July 24, 2010
Autism Weekend Roundup
I've been on vacation this whole week, and had the kids with me for that time. As it's been just me, I haven't had a lot of time to work on posting. There are a lot of news to cover, and some treatments that have been little known or addressed. First the newsAutistic children do tend to be picky eaters. Several have suggested it's because of G. I. that children with autism commonly have. Others suggest it has to do with textures issues and sensory overload. Whatever the issue, children with autism have their favorite foods and will stick with those foods, avoiding many new foods. The lack of a diverse diet has been a cause of concern for the nutritional health of the children. Well, recent news is that autistic children with a very limited diet do not suffer from malnutrition. A very comforting bit of news for those of us who watch our kids eat nothing but cottage cheese and watermelon (and some other things too).TreatmentI've been reading about this treatment for a while, and just now have the time to post about it. It's called the Listening Program. It works off the research that identifies certain frequencies that then effect different areas of the brain. Essentially, a set of frequencies are played, and as children listen to them it stimulates growth in these neural areas. At first it sounds a bit far fetched, but keep in mind that we are talking about the nervous system, and auditory stimulation is a direct link to the brain. And, as I have posted in past articles, autism is an increase in either the density of number of neurons in the brain, so it is entirely possible, and has been proven in clinical studies, that auditory stimulation can retrain these errand neurons to stop randomly firing and improve overall sensory processing. The process is interesting, while also expensive. It requires high quality headphones, and either a high quality CD player or a special compressed audio format to keep the full range of frequencies available. If you opt to purchase them yourself, the CDs will run you at least $700.00 (if I remember right). If your insurance will cover the purchase, and you have a qualified technician to work with you, it may bring about a positive change in your child. I'll be keeping my eyes out for this, just to see which autistic children are the best candidates for this type of therapy.