Pope Meets With Autistic Children
|Project Independence News|
Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.
The pope urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of people with autism to help break "the isolation and, in many cases also the stigma" associated with the disorders, which are characterized by varying levels of social impairment and communication difficulties.
FAREWELL TO DONALD DEAN ROYER
On Saturday September 27, 2014, Don was laid 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 (Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:02)
Case Study: EnLyte Therapy in Adolescents With Autism
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
Last Updated (Monday, 08 September 2014 12:09)
11th Annual Camp Independence Video
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)