Can you outgrow Autism?

Can you outgrow Autism?.

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Can you outgrow Autism?

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Can you outgrow Autism? If you can outgrow Autism, then will you lose your diagnosis altogether? These are questions I have often wondered about.

Of course if you lose the Autism diagnosis, then you lose some if not all of the government and state benefits you may receive and will the person with Autism now feel like they have lost a part of their identity if they no longer have Autism? So, I am on a quest to see what others have to say about my question and this is what I have found out.

In the new study, published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and PsychiatryWednesday and supported by the National Institutes of Health, Fein and her colleagues looked at 34 “optimal outcome” individuals between 8 and 21 who were previously diagnosed with an autism disorder, but are now indistinguishable from their non-autistic peers. They showed no problems with language, communication, social interaction and “facial recognition,” which can be difficult for individuals with autism.

Fein and her colleagues are currently exploring why some children shed their autism diagnosis as they age, relying largely on parents’ reports about the treatments they received. The researchers also use brain imaging to see whether their brains have normalized, or if they are somehow compensating for the disorder.

The study also found, not surprisingly, that having a higher IQ was associated with optimal outcomes. “It is possible that above average cognition allowed individuals with ASD to compensate,”

“Most of us in the field certainly agree that the most important outcome is happiness, functionality, and high quality of life,” Ozonoff says, “We do not mean to imply that OO (or recovery) is the only outcome worth working toward. We do not want to suggest that any other outcome is tragic and hopeless. There are many very special qualities and ways of being that autism can bring to individuals and to all of us in general.”

The researchers also caution that most autistic people will continue to have symptoms: earlier studies, which may have included inaccurate diagnoses, have suggested that only about 3% to 25% children who receive a diagnosis will eventually lose it.

Ok, so some people can lose their Autistic tendencies when they get older. That is great, but according to Dr. Fein they are usually the higher functioning autistic or Aspie’s that do. At least that is what I got out of her findings.

So I wonder, if your child could be cured of Autism and all that is associated with Autism. Would the person who has Autism like it or not? I suppose if you just naturally out grow Autism it would be ok because I am sure that it would have been done over a long period of time.

As parents we want what is best for our children whether they have challenges or not. Sarah has always told me that it is not the Autism that bothers her so much as the Tourette’s  and Schizophrenia does. 

I know that Autism is pretty much a blanket diagnosis, but if a person with an early diagnosis of Autism did not have Autism when they grew older, would you not feel like part of your identity was gone? I only ask that because there are a few people with Autism that have embraced their diagnosis and seem to miss it when it is gone.

 

Night Falls

Karina's Thought

Night falls

Night falls upon us all, with the darkest rays
to capture our soul and soothe the days.
The clouds filter the stars and calm the heart
to mark the end of another start.

Rest lures us in to peaceful sleep
so we can manage the lifestyle we keep.
Promises kept and love remains
somehow we still won’t be the same.

But better and ready to face the day
able to overcome obstacles that stand in our way.
Fearless and ready to make the change
that leads to where our souls are saved.

Twinkling stars dance to their own beat
combustive particles that move our feet.
Keeping us challenged, competent,
and utterly complete.

Renee Bagley

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My Special Gratitude

Karina's Thought

simple_prayers

My dear Friend in Heaven, There isn’t day gone through withoutthinking abouthowlucky I am tohaveYouinmylife. You always take a part in every breath I take, in every step of my life, and in any words that I said. My every single day was filled with Your abundant blessing. Like a snow ball, Your blessing getting greater day by day.  You grant me not every thing I want, but indeed that I need. You gave me unbelievable life beyond my expectation.

I would like to talk to You this night. I am grateful to You for making my life so lovely and precious. I will be Your best friends that I can be, as you has been first to be my best friend.

Thank you for always lend Your sympathetic ear and given me an advice if I ask for it; or…

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Autism and Summer Things To Do :)

Wow, summer things to do with children/adults with Autism or any challenge is a challenge within itself.

 

Autism Family Camp Weekend 2009

Autism Family Camp Weekend 2009 (Photo credit: Camp ASCCA)ith people that have Autism or any challenge is a challenge within itself! It seems as if everything that you think would be fun to do sends a challenged person into a frenzie.

 

Never fear though, there are things that both of you can do that will be fun if you are creative and patient. We have done some of these things with our children. A lot of things are hit and miss, but pretty soon you will have more hits than misses.

