World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Apr 2/15

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World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people’s awareness about people, especially children, with autism. The day often features educational events for teachers, health care workers and parents, as well as exhibitions showcasing work created by children with autism.

The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2015. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate?

Use #LIUB to share your experience accross social media and help light the world up blue this April!

Join us to Light It Up Blue! Visit HERE

waad2015Presently, we don’t have a medical test that can diagnose autism. Instead, specially trained physicians and psychologists administer autism-specific behavioral evaluations.

Often parents are the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviors such as failing to make eye contact, not responding to his or her name or playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways.

For a description of early indicators of autism, see Learn the Signs.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Sometimes an autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed later in life, often in relation to learning, social or emotional difficulties. As with young children, diagnosis of adolescents and adults involves personal observation and interview by a trained specialist. Often, a diagnosis brings relief to those who have long struggled with difficulties in relating socially while not understanding the source of their difficulties. A diagnosis can also open access to therapies and assistive technologies that can improve function in areas of difficulty and, so, improve overall quality of life.

Autism affects girls and boys of all races and in all geographic regions and has a large impact on children, their families, communities and societies. The prevalence is currently rising in many countries around the world. Caring for and educating children and young people with this condition places challenges on health care, education and training programs.
On November 1, 2007, the United Nations (UN) called for one day each year to be designated as World Autism Day. On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. It was first observed in 2008.

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lynette-pixHow did a single mom stand-up comedian from Canada find herself traveling the globe as an autism therapist, neurofeedback practitioner and speaker brainiac? One who is currently the top student in her PhD class, getting a doctorate in psychophysiology? And how has she managed to incorporate under one roof her love of people, performing, behavior and brain science; ultimately becoming one of the loudest voices for acceptance and answers in the world of brain disorders? It was easy! A lifetime of working hard for, believing in, and insisting on healing for her family, her clients and herself!

Lynette Louise is doubly board certified in Neurofeedback and has an MS. She is studying for her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Psychophysiology at Saybrook University. Lynette’s life and education have always been unique. In 2003 she became the only professional from the Autism Treatment Center of America to be certified in two modalities: Option Process Mentor Counselor and Child Facilitator. Lynette has been practicing the Option Process since 1997 and working with autism since 1983, when she first began adopting children–four of whom had many diagnoses, including autism.

lynette louise autismAs an expert Lynette has been able to help hundreds of adults and children with a combination of playroom, dialogue and family dynamics counseling. However, after discovering neurofeedback in 2004 (neurofeedback is a therapy that improves functioning by training individuals to control their own brainwave activity) Lynette was so impressed that she decided to add neurofeedback to her list of accomplishments.

In Lynette’s hands this special cocktail of play, family dynamics, and neurofeedback has changed the trajectory of healing for families of brain disorders around the globe.

Formerly of The Brain Injury Therapy Clinic in Westlake, CA—where she worked closely with Dr. Burke, chief scientist for EEG Spectrum — to date Lynette has successfully helped clients around the world with Bipolar Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s Syndrome, Seizure Disorders, Stroke, ADHD, Depression, Addiction, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Traumatic Brain Injury, Anorexia and more.

In 2004 Lynette founded the Brain and Body Clinic, a treatment center for autism and other brain disorders. Although originally based in Santa Monica, California, Lynette decided a clinical setting was counterproductive for the majority of her clients.

She now works on site with clients and their families all over the world.

downloadHer knowledge of the subject is so intuitive that invitations to speak internationally and consultation requests have become the norm. Lynette’s passion for the brain, autism and people in general is infectious, making learning with Lynette surprising and fun.

Her most recent book, MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism has been praised by parents and professionals world-wide.

With a talent for weaving important learnings into honest and personal narrative, Lynette’s book is a valuable tool filled with case studies, confessions, answers, inspiration, humor, brain science, autism history and therapy advice.

Utilizing Lynette’s talents as a teacher, performer, brain broad and humanitarian, production of a new reality series has begun. FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD will highlight five different families, with five different brain disorders, for five days. The first episode was shot in Kampala, Uganda. Lynette worked with a single mom and her little girl who has autism and seizures, along with the very real issue of poverty. The show is currently airing on THE AUTISM CHANNEL and there will be even more episodes once editing is complete.

If you would like to see videos that parents and friends have put up on You Tube of Lynette working with their children, you can click on the links below:

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For more information on how Lynette can help you, a family member or a friend please follow this link: www.brainbody.net

WHY Contact Lynette Louise? READ MORE HERE

A-New-Spin-on-Autism-300x199In a world where lots of people have multi-hyphenated identities, a whole new language would have to be invented to describe Lynette Louise.

She is an artist and an academic, a brainiac and a goofball, a healer and a heat-seeking missile.

She is a rock and a free spirt, and most of all, she is the loving mother of an intense, colorful, demanding brood of eight, now young-adult children (five with special needs) and eight grandchildren.

A New Spin on Autism

Lynette Louise holds two board certifications in Neurofeedback ADHD and is working on her Phd. in Psychology, with a specialty in Psychophysiology. As a neurofeedback specialist, Lynette Louise is on the cutting edge of Treating Autism and other brain-related disorders. With extensive training in several disciplines addressing autism and a 20 year personal history of working with her own special needs children, Lynette has achieved an expertise that is both scientific and intuitive and is creating miraculous results for her clients.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – AUTISM – MAY 13/16, 2015

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR – Resources) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. INSAR was formed in 2001 and is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors who oversee all functions of the Society. Various committees assist the Board in carrying out the mission of the Society.

INSAR offers annual membership in three categories of membership. Membership benefits and application processs details can be found at Membership. The Society holds an annual scientific meeting – the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Information about past and future IMFAR meetings can be found at the IMFAR Annual Meeting. In additional to the annual meetings, INSAR has contracted with John Wiley and Sons, Inc, to published the Society’s research journal entiled Autism Research. An online subscription to our journal is just one benefit of INSAR membership.

INSAR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

insar-logo_2012IMFAR – CONFERENCE
May 13 – May 16
Grand America Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah USA – REGISTER HERE

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