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On Saturday September 27, 2014, Don was layer to rest in Churchpoint, Louisiana, his hometown just outside Lafayette, La. this man was one of our key Board Members and worked diligently for 12 years “Raising Awareness and Creating Resources” for those diagnosed with Autism across the Gulf Coast. He will be greatly missed and was an inspiration to us all!

Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:48)


Donald D. Royer - Funeral Arrangements

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Pictured: Donald and Daniel Royer….dedicated to the cause of “Raising Awareness of Autism” Don you will be dearly missed by all! WE LOVE YOU FOREVER!!

Guidry Funeral Home Donald D. Royer (October 15, 1946 - September 24, 2014 )A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday,September 27, 2014 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Donald D. Royer, 67, who passed away on Wednesday,September 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm at Opelousas General Hospital. Fr. Gary Schexnayder, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Burial will take place in Msgr. C.A.Bienvenu Cemetery - Hwy 35. Mr. Royer, a resident of Church Point, LA was the son of the late Christopher Royer and the former Elida Lejeune. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara M. Royer of Lafayette,LA; one daughter, Cherie Royer and husband Richard Stokes of Lafayette; one son, Daniel Royer of Lafayette; five grandchildren, Lucinda Royer-Stokes, Christopher Royer, Bianca Royer, Brandy Thibodeaux and Raven Thibodeaux; one great grandson, Zane Ezra Royer and two sisters, Dorothy Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge, LA and Berna Richard of Lake Charles, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dean Royer; a brother, Larry Royer and a sister, Glennie Cormier. Donald was Vice President of Project Independence, an Autism awareness group in which he worked very hard to bring awareness to Autism. He was past president of the Harley Owners Group of Lafayette, in which he was a founding member. Mr. Royer was the past president of the Rig Riders and part of the Swamp Scooters Motorcycle Club. He was an active supporter of the MDA. Donald recently retired as a consultant with Shell Oil. He spent over 44 yearsof his life in the oil industry. Donald was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a wonderful friend to all he knew and never met astranger. He will be dearly missed. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Guidry Funeral Home on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm and continue from 8:00 am Saturday until the time of services. A rosary will be recited in the funeral home Friday evening at 7:00 pm. The family requests that memorial donations be made in Mr. Royer’s name to Project Independence.

Last Updated (Friday, 26 September 2014 14:00)


Case Study: EnLyte Therapy in Adolescents With Autism

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EnLyte is a natural, advanced generation folate prescription therapy indicated for any condition in which elevated homocysteine levels are causative or contributory to pathology. Because its ingredients are cofactors in multiple pathways involved in neurotransmitter synthesis, its main role since development and launch has been that of antidepressant. The following case study describes a teen who responded well to EnLyte therapy with no adverse events seen at the time of this report.

Case Study: PK

PK is a seventeen-year-old male with Autism who presented on Paroxetine (20 mg a day) and Risperidone (2 mg bid). His parents reported that he was indeed less obsessive and impulsive on these medications, and those were the specific symptoms that led them to seek treatment, but he was fatigued and gaining weight as well. His YBOX score was 15, indicating some OCD symptoms despite therapy, although pre-treatment it had been as high as 26.

His parents requested a discontinuation of these two agents and a trial of a natural therapy. Risperidone was discontinued abruptly, and Raroxetine was tapered over two weeks with some mild withdrawal noted (anxiety and intermittent “shock” sensations for 4 days). He was also started on EnLyte at the time of the initial visit, and returned after one month reporting full alertness, minimal impulsivity, and continued obsessive thoughts (as manifested by repeatedly asking his parents about a random matter for several minutes at a time, multiple times per day). His YBOX was now 23, but parents requested no additional agents. In six weeks, they reported a near resolution in obsessiveness with a YBOX score of 14. The patient remains stable at four and a half months post his initial visit.

Andrew Farah, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, UNC, High Point Regional Health Systems
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Last Updated (Monday, 08 September 2014 12:09)


11th Annual Camp Independence Video

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July 3, 2014 brought 106 disabled citizens, their families, and caregivers to Gulf Islands Waterpark to enjoy a "Free" day of fun for all!!  This event marked  the "11th annual Camp Independence" hosted by Project Independence and Gulf Islands Waterpark in Gulfport, Mississippi. Families traveled from Lafayette Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi to enjoy a social outing with their loved ones. Additionally, families and caregivers were able to network with others. Participants were able to learn strategies, and gain support to help deal with the struggles associated with raising loved ones that have special needs.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:18)


More Photos From Our 11th annual “Ride for Autism”

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Last Updated (Monday, 07 April 2014 10:47)


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