Autism spectrum disorder or ASD and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development characterized in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non verbal communication and repetitive behaviour.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early development, the most obvious signs emerging between between 2 and 3 years of age.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 children as on the autism spectrum, a ten fold increase in prevalence in 40 years!
LIGHT IT UP BLUE ON 2 APRIL AND ALL APRIL LONG!
Remember: AUTISM is a journey!
For those of you who do not know of Becky Cash, here is a review of her book on the subject (HERE).
Becky Cash, along with her loving husband and their beautiful children, call Central Indiana home. After spending many years working with children and graduating from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Becky began a career in Youth Ministry.
In 2000, after the birth of their second child, Becky went home to raise her family. However, life did not slow down. The birth of their third child and the on-set of health issues led Becky into a career in nutrition and later, to the creation of ASDPerspectives, a consulting program for families living and healing from autism.
Becky has studied and worked in nutrition for 8 years and feels strongly that no family should have to spend years finding solutions. There is hope for families diagnosed with autism. Becky consults and speaks with families across the U.S. and abroad.
In Healing Autism Naturally, Becky Cash helps parents and caregivers sort through the options and map out a course of action for both immediate and long-term results. Healing Autism Naturally also serves as a much-needed guide that members of the medical and professional community can use and hand to parents.
Available in paperback and KINDLE format (HERE)
And for those of you who want to read a great novel about that marvelous combination, Children and dogs: Check out ALMOST PERFECT by Diane Daniels Manning - see review (HERE)
Also available in paperback and KINDLE format (HERE)
Diane Daniels Manning was raised in Redding, Connecticut, the setting for her novel ALMOST PERFECT. As a youngster, she rode her bike up and down former cow paths to the Mark Twain Library where she plundered the children's shelves and fantasized she'd grow up to a famous writer like Samuel Clemens.
Inevitably she was educated, taught English and reading in Connecticut, and earned a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H. from Harvard. She climbed the tenure ladder and served as Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities at Tufts University. There she became convinced that special needs children are best helped when equal attention is paid to their emotional and their academic lives. Her Standard Poodle, Bel Tor Mandy, accompanied her to work daily and taught her the therapeutic benefit of animals.
Following an appointment at Harvard School of Public Health, she moved to New Orleans where she served as Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane and became certified as a child and adult psychoanalyst by the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2005, she moved to Houston and co-founded The New School in the Heights (www.newschoolheights.org) , a therapeutic school for bright children with social and emotional challenges.
AWARENESS IS THE BEGINNING!