AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference 2013

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After a short flight diversion to Cedar Rapids due to a thunderstorm, my wife Mandy and I safely arrived at O’Hare late yesterday. We’re here to spend time with families affected by autism at the AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference 2013 in Chicago.

This conference always brings me back to why we do what we do at Advanced Brain Technologies. Parents are here looking for answers to solve the beautiful and complex puzzle which is their child. Some are seasoned veterans, with Warrior Mom proudly stamped across their chest. Others are mom’s and dad’s that look like deer caught in the headlights. Their child has just been diagnosed with autism and they have no idea which end is up. Much less where to begin on their journey to help their son or daughter be all they can be in life. What is universal among the doctors, research scientists, therapists, teachers, care givers, vendors, volunteers, parents, and conference organizers, is that they are spending Memorial Day weekend within the confines of a hotel because they care. They care to share what they know, learn what they can, and give of themselves to help another. There is a great feeling of community; HOPE is here, waiting for those who attend.

If you happen to be at AO/GR Conference 2013, please drop by the Generation Rescue Lounge and visit us at The Listening Program® booth where Mandy, me, and our good friend and colleague, occupational therapist Sheila Allen, will be delighted to meet you. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking from 2:15-3:15 in Pollack presenting Acoustically- Modified Music: Brain Based Training for Improving Auditory Processing and Sound Hypersensitivity. I hope to see you here!

The Listening Program Autism Giveaway

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Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new findings revealing the prevalence of diagnosed autism spectrum disorder has risen to epidemic proportions.  1 in 50!

With the average cost of autism over the lifespan being $3.2 million dollars per person families need all the help they can get.  I’m happy to share that we are going to give one of these families a little support.

Using The Listening Program® (TLP) for just 15 minutes each day has been making a huge difference in the lives of families affected by autism. TLP has been voted Best Product at Autism One, is Autism Approved by the Autism Hope Alliance, and is Generation Rescue approved!

TLP is enjoyable acoustically-modified music that helps reduce sensory sensitivities and increase comfort in the environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum. It gently helps to desensitize emotional reactions to sound, reduce stress, and improve brain performance.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’re providing a family with a chance to benefit from TLP SPECTRUM. Our winner will receive a scholarship worth more than $2,300, including: TLP SPECTRUM, the WAVES™ bone conduction audio system, AND coaching from a TLP Certified Provider!

Entering is easy.  Just like the Advanced Brain Technologies Facebook fan page, enter your contact info, and tell us in 100 words or fewer how TLP SPECTRUM could help your child.

Please enter here: http://ow.ly/kjFP5  Hurry, the contest ends soon!

Attending Autism One/Generation Rescue Conference 2013? Stop by our booth in the Generation Rescue Lounge. On Friday, May 24th at 3:30 pm I’ll be presenting  Acoustically-Modified Music: Brain Based Training for Improving Auditory Processing and Sound Hypersensitivity. I hope to see you there!

Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism

Sound is everywhere, it’s as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Yet, many people become stressed or uncomfortable with sounds in their own home, school, work, and public places, and aren’t even aware of it.The cause, NOISE!

Negative sound exposure has a scientifically proven impact on health, sleep, attention, learning, communication, listening, hearing, stress and more. A 2011 report from the World Health Organization and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Burden of Disease From Environmental Noise states that “noise like this is second only to air pollution as an environmental cause of ill health.” There is no question noise is a major health concern, something my co-author Don Campbell and me wrote about extensively in our book Healing at the Speed of Sound®.  Each of us is impacted by noise, some more than others. But millions with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders and brain injury are not only impacted by noise, but often develop a negative emotional response to sound.

Dr. Jay Lucker, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Howard University in Washington, DC recently co-authored an article with me for Autism Science Digest which explores sound sensitivities in a growing population of children and adults with autism that are known to commonly have hypersensitivities to sound. The article titled “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” is in the current issue 04, which is available at Barnes and Noble through July.

Article Abstract- Many children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder are described as having auditory hypersensitivities. This paper describes auditory hypersensitivities, the systems involved in hypersensitive hearing, methods for evaluating auditory hypersensitivity in children, and possible treatments. Auditory hypersensitivity involves the non-classical auditory system and is an emotional response to sound rather than an auditory response. Children described as being hypersensitive to sound have negative emotional reactions to sounds and situations in which the sounds are present. It is possible to desensitize these negative emotional reactions and reprogram the emotional memory system so that children are no longer frightened by sounds.

My company Advanced Brain Technologies today announced the launch of TLP Spectrum™; a new auditory program for at home use, to improve sound brain fitness and reduce sensory sensitivities in children and adults who are or who may become hypersensitive to sounds. This program is a gentle way to desensitize emotional reactions to sound.

TLP Spectrum consists of evidence-based instrumental music which contains proprietary sound technologies to exercise the brain, and filter out unwanted sounds, while keeping the listener relaxed during fifteen-minute listening sessions with headphones. The program is ideal for those most susceptible to sound sensitivity; including children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, brain injury and developmental delays, as well as typically developing toddlers (my 2 year old son is on the program), preschoolers, and the elderly.

I’ll be presenting this article and introducing TLP Spectrum at the Autism One/ Generation Rescue Conference 2012 in Chicago next month. Hope to see you there!