1.  Total Load Theory:  How the Cumulative Effect of Many Factors Causes Autism
When a bridge collapses, who or what is to blame? Improperly placed machinery? The engineer who conceived the design? The weight of the cars traveling over the bridge every day? The weather? Total load theory postulates that it is the cumulative effect of all these factors that brought down the bridge.
Every human body, like a bridge, has an individual load limit. One can handle only a certain number of stressors before collapsing.  To read more click here
Watch Patty talk about Total Load on YouTube click here


2.  Stressors Contributing to Autism
Everyone is stressed! The fewer the stressors, the more opportunities for learning and development for children of all ages. Our goal is to identify and eliminate as many stressors as possible.  To learn more about these click here


3.  Got Sleep?

We have all heard it…“You spend about 1/3 of your life in bed.” While we may spend 1/3 of our lives in our bedrooms, most people do not sleep for eight hours, and the little sleep they get is not restorative. Sleep-related problems affect an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes. Learn about how lack of sleep contributes to autism and other developmental delays by clicking here


4.  The Role of Vision in Autism Spectrum Disorders
For the past 20 years I have been fascinated by vision and its relationship to learning and behavior in individuals with special needs, especially autism. My training as a mental health professional did not satisfy my thirst for information about vision, so I turned to other disciplines for answers. In this two-part article I present a “look” at some of the fascinating information I discovered. (Click here for the pdf)


5. How Changes in Society, Our Environment and Education have Contributed to the Autism Epidemic 
In the past 40 years, life has changed drastically.  Learn how many of these changes, in the name of "progress" may be contributing to a generation of sick children. Click here for more information

6. Prioritizing Therapies
YouTube video of presentation on how to sequence therapies for those with autism spectrum disorders click here

   
     
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