Peyton loves to draw and watch movies. In fact, the 12-year-old proudly knows more than 200 quotations from different movies. Peyton has autism, which makes social interaction and changes in routine more difficult. For most of his life, Peyton’s family has adapted life to minimize surprises, but in March, Peyton received a welcome surprise in … Continue reading Boy with autism receives a new best friend
The recent talk of early intervention in children showing signs of potential Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has parents wondering if they, too, should be concerned. One such study reported in USA Today indicated the potential to prevent a diagnosis of ASD if babies begin therapy before they can toddle. In the study, seven babies between six and nine … Continue reading Autism early intervention: what to make of new studies
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States is experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in nearly 15 years. Hundreds of cases of the highly contagious disease have been reported so far this year in states across the country. Once thought to have gone the way of the Dodo bird, at least … Continue reading Eradicating 4 Myths about Measles
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism. With the uptick in awareness of autism over the past decade, the discussion has also brought with it much confusion. Parents can easily become overwhelmed when trying to process information, so how … Continue reading Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma
On a January night several years ago, my family and I found ourselves heading to the emergency room at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. My oldest son, Sam, had come home from the first day of competition at the Chisholm Challenge, a therapeutic horseback riding competition for equestrians with disabilities, after he began passing … Continue reading For My Son with Autism, Relief in an ER Visit
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Why are diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles making a comeback? Many in North Texas have been surprised to find out that right here in the Metroplex we have seen a huge outbreak of these two diseases with whooping … Continue reading WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of autism is that no two people diagnosed have the same characteristics or symptoms. Your child’s playground friend may have autism. You may have a family member with autism. You may work with someone who has autism. With all the varying degrees of autism, you may not recognize it. “We … Continue reading Are you autism aware?