Archive for November, 2010

NIH makes public its National Database for Autism Research NDAR

Nov 30 2010 Published by under Asperger's

NIH makes public its National Database for Autism Research NDAR
I have not yet had a chance to inspect the site closely but they are saying it includes data on over ten thousand research participants from multiple government sponsored research. This is not saying much, but at least all the data can now be found in one place. A step forward in an otherwise widely neglected subject when it comes to government funding for autism research.
I will report more once I have a chance to take this database for a quick ride.

Rami Serhan, MD
http://sovereignresearch.org
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
https://autismtm.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/hspevolved?feature=mhum

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How autism leads to genius: a tale of acceptance with unimaginable results

Nov 29 2010 Published by under Asperger's

How autism leads to genius: a tale of acceptance with unimaginable results

I can’t emphasize enough that autistics have it bad enough in society without the expectation that each and everyone of them is a genius. Truth is this is an unrealistic expectation and an unwelcome one.

However, this does not lessen the intrinsic value of any autistic individual. The story I am referencing is not proof of an across the board genius quality that comes with autism. Far from it in fact. This story is a tale of acceptance that bares fruit in ways no one could imagine.

For everyone out there who wants their kids to be like them in every way, even at the expense of the child’s natural tendencies, this story is for you. Like I always tell my clients, if your child does not meet your expectations, try meeting hers.

I am faced daily with pseudo-scientists, mis-guided healthcare providers and ignorant parents who watch an autistic child being who she is and conclude that they ought to make the child act and behave in their own image and according to their own conditioning and perception of right and wrong.

The distress their efforts lead to far outweigh any benefit they seek, no matter how well meaning their efforts are. Unfortunately the autistic child bares the brunt of that distress. This is because if there is one defining quality in autism it is that these individuals have to adhere to their natural tendencies because they can not help themselves. They are who they are and they can not change who they to please anyone.

I am sure a lot of people will disagree with me. After all subduing nature is common practice in society today. not that i favor this course, but that i am highlighting it as the wrong way to steer civilization. Observing natural laws is the only logical way to go. Refusing to heed natural laws is only done when when terrible consequences are to be expected. Look at the manipulation of the food industry with unsanctioned chemicals that are making people massively sick and overweight… Look at the pharmaceutical industry and it’s approach that completely ignores nature and where it has led us.

In the case of autism heeding natural laws and allowing children to follow their own inclinations is the only way to usher these kids to this world and break their isolation. While they may comply under duress with the well meaning yet misguided applied behavioral therapy, the long term consequences are not favorable. When the mind is asked to veer toward learning canned behaviors, this takes away from creativity and learning in other aspects of one’s life. We cannot occupy our kids with learning behaviors that are only rewarding to us adults. Doing so will make education in it’s objective form that much harder for these kids and many times impossible. This is because they are spending the majority of their mental capacity trying to please us by acting in ways recognizable to us.

What a shame and an over-indulgence by adults that needs to stop and stop stop yesterday.

What if your child does not act they you want her to. This does not make her wrong. This only means there are various forms of normal and that you the parent is getting an education in types of normal you are not accustomed to. DO YOU WANT YOUR KID TO HAVE A SHOT AT GENIUS, THEN LET THEM BE.

Rami Serhan, MD
http://sovereignresearch.org
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
https://autismtm.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/hspevolved?feature=mhum

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IQ scores can`t predict academic performances of autistic kids

Nov 18 2010 Published by under Asperger's

I just finished blogging on another subject that is near and dear to my heart. However this article about autism and IQ scores compelled me. The study done by the university of Washington researchers found that in 90 percent of cases the IQ score did not predict an autistic child’s academic achievement and learning potential. In fact IQ scores are designed for non-autistic children and are completely irrelevant to autistic and asperger’s kids.

Here is how it works, most neurotypical children develop abstract and three dimensional thinking early on, while lag behind profoundly on logical thinking. Society being what it is, IQ tests fit this reality. That is IQ tests examine abstract thinking, three dimensional object manipulation and do not dwell into logical and concrete thinking as much.

