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Autism Linked to Lyme Disease?

An article in “The Scientist” says there is no link between autism an lyme disease.

Based on a new study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Society, the article writer says there seems to be no evidence to support the link between lyme disease and autism that has been hypothesized.

Read the article here.

Are Alternative Treatments For Autism Scientifically Valid?

I just read a very interesting blog post at Autism Watch.  It was written by James R. Laidler, M.D., and entitled “Through the Looking Glass: My Involvement With Autism Quackery.”  It was very thought provoking and calls into question some of the information on this blog!  I think you will find it to be very interesting.

By-the-way, speaking of alternative treatments, I just posted a page about dairy free diets.  There also is a new page about the importance of maintaining good schedules for autistic children.

Great Source of Information About Autism Spectrum Disorder

I was just looking at the Autism Society Inland Empire web site.  It is a great source of information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.  One thing that may be particularly helpful to some people is their 2010 Resource Guide which lists over 800 Autism-related resources on 200 pages.  More than 75 topic areas, including Education, Advocacy, Therapies, Recreational Opportunities, Medical/Dental, and Colleges are covered.  It can be downloaded from their Resources page,  http://www.ieautism.org/resources

Early Diagnosis of Autism: Good Thing, Or Bad?

Apparently, there is a big debate going on about whether or not it is appropriate for children to be diagnosed with such things as depression, ADHD, autism, etc. Some feel that there is too much early diagnosing of these kinds of things and that it is a problem becaues diagnosis leads to medication. They say that we are turning normal behaviors of young children into diseases that must be treated and they believe that is wrong. Others say that early diagnosis leads to early intervention and that, they say, is a good thing.

Here is a link to a recent article on the Psychology Today website entitled, To diagnose or not diagnose our children; tht is the question.

What do you think? Is early diagnosis helping or harming children?

A good source for information about dealing Autistic children is The Essential Guide to Autism.

Helpful Tips For Living With Autistic Children

It can be very rewarding to care for an Autistic child, but at the same time it can be very, very, hard.  There are days when things go according to plan and others when nothing seems to go right and you wish you could have just stayed in bed.  Both you and your child need for you to know how to cope with those difficult times.  Even better, you need to know how to prevent the problems whenever possible.  Click here to download the free report, Helpful Tips For Living With Autistic Children, and receive a nine lesson email series of helpful information about Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, and ASD.