Author Archives: dclemen

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism: Speculation a Go-Go

Not knowing. I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that our present understanding of autism, with all its heterogeneity, elevated risk of comorbidity and slightly more fluidic expression than perhaps originally thought [1], still remains quite limited. Allowing … Continue reading

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To Every Thing, there is a Season: Childcare and the Calendar

Greetings Autism File readers! My name is Erik Nanstiel and I am a single parent of a teenage girl with autism, residing in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. I have been raising my daughter Miranda, on my own, for the last four … Continue reading

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Vitamin D and Autism: The sunshine connection.

Science can be a fickle thing sometimes. Research interests wax and wane and priorities shift as a consequence of trends, resources and funding. Take for example the science behind vitamins and minerals and the shifting sands of research interest. At … Continue reading

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Forbidden Fruit: Autism and Stem Cells

Anyone who has typed the word “autism” into an internet search engine will probably have seen those little pop-up adverts accompanying some of the search results offering stem cell therapy for autism. Normally offered at some clinic with a fancy … Continue reading

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School Lunch Special: Ensure your kids fill up the right way with these easy lunch ideas.

Lunch is such an important meal—in fact, it’s the main meal that needs to sustain your child during the day until he or she gets home from school. As parents, we’re often not around during lunch (unless we homeschool), so … Continue reading

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Relaxing (sort of) with Family and Friends…

We are now at the stage where we can pretty much take Billy anywhere without the constant worry that he will run off, get lost, or behave in an inappropriate way. That said, I was recently reminded of how autism … Continue reading

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Think Color in Your Diet

Choosing foods to aid health, thinking colorfully when it comes to fruits and vegetables, including protein in those snack attacks, and more… To help ensure that children obtain the wide variety of nutrients available in fruits and vegetables, they should … Continue reading

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Nutrient-Dense Key Component to Successful Dietary Intervention

It may sound confusing to hear, “I don’t care what diet you follow – whether you do not adhere to any special diet or comply with the gf/cf (gluten-free/casein-free) diet, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), low oxalate, Body Ecology, Feingold, or … Continue reading

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Billy’s End of Year Report

I have just been handed Billy’s end of year report.  Before I share this with you, let’s just remind ourselves of who Billy is. Billy is 16 and has autism; he is my son and sits snugly in between his … Continue reading

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iPad, Therefore I am

Assistive technology takes special education classrooms by storm… I’m standing inside the entrance of a classroom at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Hoffman Estates, IL where autism spectrum students and typical students are interacting in groups during a reading session. … Continue reading

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