Thank you for visiting A-Better-Child.org. We need your opinion of our website. Send us an e-mail and let us know what you like or don't like about the site. Also, let us know if there is a topic you think we should discuss on the website. Our email address is email@example.com.
News Flash February 12, 2009: I heard today, February 12, 2009, that the U.S. court has ruled that infant innoculations do not cause autism. They based their ruling on the fact that there were no medical studies which linked the innoculations to autism. So, there you are the question has finally been answered. Now we all can rest easy about the subject.
I encourage everyone to do their own research about this subject. There is evidence to support both sides of the issue. To parents of children suffering from autism this ruling is painful, because they were looking for answers. The U.S. court system is the best in the world, but this subject is far from over for thousands of parents. Many of them will never believe their autistic child would have gotten this condition without the innoculations.
The information below will give you a starting plce to do your own research. Each parent must do what they feel is best for their child.
1. Do parents take a chance on their child getting illnesses that could have been prevented with the innoculations?
2. Do parents take a chance and the child possible becoming autistic by having their child innoculated?
I feel this subject will be debated for many years to come. It is not my job to tell people what they should do, only give the information to help you find the answers for yourselves.
In researching this subject I was surprised and disturbed by the some of the information I found. One statistic stated that a child has a 1 in 150 chance of having autism. I was shocked to know that for every 150 children born at least 1 of those will be autistic. Hopefully the information on this page will help clear up some of the confusion about Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). If your child has or you think has this disease, this information could help you.
Just in the news today, Thursday March 6, 2008, science may have found a possible link between infant innoculations and autism in some children. One case sited stated the child had a genetic problem which the innoculation triggered and caused the childs condition. This child was a normal and active child who could speak very well for her age of 19 months. During a routine examine was given five shots containing 10 vaccines. Shortly after she began showing the autism like signs.
I wonder how many children with autism had its cause from these vaccine innoculations. These vaccines are given to hundreds of thousands of infants every year. When will we have testing for these gene deformities so we can know which children are at risk for getting autism or autism like signs from these innoculations?
We are not saying these vaccines cause autism and that parents should not have their children innoculated. Some of the infections and diseases that these vaccines protect against can be deadly. There are many studies which say the vaccines do not cause autism. The truth is doctors do not fully understand what causes autism.
Parents need to get more involved in asking questions and not just going along with the doctor's every decision. Parents, do your homework and research for yourselves if you want your child innoculated. You need to consider the cost of not having your child given these vaccines.
Here is one site to help get you started on making an informed decision.
Autism: Facts for Parents
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
Facts for Parents About Autism and Vaccine Safety. From the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) .... American Academy of Pediatrics. March 2008.
* NOTE: This information is not meant to replace medical attention. Only a doctor qualified to diagnose and treat autism can tell you the best course of treatment for your child. Each child and their treatment will be different from the treatments others are receiving.
If you do find something here which you feel may fit your situation then ask your doctor. He will then be able to let you know if this is the correct course of action based on your individual circumstances.
What is Autism?Autism is a severely incapacitating, lifelong developmental disability usually appearing within the first three years of life. It is a biologically based disorder, which means, no known factors in the psychological environment of a child have been shown to cause autism. However, the biological pinpoint of the disability to date has not been identified. A significant amount of research is being done to come to some resolve on the origin of this disorder. This disorder effects many components of an individual including: sensory, cognitive, social and language.
Facts About Autism
* Autism is a developmental disability, which usually begins before 3 years of age and is a life-long disability.
* The incidence of autism is approximately 1 out of every 150 births.
* People with autism have a normal life span.
* Autism is 4-5 times more prevalent in males than in females.
* Presently, there is no cure for autism. However, there are various treatment options to ameliorate the symptoms.
* Presently, there is no known single cause for autism. However, autism is not caused environmentally by a child's upbringing.
* Research indicates that people with autism learn best through a structured environment.
* Autism occurs in all countries and within all socioeconomic classes.
* Research indicates that the earlier the intervention, the better for people with autism.
Common Characteristics of Autism
* Difficulty mixing and relating with other people
* Inappropriate laughing and giggling
* No fear of real dangers
* Apparent insensitivity to pain
* Inappropriate attachment to objects
* Disturbances in communicating with others
* Repetitive or ritualistic behavior
* May be extremely sensitive (hypersensitivity) to one of the senses (e.g., sound, touch, taste, sight) or extremely non-responsive (hyposensitive) to one of the senses
* Selective hearing and may act as deaf
* Extreme emotional distress for no discernible reason
* Resists change in routine
* No eye contact, appears to "look through" people
* Resists normal teaching methods
* Uneven gross/fine motor skills
* Marked physical over activity or extreme passivity
The above facts were borrowed from: AutismInfo.com
SUMMARY OF AUTISM DEFINITIONS AND CRITERIAFederal Regulation/Iowa Definition
"Autism" means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The term does not apply if a child's education performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has a serious emotional disturbance, as defined in paragraph (b)(9) of this section.
Proposed State of Iowa Educational Definition:
Accepted only as Educational Description
"Autism" is a lifelong developmental disability which typically appears in early childhood. Students with autism may exhibit varying degrees of atypical behavior that significantly interferes with the learning process in the following areas:
(1.) Communication: The student displays problems extending into many aspects of the communication process. Language, if present, may lack usual communicative function, content, or structure. Characteristics may involve both deviance and delay in both receptive and expressive language.
(2.) Social participation: The student displays difficulties in relating to people, objects, and events. Often students are unable to establish and maintain reciprocal relationships with people. The capacity to use objects in an age appropriate or functional manner may be ` absent, arrested, or delayed. The student may seek consistency in social events to the point of exhibiting rigidity in routines.
