Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit

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I’m very excited to share that I’ll be speaking Monday, June 19th at the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit!

⇒ You can get your free ticket here http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

My good friend, Tara Hunkin, founder of My Child Will Thrive, has brought together 25+ of the top doctors, researchers, nutritionists, and therapists for this completely free online conference to teach you exactly how to…

  • Identify the root causes of your child’s symptoms of Autism, ADHD, and SPD
  • Tell you about the latest research and how this can be applied to help your child
  • Put the pieces of the puzzle together so you can help your child thrive now!

The great thing about online summits is you can watch from the comfort of your own home without expensive travel or time away from your friends and family to attend a conference.

That’s why I’m so excited that Tara is putting this together for you!

My session is about using music to heal your child’s brain, where you’ll learn:

  • Why sound is important to the early development of the brain
  • How sound impacts the ANS and why this is of particular importance to autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorder community
  • What symptoms parents will recognize in their kids when they are struggling with dysregulation/inappropriate development/function of the brain
  • How the ability to calm the sympathetic response through music will help emotional regulation and sleep etc.
  • Why improving the child’s ability to regulate the ANS and sympathetic response will translate to improvements in other areas of health such as immune function
  • What is The Listening Program?
    • What symptoms does it address?
    • How does The Listening Program do this?
    • What can a parent/child expect if they use The Listening Program?
    • What ages do you recommend starting with the program?
    • How long does it take to see results?
    • What types of results can the parents expect to see?
    • How they get access to the program?
    • How The Listening Program complement other therapies?

Make sure to grab your free ticket to the Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

Join me along with more than 25 expert speakers and get inspired by the possibilities…

Sign up for the Summit for free http://adbn.co/childwillthrive and find the answers you are looking for!

Also, along with the expert talks, there are also free guides and discounts you’ll receive access to if you sign up!

Get your free access here!

 

Better Sleep: Practical Tips for You and Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

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A staggering 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many of these children suffer severe and debilitating symptoms and are not able to function normally without a lot of specialized help. If you are a parent perhaps your child is one of them. If not, you likely know a family touched by this often-debilitating disorder.

In my 20 + years researching and developing programs to help kids and adults achieve their extraordinary potential I’ve seen countless kids with autism achieve great things in life.  THERE IS HOPE!

That is the message my dear friend Kristin Selby Gonzalez and the team at the Autism Hope Alliance (AHA) have been working hard to bring you and other families affected by autism. This is one of the many reasons I serve on AHA’s Board of Directors.

AHA is putting on the 2nd Annual Autism Hope Summit May 15-20.  In this free, online event, you’ll discover the latest cutting edge brain and gut science, nutritional therapies, and self-care tools that are so powerful they can curb many of the debilitating symptoms of autism, allowing these kids to overcome obstacles and live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

It’s starting soon, and trust me – you do not want to miss this event! I’ll be speaking Monday, May 15, with host Tom Bohager. The topic will be “Better Sleep: Practical Tips for You and Your Child on the Autism Spectrum”. I’m sure sleep is something you never complain about having too much of, and the solutions you’ll learn in this informative talk may help improve bedtime in your own home. You might want to also check out Sleep Genius, our highly-rated iPhone and Android app that was developed following our team’s research helping NASA astronauts sleep better in space.

Register for this free online event now

Mark your calendar: Monday, May 15th through Saturday, May 20th

Hope IS possible. And it’s now more possible, more real, than it’s ever been before.

During the event, you will discover the tools and therapies to help you cultivate a deep, meaningful relationship with your child or loved one, as well as assist them in moving off the autism spectrum.

Register for this free online event now

 

Autism Hope Alliance Summit: Hope with a Plan

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This week I had the privilege of speaking at the Autism Hope Alliance Summit along with 31 of the world’s most trusted physicians, researchers, and therapists.

Thousands of people tuned in from 169 countries, which makes this truly a global event!

The summit is just coming to a close tomorrow, but I thought I would share since you can still catch my talk for free until tomorrow morning titled “Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Causes and Solutions”.

Now they’ve just released all 31 expert audio sessions to the public, through an All-Access Digital Pass that will give you permanent, lifetime access to every audio, along with transcripts for easy note taking and more.

Check out the Autism Hope Summit All-Access Digital Pass HERE

Autism Hope Alliance has provided over $300,000 in special foods, supplements, books, cleaners, toys and other crucial supplies to families across America. They have also provided over $140,000 in scholarships to families to attend a parent training program at the Autism Treatment Center of America and given free lectures to over 4,000 families.

