Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home Planet

Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home Planet
Monique Botha
TEDx Talks
Jul 4, 2016


Anat Baniel Method

Help For Special Needs Children with Anat Baniel
August 17, 2016 by New Dimensions

ways to access the brain own plasticity and has demonstrated over and over seemingly miraculous transformations. She says, “When the brain gets information it needs it will organize that information . . . [and it] starts forming new connection at a ridiculously fast pace.”

<17:36 they move and you’re there when they move

17:50 in order to form patterns … open the conversation, get new information

All kids want to be successful. But some don’t know better options.

Hit the table. Hit it harder. They learn the difference.

The brain learns how to learn.


Keywords: Anat Baniel, Anat Baniel Method

If only I could see those things …

Getting Emotions ‘Switched On’ After Decades Of Asperger’s
March 22, 2016

I had constructed this fantasy in my mind about disability and I had thought to myself, because I can’t read unspoken cues from other people, that I am missing all of these messages of beauty and sweetness and light, and if only I could see those things, my life would be immeasurably better. But when the ability to see into people came on …

TMS actually changed how I saw my memories as a child. I now remember times when people were laughing, but now thanks to TMS, I realize they were laughing at me.

EB practices for … ASD (2014)

Wong, C., Odom, S. L., Hume, K. et al. (2014). Evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Evidence-Based Practice Review Group.

ASD is identified by two primary diagnostic markers: difficulties in social communication and restricted or repetitive behaviors and interests.
Examples of difficulties in social communication include challenges in social reciprocity, nonverbal social behaviors, and establishment of social relationships. Restrictive and repetitive behaviors include stereotypic behavior or speech, excessive adherence to routines, and highly fixated interests.

ASD is diagnosed about three times more frequently in boys than in girls.
Intellectual disability was once thought to be a condition that typically accompanied ASD; however, current estimates are that 35% of individuals with ASD score above the IQ cutoff (i.e., around 70 depending on the test) for intellectual disability (Dykens & Lense, 2011).

the Cochrane Collaboration to host reviews of the literature about scientifically supported practices in medicine (
The subsequent adoption of the evidence-based conceptual approach in the social sciences is exemplified in the work of the Campbell Collaboration ( ) and currently the What Works Clearinghouse ( )

Pleiotropic effects on psychopathology (Lancet 2013)

Identification of risk loci with shared effects on five major psychiatric disorders: a genome-wide analysis.
Lancet. 2013 Apr 20;381(9875):1371-9.
Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.
Erratum in: Lancet. 2013 Apr 20;381(9875):1360.

Findings from family and twin studies suggest that genetic contributions to psychiatric disorders do not in all cases map to present diagnostic categories.
We aimed to identify specific variants underlying genetic effects shared between the five disorders in the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium: autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.

We analyzed genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for the five disorders

SNPs at four loci surpassed the cutoff for genome-wide significance (p<5×10(-8)) in the primary analysis: regions on chromosomes 3p21 and 10q24, and SNPs within two L-type voltage-gated calcium channel subunits, CACNA1C and CACNB2.
Model selection analysis supported effects of these loci for several disorders.
Loci previously associated with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia had variable diagnostic specificity.
Pathway analysis supported a role for calcium channel signalling genes for all five disorders.

Our findings show that specific SNPs are associated with a range of psychiatric disorders of childhood onset or adult onset. In particular, variation in calcium-channel activity genes seems to have pleiotropic effects on psychopathology.
These results provide evidence relevant to the goal of moving beyond descriptive syndromes in psychiatry, and towards a nosology informed by disease cause.

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Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)
Coursera 2014