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I'm imagining this could be used to treat autism, right?

My 8 year old son has autism and it breaks my heart every day. The lack of communication isolates so many parents and families. It would be welcomed if we could be offered some help.

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    Aug 14 2013: Hi Helen,

    My son is also autistic. I would like to help if I can?

    It is probably unwise for me to simply blurt-out my own observations, each autistic child is different, each parent is different and we face different tolerances in the communities around us.

    I can comment on what you have said - the isolation. This comes from having to cope with things that others in the community cannot comprehend. We are aware of it .. it hurts. It hurts on the level that no one with normal children are equipped to share the burden. It hurts also when our children do things in public that are not tolerated in "normal" circumstance .. all the judgement and intolerance becomes so very plain to us. And so we withdraw from the community we once knew.

    Well. Here you are at home.
    Are you prepared to discuss any specific aspect? I may be able to help with my experiences. My son is now 12 years old .. he calls himself an "ex-autistic" .. he is not neuro-typical, but he is no longer dysfunctional.

    (btw - it is unlikely that the electrode therapy will help autism. autism is a spectrum disorder that is not well understood, but seems to be helped by continuous brain plasticity - the brain re-wires itself. Strategies to enhance this process seem the best way to go.)
  • Aug 13 2013: Helen,

    Here is a much better option.
    If you don't do anything else today, go find the book "A Miracle To Believe In"

    By Barry N,Kaufman

    Or read it here.




    http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/contents/resources/miracle/index.php
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      Aug 13 2013: Hello Daniel....nice to see you:>)

      Another good book by Barry N. Kaufman is "Happiness is a Choice", in which he speaks about how he found happiness and joy with his "special child".
  • Aug 13 2013: Hi Dear Helen Lenard.I know how hard u are in now.Because I am a mom too.And my younger sister in law who has an autism son too.Sometimes I am aware of it isn't kid's fault but all our adults'problem to attitude our life.There are some things in our life we can't choose but have to accept.

    I think Being parents means we are ready to experience very challenging thing is how to grow up together with our kids.Sometimes I worry too much too.But everytime when I calm down to reflect everything I experienced I found all worrying caused by my defects.
    So I like to tell you:no matter what kind of kid you have,being parents are the same:just take it as an chance to live,to know more...
    put down everything just enjoy...
    I learnt a lot from the talk:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/roberto_d_angelo_francesca_fedeli_in_our_baby_s_illness_a_life_lesson.html
  • Aug 13 2013: Dear Helen,
    A dear friend of mine, who also has a son with autism, told me with great sincerity how it felt as a mother to feel so separated from her own child. As a mother, I can understand how it must feel for you, and your desire to breach that gap.

    Did you happen to see Derek Paravinci and Adam Ockelford's presentation?
    http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key_of_genius.html?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button__2013-08-09

    What impresses me most about this talk, is not Derek's amazing talent. It is his teacher's dedication and flexibility in guiding him, and helping him develop. Thanks to Adam, Derek has found a way to develop his personality and ability to communicate through music! Now, I am in n way suggesting your child become a child prodigy and tour the world or anything, but I wonder, if your son has a particular interest that you could focus on and encourage, that you both could use a a sort of channel of communication, a way to bridge that gap, so to speak? What does he enjoy doing?

    Edit: typos!
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    Aug 13 2013: I listened to this excellent talk several months ago and therefore do not remember if the expert suggested this could address autism. Not all neurological differences are of the same nature, so I wouldn't generally expect an approach that works for one to work broadly. For example, don't Parkinsons and Alzheimers both involve degeneration that effectively interferes with within-brain signaling? Does autism?

    Here is an article that suggests the possibility of deep brain stimulation as a therapy specifically for the motor components of autism, though not for the communication issues. http://www.oadd.org/publications/journal/issues/vol13no3/download/mcLaren.pdf

    In medical information in online journals, I would always look carefully into the credentials of the author, as many of the journals with compelling sounding names are not in fact of scholarly caliber and standards. I have not investigated this for this author and journal.

    This author is apparently in the department of anesthesia at the University of Toronto and likely not a neurologist.
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      Aug 13 2013: That is VERY good advice Fritzie.....to carefully consider the credentials of ANYONE who offers specific treatments or cures.

      I also agree that not all neurological differences are the same in nature, so I would not generally expect an approach that works for one to work broadly.

      You mention Parkinson's and Alzheimer's as examples...both very different, and while there seems to be several effective treatments/drugs for Parkinson's, it appears that they have not yet discovered effective treatments/drugs for Alzheimer's.
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        Aug 13 2013: I mentioned those two because Lozano, whose talk is linked, has used deep brain stimulation productively to address some of the functional impairments in both Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

        I think you would really like this presentation if you have not yet had an opportunity to view it. He has had some life-changing results for people.
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          Aug 13 2013: WOW!!! That is SO encouraging!!! I just watched Lozano's talk, and I thank you Fritzie, for stimulating my curiosity to check it out!!! I've heard and read about deep brain stimulation techniques, and was not aware that the research and practice was as advanced as it appears to be! That is truly so encouraging!
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    Aug 13 2013: Hi Helen,
    Have you seen this TED talk? Learn as much about it as you can....knowledge is power.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds.html
  • Aug 13 2013: Helen, I had the opportunity to hear this great TED talk by Roz Picard about Emotion Technology. Discussing autism she describes a technology she developed that might be of interest to you. Here is the link to her talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujxriwApPP4

    Maybe it can be of some assistance.
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    Aug 13 2013: Helen Hello,

    Read as much as possible about Autism and become master of the subject.

    Be your own counselar and than counsel others in the similar situation.
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    Aug 13 2013: Helen Lenard Hi , no need to feel heart broken.

    Out of so many parents you are chosen by HIm to take care of such a pious soul.

    Because He believes, you have the special abilitity, who can take his best care.

    Believe me consider your self fortunate, your son will bring you happiness ment only for few.