Autism through the Lifespan

Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008
February 14-17, 2008
Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida

The main focus of the conference is “Autism Through the Lifespan,” which is a very unique approach to autism that is critical today as the population of children and teens with autism age.

Addressing the lifespan of autism spectrum disorders will be a key component of this year’s conference.

The conference addresses “Treating Autism as a Medical Disorder; Bringing Biomedical Treatments, Behavioral & Developmental Therapies Together.”

The biennial conference provides comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist parents, family members, caregivers, physicians, educators, therapists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals in building effective interventions for all individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Parents of children with autism are encouraged to attend the conference and obtain information that may be helpful in finding the resources needed for recovery, advocacy, education and achieving a better quality of life. This conference will be very beneficial for parents and loved ones because not only will they get an incredible amount of information, they will be inspired. One of our main goals of this conference is to give people hope.

For those who can’t make it to Orlando, the conference is available to view live by you and your family from anywhere in the world via EP LiveOnline webcasting… It’s Just Like Watching a Live TV Show!

You can watch all presentations from the comfort of your home for only $175.00. Or choose just the ones that are of special interest to you for only $24.95 each. Click here for details.

Description of Presentations

Treating Autism is a Team Approach and You are Part of that Team; Take an Active Role/Angela Shoemaker
I am speaking tonight from the perspective of a parent who has traveled down a road of marked success due to the use interventions for a child with autism and his effected sibling. Ten things I want you to take away from this conference are: Seek out the answers as they will help you take appropriate actions; Empower yourself! You have the power to make a difference!; Strength and determination…find them within yourself as you will need them; Educate yourself. You owe it to yourself and your loved one to find out all of your choices. Knowledge is power!; Keep an open mind. Don’t discount an option until you have thoroughly researched it; Don’t go it alone. Get connected and stay connected!; Treating autism is a team approach and you are part of that team. Take an active role; No two children are the same. What works for one child may not work for another; There is hope! Those with autism can see significant improvements and/or recovery; Be patient, yet persistent. Press on and stay the course, a new solution could be right around the corner.

Advocacy – You Can Make a Difference! / Theresa K. Wrangham
Shortly before relocating to the Middle East in the early 1990’s our youngest daughter Deanna was diagnosed with asthma, while our oldest daughter Rachel was beginning to show signs of what we would learn later was autism Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). If there was one thing I want you to take away from this information presented, it is that change often starts with the individual and then leads to a group of likeminded individuals who then communicate their message and affect change. It starts with the individual. Never give up! No one knows what is truly possible in terms of improvement of outcomes or recovery – it is evolving and no individual is too old to pursue recovery!; Improvement of outcomes or recovery can be a long process and seldom happens overnight. It is highly individualized. Be patient with the process and yourself; Let yourself off the hook for not knowing what you know today. Do not measure your child’s progress against another’s and beat yourself up!; Research, legislation, education and services will not move forward without community support. We are three million strong and growing! We have taken autism from being caused by poor mothering to a condition that is highly treatable with significant improvement and possible recovery! Your actions, or inaction, make a difference!

Prevent Harm Now: How to Carry, Birth and Raise a Healthy Child in a Toxic World / David Berger, MD
Wholistic Pediatrics, under the direction of David S Berger, MD, is one of the few medical practices in the world that offers individualized wholistic treatment plans prepared by a Board Certified Pediatrician. Because we also provide primary and sick care to our patients, we are able to provide comprehensive medical services for the special needs child. We have developed protocols that are age and weight specific to safely utilize both natural and pharmacological agents in the healing of the patient. We prescribe specific brands and products that we have thoroughly researched for safety and efficacy. Each child is different and an individualized approach to testing and treatment plan needs to be followed. 

The Behavioral-Biomedical Model Approach to Treating Autism / Lauren Underwood, PhD and Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA
Treatments grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as biomedical treatments have individually helped provide effective treatment models for autism. Although ABA-based interventions are now considered to be at the forefront of therapeutic interventions for children with autism, in recent years, evidence for successful outcomes with biomedical treatments has also been observed. Ultimately, in developing a “Best Practices” Model, these interventions must work together to provide the best possibilities for optimal outcomes. An overview of support for the behavioral-biomedical treatment model will be presented.

Medical Interventions: Getting Started / Jerry Kartzinel, MD, FAAP

Hope and Possibilities / Shannon Kenitz

Epidemiology and other evidence on what caused the autism epidemic and new treatment protocol for autism / Mark Geier, MD and David Geier

Examining Five Promising Approaches for Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum / Stephen Shore, ABD
Noting that there has been no true comparison between educational/behavioral/developmental approaches for working with children on the autism spectrum, qualitative research was initiated to investigate the following about Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, and DIR. Through written correspondence and face to face interviews, the developers of these varied approaches were queried on how they define autism, think about children with autism, and would handle carefully designed case studies representing the spectrum of autism. Some preliminary findings suggest that current definitions of autism are lacking and a more multi-dimensional approach is needed, some techniques are applicable across approaches, and a general sense that people with autism have something valuable to contribute to the community as a whole.

Deficient Cholesterol: A Common New Factor in Autism / William Shaw, PhD
This talk will cover the most common genetic and metabolic causes of autism and PDD, among them the purine disorders, abnormal levels of gastrointestinal microorganisms, vitamin and nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, industrial pollution, heavy metals intoxication and mineral imbalances. Dr, Shaw will also speak about effective ways of correcting these.