Autistic kids develop logical and concrete thinking early on and lag behind on three dimensional and abstract thinking. However, there is no IQ test that examines their abilities. They are subjected to a test that is irrelevant to them and unfortunately in many cases judged by it.

This has got to change. You can test someone only after you develop a test that fits their natural abilities not some alien test that is called intelligence quotient. The naming here is nothing but an oxymoron.

The more I dwell into autism, and I have been doing it full-time since 1993; the more I am convinced that we are witnessing a historic divergence of the human species. This species once thought to be a single entity is currently being split into two sub-species, a majority insensitive, ruthless, violent, abstract thinking group called neurotypicals and a minority gentle, just, sensitive, peaceful, concrete ad logical thinking minority called autistic or highly sensitive.

Again, lone voice in the prairie, I think not.
Rami j serhan, MD
http://sovereignresearch.org
https://autismtm.com
Consultant@sovereignresearch.org

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Hostile school environment outlawed for religious minorities & should be outlawed as practiced against autistics

Nov 18 2010 Published by under Asperger's

This is a fascinating revelation. Title VI of the civil rights law of 1964 is being interpreted to protect student of a minority ethnic or religious background against discrimination and or hostile school environment imposed by school principal or board or other students. Under the new interpretation schools lose federal funding among other punishments when they create a hostile environment for children.
While this is a welcome development in this arena, it opens another question. Autistics, as misunderstood as they are, are often treated to a hostile school environment by ignorant and or intolerant school officials and other students alike. While this is rampant and almost standard behavior by many school districts, it has gone under the radar so far. I feel that that the standard anti-discrimination laws fall short of protecting autistics students who superficially are not an ethnic minority, most of whom are white kids anyway. This has created a problem similar to the workplace discrimination against women a century ago.
The problem is this, a white autistic kid does not qualify for a minority characterization under current laws and is therefore not entitled to any of the protections that minority students are entitled to. However in all objective terms, an autistic kid of any ethnicity is a minority by definition, since this child is not like the other kids, and therefore is discriminated against constantly by schools who are too ignorant and lazy to figure out fair ways of treating someone who is not the same and who requires a slightly different treatment.

This revelation today also takes me to another familiar problem, the state of autistic adults in the workplace. The same reasoning applies here. Autistic, asperger’s and highly sensitive adults are not an ethnic minority, in fact they come from all creeds and backgrounds and religions. Yet they are an objective minority based on who they are. Again here ignorance and laziness results in mistreatment of this group in the workplace. Often this means creating a hostile workplace environment for this group causing them unbearable distress and often leading them to quit or otherwise be underemployed where they are relatively immune from scrutiny.
This is a rampant problem and there are no provisions in the equal opportunity employment laws that makes it illegal to create a hostile workplace environment for someone who is simply different. In fact creating such hostile environments is a mainstay of American business today and is bragged about by employers as their way of getting around the anti-discrimination laws. This is obviously unfortunate and requires a revolution in how we look at minority status. It requires a new and progressive legislative spirit that goes beyond the tangible skin color and ethnicity and religious background to dwell into the intangible characteristics that are embedded in one’s personality.
A lone voice in the prairie, hope not!
Rami j serhan, MD
Http://sovereign research.org
Https://autismtm.com
Consultant@sovereign research.org

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The conversation on Autism every parent wishes to have: short video from a child’s perspective 1000s have watched

Nov 16 2010 Published by under Asperger's

This is the conversation every mom and dad with an autistic child wish they could have. The clip depicts an autistic boy trying to educate his parents on his needs from his own unique perspective.

Rami Serhan, MD
http://sovereignresearch.org
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
https://autismtm.com

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The conversation on autism, every parent wishes to have: a short video from a child’s perspective

Nov 16 2010 Published by under Asperger's

This is the conversation every mom and dad with an autistic child wish they could have. The clip depicts an autistic boy trying to educate his parents on his needs from his own unique perspective.

