Reblog: What Happened When They Treated Autistic Children With Medical Cannabis

This article about medical marijuana for individuals with autism is the second one that’s crossed my feed in the last few weeks.

Admittedly, I have extremely mixed feelings on this treatment being used on children and it’s definitely not something I would be looking into for my own child. However, I can see how individuals with severe autism might benefit from this treatment.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you think individuals with autism should be granted access to medical marijuana?

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What Happened When They Treated Autistic Children With Medical Cannabis

For some bizarre reason, there is not a state in the US that recognizes Autism as a qualifying condition to use cannabis medically, except in the case of California where doctors can prescribe cann

Source: What Happened When They Treated Autistic Children With Medical Cannabis

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Blame it on Dad!

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June contemplated how she would explain junior’s profanity laced echolalia to his teachers. She only had one choice. She must blame his father.

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Money Saving Tip – Cheap Compression Clothing

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I was over on Sensory Processing Disorder’s Facebook page the other day and saw a really good tip mentioned. I have to share it with you guys!!!

A lot of individuals with autism benefit from the use of compression clothing. The idea behind it being the compression of the clothing gives the child a single sensation to focus on versus the countless ones they could be experiencing in an environment. Compression clothing can be really expensive to buy and it’s the reason we haven’t tried it yet. But then I saw this tip and I can’t believe I never thought of it before.

Instead of spending money on expensive compression clothing for your kiddo, try buying  children’s rash guards that are a size too small instead. Obviously, you don’t want it to be too tight or too loose for your kiddo, but it’s definitely worth a shot. I think I’ll start saving his rash guards each year to use as compression clothing the next year.

I can’t wait to try this idea out with my kiddo! What a great money saving idea!

Results Are In – Hair Elements Test

(This is my second post about the hair elements test – go here and read my initial entry if you haven’t already.)

So the results of the hair elements test are in! Sharing this on the blog so you guys have an idea of what results can look like. Obviously, I removed the personal information from the form.

I haven’t had a lot of time to analyze this information, but was happy to see there was no lead or mercury listed. By running this test, I wanted to put to rest my fears around lead poisoning.

Manganese came back “too high”; however, I’m not sure I can trust a hair test result to be accurate on that and will likely look into getting a different kind of test to get another reading on manganese levels. The tap water where we live is not drinkable and is very hard water. I bet it’s high in manganese and led to external buildup on his hair which could have thrown that test off into the red.

Definitely planning to go through these numbers and talk to the doctor about some of the scribbles and get some ideas around safe supplements that might help improve our essential element values.

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Reblog: Should You Send Your Kids to Occupational Therapy?

I came across this article and have been stewing about it ever since. Click this link or the one below to check it out.

The author basically calls into question the efficacy of occupational therapy and, in my opinion, doesn’t seem to give occupational therapists a fair shake.

It’s interesting how the author talks specifically about lack of progress with handwriting because that’s something we’ve struggled with in our house. I’ve seen some amazing growth with my son since we started working with an OT and he’s now holding a pencil and able to trace shapes. I can’t help but question if they took the time to choose an individual therapist who specialized in their child’s needs.

What are your thoughts on this article? Do you think occupational therapy has been beneficial to your child?

Should You Send Your Kids to Occupational Therapy?

Essential Oils for Autism

After my child was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder last fall, we began looking into both conventional and unconventional therapies that might help relieve some of his symptoms. We know that autism is not curable and is a lifelong condition; however, that doesn’t stop us from wanting to give our son the best quality of life possible.

Essential oils are one alternative therapy option that we have felt very comfortable introducing into our home and using around our children. I first learned about this exciting alternative therapy from a friend who has a child on the spectrum and swears by her essential oils kit for behavioral help and stress reduction. Apparently, she’s not the only one reporting positive experiences because Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is conducting research to examine the use of essential oils to improve the quality of life of children with ASD. After a few weeks of doing my own research on this subject, I decided it was worth a try and purchased our first set of essential oils.

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Before starting out on your essential oils journey, it’s really important that you understand the safe use for every single oil you bring into your home. Always keep your essential oils collection out of the reach of children. Ingesting the wrong oil could be fatal. Some oils are safe for use around children and other are not and it’s important that you know the difference.

