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10Apr/142

The Listening Program as an Autism Treatment

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9Apr/140

Sunlighten Partners with National Autism Association During Autism Awareness Month

Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

Throughout the month of April 2014, Sunlighten, the leader of far infrared saunas, is donating a portion of sales to the National Autism Association. Autism is growing at a staggering rate. The detoxification benefits of our far and full spectrum infrared saunas are often sought after by both parents and health care providers of those on the autism spectrum. Now affecting one in 50 children, it only makes sense for us to pay it forward to this cause, says Connie Zack, Sunlightens co-founder.

Sunlightens saunas are often used by health care practitioners as a natural, non-invasive and relaxing way for a child to detoxify at the cellular level. The far infrared rays also increase blood flow to reduce the bodys hold on environmental toxins and reduce inflammation caused by viral exposure. An additional therapy that Sunlighten provides is Acoustic Resonance Therapy (A.R.T.). This combines the healing effects of sound and vibration within the sauna experience to balance the brainwaves bringing the body to a deeper state of relaxation. A.R.T. has been shown to significantly reduce stress, improve mood, balance the heart rate and increase circulation and enhance creativity, communication and problem solving capabilities.

Autism requires a holistic lifestyle approach. Combining infrared therapy and A.R.T. provides a natural, healing environment that can benefit the whole family.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt states, With clinically backed infrared heaters, Sunlighten saunas aid in detoxification, blood pressure reduction, weight loss, pain relief and skin purification. Made of non-toxic materials with easy set-up, comfort and use, these are the preferred choice for treatment of autism, lyme disease and other chronic conditions for lifetime use.

According to Dr. Rachel West, infrared therapy gets the blood moving through the pathways of elimination including liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal track, colon and skin. The nice thing is that far infrared actually penetrates at cellular levels so it will help clean out organ tissues and disconnect cells from toxins that may be blocking pathways and at very low heat, which is safe for children.

Sunlighten manufactures the safest and most effective far infrared saunas on the market. Their proprietary Solocarbon

4Apr/14Off

Trib Talk: Paying for autism treatment

Treatment for autism is expensive and many insurance plans won't cover it. Last year, Utah lawmakers set up a trial "lottery" where 270 children with autism ...

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Mental Health Experts to Present Newest Research on Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD at Anxiety and Depression Conference 2014

Silver Spring, Md. (PRWEB) March 21, 2014

More than one thousand mental health and scientific experts will meet March 2630 to attend the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2014 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is sponsored by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Anxiety disorders are among the best understood brain disorders, with available effective evidence-based psychological and pharmacological treatments. These disorders interfere with daily functioning for 40 million adults in the U.S., and they are the most common mental illness in children, affecting one in eight. As many as two-thirds of adults with an anxiety disorder were undiagnosed or untreated as children. Anxiety disorders are considered gateway disorders because they often lead to depression, substance abuse and suicide attempts.

Depressive disorders affect about 19 million adults. More than 50 percent of people diagnosed with depression also have an anxiety disorder. Comorbid anxiety and depression account for the most disabling mental health disorders in the United States.

Under the conference theme "Personalized Treatments for Anxiety and Mood Disorders," experts will present their findings and clinical experience. For more details, visit the ADAA website.

Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD, will deliver the Jerilyn Ross Lecture Will Genetic Research Help Us Find Better Treatments? on Thursday evening. His research has focused on identifying the role of genes and experience in patients risks for developing major depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other psychiatric disorders. He and his colleagues also study pharmacogenetic predictors of treatment response and the ways in which advances in genetics may affect clinical practice in psychiatry. Dr. Smoller is the author of The Other Side of Normal: How Biology Is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior.

Chicago-area experts presenting talks include Mark Pollack, MD, chair of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center; Patrick McGrath, PhD, Alexian Brothers Health System; Karen Cassiday, PhD, Anxiety Treatment Group; and others from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern and many local practices.

One focus will be on anxiety disorders and depression and the risk to suicide. Anxiety disorders are well-known as a factor in assessing suicide risk. Ron Kessler, PhD, Harvard Medical School, will discuss predictors of suicides in the U.S. Army compared to the civilian population, as a part of the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army-STARRS) study.

Among more than 150 presentations, these topics will be presented:

21Mar/14Off

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Partners with AutismUp to Help Rochester Parents Gain Access to Autism Insurance Coverage


Rochester, NY (PRWEB) March 10, 2014

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), in partnership with AutismUp, will offer a free, three-hour workshop titled New York Insurance Funding for Autism to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) navigate their way through the insurance coverage process. Parents will learn what must be covered under New York law and how they can gain access to coverage. The workshop takes place at Autism Up on Monday, April 7, 2014, from 7 to 10:00 p.m., located at 180 Linden Oaks Dr., Rochester, N.Y. 14625. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Registration is required by April 5, 2014 to d.plump(at)centerforautism(dot)com.

Gaining access to insurance coverage for autism treatment can be a confusing and difficult process for families, said Bryce Miler, CARD director of contracts. We are excited to partner with AutismUp to provide parents with the information necessary to advocate for their children.

Attendees will learn what insurance companies will and will not cover, types of plans and rules regarding coverage, effective strategies to maximize benefits, how to understand the complexities of different insurance carriers, which plans must comply with the New York autism insurance mandate, information about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) plans, and what to know during open enrollment.