Rami Serhan, MD
http://sovereignresearch.org
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
https://autismtm.com

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While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Sales of Cheese

Nov 06 2010 Published by under Asperger's

Leaving the merits of low fat diets to a future blog, I wanted to comment on this New YorK times article. this article reminded me of a book I read several years ago called the china study. This is a book written by an american public health professional whose job for uncle sam for 40 years was to compare life style and nutritional habits between the US and china. His career took him to remote villages in china where people led mostly vegetarian lives, devoid of red meat and dairy. His findings consistently showed the detrimental effects of red meat and animal byproducts on health. To his astonishment, remote village dwellers in china had no notion of cancer at age 60 or heart attacks and strokes at age 50 and so on. in short they had almost zero incidence of the diseases that we suffer the most from here in the west.

Needless to say he went on to discover the origins of this fascination we have with eating eggs, milk and bacon for breakfast and then beef, lamb and pork for the rest of the day. He found out that historically, this was never the case. The dietary main stay was mostly vegetarian (grain and vegetable based) with the occasional hunted animal. This has been true for at least 12,000 years i.e. since the last ice age receded.

So why are we emphasizing all sorts of animal products in our diet? well for purely economic reasons. the beef and pork industries have a tight grip on the department of agriculture and goverment policy. They are so powerful they have convinced congress to enact laws that prohibit anyone for disparaging red meat and dairy under the threat of jail and hefty fines.

On a personal note, I used to be heavy meat an dairy eater until about 3 years ago when for a multitude of reasons decided to become vegetarian. I have to say that except for feeling occasionally hungry everything about the shift has been rewarding. My energy in improved, my focus and concentration too. my skin feels lively and on and on.

here is a link to the book mentioned above. I am not affiliated with the author or publisher but I feel like this book could potentially save lives and help lots of people.

http://www.amazon.com/China-Study-Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1932100660/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1289088575&sr=1-1

Rami Serhan, MD
http://sovereignresearch.org
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
https://autismtm.com

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The onslaught of cruelty continues: Autistic kindergartener voted out of class survivor style; another bitten!

Nov 06 2010 Published by under Asperger's

The medieval mentality among teachers is alive and well seemingly everywhere. This time it is Florida teachers expressing their disdain with autism in the most inhumane ways. The article tries to lighten the subject but the truth is cruelty will always happen unless and until we have laws against psychologic crimes.
Autistics are constantly tortured in society for who they are by insensitive manipulative pricks who know how to irritate them and provoke tantrums. Then this so called teacher and in some cases parent or even therapist goes on to claim that this autistic person is not fit for group activity or whatever.
The ignored fact is that individuals on the autistic spectrum do very well in serious emergencies but freak out when faced by tangential minor inconveniences. The rest of society is able to handle and or tune out these minor irritants.
The result most neurotypicals know that to get someone on the spectrum you got to go after the little things. And they do constantly and they use such manipulation to prove erroneously our social incompetency.
Sounds like a simple matter but it’s not. Autistics everywhere are excluded from classes, nourishing family environments, jobs and other opportunities using this predatory evil method. This ought to stop and the only way it can be stopped is by outlawing it.
We cannot afford another generation of isolation and lost talents that are vital to society. What a shame! What a shame.
I am out.
Rami Serhan
Http://sovereignresearch.org
Https://autismtm.com
Http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm

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The conversation about Autism, every parent wishes she can have: an 8 min animated video I made

Nov 05 2010 Published by under Asperger's

This is the conversation every mom and dad with an autistic child wish they could have. The clip depicts an autistic boy trying to educate his parents on his needs from his own unique perspective.

Rami
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sovereign-Autism-Research/122574297760647

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The conversation about autism every parent wishes they can have: an 8 min animated video I made!

Nov 05 2010 Published by under Asperger's

This is the conversation every mom and dad with an autistic child wish they could have. The clip depicts an autistic boy trying to educate his parents on his needs from his own unique perspective.
Rami
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sovereign-Autism-Research/122574297760647

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