Father Helps Daughter Through Music Therapy

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  • February 5, 2013
  • by Christine
  • Barry Kolman, Emmanuela Kolman, Grace Kolman, Virginia Counselors Association, Washington and Lee University,
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Barry Kolman’s life was all about music. Since getting his degree in music education in 1973, he has been immersed in the art form. When his daughter Emmanuela was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, he was determined to help her overcome her disability through music. Emmanuela, age 13, struggled with expressing herself. She was bullied at
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Electrical Jolt in the Brain Helps Autistic Boy

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  • February 1, 2013
  • by Christine
  • amygdala, DBS, Deep Brain Stimulation, electrodes, self injurious behavior, SIB, Volker Sturm,
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A thirteen-year-old boy with severe autism was able to speak and sing for the first time after receiving Deep Brain Stimulation. Researchers at the University of Cologne, Germany, implanted two electrodes deep into the boy’s brain and stimulated various parts of the brain. The boy’s behavior improved dramatically. By age three, the boy started hurting
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Medical Marijuana Calms Autistic Boy

[Warning: Videos have graphic images and footage of violent self-injurious behavior] To what lengths should parents go to protect their child from harm? That is the question with which Jeremy and Karen Echols of Albany, OR had to grapple with for four torturous years as they watched their son Alex beat himself bloody. At six
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Researchers Use Worms to Treat Autism

A research team is studying a treatment for autism that may be difficult to stomach: parasitic worms. Researchers at the Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University in New York City, are testing the use of Trichuris suis, small worms that live in the large intestines, to interfere with the
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Snug Vest Puts The Squeeze on Sensory Overload

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  • January 22, 2013
  • by Christine
  • Deep Pressure Therapy, Lisa Fraser, Snug Vest, Squeezease Therapy,
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Feeling snug as a bug in a rug, or a vest in this case, could be the key to people who suffer from sensory overload. So thinks Lisa Fraser, the 24-year-old inventor of the Snug Vest for people with autism. Many autistic people do not like to be touched but they still need pressure on
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Facility Dogs Help Autistic Children

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  • January 17, 2013
  • by Christine
  • Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, BRAAC, Deuce, facility dog, Saint Francis Service Dogs, service dog,
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Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center of Roanoke, VA is going to the dogs has taken on a new and improved meaning. They enjoy the services of a facility dog named Deuce, a two-year old Labrador Retriever. A facility dog is one that works with a professional, such as a teacher or therapist. Instead of
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Integrated Listening Systems Treats Autism

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  • January 4, 2013
  • by Christine
  • brain, classical music, Dr. Ron Minson, iLs, Integrated Listening Systems,
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In 1991, Dr. Ron Minson was looking for a solution to his daughter’s dyslexia. She was struggling at work and dealing with deep depression. He found it in the form of sound therapy, developed by a French doctor in Europe. He was so impressed with his daughter’s success that he studied with the inventor and
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When Your Child Gets Evaluated For Autism

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  • November 30, 2012
  • by AutismUnited
  • Evaluation, neurologist, pediatrician, psychologist, specialist,
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One of the most nerve-wracking times you can have is when you take your child to be evaluated for autism. Up until now, your child’s teachers have spoken to you about unusual mannerisms, you’ve seen abnormal behavior and your child’s primary care physician feels that your child is showing symptoms of autism or below-level developmental
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