The New York autism insurance mandate (A 8512) went into effect in November 2012, as one of the most comprehensive autism insurance reforms in the country, requiring health plans to provide coverage of critical autism therapies for both children and adults diagnosed with ASD. Shortly after, the New York Department of Financial Services published emergency regulations which required ABA therapy to be provided only by licensed Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). This left many families without access to care, as New York had no state licensure process. In July 2013, the emergency regulations were revised to allow BCBAs to supervise treatment, thus opening the door to insurance coverage once again and leaving families with many questions.

ABA is the only scientifically validated treatment for ASD, and research shows it is most effective when delivered early and at a high level of intensity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, making it more prevalent than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatrics AIDS combined.

About AutismUp

AutismUp is the leading 501(c)3 autism organization in Rochester and the surrounding areas. Founded in 2004 by a small group of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), its mission is to support individuals with ASD and their families by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life. AutismUp has grown to include over 1,000 family and professional members. The efforts of AutismUp have reached thousands in the upstate New York area to raise awareness of the autism epidemic and to strengthen the abilities and increase the success of individuals with ASD.

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at its 26 treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of over 1,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com.







10Mar/14Off

airweave and GBK Hosted a Luxurious Gift Lounge Honoring the Nominees and Presenters of the 2014 Academy Awards February 28th and March 1st Beverly Hills


Los Angeles (PRWEB) March 04, 2014

GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, partnered with Title Sponsor airweave to honor the 2014 Academy Award Nominees and Presenters at the annual Gift Lounge on February 28th and March 1st. Established in Japan in 2004, airweave inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium bedding toppers and pillows.

It was a wet weekend in Southern California, but despite the rain celebrity guests flocked to the airweave and GBK Lounge to be pampered by the events luxury lifestyle sponsors. Guests enjoyed music from DJ Shy, the first female On-Air Mixer at 102.7 KIIS-FM, and received a generous selection of gifts from participating brands. Among the luxury gifts included a range of trend-setting and unique finds including: Presenting Sponsor Tervis, who gifted personalized Tervis tumblers that are made in America and keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold; Arabia Escapes - from exclusive hotels, fascinating culture, fine dining, and incredible shopping, Arabia Escapes delivers access to unforgettable experiences in the Middle East and Northern Africa; BLOW e-Hookah, a revolutionary electronic hookah; pet supplies from Support Ur Pet, whose mission is to support pets through supporting their pawrents; Jigabot AIMe, an automated camera controller that can compose a shot to keep you in frame; Wine Me?, wine glasses that are one-of-a-kind luxury creations personally hand painted by artist Rebecca Suriano; Palace Resorts, who gifted a four day/three night stay for two at the brands signature property, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort; Duck Commander Meals by Food Supply Dept, providing meal kits pre-packaged for outdoor adventures, natural disaster food insurance and emergency food storage; Activz, a whole-food nutrition kale, wheat grass and coconut powders that quickly increase the nutrition value of any meal; SOUL Electronics, gifting a variety of ultra-premium headphones; Relax 2 Yoga, gifting complimentary Yoga/Pilates training sessions; and ABC Limo, gifting vouchers for complimentary airport transfers to LAX.

Beauty-related items includee: Minerva Research Labs, who gifted Pure GOLD COLLAGEN

7Mar/14Off

Special Learning Expands its ABA Resource Library


Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) March 04, 2014

Special Learning Inc., the leading global provider of mobile technology applications and comprehensive educational and training systems for the special needs community, is pleased to announce the expansion of its comprehensive ABA Resource Library for the treatment of those with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Our resource library contains hundreds of practical and relevant tools including articles, training videos, advice from industry practitioners, and quality downloadable tools; and national directories of BCBAs, speech pathologists, public schools, and many more. The library is an easily accessible, convenient research resource for parents, educators, professionals, and students requiring in-depth and current information on ABA and autism-related topics. Those who are benefiting from our quality information include:

3Mar/14Off

UC Davis MIND Institute Launches “Colombia Project of Hope”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PRWEB) February 25, 2014

Researchers at the internationally respected UC Davis MIND Institute are collaborating with scientists at two Colombian universities to investigate the very high rate of fragile X-related disorders in one region in the South American country.

Named the "Colombia Project of Hope," the initiative aims to advance fragile X research and benefit individuals with fragile X-related disorders in the United States and around the world by focusing on a recently identified fragile X "hotspot" in Colombia.

In November 2013, fragile X researchers led by internationally known fragile X investigator and MIND Institute Medical Director Randi Hagerman, visited the Valle del Cauca District and the small town of Ricaurte, which for years has been known to have a very high prevalence of individuals with intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation.

Our goal is to advance fragile X research worldwide by turning Ricaurte from a village of despair to a village of hope with new treatments for fragile X syndrome and related disorders, Hagerman said.

Hagerman and her team screened many of Ricaurtes residents, using a diagnostic test developed by Flora Tassone, UC Davis professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine. Conducted in partnership with the Colombian scientists, the testing found a very high incidence of fragile-X related mutations among the population the reason for the regions high levels of intellectual disability and the solution to a decades-old medical mystery.

The term fragile X is used to describe the altered appearance of the X chromosome among sufferers from the constellation of conditions associated with defects in a gene called FMR1. The defect causes disorders such as fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading known single-gene cause of autism, and a Parkinsons disease-like condition in adults called fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, or FXTAS. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 4,000 males and 1 in 6,000 to 8,000 females in the United States have fragile X syndrome.

After determining the high incidence of fragile X disorders in and around Ricaurte, the MIND Institute investigators determined that researching this fragile X hotspot could offer additional clues to the development of fragile X and its incidence in other populations around the world. They determined to approach the initiative through collaborating with their colleagues at research institutions in Bogota and Medell

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