Signs So Easily Missed Or Dismissed
Zachary's Possible Reaction To Cod
Zachary's Room Of Colors
If I Had A Wish...
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Basic Signs of
Autism Manifesting Itself In Children (in my opinion)
If your child
exhibits more than 10 of these signs, in my opinion, you have reason to be
when someone tries to pick them up.
to persons and/or "normal" childhood things
is not there - i.e., stuffed animal, blanket, etc. Child is more attached
to specific, favorite, often unusual, items and can play with them for
- this one is magnified both ways... child has amazing focus for specific
things, yet none at all for others.
- coping mechanism - more objects than other people... although many bite
-Constant running back and forth or jumping – Again, as with so much in the
autistic, this is an issue of “degrees” in terms of “motion” to the point
that the child appears hyperactive!
many many children with autism had chronic ear infections under the age of
2, resulting in the use of antibiotics which, unfortunately, just make
things worse by killing not only what caused the ear infection but also the
healthy bacteria in the digestive tract... bacteria that is needed to keep
yeast in check.
- sign of a problem processing foods properly (most children, however,
exhibit the opposite - diarrhea!).
circles under the eyes
- sign of a food intolerance - seems to occur a lot with eating of phenols
(in all fruits and vegetables - apples, bananas, red grapes, tomatoes and
nuts are the highest phenol foods).
- sign of a food intolerance and an unhealthy digestive tract. Autistic
children can have massive bouts of diarrhea when they eat a food they can
not tolerate or properly digest (such as casein, gluten). As the child is
put on a casein and gluten free diet, diarrhea usually disappears. It
comes back again as yeast die off (as parents learn to kill the yeast and
add back the healthy bacteria in the intestine). When yeast dies, this is
manifested as diarrhea (lasting up to 10 or 12 days, but in this case,
diarrhea is a GOOD thing since the yeast is dying). Yeast begins to grow
back in a matter of hours when fed those things "it likes"... so, it is a
constant battle to keep it in check. For autistic children, the BRAT
protocol for diarrhea (bananas, rice, apples, toast) only masks the problem
of autism as these are naturally “binding” foods!
respond to his/her name...
even if called dozens of times - yet, hearing loss has been ruled out and
parents know their child can hear "other things".
- repetition/parroting of words. I call this "ordering language"...
or "reference language"... again, read my
book on my web site and you'll see why! In my opinion, this is a critical
coping mechanism in the autistic child and as such, should not be stopped.
unusual sensitivity to light and/or sound
squints a lot or puts hands on ears a lot.
Fascination with captions/credits
at the end of a movie (more so than with the movie itself).
the mouth rather than on the eyes of others.
upset when VCR is rewinding
a movie and you see the images go "backwards" on the tv screen or with
any changes in direction.
Inappropriate play/odd behaviors
- flips toys over to spin wheels rather than pushing a toy car/truck, etc.
Inappropriate use of stairs...
don't use "alternate foot, alternate stair" but rather go down one step at a
time, with both feet.
(some kids have ok eye contact, but for most kids with autism, there is an
inability to make or maintain eye contact... yet, a normal infant is able to
do this quite well and is indeed fascinated by the human face). Autistic
children often seem to be "looking through you" rather than at you!
flexibility in everything
- difficulty with changes in direction, can't allow for the "in between"
situation... for example, all lights must be on or off, not some on, some
off, doors must be completely opened, then closed, no "in betweens", tasks
must be completely finished before child can move on to the next thing...
can't leave something "unfinished" no matter how small the task.
pointing with finger.
sensitivity to pain
- child can have a busted eardrum and "not feel it"... not show any pain.
Burns, falling, vaccination needles... none of these things seem to "hurt
much" in the autistic child... a normal child has a much lower pain
threshold and would have cried under "normal" circumstances.
- totally ignores new person, no "hello", "goodbye"... nothing.
banging , body shaking
- to get sensory stimulation (i.e., while on a bed). For these children,
it provides a "calming" effect. Could also be a sign of epilepsy – common
in many autistics (especially in adolescence).
food choices due to sensitivity to food textures.
Only eat a few foods all the time. Usually like "crunchy" type foods or
foods high in sugar (feeds the yeast and so they crave it). Foods they like
are usually the ones they should not have (dairy, pastas, breads, sugars).
language, lack of language development, use of "commands" as language but
lack of conversation, and/or use of "nonsense" language.
sugar and/or abnormal iron levels at birth.
No fear of
- the autistic child has no concept of "what is dangerous" and,
unfortunately, for too many parents, this has resulted in the death of their
child. :o( The autistic child does not perceive vehicular traffic in the
street as a danger, nor is water seen as a danger to them... the autistic
child will run into traffic or go deep into water without thinking twice
about it! Because they have no fear of danger, these children also do
not know how to "call for help" when in a dangerous situation!
- for many
autistic kids, theirs is “A World Of Orderã”...
things need to be in their place... placed exactly so, tasks need to be
completed (not partially done), etc.!
- sign of food intolerance and craving of foods they should not have.
play is not there.
Pretend play can have serious implications for the autistic child and as
such, should not be encouraged especially if that involves one’s concept of
“self”. Autistic children should always ONLY be called by their name
and never assume the identity of “another” – even in play!
forehead along the floor
with buttock in the air. Possible sign of neurological distress.
- sign of a food intolerance.
- sign of a food intolerance. Note: Only one ear may be red, or part of an
ear within minutes of eating specific foods.
look at self in mirror.
bandages or anything that "doesn't belong" on the skin normally... like a
up to several hundred times a day.
