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Autism Candles – Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) | CPDC Lecture Series

Officer Roger White, Quincy (MA) Police Department talks about ALEC training program for community first responders. http://www.arcsouthnorfolk.org/alec-first-responder-training.html Children’s…

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Autism Candles – Social Learning: Implications for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Conceptualizing autism as a social learning disability, with implications for potential innovations in education. Series:

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Autism Candles – CARTA: Human Origins: Autism Spectrum Disorders – Simon Baron-Cohen: The Fetal Androgen Theory

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Autism affects males much more often than females. The explanation for this must either lie in diagnostic practice, hormones, genetics, or (most likely) a mix of…

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Autism Candles – When One Twin Has Autism

More MIND Institute video: http://www.uctv.tv/mind UCTV’s Autism playlist: http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC49E827A9F033CB3B UCTV Prime: http://www.uctv.tv/prime Researchers at the UC Davis…

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Autism Candles – CARTA: Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders – V.S. Ramachandran

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) V.S. Ramachandran (UC San Diego) explains how his interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) stems from an earlier, and broader, interest in mirror neurons and…

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Autism Candles – What Causes Autism?: The Role of Environmental Exposures

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD, MPH examines the role of environmental exposures in autism. Series:

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Autism Candles – Linking Genes Brain and Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is known to have a strong genetic component. However little is known about how autism risk genes relate to brain differences found…

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Autism Candles – On the Origins and Development of Language and Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Impairments in language and communication are among the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These impairments are often the first symptoms to emerge…

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Autism Candles – Culture and Autism: Anthropological Perspectives on the U.S. Korea and South Africa

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Although Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) appears to be universal, the contexts in which it occurs are distinctive. Yet little research has been conducted on ASD…

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Autism Candles – Detection of Clinically Relevant Variants in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Visit: http://seminars.uctv.tv/) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) demonstrates high heritability, familial clustering and ~4:1 male to female bias, yet the causes are only partially understood,…

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Autism Candles – Reversing Autism in the Lab with the Help of Stem Cells and the Tooth Fairy

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) People with autism have difficulty with language and social interaction as if they are trapped inside their own brains. There is no cure. Dr. Alysson Muotri of…

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Autism Candles – Red Flags: Early Screening and Diagnosis of Autism

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention can improve outcomes. UCSF Clinical Professor Dr. Barbara Bennet explains the signs that may…

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Autism Candles – Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Findings reveal that: 1) children with autism show a distinctly anomalous pattern of motor learning, with a bias towards reliance on proprioceptive, rather than…

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Autism Candles – The Genetics of Autism

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) The CDC estimates the rate of Autism to be 1/5%. This developmental neurological impairment has a dramatic impact on the life of the family. Stephen Sanders shares…

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Autism Candles – Autism Spectrum Disorder: Many Questions Many Answers

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a developmental disorder that often interferes with a person’s ability to communicate with and relate to others, affects about 1…

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Autism Candles – UCTV Monthly Promo February 2017 (Brain Development; Trauma Care; Autism)

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) UCTV This Month: Explore new series on adolescent to adult brain development; discover the latest advances in trauma care; watch the latest Autism programs on The…

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Autism Candles – Differential Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Neurologist’s Perspective

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Elliott H. Sherr, MD, PhD. Institute of Human Genetics, UCSF. Series:

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Autism Candles – Key Features of Autism

Visit: http://www.uctv.tv) What is autism? Karen Pierce, PhD, co-director of the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the neurodevelopmental disorder,…

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Autism Advocacy – Like Oil & Water?

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The autism community can be just as complicated to self-advocates as everyday social life.


Our Autism Community – Introducing Nathan Young

Autism became recognized as an autism spectrum officially a few years ago. However I had heard the phrase around twenty years ago. Summed up the autism spectrum is similar developmental onset behaviors which involve delays and differences in communication, cognitive-adaptive ways of being and attention found developmentally with no known cause. Personally I can say that the social world of autism advocacy is quite diverse and can be complicated-at most equally to anything else social.

