In August 2012, we pointed out an Icelandic study that found older dads are more likely to have autistic kids. New research now says that the older a man is when he conceives his child, the more likely it is that autism will show up in his grandchildren.
Because we know you want to have to think about multiple generations while piping out the baby batter.
A father in New Jersey was notified by his school that his autistic 10 year old son Akian was violent in his classes. Stuart Chaifetz had never known his son to be violent, so he wanted to know what was happening. He had a meeting with the IEP team. A behaviorist was called in to do a report. Nothing came up that would explain Akian’s outbursts – even when provoked by the behaviorist.
Chaifetz suspected the worst – that his son was being bullied by his teacher. So, he put a wire on him and recorded six hours of audio. It changed Chaifetz’s life.
“What I heard on that audio was so disgusting, vile, and just an absolute disrespect and bullying of my son,” says Chaifetz in a video he posted on his website, “…that happened not by other children, but by his teacher and the aides, the people who are supposed to protect him.”
Autism is truly unique in children, occuring in about 1–2 per 1,000 people. It affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress.Although early behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills, there is no known cure.
Sometimes you don’t have the option or time to drop what your doing and give a 20 minute deep pressure massage. This Instructables article is a great resource for a cheap and easy way to calm your little sensory seeker.
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