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Reducing Stressors in Children with Autism

Introduction

Just living in today's world is stressful for everyone, let alone a child struggling with autism.  What is important for an ASD child is to reduce the stressors in his or her environment so that the child is not reactive to the world they live in.  This may mean less noise, improved lighting, better air quality, pure filtered water, non toxic cleaning fluids, organic foods, cotton clothing, non toxic hygiene and personal care products, no microwave, avoid aluminum or non stick cookware, no tobacco exposure, no chemical pesticides, no plastic containers, be aware of geopathic stress, eliminate toxic building materials, remove rugs and carpets and so on.  Children with autism are extremely sensitive to their environment and may have a variety of physical, emotional, psychological, and behavioral reactions to any of the above stressors.  However, one of the most crucial concerns in our environment today is the increasing electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radio fields (RF) emitted from electrical power lines, smart meters, Wi-Fi, cell phones and towers, electrical wires/sockets and household appliances.  Collectively the effects of all these fields together are referred to as electrosmog.  Research has shown that electrosmog is one of the main contributing factors to the major epigenomic changes, (study of epigenetics), that has occurred at an excelling rate over the last two decades.  Epigenetics is the result of environmental triggers modifying human genes by turning the DNA "on" and "off".  Other environmental toxins also triggering epigenetic changes are the chemtrail spraying in the atmosphere by the geoengineers and the environmental chemicals called neuroendocrine disruptors which alter the hormonal system affecting the brain and the nervous system.  The combination of all these environmental exposures are changing the gene expression and causing defects in the methylation process and the gene variant MTHFR (see Methylation/MTHFR).  Children are most susceptible to the epigenetic risks which may be contributing to the current rise in autism spectrum disorders.  In fact, the growing numbers are at an exponential rate.  Experts predict that over the next ten years or so, most babies born will fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.  Epigenetics is an overwhelming reality of how our environment and DNA interact with one another.

Related Sites

Surfers Healing
Description:  The mission of Surfer’s Healing is to enrich the lives of people with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. The original surf camp for autism – one day at the beach!

Creating a Home Where Your Child Can Thrive With a Disability
Description:  This site is all about modifications to your home to accommodate your child's disability or condition after an accident. The site includes modifications for all kinds of circumstances such as: autism, sensory concerns, visual impairments and wheelchairs. Also addressed are financial concerns, medical equipment, available financial resources and when it makes sense to move.

Temple Grandin PhD
Description:  Temple Grandin addresses a variety of stress-related issues pertaining to ASD children. She identifies with many of the problems families of ASD children are dealing with and addresses these issues in order to help parents reduce the stressors in their child’s life.

An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits
Description:  This site offers protective solutions for public health and our ecosystem. Katie Singer has created a unique website of information on awareness and solutions for families.

Klinghardt Academy
Description:  Dr. Klinghardt has a wealth of information on the deleterious health effects of EMF and RF on the human race and especially on children. He provides many solutions and tools to protect families.

Books

Chaos to Calm: Discovering Solutions to the Everyday Problems of Living with Autism by Martha Gabler
Description:  This book was written by the mother of an autistic child. It includes her own problem solving strategies along with the principles she learned from TAGteach, a system based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home by Renee Loux by Renee Loux
Description:  Making it as simple as possible, the author shows the reader how to go “green” at home. This book gives several substitutions for common household products that are potentially a risk to your health.

Outsmarting Autism by Patricia Lemer, Chapter One: Autism: An Epidemic by Patricia Lemer
Description:  Capitalizing on reducing stressors in autism, Patricia Lemer’s extraordinary 5 step plan is showcased. By changing bad environmental influences, correcting core issues, improving sensory, enhancing communication, and working towards future independence, stress in autism can be greatly alleviated.

Overwhelmed No More!: The Complete System For Balanced Living For Parents Of Children With Special Needs by Joan Celebi
Description:  This book takes a systematic approach providing suggestions to help families develop systems for daily living. It was written by the mother of a child with special needs who is also a life coach.

An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits by Katie Singer
Description:  With the increasing abundance of electromagnetic fields, the author reveals the effects on people as well as wildlife. By providing answers to this problem, this book is a valuable aid in changing individual focus, behavior, sleep, even disease susceptibilities.

Tools

Living with Autism at Home Environment and Surroundings
Description:  This web page contains several approaches that can be used at home and school to reduce anxiety in autistic individuals.

Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Description:  Nothing is more stressful than having clutter. This site is very informative and instructive by giving tips on making viable renovations and accommodations in the home for seniors and individuals with disabilities. This review and guide on how to have a proactive approach in cleaning and decluttering your home room by room is a wonderful resource. This guide also includes best practices and recommendations.

"Smart Meters" & EMF: The Health Crisis of Our Time - Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
Description:  Dr. Klinghardt gives a candid account of how illnesses today are dramatically affected by EMF radiation and, in particular, smart meters.

Inside Autism: Facing the Challenges of Air Travel
Description:  Watch this flight simulation travel experience to see how the stress of flying can be significantly reduced.

What Chemtrails are doing to your brain – Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD
Description:  Dr. Blaylock talks about the geoengineering programs/agenda and the devastating health effects of the Chemtrails on the human brain and how we are seeing more and more brain degeneration.

Klinghardt Academy: Recipe for EMF Remediation
Description:  An array of functional solutions for your home and daily living and specific products with which to protect your home.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Forum/Blog Name:  EMF Sensitivity
Description:  This forum is for individuals with ElectroMagnetic Field Sensitivity (EMF Sensitivity) to discuss their illness, network with each other, and to seek assistance and support.

Forum/Blog Name:  Katie’s Blog: Calming Behavior in Children with Autism and ADHD – The Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) – Lowering Protocol (That Has No Cost Or Side Effects)
Description:  Essays and blogs by Katie Singer, a medical journalist who works on public policy with the Electromagnetic Radiation Policy Institute.

Forum/Blog Name:  Are Electromagnetic Fields Linked to Autism?
Description:  This blog presents research as well as short videos connecting electromagnetic fields with autism.