Definitely do your own research and always defer to your doctor if you have questions. I have also provided some interesting links below to start you on that path. Please don’t use this blog post as your only resource and please read my disclaimer at the bottom of this article.

Be sure to also check out my Essential Oils For Autism Pinterest board.

How People Use Essential Oils

There are several ways people use essential oils. Most people diffuse them or create blends using carrier oils which can be rubbed on the skin. Some people feel comfortable taking essential oils internally; however, I am NOT one of those people. I don’t feel like the essential oils industry is regulated well enough and you never know if someone has added a toxic dilutant or chemical to the oil. I just don’t think it’s worth putting your body at risk.

Choosing an Essential Oils Shop

I did a lot of research trying to figure out which shops make the best essential oils and, honestly, never truly got an answer to that question. What I did find were a lot of opinions that weren’t backed up by data. I also found that a lot of the folks writing articles about essential oils were receiving commission from the company they chose to endorse or were selling on behalf of the MLMs.

However, I did find that there is a certain philosophy you should employ when choosing an essential oils shop as your supplier. This philosophy actually reminds me a lot of the philosophy used by the “buy local” movement.

Smaller shops tend to be a better choice because you can cultivate a strong personal relationship with the shop owner and ask them lots and lots of questions about their products and how they produce a given oil.

When it comes to essential oils you definitely get what you pay for. Cheaper isn’t always better and in some cases it can actually be dangerous. I tried out a few of the cheaper essential oil brands listed online and ended up throwing some of them out. Several of the cheap products smelled like chemicals and were most likely adulterated with petroleum products. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. essentialoilsforautism

Buying Organic is kind of a big deal with essential oils, especially citrus oils because of how they are produced. Most citrus essential oils are made from the rind of the fruit, so if it’s been sprayed with pesticides it’s going to get into your oil. It’s definitely worth it to buy organic essential oils so you don’t have to worry about inadvertently exposing your kids to pesticides.

Be sure to check out A Whole New Mom and The Hippy Homemaker‘s websites for more information around choosing the right essential oils company.

Essential Oils for Autism

There are several essential oils that can be used for issues commonly experienced by kids on the autism spectrum. This can include meltdowns/sensory overload, depression, anxiety, ADHD-like symptoms, sleep disruption, and difficulty with transitions. This is not meant to be a definitive list and not every oil will work for every person.

Vetiver – Vetiver is probably the most commonly mentioned essential oil for autism and is thought to have a strong grounding and balancing effect. Definitely worth a try.

Bergamot – Bergamot has actually been an unexpected favorite in our house. This essential oil is special because it’s thought to fight off feelings of depression and produce feelings of joy. Bergamot can cause skin irritation and photosensitivity, so it’s important to be careful when using this essential oil. I actually purchased the FCF version of this oil because it has been heated up to remove the irritating chemical. It is also safer for use in skincare products/oils.

Sweet Orange – This is my personal favorite. I love the vibrant smell and find it to be a natural antidepressant. Use this essential oil with caution as it can also cause photosensitivity.

Cedarwood Cedarwood is another oil recommended for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. It is thought to dispel fear and have a calming effect on people.lavender-autism.jpg

Lavender – I think lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for beginners and people tend to like its fresh and relaxing smell. I spent a little extra money on my lavender oil and sprung for the version that was made from wild harvested lavender. It smells soooo amazing!

Essential Oil Blends – Many shops will offer their own special blends that are meant to calm, relax, soothe, or help with focus. Be sure to check out the blends at your chosen shop.

Best of luck in your essential oils journey!

Essential Oils for Autism on Pinterest

Essential Oils for Autism Board

Other great articles to check out on the subject…

And Next Comes L – Essential Oils for Autism

Embracing the Spectrum -Calm, Focus, & Soothe: The 10 Best Essential Oils for Autism

Essential Oils for Autism on YouTube

Essential Oils That Help With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Max Gomez – Essential Oils and Autism

DISCLAIMER – The information found in this article is meant to be used to informational purposes only and is not meant to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any medical condition. If you are pregnant or nursing, diagnosed with any medical conditions, or are taking medications, please consult with your doctor before trying out essential oils. Always defer to your physician before incorporating essential oils into your daily rhythm and make your own health decisions based upon your own work and research.