Archive for May, 2011

Reuters: WHO says cell phone use “possibly carcinogenic” http://t.co/RuMprbq

May 31 2011 Published by under Asperger's,Autism,Highly Sensitive Person,HSP

Reuters: WHO says cell phone use “possibly carcinogenic” http://t.co/RuMprbq

Wow, how long does it take to say that radiation beamed at short distance directly to your head may not actually be good for you. Well in the case of cell phones about 30 years. That is not because health officials the world over were tirelessly looking for evidence the last 30 years. Nope, that is just because economics trumps health every time everywhere. Enough said!

Of course one does not have to stop using cell phones altogether. There are ways today to minimize radiation exposure. Using a bluetooth earpiece allows one to keep phone at a safe distance. One may also make phone calls from a computer or tablet using native speakers/mic. Google talk and Skype come to mind and they are all free. Yet, if you have to have your phone by your ear, a friend of mine is working on a paper thin chip that you can place on the back of your cell phone to divert the radiation. Drop me a line and I will send you the info regarding the chip.

Rami Serhan, MD
consultant@sovereignresearch.org
Sovereign Autism Research

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Integrative Autism Education website updated [looks and content] #AutismAwareness http://j.mp/mFR91T

May 12 2011 Published by under Asperger's

Integrative Autism Educational website was recently updated. Here are some highlights of what you can expect in the new site:
1-Uniform look and easier straightforward navigation
2-Educational videos added to site http://j.mp/iJwj1Y
3-More educational tutorials http://j.mp/iJwj1Y I am constantly adding new tutorials, so check it often.
4-Provider directory: now healthcare providers can list their services on the site to be discovered by potential clients http://j.mp/kPbBY3
5-Non-invasive online screening tool: find out where you are on the spectrum in 10 questions. It is quantitative, graphical and takes 2 minutes. http://j.mp/gRhfRK
6-Book: psyche-smart autism book figures, tables, references and table of contents are now on the site http://j.mp/eDp3BR
7-Sensitive Fellowship page has been overhauled: share your experience of being sensitive and thriving in the world or read what others are sharing http://j.mp/mxLH4g
8-Secure Contact forms http://bit.ly/kLCtwR
9-Blog has been revamped and more pages added http://j.mp/gDhx8o
There is so much more to be discovered on the new and improved site http://sovereignresearch.org

Rami Serhan, MD
consultant@sovereignresearch.org
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TTX0LO
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
http://www.youtube.com/user/hspevolved?feature=mhum
http://goo.gl/mvjsL

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Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent? [TRANSCRIPT] #AutismAwareness http://j.mp/jo24wj

May 12 2011 Published by under Asperger's

Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent?

In this video, I will tackle a few problems commonly encountered in handling a child on the autism spectrum.

1- Stimming:
Some parents see all forms of Stimming as a damming sign that their child is different from other kids and are quite often embarrassed by it. They go to extra length to make the habit go away or get it “extinguished”. They are often proud of their accomplishment and the resources spent to reach this goal. However, for the child, stimming represents a badly needed means of stress relief. Children do not understand stress management. They only know how they feel and many find out pretty quickly that they can feel better by plucking hair or rocking or biting nails or cutting skin etc…

By extinguishing the stimming habit through behavioral manipulation and/or threats, we are depriving the child of this relief and compounding her suffering. An alternative approach, would be to provide other means of stress relief; in which case, the habit will disappear spontaneously.

This does not mean that stress management makes Stimming disappear forever. No, as a matter of fact, whether you use stress relief or take the child to a conventional therapist, Stimming may still come back during crises, sensory overload or depressive circumstances.

Stimming should be viewed for what it is, a rare sign that children display telling us they are in a state of distress. Especially in the case of autism we should be mindful of these non-verbal signs to manage them rather than try to extinguish them.

2- ABA:
Therapy is many times a useful part of bringing an autistic child from his world back to ours. However, the choice of therapist can make the difference between success and failure.

The best way I can describe Applied behavioral analysis is attempting to teach someone the regional accent for a language he does not speak. Autistic children spend the majority of their time too overwhelmed to understand the emotions they are feeling. This puts them at a disadvantage in emotional development.

Many well-meaning ABA therapists ignore talking them into understanding their emotions, and focus exclusively on teaching them canned behavioral responses. While this is viewed as practical by the therapist, and helps put anxious parents at ease, it is problematic for 2 reasons:

First, children never really internalize these behaviors as their own; rather they realize these responses are just another thing they have to tolerate in order to please their surroundings. This can and does become a source of distress for the child in a catch 22 sort of way. In other words, learning canned behaviors does not help the child operate in situations that are even slightly different from the learned response. You can teach the behavioral response to hundreds of social situations; and you can bet the first time your child is on his or her own, they will encounter a novel situation that therapy never provided a solution for. Drawing on similar situations that were actually learned, often leads only to embarrassment, bizarre behavior and eventually isolation.

Second, in order to provide the child a fighting chance in society, you have to help her get in touch with her own feelings until she understands them. Then and only then she can find within her the appropriate response to just about any social situation she finds herself in.

Solution: choose a Jungian therapist who will dwell into your child’s own emotional makeup and help her understand the emotional language that everyone else uses in every day interaction.

3- Pharmaceutical psychotropics:
Without going into physiologic details in this context, understand that currently available psychotropics are too non-specific in their mode of action in the brain to solve any particular problem. They just mask problems, make them inaccessible and push them into the future. Not to mention that many psychotropics are powerful enough to abolish your child’s personality and replace it with docile, mellow, under-achieving and submissive personality.

All this is a problem because as your child grows up she will find out that she has all these unresolved childhood issues that she has to grapple with as an adult. She may never forgive you for that.

4- Peek-a-boo:
Here is light problem to end this partial critique of the state of autism today. Autistic children hate surprises. And I mean that in the most despising and intolerant of ways. It seems just about every doctor and every parent use peek-a-boo to measure the child’s ability to interact. It is often used as a cornerstone in autism diagnosis. When did personal preference become the basis of disease and wellness. It boggles the mind when you think of it.

This brings me to the title of the video. Moloch, in case you did not already know, is a deity whose worship was marked by the propitiatory sacrifice of children by their own parents. 2 Kings 23:10; Jeremai 32:35.

The contents of this video are just a drop in a bucket of the revelations you can expect to find in Psyche-Smart Autism book, currently available on amazon, barnes and noble, and google books.

Rami Serhan, MD
consultant@sovereignresearch.org
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TTX0LO
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
http://www.youtube.com/user/hspevolved?feature=mhum
http://goo.gl/mvjsL

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Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent? [NEW VIDEO] http://j.mp/autismmoloch

May 04 2011 Published by under Asperger's

Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent? [NEW VIDEO] http://j.mp/autismmoloch

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Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent? [NEW VIDEO] http://j.mp/autismmoloch

May 04 2011 Published by under Asperger's

Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent?
In this video, I will tackle a few problems commonly encountered in handling a child on the autism spectrum. Namely stimming, ABA, pharmaceutical psychetropics and peek-a-boo.

Rami Serhan, MD
consultant@sovereignresearch.org
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TTX0LO
http://sovereignresearch.org/psychesmartautismtm
http://www.youtube.com/user/hspevolved?feature=mhum
http://goo.gl/mvjsL
Autism Moloch: Who are we treating anyway, child or parent? [NEW VIDEO] http://j.mp/autismmoloch

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