The Gut-Brain Axis: A Predictive Model of Autism Severity Based on Gut Bacteria Counts (Part 1)

Autism is a multi-factorial disorder associated with a series of complex behavioral symptoms largely attributed to inflammation in different regions of the brain. Autopsies performed on Autism patients revealed active neuroinflammatory processes in the cerebral cortex and the cerebellum, which are areas responsible for motor control, cognitive functions, emotional regulation, perception, and for the production…

Autism Etiology and General Recommendations based on Genetic Tests

With the advent of the genomics movement, patients around the world are performing genetic tests in hopes of understanding the underlying dynamics, etiology, causes, symptoms and behaviors associated to their conditions. Given the complexity of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many parents are performing genetic tests on their children in order to (hopefully) uncover key…

His Biggest Cheerleader

Good morning, this is Cindy Seaton, today I want to talk to your about, how we talk about our child with Autism in front of other people, and to them.  When my son Kyle was small, I didn’t realize that he was comprehending everything I said about him. Pretty soon he was starting to get…

My Story of Hurting my Son

Good morning, this is Cindy Seaton and today I’m going to share a secret with you. Something that unless you’ve read my book, Beauty From Ashes, you would not know about me and something I tried to hide for a very long time, but I feel there’s many parents out there who can relate to…

Give Me Your Eyes

As the parents of 2 boys on the Autism spectrum, my wife and I consider it our life duty to do everything in our power to help our sons live independent and functional lives so they can (one day) pursue their dreams to the best of their abilities. Ever since we received their diagnoses, we have…

Living Joyfully with Autism

As parents of 2 boys with Autism, my wife and I (pretty much) live making a series of conscious decisions to resist the temptation of feeling victims of our situation and instead decide to live joyfully trusting in God’s perfect plans for our sons, and us. — This article is about the (basic) recount of…

Working Out the Mines

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) have been identified among the most stressful childhood developmental disabilities for families (Gray, 2006). Problems with communication, sleeping disturbances, ineffective emotional regulation, antisocial behaviors, gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders along with a long list of co-morbidities leading to intellectual and language delays are just a few reasons that explain the levels of chronic…

Count It All Joy

Autism. A thing I knew absolutely nothing about and that now seems to define my entire life. Autism changed my life almost immediately after my 2 sons were born, both diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at age 3 and 2 of my oldest and youngest, respectively. Autism now defines the way I cook, work,…