(3.) The repertoire of activities, interests, and imaginative development: The student displays marked distress over changes, insistence on following routines and a persistent occupation with or attachment to objects. The student may display a markedly restricted range of interest and/or stereo-typed body movements. There may be a lack of interest or an inability to engage in imaginative activities.
(4.) Developmental rate and sequences: The student may exhibit delays, arrests, regressions in physical, social, or learning skills. Areas of precocious or advanced skill development may also be present. While other skills may develop at normal or extremely depressed rates. The order of skill acquisition frequently does not follow normal developmental patterns.
(5.) Sensory processing: The student may exhibit unusual, repetitive or non-meaningful responses to auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and/or kinesthetic stimuli. The student's behavior may vary from high levels of activity and responsiveness to low levels.
(6.) Cognition: The student may exhibit abnormalities in the thinking process and in generalizing. Difficulties in abstract thinking, awareness and judgment may be present as well as perseverative thinking and impaired ability to process symbolic information.
The diagnosis of autism does not dictate a specific placement. Autism may occur by itself or in association with other disabilities. Educational placement decisions must be based on the assessed strengths and weaknesses of the student and educational needs rather than on reactions to the label of autism. Students with autism may be served in a variety of educational settings.
The article above was borrowed from:
The University of Iowa
Regional Autism Services Program
Child Health Specialty Clinic
Signs and Symptoms of AutismSigns of autism may appear during infancy and the disorder is usually diagnosed by the age of 3. Sometimes the child's development appears normal until about 2 years old and then regresses rapidly. Symptoms of autism occur in various combinations, from mild to severe.
Infants with the disorder often display abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli (i.e., senses may be over- or underactive). Touches may be experienced as painful, smells may be overwhelmingly unpleasant, and ordinary daily noises may be painful. Loud noises (e.g., motorcycle going by, vacuum cleaner) and bright lights may cause inconsolable crying.
Other signs of the disorder in infants include the following:
* Appears indifferent to surroundings
* Appears content to be alone, happier to play alone
* Displays lack of interest in toys
* Displays lack of response to others
* Does not point out objects of interest to others (called protodeclarative pointing)
* Marked reduction or increase in activity level
* Resists cuddling
Young children with autism usually have impaired language development. They often have difficulty expressing needs (i.e., use gestures instead of words) and may laugh, cry, or show distress for unknown reasons. Some autistic patients develop rudimentary language skills that do not serve as an effective form of communication. They may develop abnormal patterns of speech that lack intonation and expression and may repeat words or phrases repetitively (called echolalia). Some children with autism learn to read.
Autistic children do not express interest in other people and often prefer to be alone. They may resist changes in their routine, repeat actions (e.g., turn in circles, flap their arms) over and over, and engage in self-injurious behavior (e.g., bite or scratch themselves, bang their head).
Other symptoms in young children include the following:
* Avoids cuddling or touching
* Frequent behavioral outbursts, tantrums
* Inappropriate attachments to objects
* Maintains little or no eye contact
* Over- or undersensitivity to pain, no fear of danger
* Sustained abnormal play
* Uneven motor skills
* Unresponsiveness to normal teaching methods and verbal clues (may appear to be deaf despite normal hearing)
Symptoms of autism may increase in severity when the child enters adolescence and often decrease in severity during adulthood.
The above was borrowed from: http://www.neurologychannel.com/autism/symptoms.shtml
hippo health: Myths and Facts about AutismMyths and Facts about Autism. From www.psychiatry24x7.com .... Scientists Shine New Light On Inflammatory Diseases - Mar 17, 2008; Merrimack Pharmaceuticals ...
Autism Speaks, Home Page
2007 Autism Speaks Inc. Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks It's Time To Listen & Design are trademarks owned by Autism Speaks Inc. All rights reserved. ...
Quick Facts About Autism. Autism occurs in 1 in every 500 births and in a rate of 5 boys to every girl. Autism currently affects over 400000 people in the ...
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication. Symptoms usually start before age three and can ...
The National Autistic Society - Important facts about autism and
...You are here: Home> ...professionals> ... health professionals> Information for general practitioners> Important facts about autism and Asperger syndrome ...
UT CHDR - Autism Facts
Autistic Disorder (Autism): Is complex developmental disability that appears during the first three years of childhood and continues through life. ...
The National Autistic Society - Myths and facts about autism
Autism Helpline 0845 070 4004. You are here: Home> Causes, treatment and research> Some facts and statistics> Myths and facts about autism ...
Autism: Signs and symptoms - MayoClinic.com
Autism Comprehensive overview covers autism symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and parenting an autistic child.
BMJ BestTreatments :: Conditions :: Autism :: What are the symptoms?
What are the symptoms of autism? In this section Things you may notice early on Signs doctors look for Other signs. If your child has autism, ...
Autism FAQ - Treatment
There is no standard, universally accepted treatment of autism; in fact, every single method has its detractors. General approaches may be summarized as ...
Autism Research Institute - Publication List
Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments, by Jon B. Pangborn, .... A must read for anyone interested in nutritional treatments for autism and in general, ...
Autism Society of America: What is Autism: Treatment
Professionals also differ in their theories of what they feel is the most successful treatment for autism. It can be frustrating! ...
Review how to evaluate possible treatments for your child with autism, including dietary interventions, supplements, and medications.
Autism treatments: New guide to help parents
A new brochure will help parents of children with autism to choose the best treatment for their child's condition.
Autism & Treatment
Very few individuals recover completely from autism without any intervention. The good news is that there are a wide variety of treatment options which can ...
Summary of treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders
A large number of treatments are currently used with children with autism. For the majority of interventions, further research is required to: ...
Books on Autism!
Search the box below for more information on any subject.
Follow this link, More Books About Autism, for more information on this subject.