 

Don’t give any attention to people around you that make you or your child feel uncomfortable. Where ever you take your child to have fun your attention should be on them and not other people. Don’t let other people destroy your fun. I did that for many years and was miserable and made my family miserable too.

 

Naturally some children that are diagnosed with Autism have sensory issues and sometimes other issues as well. Just take them or do something with them that they feel comfortable doing.

 

Safety Sunday

 

1. Teach your child his or her full name.
2. Teach your child your full name.
3. Have your child memorize your home address – show where the house number is located outside and show where the street name.
4. Have your child memorize your phone number. Practice reciting key information.
5. Learn how to cross the street safely.
6. Practice an escape route in case of fire.
7. Practice saying “no:” make it a game in which you take turns asking each other to do increasingly absurd things.
8. Play hide-and-go-seek to teach your child how to remain calm while looking for you.
9. Teach your child the buddy system.
10. Teach your child what an emergency is and how to call 911.
11. Practice asking for help with things that are hot, sharp, dangerous or too high to reach.
12. Start swimming lessons.

 

Make Something Monday

 

13. Arrange 5 or 6 photos to make a poster or scrapbook page.
14. Sweetened condensed milk makes a beautiful, edible fingerpaint. Sarah liked Gack.
15. Plant a seedling outdoors.
16. Dig for worms – it’s a great exercise for fine motor skills and tactile defensiveness.  Re-home the worms next to that seedling you planted.
17. Bubble snakes.
18. Make a leaf scrapbook.
19. Color the sidewalk with chalk.  Wash it all away with water. Sarah loved this.
20. Paint using different types of paintbrushes: a fly swatter, a flower, a cotton swab, a sponge, a leaf, etc.
21. Build an obstacle course with hula hoops, lawn furniture and empty boxes.
22. Tie-dye some t-shirts.
23. Make a magic wand using all available materials.
24. Build a “fairy house” outdoors with sticks, pebbles, pine cones, bark, leaves and other natural materials found outdoors.

 

Time to Read Tuesday

 

25. Sign up for your local library’s summer reading program. Did this and it was fun. Even if it was for 5 sec. it was still fun.
26. Read a book under a tree.
27. Read all but the last page of a storybook and ask your children to suggest an ending.
28. Have your child dictate and illustrate a story, and read it together.  It’s OK if the story is 1 or 2 sentences long.
29. Make a home video of your child reading a story aloud, or of you reading aloud to your child.
30. After you finish reading a book such as The Lorax, go see the movie.
31. Read some books on a specific topic, such as insects, then do a related activity such as a bug hunt or catching fireflies.
32. Have your child create a summer schedule for the family and read off the schedule every morning.
33. Check out a book of simple science experiments and try some of them at home.
34. Check out a book about a historical figure and play dress-up at home.
35. Have your child write out a checklist for a scavenger hunt, and find everything on the list together. Sarah loved this.
36. Swap favorite books with your friends.

 

What’s Cooking?  Wednesday

 

37. Fruit smoothies in the blender.
38. No-bake oatmeal cookies on the stove.
39. Pizza. Sarah liked to make Mac and Cheese as well.
40. Spinach-artichoke dip in the blender.
41. Banana muffins.
42. Roll-up sandwiches.
43. Fruit kebabs.
44. Chicken soup in the crock-pot (plug it in on the porch so that it doesn’t heat up the house).
45. Roasted marshmallows.
46. Scrambled eggs and pancakes for dinner.
47. Lemonade from scratch.
48. Guacamole.

 

Thoughtful Thursday

 

49. Wash the car together.  No driveway and no car?  Then wash the toy cars.
50. Call someone just to say hello.
51. Pick some flowers (dandelions and clovers are OK) and give the bouquet to someone who isn’t expecting them.
52. Write a top ten list of a person’s best attributes and give the list as a gift to that person.
53. Write a thank-you letter to someone and mail it.
54. Donate clothing, books and toys to charity.
55. Teach your child to do one chore.
56. Give someone a homemade art project.
57. Volunteer at a food bank.
58. Collect bottles and cans, and donate the money to charity.
59. Pray for someone who needs a prayer. We did this a lot.
60. Hug someone who needs a hug. Sarah learned to love to give hugs.

