Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Why I Give My 9-year-old Pot

"Question: why are we giving our nine-year-old a marijuana cookie?

Answer: because he can't figure out how to use a bong.

Last spring, I wrote about applying for a medical marijuana license for my autistic, allergic 9-year-old son, J., in hopes of soothing his gut pain and anxiety, the roots of the behavioral demons that caused him to lash out at others and himself. After reading studies of how cannabis can ease pain and worry, and in consultation with his doctor, we decided to give it a try."

A three-part essay from Slate magazine.

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Controversial supplement to come off shelves

Pharmacies are halting sales of OSR#1, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement to parents of children with autism, six weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the product an unapproved new drug. Several pharmacists told the Tribune they received an e-mail last week from Boyd Haley, president of the company that makes the product, informing them that OSR#1 would not be available after Thursday. One online pharmacy, Forrest Health, posted this message: "CTI Science has voluntarily agreed to remove OSR#1® from the market effective Thursday, 29 July 2010."
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More unidentified autistic adults found

One of the recurring themes heard in online discussions of autism is “where are the autistic adults?” Click here for full article.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Is Picky Eating An Early Sign Of Autism?

In addition, say experts, the new study suggests that feeding problems may be considered an early sign of autism. Most cases of ASD are diagnosed after age 2 or 3, when symptoms such as an inability to verbalize or a lack of development of language and social skills emerge. But Emmett and her team say changes in feeding patterns, which can materialize as early as several months after birth, could signal the presence of early autism.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Voice analysis may help ID autism early

Analyzing a child's voice may someday be a way to screen children for autism, according to a new study."What the study does is apply a technology that is capable of identifying sound differences in children's speech," says Steve Warren, a behavioral psychologist at the University of Kansas and one of the study's authors.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010