I’ve never much been outspoken on controversial matters like autism causes, cures and or defect vs. diversity of ways of being as to me the depth of the meanings of these words and phrases are immense in there applications causally. They are immense because of the construction of society, culture and the needs of inter-personal well being within these complexities. Issues to me seem to conflict ethically from time to time and it seems often enough interests are much like an attempt to mix oil and water, creating conflict because the social substances do not bind agreeably emotionally between people like in chemistry on the molecular level. Diversity from social to purely organic is a beautiful complexity of a fascinating construction of matters and in duality of manifest minds.

Instead of becoming intensely involved in debate I’ve watched from a distance for many years theorizing based upon my own independent studies. I never graduated from school and achieved the 5th grade before being systematically past in grades while being several years behind in grade level. The such environments were to say the least disturbing cognitively due to changes, sensory input and styles of teaching. How can a person learn without fundamental needs being accommodated including how to self-advocate conceptually, especially if a person cannot yet understand what they need. Nowadays I am told things are a bit different yet some autism clinical theories and practices amount the such difficulties as simply matters requiring remedies of behavioral motivation and relating such treatments as if a reward will solve neuro-cognitive matters, simply.

I was told they did not have money to accommodate and I was already grades behind, but smart in my own way.  I learn on my own hyper-focusing; reading college literature from philosophy, psychology, sociology and more finding newer ways to perceive. I have experimented and succeeded in advocacy with the help of social service supports and have self-entertained focuses fostering what I refer to as social experiments achieving featured media awareness, broadcasting support and fair amount of advocacy awareness within the online autism community.

There are two things I have concluded based upon my experiences. Firstly, there are organic neurological and cognitive differences that fundamentally make it very difficult for the everyday person to understand and relate where applicable to some or more with autism. And secondly, often it seems issues that evolve quality of life and inclusion can be like oil and water, they seem not to mix socially in advocacy and become matters of conflict. All of the prior are originally part of natural emotions and from a spectrum of minds such as parents, self-advocates, politicians, government and groups which may be best seen to have originally cared to have bothered advocating to begin with. It is my conclusion that in order to protect the interests of individuals well beings that the real life truth of matters to preserve potential outcomes need to be better understood and respected. It should be accepted that human dignity is as equally important as the urgency of essential quality of life concerns. That forgiveness is not a weakness and what people need and want are equally valuable matters of concerns.

Resolving conflicting interest may require that the matters and conflicts be studied and spoken about openly. I believe as autism has become such a great interest within the realms of mainstream politics and economically with some major interests it is those directly of context such as families and self-advocates which are required the authenticity of formal leadership and not others for us all of the time. Though passions can seem to alienate or indirectly conflict at times to be in the best interest of issues concerning autism; patience, understanding and especially the complexities of human dignity as well as humility ought to be implored and to find mutual understandings. By working together outcomes are greatly improved and the diversity of choices and subsequent rights are empowered.

In my studies much complexity and conflict originates under these seemingly conflicting interests and awareness priorities:

-Negativity vs. Positivity.

-Inclusion & employment vs. treatment, care and research needs.

– Interpersonal dignity vs. diversity of needs relating to rights to welfare and accommodations.

– Advocacy focusing on children vs. the rights of adults who were once children.

– Hierarchical establishment awareness vs. overly generalized assumptions & the actual individualized truths of developmental, neurological and cognitive human diversity within the autism spectrum.

It is my dedicated advocacy as an adult on the autism spectrum to promote advocacy of unity within our autism community to get along, understand one another, respect one another and to work together to empower quality of life as well as dignity. That sometimes it may be the case political interests are involved which do not have our best interest in mind and that critical thinking may best remove the power of those 3rd party alienable interest. I have seen it myself, special interest attempts to capitalize on conflict and alienate rights. To discuss within our community and by means of public education of issues by unraveling potential complexities to achieve mutual understanding is what I think is best. And to promote that autism community member alienation, mutual or otherwise, is not a solution. Forgiveness is not a weakness and making mistakes despite being empowered by one’s passion is just human and acceptable. We all learn and evolve and this is natural and not inferior.

Advocacy reflects for many very serious concerns from basic survival to being treated equal in order to achieve survival and prosperity. Each plight is equally valid. Autism acceptance has improved the co-existence of these plights but has not yet achieved the empowerment of unity.

I’d like to know what you are passionate about in advocacy. What concerns you about the future. Do you disagree with some forms of advocacy? Write in the contact section below.

