As I sit and read piece meal on topics like special needs trusts and guardianship for my son, I have to look real hard at what he can and can’t do for himself today, as well as, tomorrow.
One of the topics that has been covered is taking care of himself and his health. Will he be motivated to excercise? Will he be able to take care of his health? This article over at Disability Scoop gives me some hope.
The article is entitled “Club Helping People With Disabilities Be More Physically Active” by Edward Lee at the Baltimore Sun. Here’s hoping that this movement will head west.
I have to say that I’ve never heard of this type of program before but it is no doubt long overdue. The article is entitled “First responders attend autism awareness training” over at the Autism Daily Newscast. The training was held in Sandy Springs, Georgia. This is definitely something I will have to look into here in St. Louis.
This is a very interesting article to say the least. To me it’s speaks to the idea that autism isn’t a disease to be cured. It’s simply part of some peoples makeup and like anything else, it has it’s good points and not so good points.
The article is entitled “We’ve called autism a disease for decades. We were wrong.” by Dylan Matthews and it’s definitely gives us food for thought.
As I’ve done before, I want to get a big shout out to the Missouri Special Olympics. My son had a chance to do some drills, take some shots and just have fun with the Lindbergh High School basketball team. Since I forgot to say thank you then, I want to say thank you now.
The guys were great and I also got the chance to talk to some other parents, even finding a possible basketball league and bowling group for my son, courtesy of the Special Olympics.
Win, Win for Everyone!
As soon as I saw this article, I thought okay, here is another step that my son will soon have to take, just like many children with autism. Now while, he needs braces and this is just about taking a child with autism to the dentist, the journey is still the same.
The article is entitled “Increasingly, Dentists Tailoring Care for Kids with Special Needs” by By Rebecca Elliott at the Houston Chronicle. I’m just hoping I can find someone like her for my son.
As my stomach sits here a little upset tonight, I came across this article about a study on good bacteria in the human gut. The article is entitled “‘Good’ Bacteria Ease Autism-Like Behaviors in Mouse Model” over at Autism Speaks.
Now the article is from last year which makes me wonder, has there been any follow-up? I’m gonna have to look tomorrow as I’m ready to head to bed but I’ll keep you posted.
On a little bit of a side note, I’ve recently decided to start giving my son the dietary supplement melatonin to help with his sleep. I know he doesn’t always sleep well and his Play Therapist recommended it. I also wonder if there is any correlation between the two?