by Veronica Rousseau, Spectrum Supplements on September 18, 2011
In 1996, Autism was still a rare disease, affecting about 4 child out of 10 000. Today, around 1 child out of 110 is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. While we hear a lot about various theories about causes of autism, a growing problem remains unaddressed: what the future is holding for those autistic children?
The fact is that the services offered for autistic children are by far more important than those offered to autistic adults. However, all the autistic children diagnosed today will eventually grow-up and have to face their future. What will happen when parents can’t longer take care of them? How can we make them more autonomous and get them ready for living on their own?
This must-watch video addresses the problem and asks important questions regarding the place of autistic adults in society.
by Veronica Rousseau, Spectrum Supplements on September 11, 2011
Every child can suffer from sleep problems from time to time. However, special needs children like those with autism or Aspergers disease can suffer from sleep problems at a greater rate than typically developing children. Erratic sleep patterns can leave both children and parents stress and sleep deprived.
Here are some tips to help your child and you to get better sleep.
Get active in waking hours: We all know how easier it is to fall asleep after a good day of outdoor activities. It’s the same thing for your child. Making sure that your child spends enough time performing vigorous physical activities during the day is a key element to a good night sleep. Physical activity not only generates healthy exhaustion that help inducing sleep, it also promotes the release of natural chemicals in the brain known as endorphins, that also contribute to having a restful night.
Avoid caffeine and sugary foods: Make sure to avoid giving your child sugary or caffeinated beverages like soft drinks, especially in the evening. If you must have dessert at dinnertime, opt for natural sugars such as fruits. Focusing on high protein rather than on high carbs meals for dinner is also recommended.
Try melatonin: Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound found in animals, plants and microbes. In animals, circulating levels of melatonin vary in a daily cycle, thereby regulating the circadian rhythms of several biological functions. Melatonin supplements could therefore be useful to help restoring natural sleep cycles, a common problem for special needs children. Many biological effects of melatonin are produced through activation of melatonin receptors, while others are due to its role as a pervasive and powerful antioxidant, with a particular role in the protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, which could help in the support of Autism and Aspergers in children.
Provide a calm environment: A quiet environment can also help the transition to bed. Avoid television, computers and videogames at least an hour before bedtime. You can also dim the lights and put on some relaxing music, signaling that bedtime is approaching.
Stick to your routine: Establish a sleep routine using the tips above and try to limit longer naps or napping close to bedtime, and stick to it. A regular sleep routine will help setting an expectation and regularity that helps all children, especially those on the autism spectrum.
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Spectrum Supplements is a proud sponsor and will exhibiting at the Autism Canada Kidsability 2011 Conference in Kitchener, Ontario. Whether you are a parent, educator, medical professional, researcher or individual dedicated to improving the life of individuals with autism, you will not want to miss this year’s conference; Changing the Course of Autism. CHANGING THE [...]
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