Light Sensitivity and Autism, ADHD, SPD and Developmental Delays

by Robin Mumford While the causes of developmental delays are very complex and require intervention on many fronts, simply changing the lighting can be a beneficial addition to other forms of treatment.  Many children are excessively sensitive to the quality of the lighting and may overreact. Light sensitivity and autism, ADHD, SPD and developmental delays is common. This hypersensitivity is complicated by visual stress-­producing factors that overload their visual environment and confuse their eyes and brains.  To create this effect, you need not flash strobe lights.  You need only combine mobiles hanging from the ceiling with busy bulletin boards and over-crowded cubbies. Usually children are quite unaware of the origin of their discomfort.  Added to environmental stress are symptoms of below-par visual skills that many of these children have: Rapid fatigue, while reading or looking at a picture book. Tendency to lose the place on the page Tendency to read too quickly, with poor pronunciation and little recall of what…

Almost Autism: The Key to Stopping the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks

Age of Autism ran a piece by our Executive Director, Beth Lambert, who wrote about why Epidemic Answers is making the documentary “Canary Kids” about filming the recovery of 14 kids from autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes. In short, we’re making this film because the medium of film can be powerful and effective at educating viewers in a short amount of time. The key, as Beth writes, in having people understand that it’s not just kids with autism and their families who are affected. “The key to stopping the autism epidemic in its tracks lies in helping them to see that their mildly affected children are really ‘almost autism’. A child with GERD and projectile vomiting as an infant:  almost autism A child who can’t stand to have her hair brushed, skin touched, or clothes on:  almost autism A child with low muscle tone, apraxia and runny stools:  almost autism A…