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Autism Support Apps
Monday, 07 September 2015

This company make an activity timer that can help children with autism as it provides a visual reminder of daily activities, including mealtimes.  It's brilliant for those children who get anxious about unpredictable situations.

Take a look at www.autismsupportapps.com

 
Sensory Changes to help visits to Dentist
Monday, 06 July 2015

A Sensory-Adapted Dental Environment (SADE) could make trips to the dentist more bearable for children with autism who have sensory issues, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Children with ASC were matched against neuro-typical children and  given 2 dental cleanings in either a standard or adapted room. Positive outcomes were associated with the adapted environment which included switching off overhead lights and using a headtorch instead, projecting slow-moving visual effects onto the ceiling and playing soft music. A seat cover that provided deep pressure 'hugs'  was also used.

Oral care and health can be significantly compromised in children with autism who have sensory processing disorder so any changes that improve the acceptance of dental treatment is a fantastic step forward.

 

For more information, go to the Autism Eye article using the link  http://www.autismeye.com/sensory-changes-make-dentist-visits-bearable/#sthash.NBHjUK02.dpuf

Posted: July 2015

Source: 'Feasibility of a sensory-adapted dental environment for children with autism' Cermak et al, 2015 Am J Occup Ther 69(3)

 
Young Chef beats restrictive eating
Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Thanks to the power of Twitter....I have just discovered the story of a very talented young man called Chase who has autism and used to eat just 5 foods.  His mum encouraged him to watch cookery programmes which then inspired him to get more involved with foods, cooking and eating. Watching the shows allowed him to explore all the processes involved without having to touch, smell or taste the food which can often be too overwhelming. Gradually, this repeated exposure triggered a curiousity about food and now he has his own cookery show. Inspiring !!

 Limited diets can often be a feature of ASC and this may work with your child, so give it a go.  To watch Chase's amazing story, go to www.chasenyurface.com/

 

 I have lots of strategies like this to help with eating difficulties in my Restrictive Eater Plan so if you are interested, email me at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 

Posted: June 2015

 
GI Symptoms and autism
Monday, 30 March 2015

Participants in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study were studied and found that maternally reported gastrointestinal symptoms (constipation and diarrhoea) are more common and more persistent during the first 3 years of life in children with autism than in neuro-typical chidren or those with developmental delay.  The study does not go into why this happens but certainly provides more evidence that GI upset is a major problem with children with autism....and mums (and dads) know it. They just need someone to listen to them.......

 

If this sounds like your child, then contact me at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it for help and advice.

 

Posted: March 2015

Source: http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2205833

 
Broccoli chemical helps ASD
Monday, 17 November 2014

Researchers have identified a compound found in broccoli, called sulforaphane, which when given to young males with ASD improved their behavioural scores.

The study was a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial which makes it's findings meaningful and provides more evidence that ASD has a metabolic component to it .  Behavioural scores were used to measure social interaction, abnormal behaviour and verbal communication. The sulforaphane group showed significant improvements compared with the placebo group and these changes returned to pre-treatment levels when the sulforaphane was discontinued.

 

Sulforaphane was selected for its capacity to reverse abnormalities that are associated with ASD, such as oxidative stress, reduced glutathione synthesis, reduced mitochondrial function, increased lipid peroxidation and neuroinflammation.

There is no safe recommendation for use of sulforaphane in cases of ASD at the moment as this is preliminary data but eating lots of broccoli is always a safe option !!

Posted: November 2014

Source: Singh et al, 2014 'Sulforaphane treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences vol 111No 43 p15550-15555

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/43/15550.abstract

 

Personalised nutritional intervention could help your child, contact Emma at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it for more information

 

 
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