May 20th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Katy Autism Support will host an introduction to Young Living Essential Oils with guest speaker Neches Phelps. Neches will introduce essential oils and how she has been using them with her two children on the autism spectrum for improved functioning and immune support. You will learn how they are highly concentrated, potent plant essences and how they are the immune system of the plant; liquid gold obtained from seeds, bark, leaves, stems, flowers, fruits and roots. They contain highly oxygenating molecules and deliver nutrients directly into cell nucleus and are higher potency than herbs.
Location: St. Peter's United Methodist Church 20775 Kingsland Blvd., in Asbury Hall, Katy, TX 77450. For more info contact Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP for free childcare to Sarah Morrison, special needs ministry coordinator at email@example.com. You do not need to RSVP to attend meeting.
Studying parenting stress in mothers of young children with autism spectrum disorder is the focus of a new study at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. “Although there is rising interest in parental stress associated with caring for children with autism, very few studies have examined parenting stress in this population across cultures,” says Dr. Noriko Porter, postdoctoral researcher in the UTHealth Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. They are currently recruiting about 40 mothers who have a child with autism between the ages of 2 and 5 in the Houston area. Because it is a cross-cultural study, those mothers (and their parents) should be U.S. born. They will fill out several questionnaires and be interviewed by researchers from the UT Medical School. Co-investigator for the study is Dr. Katherine Loveland, professor of psychiatry and director of the C.L.A.S.S. (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services) Clinic.
The participant will receive a small gift ($10 Starbucks gift card) and a brief summary of her child’s developmental information based on the questionnaires (60 minutes) and be interviewed by the researchers (up to 30 minutes). There are no known risks other than possible fatigue from completing the interview and questionnaires. Currently, there are five research locations in the Houston area, Texas Medical Center, The Monarch School, The Westview School, Spectrum of Hope, and South Montgomery Library (The Woodlands). It is possible there will be more research locations in the near future.
The study will compare the stress between mothers in Japan and mothers in the United States in order to learn more about how culture affects families with children who have been diagnosed with autism, a developmental brain disorder.
“Both are industrialized countries with very different value orientations. Japanese society’s orientation toward collectivism and conformity might lead to attitudes toward disabilities that are different from those in the United States, which values individualism and diversity,” Porter said. “There is a distinct contrast in parental practice between the two countries, such as promotion of closeness in Japan versus autonomy in the U.S. Differences in parenting norms and beliefs influence the way that mothers view behavior exhibited by their child with autism, which might explain the variance in their stress.”
Porter said they believe the study could help professionals and the public understand parenting stress as it is experienced in diverse cultures. The information could provide a basis for the development of interventions specifically designed to address culture-related risks in families of children with autism.
Enrollment will end in June 2014. For more information, contact Porter at Noriko.Porter@uth.tmc.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org. https://med.uth.edu/news/study-looks-at-stress-of-parenting-autistic-children/
At least 17 children with autism are known to have died in 2013 after slipping away from their caregivers. All but one of them drowned, evidence of a fascination that many children with autism have with water... Wandering has led to the deaths of more than 60 children in the past four years, and the fear of it can make daily life a harrowing, never-let-your-guard-down challenge for parents.
Read two rescue stories at the links below:
Project Lifesaver now has a solution and a new division specifically for Non-PLI areas, called “PAL” Protect and Locate. With the addition of PAL Project Lifesaver will help provide protection and safety to even more individuals who wander due to Autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive conditions. Please visit http://www.projectlifesaver.org/Pal-info/ for more information about how to subscribe to PAL.
GREAT NEWS! If you are in a PLI area, and the agency approves, you can get a transmitter directly from PLI for $95.00 and pay $25.00 per month. If not in a PLI area you can get PAL.
Houston Swim Club
Year-round children’s indoor swim lessons.
Tracy Laman, owner
1711 N. Fry Road
Katy, TX 77449
Year-round children’s indoor swim lessons. Has enrolled and worked with special needs children, but classes are not specific to autism.
KATY Aquatics SwimAmerica
5506 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493
For more information about Katy Aquatics Programs, send email to email@example.com.
A video for first responders by National Autism Association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auJvlpWhb5E