Don’t Gamble! Learn How to Save Money and Win More Often as You Choose Treatment Options for Your Child / James Neubrander, MD, FAAEM
The basis for improvement for children with autism builds on the behavioral and educational model. Such treatments include ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, principles of daily living, etc. No biomedical treatment will ever replace these as the primary building blocks upon which children with autism must stand. However, biomedical treatments are strong adjuncts to each child’s educational and behavioral therapies and optimize each child’s maximum potential for success. Biomedical therapies first plow the ground, then water and fertilize it so that whatever educational seeds are sown will take root more quickly and develop into stronger, more deeply rooted plants. But how does a parent know what treatments to choose from the ever-growing menu of biomedical treatment options? How does a parent navigate through the maze of Internet posts from other parents or vendors exclaiming the benefits of one treatment over another? These and many other questions must be answered so families can first survive and subsequently thrive in the difficult world of autism.

Stop the Assault! The Three “D’s” for the ASD: Issues of Diets, Digestion, and Detoxification/Chelation for the Autism Spectrum / Phillip C. DeMio, MD and Angela Shoemaker
Abstract: The vast majority of persons on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) who make significant gains from biomedical treatments will require care that addresses the triad of dietary intervention, digestive/gastrointestinal problems, and detoxification techniques (such as chelation). Thus an understanding of the three “D’s” is paramount to the success of the biomedical approach for virtually all patients. This discussion will include the major aspects of these three areas, and how this leads to insights into the biomedical basis of symptoms and treatment of the ASD.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Autism / Dan Rossignol, MD
Dr. Rossignol will review how hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) works, recent autism findings, including cerebral hypoperfusion, neuroinflammation and GI inflammation, and oxidative stress and how HBOT can help with each of these conditions. Dr. Rossignol will wrap up with a discussion of HBOT safety, dosing and review data from case studies.

Remarkable Results with a Combination of Anti-Viral and Nasal MB12 Therapy in ASD’s Related Conditions / Stan Kurtz
Stan Kurtz presents what you need to know about antiviral and MB12 Nasal Spray therapies for autism spectrum disorder, AD(H)D and chronic illness. With data from his expanding parent group of 1000 families and personal experience of recovering his son, this multimedia presentation includes science based techniques, recovery videos, parent reports, and some astounding data about metals excretion during antiviral therapy and normalization of brain wave activity through methyl-B12 nasal spray.

Computer-Based Intervention for Individuals With Autism / Valerie Herskowitz, MA-CCC-SLP
Presently, 1 out of 150 individuals have been identified as having autism. Many of these individuals are now children, however, children grow into adults. The question is: How will these adults maximize their potential for independence? The key is through accessing technology. It’s important to start teaching these skills at an early age. Initially, this presentation will discuss technological innovations of today and tomorrow that will help our children to become as independent as possible as adults . Then we will focus on the importance of beginning computer-based intervention at an early age. Areas for training will be discussed as will resources for implementing this type of programming. . Valerie Herskowitz, a 29-year veteran speech pathologist who specializes in computer-based intervention for individuals on the spectrum.

Asperger’s Syndrome: Building Confidence through Emerging and Deep Interests / Valerie Paradiz, Phd & Elijah Wapner
This workshop offers practical strategies for families, educators, and professionals who care for and work with children and adults diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and PDD-NOS. Participants will learn about the life span of individuals with AS/HFA/PDD-NOS from early childhood to adult life. Practical strategies will be offered in the areas of self-monitoring/self-regulation, self-advocacy, and creating safe, supportive home and school environments that foster social development and emotional confidence.

Recovery is Possible: Using Biomarkers to Determine the Best Clinical Therapies / Jeff Bradstreet, MD, FAAFP
Recent advances in laboratory methods are allowing treatment options to be fine-tuned in remarkable ways. No longer do we have to guess or go through endless trial and error techniques to find the best treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders. This lecture will review simple techniques that help most children with their recovery and allow families to make wise choices with their budgets. Examples and case studies will illustrate the effectiveness of these approaches.

Gastrointestinal pathology in autism: description, symptoms, and treatment / Arthur Krigsman, MD
Children with autistic spectrum disorders frequently have gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and flatulence. Evaluation of these children should proceed in the same manner as it would if the child did not have autism. The majority of these children will ultimately be found to have lesions in either the small or large intestine, or both. These lesions take the form of ulcerations, erosions, pathologic lymphoid nodular hyperplasia (LNH), and enterocolitis.

Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders / Raun Kaufman
Mr. Kaufman, CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America™, will provide concrete, bold strategies you can implement now for your child’s immediate gain. As a child, Mr. Kaufman was diagnosed with severe autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents developed The Son-Rise Program, which enabled their son to completely recover from his autism. Now an international speaker and Ivy League graduate with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Mr. Kaufman bears no traces of his former condition (and is the subject of a book and movie). His lecture focuses on some innovative, outside-the-box techniques you can use today to help your child: move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others.

Overview, Prioritizing and Immediate Actions to Do Now, plus a look at Electro Pollution Dangers / Jesus Caquias, MD

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