The Charity That We Donate To:
Generation Rescue - www.generationrescue.org
About The Charity:
Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a set of complex neurodevelopmental disorders that vary significantly in character and severity, occur in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and affect every age group. Males are four times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder than females.
What Autism Looks Like:
Individuals with autism often demonstrate the following behaviors and symptoms:
- Behavioral: Common behaviors of individuals with ASDs include repetitive body movements (such as hand flapping, rocking or tip-toe walking), self-inflicted injuries (head banging), wandering and a lack of sensitivity to pain. Individuals with ASDs also may show a restricted range of interests.
- Physical: Individuals with ASDs often have symptoms associated with medical conditions, such as seizures, sleep problems, allergies, immune dysfunction, metabolic conditions and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
- Social: Common social manifestations include impaired social interaction, such as difficulties with non-verbal cues (gestures and facial expressions) and little or no eye contact. Individuals with ASDs also may demonstrate delayed and disordered language, repetitive or rigid speech patterns and monochromatic tone.
- Learning: Cognition, visual and auditory processing often pose difficulties to individuals with ASDs.
Typically, autism affects individuals in five key areas:
- Communication – verbal or non-verbal, echolalia (repetitive speech patterns), monochromatic tone, repetitive or rigid language, poor conversational skills
- Social skills - difficulties with non-verbal cues such as gestures, facial expressions, display little or no eye contact
- Behaviors - stimming (performing repetitive body movements such as hand flapping, rocking or tip-toe walking), self-injurious (head banging), wandering, lack of sensitivity to pain
- Learning - cognition, visual and auditory processing difficulties
- Medical issues - gastrointestinal distress, allergies, seizures, immune dysfunction
- Currently 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism1
- Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S2
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than Cancer, Diabetes, Downs Syndrome and AIDS combined3
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of most prevalent childhood disorders4
- The annual cost of autism is $137 Billion a figure expected to significantly increase over the next decade5
- 49% of families have reported that their child is in danger of wandering from home6
- Income of families with children with autism spectrum disorders are 28% less than those of families whose children do not have autism7
- Autism spectrum disorders are estimated to affect more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide8
Autism Recovery Tips:
Research Funding Sources
Depending on the current family financial situation, there are several funding sources available with regard to treatment. If private health insurance is an option, this is the first place to call and investigate what coverage, if any is provided by a current plan:
- Private Insurance (Health Insurance)
- Federal Funding
Explore Traditional Therapy
Depending on the diagnosis, several traditional therapies may be available in the local area. Insurance or government support may be available to access the following programs, such as:
- Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Utilize the Programs & Services from organizations like Generation Rescue
Organizations like Generation Rescue provide support for treatment, guidance, education and hope for recovery through the journey with autism. Apply for our treatment grant, find a physician and connect with a parent mentor:
Explore an Allergen Free Diet
Improvement has been seen with the removal of certain allergens such as gluten, casein, or soy from the diet. Explore a variety of special diets, including the gluten-free, casein-free diet and other allergen free diets through the following resources:
- Explore the the gluten-free, casein-free diet
- Body ecology diet
- Elimination diet
- Rotation diet
- Other allergen free diet
Consider Supplementation with multi-vitamins and other beneficial nutritional support
- Multi-vitamins and multi-minerals
- Digestive enzymes
- Fish oils
- Natural detoxifiers
Read, read, and continue to read
New articles, books and published science in the field of autism are available:
- Generation Rescue Blog
- Published Articles
- Published Science
- Recommended Reading
8. Attend the Autism One/Generation Rescue Annual Conference
AutismOne is the largest autism conference in the U.S. that provides free access to families to learn about the latest research and therapies from leading scientists and physicians
The Good News On The Progress Of Autism Awareness:
Several government agencies are involved in activities related to autism research.
- CDC Features: Autism Research – Overview of the CDC’s Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
- NIH Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) – NIH supports the ACE program, which comprises 11 research centers and networks at major research institutions and universities across the country. The program focuses on research to identify the causes of ASD and develop new and improved treatments.
- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network – CDC funded programs to determine the number of people with autism.
- Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) – CDC established regional centers of excellence for autism and other developmental disabilities.
- Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) – CDC funded study in the United States to help identify risk factors that may put children at risk for autism and other developmental disabilities.
- Autism Clinical Trials – National Institutes of Health ClinicalTrials.gov Website that catalogs results for autism clinical trials.
- HRSA: Combating Autism Act – programs address some of the most urgent issues affecting people with autism and their families: increasing awareness; reducing barriers to screening and diagnosis; supporting research; promoting evidence-based guidelines; and training professionals.
- Autism and the Recovery Act – Recovery Act funding is helping HHS accelerate autism spectrum disorder research in promising areas like screening, early detection, and potential interventions, while also exploring the causes and mechanisms underlying this disorder.
*information pulled from www.generationrescue.org
**None of the information presented here should be considered medical advice or a "cure" for Autism. The information presented represents strategies for dealing with Autism that have been reported as successful by professionals and/or families with Autism. While we believe this information to be accurate we are not in a position to independently verify it and cannot guarantee that it will work in any particular case. No treatment for Autism should be attempted without prior consultation with a physician familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorders.