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Autism Videos for Kids, Teens and Parents: You Tube’s Top 10

Friday, August 5th, 2011



You Tube has an assortment of great video clips that raise social awareness about autism, in addition to helping you and your family cope with common issues experienced by children who have autism.


Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) suffer from a developmental disability that hinders their communication skills.  They have difficulty expressing their feelings, asking for help, and understanding the basic rules of social conduct, such as waiting in line, good sportsmanship, and making friends.

Lonely on the school playground

School can be a lonely place for a child with Asperger’s syndrome, as many autistic children who are “mainstreamed” into the  public school system face social situations they can’t manage on their own.  They are often bullied, misunderstood by teachers and classmates, or worse, left alone.

Autism, B12 and Your Child


Autism Advocate Groups Help Out

Thankfully, many organizations that raise autism awareness have produced loads of books, pamphlets, videos, websites, and worldwide awareness campaigns, all aimed at making the world a better place for you and your child with autism. Temple Grandin, one of the most world-renowned experts on autism, has published many accounts of her own experiences as an autistic adult.

Explaining Autism to your Kids

Authors like Peter H. Reynolds, through Fable Vision, have published various sentimental, yet eye opening, children’s cartoons that effectively portray the plight of autistic children in the public school system.  Some informative books about raising autistic children include 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew and All Cats Have Asperger’s.

(For a complete list of books about autism, see Top 10 Children’s Books Which Raise Autism Awareness.)

Below is a list of the 10 best You Tube video clips for children with autism and their parents:

Autism Videos For Kids and Teens

LINK- I’m Here

The following video, based on a short story by  Peter H. Reynolds, depicts the loneliness that children with autism on the spectrum often experience.  Produced by Fable Vision for the SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center), this touching story illustrates the change that takes place when one caring person reaches out to help another.

LINK- The Bully Movie

This sad, inspiring film on school bullying was produced by a 7th grade student.  It shines a light on the epidemic of children who suffer at the hands of school bullies, and the value of standing up to one’s aggressors.

LINK- What is Asperger Syndrome?

In this PBS episode of Arthur, a child with Asperger’s syndrome raises some questions among Arthur and his friends and family.

LINK- I am a High-Functioning Autistic Individual

This is a good video to share with a teen with autism.  In this clip, Genevieve talks about being diagnosed with autism at the age of 13,and the various ways she copes.

LINK- Autism: The Musical, Part 1

In this HBO production, five talented children with autism spectrum disorder put on a musical performance.

Autism Videos For Parents and Educators

LINK- Animal School

This powerful clip by Raising Small Souls teaches parents and educators about the many different learning styles inherent in all children, and the problems many children in school face when their particular talents are not addressed.  This moving film should be shared with all teachers and administrators of all children, regardless of whether or not they suffer from autism.

LINK- 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

This is a musical video montage that is based on the popular book  on children with autism of the same title.

LINKAsperger’s Cats

Also based on a popular book title that deals with autism, this clever video clip describes autistic child behavior using cats as its models.

LINK- What is Autism?

By One True Media, this video montage gives interesting statistical facts regarding children with autism.

LINK- Temple Grandin: Reinventing Autism

This short clip from Temple Grandin’s 90-minute documentary, Reinventing Autism,  proves that she is one of the best role models for autistic individuals.  The subject of an HBO movie, Temple Grandin is an example of how people with autism can take their “disability” and turn it into an “ability” to succeed.

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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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