmental delays.  What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?  Previously labeled Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder relates to the commonly known senses of touch (including pressure), taste, smell, vision and sound as well as other senses such as: Proprioceptive sense:  This sense helps a person determine where they are in space in relation to other things and people. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder often feel disconnected from their bodies and thus often have poor coordination, which can often lead to delays in social development. Vestibular sense:  Proprioception is intertwined with the vestibular sense, which is controlled by the movement of fluid within the inner ear. Because the vestibular…

Phthalates in Personal-Care Products

Phthalates in Personal-Care Products

Phthalates in Personal-Care Products

Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC fills us in about the dangers of phthalates, another family of toxic chemicals, in this blog post. Phthalates (pronounced THAY-lates) are plasticizers used to add texture and luster to hair spray, deodorant, nail polish, lipstick, perfumes and many other products. These ubiquitous chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled as fumes, and ingested if children mouth toys made out of plastic.  Thousands of studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system. In pregnant women, phthalates pass through the placenta to be absorbed by the fetus. Later, they show up in the breast milk of nursing mothers, whose babies ingest them. In male fetuses and infants, phthalates can cause testicular atrophy, leading to a reduced sperm count.  As we learn more about the role of toxins in disease and developmental delays, reducing our toxic load must be a priority. What Can You Do About Phthalates? Discover what toxins are lurking…