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Posts Tagged ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’

Special Needs for Special Pets: Animal Therapy Success Stories

Thursday, June 16th, 2011



Here are some sensational stories of autistic children who found solace through animal therapy. Have you hugged your Horse today?


Meet Rowan.  Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Rowan used to have 12 toddler temper tantrums per day.  But unlike typical temper tantrums experienced by non-autistic kids, these fits were explosive and potentially harmful.  It was all his parents, Rupert and Kristin Isaacson, could do to keep him from injuring himself: stay calm, keep him secure and hope.

Mama horse “adopts” boy

Then, an amazing thing happened.  While on a walk with his dad, Rowan came across a small group of horses who were grazing outside their property in Elgin, Texas.  Rowan impetuously ran towards them and flung himself on the ground underneath their bodies, a move that could have resulted in debilitating injuries or death.  Then, the old mare of the pack, Betsy, casually sauntered over and, using her muzzle, gently “elbowed” all the horses away from the small boy.

On the backs of horses

It became clear to Rupert, a long-time horse trainer, that Betsy might be the answer to their prayers.  He began taking Rowan on horseback rides around the area, and found that the horses’ swaying canter had a relaxing, therapeutic effect on Rowan.  The boy who used to have meltdowns every hour of the day at home became content and focused on the back of a horse.  Incorporating applied behavioral analysis in their homeschooling program, Rupert and his wife cured their son of his symptoms of autism, if not the disability itself.  Today, their Horse Boy Foundation exists to help low-income families affected by autistic spectrum disorder receive horse therapy.

Equine Therapy and Autism: They’re Not Just Horsing Around

The Isaacson’s story is just one example of many families who successfully utilized animal therapy in treating their children with autism.

Animals provide autistic children with unconditional love


Recently, a Santa Ana, California judge awarded permission for Caleb Ciriacks, a first-grade autistic boy, to take his service dog, a golden retriever named Eddy, to school next semester when he begins second grade.

Many other such stories abound, like the one about Richard, the autistic son of a widower, who found his words through cat therapy.  Or the 15-year old autistic kids, twins in Doncaster, U.K., who learned how to cope with their Asperger’s syndrome by training bunny rabbits for pet shows.

A recent report by CBS News documented a growing trend in animal-assisted therapy involving the use of elephants to help autistic children in Thailand.

Learn about programs that offer pet-assisted therapy in your area.

Visit Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care for a list of state by state animal assisted programs.

Also, read:

Autism, B12 and Your Child

6 Great Diets for Autistic Children

New Music Video Game Engages Autistic Children

Support for Parents of Autistic Children


Dad: Horse Riding Helped His Son With Autism – ABC News

Horse Boy Foundation

Autistic boy: School must let autistic boy may take service dog to class, judge rules – latimes.com

Cat Therapy for Autistic Children

Autistic Kids Try Unusual Therapy — Fluffy Bunnies

Elephants help autistic children in Thailand- CBS News

6 Great Diets for Autistic Children

Monday, June 6th, 2011



What are the best diets for children with autism? Here are some gluten-free diet dips, plus 5 more great eating plans for kids with special needs.


Autism is a brain disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate feelings, desires, and needs. Autistic children are often referred to as “special needs,” because they require individualized attention.

One common symptom of autism is the tendency to suffer gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, stomach cramps and constipation. According to Livestrong, almost half of all children diagnosed with autism spectrum require a special diet, such as a gluten-free diet plan, to prevent stomach upset. Additionally, scientists have also noticed a decrease in some of the behavioral signs of autism in children who followed special diets.

Below is a list of 6 popular diets for children with autism which have been found to drastically improve their health:

1) Gluten-Free Diet (GF)

Gluten is a protein which occurs naturally in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Many individuals, in addition to children with Asperger’s syndrome or other forms of autism, have benefited greatly from removing all products which contain gluten from their diet. A wide range of bakery items, mixes, packaged snack foods and flours which are labeled gluten-free are available at most health food stores. Grains which do not have gluten are popcorn, brown rice and whole-grain corn meal.
2) Casein-Free Diet (CF)

Casein is a protein found all milk products, including milk, cheese, yogurt, cream and milk derivatives, such as whey. Many people who benefit from a dairy-free diet will often omit gluten as well.  The gluten free-casein free (GFCF) diet has helped children and adults manage allergies and promote intestinal health.

3) Body Ecology Diet (BED)

The Body Ecology Diet was developed to correct digestive flora when fungal infections occur in the gut.

Based on the theory that autism and a multitude of other health problems are caused by pathogenic organisms which escape the infected gut and attack the rest of the body, the BED diet incorporates a combination of cultured foods, healthy oils and reduced carbohydrates and sugars for generating good bacteria in the intestines.

4) Low Oxalate Diet

Oxalates are salts which occur in naturally in many vegetables, fruits and other plant-based food items, such as sweet potatoes, strawberries and chocolate. A low-oxalate diet is often prescribed for people who get kidney stones.

Many autistic children whose parents have restricted oxalates from their diets have experienced improved urinary tract health, clearer skin when eczema was a factor, better digestive health, and enhanced feelings of wellness.

5) Nutrient-Rich Diet

The inclusion of various vitamin-rich foods, supplements, healthy oils, lean proteins and dietary fiber has been used as an autism treatment for children with autism spectrum and Asperger’s, in addition to children with ADHD.

Children with autism who suffer vitamin B12 deficiency, for example, often feel fatigued, irritable and restless. Nutritionists who treat special needs children have noted a rapid improvement in mental clarity, energy levels and overall health with the addition of beneficial vitamin B12 supplements and omega-3 foods, such as salmon, flaxseed and walnuts, t0 their diet.

6) Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SC)

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was originally developed for patients of Crohn’s disease and colitis, and is based on the premise that rotted, undigested carbohydrates sit in the gut and harm our immune system. The SC diet recommends restricting certain carbohydrates, while encouraging the consumption protein foods such as meat, fish and eggs, vegetables and fruit, and healthy oils, such as nuts and seeds.

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Support for Parents of Autistic Children

Monday, April 11th, 2011

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  Most of us know somebody who has been “touched” by autism, either a mom mainstreaming her child, diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorder, into the public school system, a neighbor who teaches special ed classes for kids with autism, or perhaps a nephew with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Celebrities for Autism Awareness Month

Below is a list of various organizations which provide services, support and advice to parents of autistic children.

Autism Society

The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s; their goal is to better educate the public about autism and the people it affects. The Autism Society site has many links to help you get actively involved in the community and support the rights of children with autism.


Find state-specific resources to help you find the appropriate educational services and community support available to you and your autistic child.  The Autism PDD site also includes disability resources, legal resources and financial resources.

Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute offers information to families, educators and health providers about all the most recent scientific advancements regarding autism and innovative treatments and learning programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC site provides complete data about all the various types of autism, treatments and diagnoses;free literature, articles and kits can be accessed from their site.

Kids Health

Kids Health is a kids’ landing base for all things related to children with autism, and it’s organized in a straight-forward yet bright format with lots of kid appeal. Tweens and young adults can easily navigate this site to find out everything they might have been wondering about autism.

Daily Strength

The Daily Strength is an online forum for parents or educators of kids with autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder; their site also has links to related health blogs, expert advice and ongoing discussions.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization which funds autism research and raises public awareness about autism, in the interest of finding better treatments and a cure.


Also read:

This Autism Awareness Month, Embrace a Special Person

10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children

Autism, B12 and Your Child

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