When you grab this unique and special All-Access Digital Pass, your small donation will go to funding more of these wonderful programs. Plus you’ll equip and empower your family with the latest tools, tips, therapies and resources that can help you and your child on your autism journey.

See the Speakers & Topics Included

In full disclosure I’m on the Board of Directors for Autism Hope Alliance, and volunteer my time to this organization because I believe in the cause!

Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Causes and Treatment

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A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that autism spectrum disorder prevalence has significantly increased to over 2% of all children in the United States, with an estimated 1 in 28 boys currently with an autism diagnosis.

Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals and parents are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities.

The journal Autism Research and Treatment recently published a peer reviewed article which discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. I wrote this article with Dr. Jay R. Lucker of Howard University. Our article focuses on brain research to support the idea of the non-classical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. We also discuss brain mechanisms believed to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity, and treatments for hypersensitive hearing.

This Wednesday, February 3rd at 8 pm Eastern, Dr. Jay R. Lucker will join me on The Listening Program Radio to discuss the topic of Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity, the causes, treatment, and hope for those suffering from sound sensitivities.

Register here for this free program and to ask us a question we can answer live. You’ll receive an email with the call-in number and a web link to listen online 3 hours before the show.

Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Hope for Relief

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Helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve their greatest potential has been something close to my heart throughout my career. This interest has lead me in many directions including; research, developing scientifically optimized music for brain training, conference presentations, board positions in autism organizations, and writing.

One of my questions has been why do people with ASD so frequently demonstrate behaviors related to sensory over responsitivity (SOR), specifically auditory  hypersensitivity, also called hyperacousis and misophonia? This is a condition that touches not just the majority of individuals with autism, but many others including the so-called “neurotypical”. Sound hypersensitivity can be absolutely debilitating. It is heart-wrenching to see a child or adult suffer pain or perception of pain from everyday sounds.

In the quest to help, I’ve been so fortunate that Dr. Jay R. Lucker of the Department of Communication Sciences at Howard University and I share this interest. For years we have collaborated on research related to this phenomenon. Our first joint article on the topic “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” was published in Autism Science Digest in 2012. We then wrote an extensive follow-up to the Autism Science Digest article which is a deeper exploration into the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity which was just published in the peer reviewed journal Autism Research and Treatment.

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Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, caregiver, educator, or therapist who is touched by someone with autism, or you yourself are on the autism spectrum I do hope this latest research article provides some answers, and hope for relief from over sensitivity to sounds.

 

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain- For Life

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Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In his latest book Brain Maker, the New York Times # 1 bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, BRAIN MAKER opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

Join me and David Perlmutter Wednesday, May 6, at 8PM EST as we discuss Brain Maker, brain disorders, and how to open the door to brain health. Register now for this free program and receive an email reminder 3 hours before the show. http://adbn.co/1BKY8dw

Autism: Identifying the Biochemical Fingerprint

 

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A few years back I was introduced to a physician by a mutual friend, Kristin Selby Gonzales. Kristin is mom to Jaxson who is diagnosed with autism, and Chairman of Autism Hope Alliance , a non-profit doing great work in the field, and whose advisory board I proudly serve on. The three of us shared a panel discussion on autism treatment and recovery at the Natural Product Expo West. That doctor was Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP, FMAP. After hearing his personal story as a father with two children with autism, who switched from a family medical practice to biomedical research and treatment to help other families whose lives are touched by autism and other pediatric special needs, I gained an instant respect and appreciation for this man. I’ve tracked his work closely since and want to share what he has been up to with parents and health professionals, so I’ve invited him as my guest on TLP Radio tomorrow.

Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that autism is often characterized by complex abnormalities such as oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, certain genetic abnormalities, exposure(s) to environmental toxicants, immunological abnormalities, infections, and in some cases, developmental regression and seizures. These abnormalities may contribute to the symptoms of autism, such as sleep problems, obsessive behavior, speech delay, impaired social interaction, self-stimulatory behavior, hyperactivity, inattention, and abnormal gastrointestinal findings.  Many children with autism have a unique combination of these abnormalities and may possess some or all of these problems simultaneously. The early identification of these abnormalities helps clinicians and parents to choose the most effective treatment options.  Dr. Rossignol’s aim is to identify the unique biochemical abnormalities that each individual possesses (e.g., the biochemical fingerprint) and works to create the most effective treatments for these abnormalities using evidence-based medicine principles.

Join me and Dr. Dan Rossignol on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast tomorrow, April 1st at 8PM Eastern as we discuss the latest biomedical research on autism, his approach toward individualized treatment, and efforts to prepare other medical professionals to deliver the best possible care to children with autism through the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). Register for an email reminder and submit a question for my esteemed guest.