If you have been reading my journal enteries you will now that I have been feverishly writing letters to the American Academy of pediatrics BEGGING them to open up their practice to CAM (alternative medical treatments) to treat Autism. After years of calling DAN(Defeat Autism Now) Quacks and "fringe" doctors, THEY ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 2, 2008 That they will be joining in this years DAN conference to learn about alternative treatments and biological interventions for people with Autism!!! HURRAY! ITS A HUGE step in the right direction. Just the fact that AAP is acknowledging there are issues that go beyond what schools and behavioral therapies can not touch is the best news I heard all day! I want to share the article with you-

Tonight, my friends, we have been given HOPE. I can now begin to feel confident that my efforts to help my son were not in vain. That the supplements and vitamins and tests I have begged the drs to advise me on will be taken seriously and not scoffed at. That maybe, just maybe my son's pediatric drs will join the team, instead of play on the opposing side. amen.


For immediate release: April 1, 2008CHICAGO - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports World Autism Day (April 2) as a way to bring together groups that are committed to finding the causes of, and successful treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which now affect an estimated 1 in 150 children in the United States. Thousands of children, parents and families are coping with what can be a devastating diagnosis with lifelong consequences.


Pediatricians care for children with autism and their families every day. They are passionate advocates on behalf of these families and recognize that autism is a significant challenge to the health of the nation’s children. Pediatricians emphasize that early diagnosis is critical. The AAP promotes regular screening for autism at the appropriate well-child visits, as well as treatments tailored to meet the needs of an individual child. In 2007, the AAP published the Autism Toolkit, which includes clinical guidance to help pediatricians identify and manage children with autism, to refer them to therapeutic services, and to provide parents with information and resources. The AAP also offers a host of resources for parents on its Web site, Autism Health Topics Page.

“We know many parents are searching for answers,” said AAP President Renee R. Jenkins, MD, FAAP. “The AAP has supported research into the causes of autism and will continue to do so.” Pediatrics, the Academy’s peer-reviewed, scientific journal, has included dozens of studies on the associated factors, management and impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The AAP recognizes the best way to address the needs of children with autism and children overall is through a partnership among pediatricians, parents and researchers. The AAP has met with leaders of advocacy groups, such as Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of America, which include parents of children with autism. Most recently, the AAP met with representatives of Defeat Autism Now! (a program of the Autism Research Institute) in an effort to facilitate communication between pediatricians, parents and researchers about the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism. All advocates for these children agree that further research is needed regarding causes as well as safe and effective treatment.

“We are pleased the AAP reached out recently to Defeat Autism Now! in order to better understand the treatments and interventions that we have found beneficial to children with autism,” said Stan Kurtz, executive council member of Defeat Autism Now! “We are full of hope that this is the beginning of a thoughtful partnership that will further explore factors that might cause or contribute to autism, as well as examine safe and effective treatment approaches for families coping with this condition.”

For more information about autism, visit www.aap.org.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit organization established in 1967 that fosters scientific research on autism triggers as well as diagnostic, treatment, and prevention methods. Through its Defeat Autism Now! program, ARI provides research-based information to parents, clinicians, and researchers worldwide, through its Web site (autism.com), call center, parent groups, conferences, science-based publications, and think tanks.

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:28 PM Awesome!  Keep us posted

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM I'm so happy to see this.  And I just love the picture of Zack, he's a doll.

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:33 PM I was watching Larry King Live on CNN last night, and I saw the President Elect for AAP say that they were looking to do what is necessary to find the cause.  I think it's great.  It's so damn frustrating when you have different doctors telling you different things.  My Ped has stopped immunizing in my son for now, but his Nuerologist suggested that I push for him to be vaccinated because the vaccines have nothing to do with it.  Who do you believe when DOCTORS are not on board with one another?

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:37 PM

This is WONDERFUL news. It is about time they realized that some of these treatments work, and the absolute VOLUME of children that are being helped by these methods are finally making "normal" doctors take notice. Thanks for posting this. I would not have known otherwise.

This is a HUGE step!

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:48 PM This is a giant step! I thought I caught that last night on Larry King...and I think it's about darn time! Woo-Hoo!

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:57 PM Great news!

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 9:58 PM


Maybe the pediatrician  won't treat me like such an a**hole anymore,  since I also bring my son to see a DAN doctor. ( Who by the way - has helped him way more than the pediatrician has).

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 10:17 PM bumping you!

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 10:20 PM has anyone told you that you are AWE-SOME today because...You are...thank you for keeping us informed and advocating for our children....God Bless You DINA!!! (((HUGS)))!!!

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Apr. 3, 2008 at 10:51 PM Great article Dina!  Although we haven't tried alternative methods, it doesn't mean I don't think that they are important!  I'm glad that the AAP is taking better steps towards helping our kids!

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