Monday, May 31, 2010

I am going to explode!

We got back from Autism One very early this morning (around 3:30am). When I went into our room, I noticed Michael sleeping in the middle of the bed. I guess he figured we weren't using it, so he might as well camp out. We tried really hard not to wake him, but he woke up when we got into bed. He was genuinely happy to see us. We got several "I missed you guys!" before we finally got him back to sleep. He was still too excited to sleep well and was up several times before getting up for real around 6. Poor Dan! But, it was nice that he really did miss us, and was able to express it.

Then, we went to Whole Foods to do some catch up shopping. Normally, it's a terrible idea to bring Michael with us, because he likes to go up and down the aisles, watch the doors, anything but shop. Today, he actually helped push the cart and let us get what we needed. Very nice!

So, it's been a fantastic day, on top of a phenominal conference. I'm going to try to make sense of my notes from the conference over the week and share them. Plus, we got to do a lot of interviews for the movie, and things are going great. I'll be updating the movie sites this week as well. Dunno where I will find all the energy I'm going to need this week!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Autism Healing and Hope - the MOVIE!

We are either totally insane, or extremely inspired. Steve and I have decided to make a documentary for parents of newly diagnosed kids. We started filming at the DAN! conference and hope to continue at Autism One later this month. One of the things that hurts the most is when a parent tells me that their doctor thinks autism is hopeless and that treatments are a sham, not to waste their time or money.

We have seen with our own eyes the difference that treatment can make in our son. Not every treatment works for every child, but there is a lot of scientific evidence that there are things you can do to help your child. Even if the "only" results you see are better sleeping or less tantruming, who among us whouldn't love that?

So, we are interviewing top doctors and therapists to briefly describe what treatments are available, and which kids they have the best results with. If you have any ideas for someone perfect to interview, please send a comment. If you want more information about the movie, please look here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Apology and good info!

I am so sorry for being away from the blog for so long. Between allergy season, the DAN! conference, and general life, things have been nuts. Plus, we have a special project that I'm hoping to announce this week. I know it's a tease, but trust me, it will be worth it. (At least in my opinion!)

The news that I absolutely had to share was that Generation Rescue is offering grants to help families who are just starting biomedical treatments. Applicatins are being accepted now until May 31, 2010. I am hoping that most of you won't qualify because you are already doing biomedical treatments with your child. However, if you haven't started, or have a friend who is thinking about it, now is the time!