 

Somewhere Fun Friday

 

61. Petting farm or petting zoo. Sarah loves to do this.
62. A playground in a different neighborhood.
63. An art museum – check first to see when general admission is free!
64. The beach. This is a problem with Sarah because the Ocean is so loud.
65. Pick fresh fruit at a local farm or visit the farmer’s market.
66. Ride a train.
67. Find a carnival or a street fair.
68. Ice cream shop.
69. Waterpark or sprayground.
70. Visit a friend.
71. Nature trail or botanical garden. Sarah loves this.
72. A skyscraper or another high place with a grand view of the world.

 

Social Skills Saturday

 

73. Tell a story from your own childhood. Have your child tell a related story from his or her life experience – yes, even if your child is nonverbal.
74. Lie in the grass and take turns looking for shapes or pictures in the clouds. This is fun.
75. Go around and ask every family member at home the same silly question, and share the answers.
76. Look at some old family photos and name all the people in them. Sarah always loved to do this.
77. Practice making emotional facial expressions on cue with your child: neutral, happy, sad, fearful, angry, disgusted, surprised.  Take turns and make it fun. We did this.
78. Practice listening skills by responding only with nonverbal communication for 1 to 5 minutes – then switch roles.
79. Be someone’s mirror: imitate a person’s actions as if you are that person’s reflection in a mirror for 1 minute.  Then switch roles.
80. Play Follow the Leader.  Match the leader’s pace for as long as possible, then let a new leader take over.
81. Play the statue game: one person freezes like a statue and the other person has to make the statue laugh.  Take turns.
82. Develop family traditions: sing a song together, recite a poem, say a prayer that has special meaning to your family. We did this.

 

You could try white water rafting or camping or anything!!! Just because your child may have been diagnosed with a disability does not mean you are victims and should be shunned! You take the dis out of that word and help your child recognize their own abilities.

 

 

 

Hyperconnectivity and the Autistic Brain

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Autistic individuals tend to use different areas of the brain (yellow) for a movement task compared to a control group (blue). Powell K. Opening a window to the autistic brain. PLoS Biol . 2004 ;2(8) :E267. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0020267. PMID 15314667. PMC 509312. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to the online issue of JAMA Psychiatry on June 26th The findings come from MRI brain scans of 20 children with autism spectrum disorders and 20 children without autism. Researchers found that those with an autism spectrum disorder showed “hyperconnectivity” along five major brain networks.

Menon’s team found that the more hyperconnectivity kids with autism had in the salience network, the more severe their “restrictive” and repetitive behaviors. They are thinking that these findings may be a hint as to what is going on in the brains of children with Autism.

Another possibility, he added, is that hyperconnectivity is involved in the exceptional skills seen in some kids with an autism diagnosis — like being a whiz with numbers. For now, though, that’s an “open question,” Menon said. They are also thinking this could be a starting point of sorts.

The children that were studied were between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. They also were high-funtioning with normal IQ’s and language. The only challenges these children had was socialization.

Last week, the same Stanford team found that children with an autism spectrum disorder showed weaker connections between certain other brain areas — namely, areas that process the human voice and those involved in feelings of “reward.”

They speculated that these children may get less pleasure from the sound of the human voice, and that might help explain some of their communication difficulties.

“I think there will turn out to be an interplay between hyperconnectivity and hypoconnectivity” in the brains of children with an autism spectrum disorder, Menon said.

I remember Sarah had always told me that if she could just take her head off she would be fine. She did not seem to connect the idea that she could not live without her head.

I hope that recent studies such as these will be such a starting point as to which there will be a strong spring board! I remember that I would get so tired of dr.’s wanting to do test after test on Sarah, and she would get tired of it too.

Sarah kept thinking maybe this test or that test would help her. Or maybe this pill or that pill would help her. She is always having her blood drawn and has had countless MRI’s and CAT Scans. She never gives up. The most important thing she does is pray. She has never given up on herself or God.

3-D MRI of a section of the head.

3-D MRI of a section of the head. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

My Time with God

Karina's Thought

good_night

Dear God, today is my busy and exhausted day. There are so many things to do. Making a lot of important decision, reviewing and signing many document papers, and make sure that everything about company was running well. I was so tired but I am really happy can through my long day. Thank you for such a great day.

Dear my Father in Heaven, I knees under Your feet, I am very grateful for holding my hand along this day, thank you for Your great direction that You given to me. IrealizedthatallI’ve donetoday isonly aboutYour grace. Without lean to Your shoulder, without Your Wisdom and loving kindness, I am not capable of to done all the things I faced today. Thank you for Your mercy in every hard time that I Had. Thank you for leading me when I should have to make…

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