Thursday, May 21, 2015

REMINDER: Autism Society New Brunswick Meeting This Saturday 1:00 Room 303 Tilley Hall UNB Fredericton

REMINDER of ASNB meeting THIS Saturday At 1 PM.

 ASNB family ADVOCACY is responsible for the early intervention program recognized as an evidence based North American model.

Our efforts also led to several hundred autism trained TA's in the school system and for keeping the Stan Cassidy autism team operating after it had been closed.

We did these things without public funding, without paying ourselves salaries.

We operated totally arms length from government and we were and are transparent.

Join us Saturday as we continue the fight for ADULT autism services, treatment and care for those on all points on the autism spectrum. See you there!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Conor Enjoyed Nature With An Osprey Day In His "Back Yard" The North Riverfront Trail, Fredericton

Conor embraced his right to enjoy nature a couple of times today (so far) with fun walking and running in his "back yard" Fredericton's North Riverfront Trail. He also took time to throw some rocks into the St. John River along the way and check out the neighbors, the Osprey family, as they prepared their nest for some new arrivals. It may not be an evidence based treatment for autism but getting outdoors in nature makes his Dad feel much better and I believe it helps Conor too.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Autism and Epilepsy from Facebook to Reality: Conor Experiences Another Seizure

UPDATE: I had originally indicated the the persons with Conor when he had his seizure 2 days ago had not seen convulsions.  That is what I was told when I arrived.  Yesterday though I received the notes of the education aide who was with him throughout the seizure and they indicate he was convulsing for several minutes, in other words a classic tonic-clonic seizure including fall and  convulsions.

Earlier today I posted to my Facebook page and to the Autism Society New Brunswick FB page the link to Tonic-clonic seizures at  I included the note that it was important for persons with autism to be aware of such seizures because of the high number of person who suffer from epileptic seizures including my autistic son.  A few hours later I got a call from the Leo Hayes High School and was informed that Conor had suffered a seizure. They did not think it was Tonic-Clonic although he had fallen and lost consciousness.  When I arrived he was being attended to and was sitting in a wheelchair.  He was groggy with very limited speech and needed assistance getting into the car for transportation home in the Dad-Mobile.  He was tired at home and I insisted he stay on the couch for awhile and rest.   Dad and Mom proceeded to provide the sure fire Spoil Em Rotten Recovery Treatment including supper from Papa John Pizza.

From Facebook to Reality in a Flash.  It can happen.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gallant Government Builds Centre for Youth With Complex Needs In Campbellton Far From Most NB Families

I understand former Youth Advocate Bernard Richard's outrage over the Gallant government's announcement that it will build a new centre for youth with complex needs in Campbellton. I have long criticized New Brunswick governments for sending NB adults with severe autism disorders out of the province to Spurwink Maine and to the north in Campbelton on NB's northern border with Quebec far from the vast majority of NB families in the South and from the autism expertise that has been developing in Fredericton. .   Apparently the youth complex needs group had also recommended sites in the south closer to families. I understand Mr Richard, I understand.