1 in 68 Children with Autism: This Should Be All Over the News Media!

by Beth Lambert The statistics are frightening enough on their own. 1 in 68 children has autism (and this number is growing!).  In some communities (e.g., Somali immigrants in Minnesota), the statistics are even higher. 1 in 8 children has asthma. 1 in 10 children has ADHD. 1 in 6 children has a learning disorder. 1 in 80 children has celiac disease (a hugely underdiagnosed condition) But what is even more frightening is that it seems like no one is even paying attention to the fact that millions of children in this country are sick.  Millions.  Some have diagnoses, some do not, but they are all affected. Why isn’t this all over the evening news?  How is it that the news media can follow Lindsey Lohan’s every misstep but seems to be missing one of the greatest health epidemics of our time? From time to time, you do hear about autism in the news media, but no one seems to…

Mia: Recovery from Autism

I am releasing this story here as a means to get this story out to as many people as possible.  I am a physical therapist for 14 years, a healthcare provider; I am a husband and a dad. I do not work in pediatric physical therapy.  That particular patient population is not my clientele, and I do not plan on specializing in pediatric physical therapy in the future. I have nothing to gain from this at all except for my colleagues in health care and the doctors who refer to me to think of me as a quack or a nut. That being said, I feel that it is my moral and ethical duty to share this story to you and anyone willing to take the time to read it.  It may help them or someone that they know. My wife’s sister’s son is autistic, I had an entire pediatric internship in pediatrics dealing with developmentally delayed children, some who…