- common especially at puberty in the autistic child.
(SIB) in the form of head banging, self mutilation (biting).
Touch Is Heightened.
This can take on many forms in the autistic child. For example, s/he may
not like to have clothes on, or s/he may want specific clothes only.
Some children can't stand being hugged/touched by another person (although
some are ok with this particular "sensation"), some don't like specific
textures on their hands or skin. Sensitivity to textures is also seen with
- i.e., always jumping, running, or looking for vertigo effect, visual stims,
- child looks from the sides of his eyes, usually moving his/her head as
he/she is doing it.
exhibit “unexplained sniffing”, perhaps a first attempt at communication
with the parent (being sniffed by parent may provide great comfort).
lights, ceiling fans, anything that spins or provides a visual "stimulation"
- something that provides a trance-like stimulation for eye, much like
vertigo does for the body.
that seem to come from nowhere... child is easily provoked or upset.
- child likes to play alone... for hours on end... no interest in
socializing with other children.
"perfect baby" or "horrible baby" syndrome
- again, the extremes are what to look for here.
- fascination with this activity, flushing 10 - 20 times at once is another
possible sign of a problem with autism.
- many autistic children wake up 2 or 3 times a night (some parents report
children waking up to 10 times a night), often screaming and inconsolable
and not wanting to be held. This is not normal. A child
should sleep through the night without problems.
- these are usually dismissed as simply "diaper rash". A sure sign of a
yeast infection is a red circle around the anus. Yeast infections are
probably the No. 1 issue for autistic kids as yeast overtakes the intestines
and kills the healthy bacteria. Usually, should have 80% healthy bacteria,
20% yeast in a healthy child... in the autistic, these figures are reversed
and often lead to a condition known as "leaky gut". Leaky gut occurs when
the yeast bores holes through the intestinal wall and allows undigested
proteins to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.
Casein (dairy protein), gluten (grain protein) and phenols (found in all
fruits and vegetables) are the worse "offenders" for the autistic child.
Casein and gluten have been shown to provide a natural opiate effect (drug
induced state) in the autistic child. So, for them, "normal foods" are
producing a "drug-like" high!
This was a picture of what I believed to be a reaction to something in cod liver
oil (i.e., heavy metals). This was also what Zachary reacted to so strongly.
Upon seeing these pictures, and my identifying them as “That’s Zachary…”, he
went completely “ballistic” (i.e., issues of self and memory as it relates to
emotions). More pictures of this reaction and an account of what happened are
available on my website:http://www.autismhelpforyou.com. I would also post test
results once the contents of this bottle were made available via testing.
Zachary’s Room Of Colors – painted about 2 months after he was diagnosed with
autism. This room, I firmly believed, helped trigger his language (as did the
“alphabet train video” I mentioned in my section on Language). Arrows indicate
This poem illustrates well
what can happen when words get twisted in legal battles, major provisions are
redefined, or the people and the government fail to properly protect the
foundations of this nation.
If I Had A Wish…
If I had a wish, oh, yes – it would be,
That God grant me this miracle for – just a
few – to see,
For those who sit in their office, standing for
To defend our values – they are not willing.
The Bible, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights
For none of these things, they are willing to
And, so, here’s my wish, my wish just for you
A daily reminder – I wish, God would do!
For those destroying our values, oh, let -
them only - see,
How of our foundations - they’ve made a mockery!
So, send them “a message”, dear Lord – let it be
On the scrolls – in their restrooms – let it
The words of our Constitution – on a new type of
So worthless, so porous – once destroyed – gone
So, grant me this wish, God – that these persons
Before they take to their pens – to modify the
That perpetrators to this blasphemy, not further
Words destroying our Constitution - what made
this nation - so great!
Religion and morality, yes – these are our
Those who wave the flag, yet destroy these are
Not patriots! So, to our leaders, as you lay
down to rest…
Consider reading George Washington’s Farewell
A state imposed religion, our founders, they
The basis of the First Amendment, let it not be
But, in a few matters of religion the state
could come in,
To protect life, children and all, from ungodly
But when, in Danbury, Connecticut, a church
heard a false rumor,
To President Jefferson, it quickly wrote up a
Expressing concerns over rumors of a state
Jefferson replied, - impossible - for between
“church” and state, a wall had been risen!
“Separation of Church and State” – in no
founding documents can this be found!
And if you want to know, why we’ve lost so much
Look not in the First Amendment, nor in the Bill
Look in Everson vs. Board of Education (1947) –
for it was in that fight!
Thomas Jefferson, yes, he coined the phrase –
“separation of church and state”
For his letter to Danbury, see Reynolds vs.
United States, back in 1878,
But his words were then twisted, made to mean
For that, see Engel vs. Vitale, so recently -
Yes, in Engel vs. Vitale “church” was
From a “state imposed denomination” to “any
religious act” – the new line!
For close to two hundred years, to our
foundations, we had been true,
But with this redefinition - America - was
So, on important matters – to politicians unable
Feel free to say so – and then - to step aside,
And look to the founding fathers and to their
To “We The People” – and put it to a national
Powers have shifted – oh, yes - it’s true!
From “We The People” – to a powerful few!
To special interests with financial might -
But “The People”- for their
children - will continue to fight!
Determination - fueled by anger - fueled by
To do what’s right… to stand above!
To love thy brother – to do what is right,
To follow HIS laws – to follow HIS light!
Yes, the founding fathers - they surely knew,
God blessed America – when to Him we were
By: Jeanne A.
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