Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bouncing For Autism

Autism Society website image

Self-Dev Industry Should Look At Tools For This Condition

The US is observing April as "National Autism Awareness Month", and this year the Autism Society of America (ASA) have tied up with Pump It Up, the company that has over 240 franchised party facilities across the country. Together they plan to organize a fundraising event called "Bounce for Autism", across all the franchises of Pump It Up, where participants can play to their heart's content on the gigantic inflatables. Proceeds of the event will go to a fund dedicated to support autism.

ASA image for 'Bounce for Autism'

A Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), the condition of autism becomes known when an infant is usually about three years old. I quote the symptoms of autism from the pages of the website of (ASA):

1. Lack of or delay in spoken language
2. Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
3. Little or no eye contact
4. Lack of interest in peer relationships
5. Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
6. Persistent fixation on parts of objects

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Beyond identifying the regions of the brain where the structure and shape is different from those without this condition, science has not really made any headway so far in understanding the mechanisms that cause this condition in the first place. Treatment goals are frustratingly restricted to "managing" as opposed to "curing" this condition, and the immediate (and thus far the only) goal is to reduce family distress, and increase functional independence and the quality of life of the autie. As for pharmacologic interventions, the less said the better: doctors are trained to routinely prescribe stimulants and anti-psychotics.

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Research shows that over the years, the incidence of autism among children is gradually growing.

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Talking about the self-dev discipline as a whole, obviously the present stock of tools we presently hold in our arsenal falls short in addressing this condition. Which brings me to the motivation behind this post. Can somebody think of something radically new that can address this condition? This is one challenge that I would like to throw at the Self-Dev discipline and its practitioners: can we come out with a good, working tool that can be used as a CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) intervention to address Autism?

image by hapekla,


  1. Hi Sanjay,
    I would like to help these children in the only way open to me at present and that would be to recommend GNLD's nutritional products. One testimonial for them is from Dr.Don Lawson who was striken with polio shortly after getting married, paralysed from the neck down and on a iron lung the prognosis wasn't very comforting. However his wife found out about these products and started him on what she could afford. After a while he was able to begin life again and went on to become a doctor of nutrition and one of GNLD's greatest advocates, travelling the world as an able bodied person with something of a legacy from polio but lived a useful life and sadly passed away in his mid 60's. So as something that actually cured polio when the medical profession had given up I'm sure that these products would be of help to any one with "an incurable disease" perhaps not a complete cure but if it gives them a better quality of life then it would be worthwhile.

  2. Sanjai,

    Has anyone tried classical music, brainpower music and combination of no immunizations, and a gluten and cassin free diet? perhaps this could help these babies with autism., just an idea, maybe it could help

  3. What about EFT? Haven't used it extensively, but they say it is for anything.

  4. I am a kinesiology practitioner in Newcastle N.S.W Australia. I have workes with a number of children in Singapore with autism with great success.The methods I use are to clear the effects of innoculations, hydration, brain hydration, allergy corrections and a lot of jaw work.