Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Tommy’s Story – by Liane Holder All seemed well as we began our life with our newly adopted son.  His birth mother’s questionable background was not a concern because surely we could provide all the love and security and parenting necessary to overcome any rocky start he might have. Initially that would appear true as he met physical milestones. His first word was dog and that remained his only word well past his 2nd birthday.  He didn’t sleep through the night and was often irritable, but so were other children… still… something was beginning to nag at us.  Entering daycare at 2, he was a handful, often biting or striking other children without provocation. He also hugged and kissed everybody and anybody, including perfect strangers in stores.  At 3 he entered a language-based special pre-K due to his delayed language.  We didn’t really understand at the time that his lack of speech was the red flag he had been waving…

The New Normal: 1 in 68 Children with Autism

by Ashley Morgan, mother of 2 chronically ill children (Leo and Sydney) It’s official according to the CDC and other government bodies. The rate of autism has increased no matter what.  The numbers are now 1 in 68. Will these new numbers be the tipping point that will cause change in the way we take care of our children?  Will it change how we live? Over reporting? Even Michael Kogan, lead author of the HRSA study states there are unaccounted for percentages in the rise. I didn’t get a call, did you? Doubtful Leo’s former pediatricians didn’t account for him. And how about those that say we must “proceed with caution?”  What?  Cautiously treat children that desperately need services?  When a very small percentage get the level of services they need already? Do we treat the statistics or do we treat what we see before us? I was sitting at dinner the other night with new friends after Leo’s baseball…

Rodger: Recovery from Asthma

Here’s my son Rodger’s story of recovery from asthma. Rodger was a fairly healthy and typical toddler until he began to show signs of environmental allergies and asthma around three years of age. While he did have eczema (a subtle sign of immune dysregulation) as a baby, there were no other signs that anything was amiss with Rodger as an infant or toddler. Because Rodger’s father, Rodger Sr., has known allergies to nuts, we kept highly allergenic foods out of Rodger’s diet to protect him from any possible harm. When Rodger entered preschool at three years old, we knew they could not control our son’s exposure to allergens, so we felt an allergy test was in order. Sure enough, Rodger tested positive on a serum IgE test to shellfish and nuts. We closely monitored his exposure to these foods from that point on because they knew how dangerous these allergies could be. During September of his first year at 3-year-old…