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Autism Awareness Month

by in Autism, Guest Posts, Kitchen Sink, Lifestyle Tips April 9, 2009

PhotobucketBy Trécera Lee
April is Autism Awareness Month.
Sad that we have to have special “days” in order for the world to recognize that autism is EVERYWHERE!
Today, I’m asking, “What do YOU want the world to know about autism?”
What information are you willing to share in the hope that others may learn from you?
It can be:

  • How do you feel about autism?
  • How do you feel your child is affected?
  • How is your family/life affected?
  • Struggles of autism?
  • Joys of autism?
  • ANYTHING

Here’s what I want the world to know:

  • Autism knows NO COLOR LINES.
  • Autism doesn’t care what your ethnicity is – you can be affected. I WISH I saw more minorities represented when the media spoke about autism. Autism doesn’t discriminate and I’m TIRED of people looking at Jabrien as if he’s the only black child in the world with autism. WE ARE OUT THERE and I’m just wondering WHERE our voice is??
  • This is in no way a slight against anyone but let’s face it, culturally, we are all different and the way you raise your kid is not the way I raise mine. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be anything out there that addresses that issue for us. Hmmm, another book idea? 🙂
  • When I discovered Holly Robinson Peete’s son had autism, all I could think was “Whoa, someone who’s going to tell me what it’s like raising a black son with autism…”…but….silence.
  • Then, Toni Braxton’s son is diagnosed and I thought, “Ok, she sings all over the world. Here’s an opportunity to let the world know that our children are affected too.”…silence. Except for Autism Speaks soundbites.
  • Tisha Campbell Martin.. Ok, she and her husband are both famous and Duane is Will Smith’s BEST FRIEND. Talk about a platform for awareness….silence.

Now, it’s not that I’m wanting someone be THE VOICE for me but it would be nice to see something about autism that speaks to me from a different perspective. It’s bad enough to have a diagnosis of autism and suddenly feel isolated but when you feel as if, culturally, NO ONE understands what you are dealing with, it’s even worse. But, I digress…
Tell me what YOU want the world to know.
Feel free to tell others that would like to share their stories.
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As usual, NO DISRESPECT ALLOWED!! You don’t like what someone says, that’s life.
Peace and Light People…
Now let’s get some awareness dialogue happening here!!
Love and Life through the eyes of autism.
Mommy loves you Jabrien!!

Related Autism Reading:
Autism: 10 Tips for Everyone
The Autism Diet Connection
Autism: 10 Strategies for Implementing Diet Changes
Read all articles from the Autism Category
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Note from Dr. Nicole: Please share your personal or professional stories in the comments section around autism and contact http://KitchenTableMedicine.com if you would like to contribute to raising awareness about autism with a 400-1000ish word article.  Many doctors and counselors will also be contributing their drug free treatment protocols, research, and perspectives, along with the many mom’s living the daily challenges.
At the end of the month we will make an AWESOME resource page to help thousands of parents become aware of MANY useful tips to help a child diagnosed anywhere on the autism spectrum.  Many thanks, and many beautiful stories to come….in the mean time please check out a great autism resource:
www.GenerationRescue.org

17 Comments
  1. Sincere thanks Trecera, for such an absolutely moving post!
    Brought tears to my eyes. I hope we can all learn from each other this month. As for everyone else feel free to post any questions around autism and natural meds you may have now so we can get to work on this ASAP….afterall April is Autism month!
    I highly recommend http://docinthebiz.com as a resource for stressed parents in need of private confidential counseling. Dr. KC has worked extensively with children diagnosed with autism and will very likely understand your challenges due to all of her experience, she will also be contributing later this month.

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  3. Great Great Great! Thanks Doc for sharing your wisdom and website with the autism community, I hope this month will help many parents and children. I have a good feeling about getting your experts together with the parents researching and appreciate everything you all are doing to help my grandson. Many articles on autism we have read here have been a huge help to us and those around us.
    God bless you all!!
    With extreme gratitude <3

  4. While I do not have a child with autism, I do have one in my class.
    The think that I find so aggravating is that because one of my students doesn’t speak, they assume that his intelligence is low. His intelligence is definitely *not* low, we just haven’t found the right resource to help him communicate his needs and wants.
    The ability (or inability) to speak doesn’t dictate intelligence. I really wish more people understood this.
    Iva @ Horizontal Yo-Yo’s last blog post..Organize to Save Money

  5. Great dialogue for all families challenged by autism. As a previous social worker I am happy to see people discussing this out in the open.
    Miss Matchmaker’s last blog post..Men and the Dreaded Pull Back Phase

  6. Thank you Trecera and Dr. Nicole for bringing ALL the experts together. I appreciate your respect towards us moms (and dads) with children diagnosed with autism and seeing that we truly are the experts. Pschiatrists just want to medicate my son and I think he is worse off medicated, I’m tired of being told I am a bad mother for not medicating him like the psychiatrist says and I am so thankful to find these resources and look forward to what your other experts have to say. I’m tired of my pediatrician looking at me as if I’m crazy for wanting to try the gluten free diet….
    I’m just tired.
    Much love and blessings

  7. I don’t have any children. I do have a PhD (not in anything related to autism)though and I believe in science. I just wanted to mention, in case someone wasn’t aware and it might help, that some believe autism symptoms are largely caused by immune responses in brain structures. In other words, some of the symptoms/behaviors can be lessened if the patient is treated for allergies. This treatment would include: (1) avoiding the allergen(s) which is usually a very common thing (like gluten in food as mentioned in a previous post) and/or (2) starting a treatment of antihistamines or something stronger. Once the inflammation is reduced, normal behavior can resume to some extent.
    I have read articles in which this allergy-type treatment is what leads to what some people call a “cure for autism”. I am aware that this is a contraversial opinion but I want to say once again that I believe in science!

    • Sonya and Valencia, you guys are both right. I work for Metametrix Institute which is the educational arm of Metametrix Clinical Laboratory. We do laboratory assessments of metabolic, biochemical and nutritional function and status. We see plenty of laboratory reports of children with autism who get better by making changes in diet, such as gluten free, or by adding specific supplements, such as vitamin B12 and folate. Autism is multi-factorial. Some kids have metabolic impairments or nutrient insufficiencies, and identifying these impairments can result in real improvements. We hoffer educational information about laboratory assessments and treatments in autism on our website, for free. http://www.metametrixinstitute.org/?tag=/autism
      Elizabeth Redmond, PhD, MS, RD
      Clinical Consultant
      Metametrix Institute

  8. I am a clinician who uses Metametrix laboratory testing in my practice, and have used the labs on my patients with autism. (Disclosure: I did my post doctorate training at the lab, and am still affiliated with them.) Recently, evaluated a patient whose labs showed significant reactions to wheat and other foods, including dairy. A stool test demonstrated a high level of Candida, and an imbalance in the good gut bugs like bifidobacteria. Just treating the Candida, starting a probiotic supplement and eliminating the wheat and other foods, provided for significant clinical improvements. A urine test demonstrated much free radical activity (damaging his ability to make energy and detoxify his body) and a need for B12. Starting the right vitamins and minerals to correct these findings, combined with treating the yeast and eliminating wheat where significant treatments for this child. He is now in a normal classroom enviroment, and his diagnosis (PDD) is being revisited!!
    Kara Fitzgerald, ND’s last blog post..The Gluten Effect Book Review

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