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The Basic Aspects of Autistic Dentistry Needs

This video lecture by the Yale Child Center summarizes for dentists, parents and professionals the basic aspects of autism and dentistry needs.  It is estimated that only around ten percent of dentist feel comfortable providing care to individuals with special needs including those with autism. This lecture helps dentists understand how children (and when applicable adults) with autism can be assisted in accessing dental care. For autism parents the lecture summarizes the strategies to help visiting the dentists go well.

Yale Child Center
Autism and Dentistry

Benn Popple DMD Resident-pediatric Dentistry, Yale New Haven Hospital

Fred R. Volkmar MD Director, Child Study Center Yale University School of Medicine. 

Autism and Dental Needs

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The National Center for Learning Disabilities answer this question in this 9 minute video, covering the following conditions and domains:

PDD, Asperger’s Syndrome and Childhood Disintegration Disorder.

The Social Interaction Domain

  • Eye Contact
  • Facial Expression
  • Body Posture
  • Emotional Signals
  • Reciprocity
  • Interest in sharing enjoyment
  • Attention to the achievements of others
  • Understanding others’ feelings
  • Peek-A-Boo
  • Comfort by Touch

The Communication Domain

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Domains
  • Taking Turns
  • Remaining Engaged
  • Stereotypes, Repetition and Echolalia
  • Listener Perspective
  • Humor
  • Innuendo
  • Concrete, Focus on Self

The Behavior Domain

  • Focus on Parts & Pieces
  • Preoccupations
  • Need for Sameness & Routines
  • Rocking
  • Flapping
  • Twiddling
  • Hypersensitivity or Lack of Awareness.
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The CDC Grand Rounds Public Session on Autism

The April 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grand Rounds Public Session. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Prevalence of autism, according to the CDC have increased twenty-to thirty-fold since studies forty-fifty years ago.

According to Dr. Tim Frieden, director the the CDC, we know far more today about autism spectrum disorder then we have in the past and the one important thing we (the CDC) have learned is the importance of early diagnoses and intervention. The tracking and diagnoses of ASD can be difficult since there is of yet no biological marker and due to the diagnostic criterion recently changing. Many people with an autism spectrum disorder do not get diagnosed until age four.

This approximately one hour video features guest speakers:

Julie Daniels, MPH, PHD who is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Maternal and Child Health.

Jon Baios, EdS who is a behavioral Scientist in the Developmental Disabilities Branch Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Susan L. Hyman, MD who is the Division Chief at the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Golisano Childrens Hospital.

Samuel L Odom, PHD who is the Director at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

At 51:00 minutes into this video the four guest speakers take questions from participants of the CDC autism presentation.

 

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Autism Behavior to Biology

Dr. Robin Hansen is the Director of Clinical Programs at the UC Davis MIND Institute in California and in this lecture she explains the etiological heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorders and gives a review of contemporary autism research. She covers a variety of behaviors seen in autism and correlates them with the biology. Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of disorders, overall exhibiting a complex and wide variability of symptoms that point to multiple etiologies that share similar core behavioral symptomatology.

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Temple Grandin Thinking in Pictures Lecture

Temple Grandin has a PHD in Animal Science and is also a professor at the Colorado State University. As a best selling author and a world renowned autism advocate who also has autism she crafts amazing lectures inciting understandings of autism. In this lecture Temple Grandin explains visual thinking styles in autism.

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A Lifetime Perspective of Autism

Patricia Howlin is a professor of clinical child psychology at the institute of psychiatry of King’s College London. In this lecture Dr. Howlin gives gives a Stockholm Psychiatry Lecture titled “A Lifetime Perspective of Autism” concerning autism from childhood to late adulthood.

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Temple Grandin – The Autistic Brain Lecture

Temple Grandin is arguably the most famous autism self-advocate on the planet. Her teachings have proven useful for professionals, families and other self-advocates. She is also a leading expert on animal behavior and a semi-biographical movie has been made about her life. In this lecture, she talks about the autistic mind.

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Lecture on Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism

Here’s a lecture giving a basic overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), by Elyse Wiseman, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). ABA is an evidence-based practice to reduce autism behavior symptoms.