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Save Dustin’s Place

This is my first campaign like post. Personally I don’t support or am passionate about much, especially something political. This though is autism or special needs related which I am passionate about.

My friend Lynn over at Brecht Stables and Dustin’s place is facing closing her doors if not enough money is raised to fix up her place to meet county zoning criteria.  Her full story and donation page can be found here.  Yes it is true that we quit horseback riding back in June, but that was only due to the distance and for Bilal moving on to discover new things. I have no complaints about Lynn’s program. She was amazing, she’s doing it all on her own with volunteers, she tries her best to accommodate with people’s schedules and the weather. She serves all children of all ages and with all capabilities or disabilities. Her son Dustin who is about 12 years old now was born with Down’s Syndrome and had several health issues when he was younger, he needed all types of PT, OT and Speech therapies, Lynn observed the therapists and took all that information to helping her son herself with the use of horses which she’s always loved and grew up with. It has helped his strength and progress amazingly that she decided to help other special needs children. I’ve seen children with Downs, autism, ADHD, Muscular Dystrophy and Blindness enjoying the horses and the program. She also teaches typical children Western Horseback Riding. She teaches all ages, she worked with Sulayman when he turned 2 and picked up a lot of little basics. Horses are amazing creatures and there’s something about riding them that calms children down and helps them progress.  She organizes and takes the children to the Georgia Special Olympics and other Horse Shows. She runs a summer camp, and she boards horses. Its a lot of work for a single mother of 2 boys but she manages and does great. I’d hate to see her close her doors and turn away all these children who can benefit so much from her programs.

 

Please try to help her, every little dollar helps her get closer to her goal of $11,000… she needs to plant trees as a privacy fence between her place and her neighbors so a donation from a grower, planter or gardener business would be great.  Please hurry and share her page with others and spread the word, because time is running out.

 

Bilal’s history with horseback riding can be found here:

Equine Therapy

Horse Riding

Horse Show

 

 

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Extra brain cells may be key to autism

With this latest study they say that an increase in brain cells in the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for social, emotion and communication functions which develops during the second trimester may be behind the cause of autism, they also say they finally have something solid to build on but the study was done on a very limited scale.

Personally the size of Bilal’s head was never questioned by any of the doctors he’s seen and I dont think it is an issue for him, maybe cause his autism is mild the increase of brain cells are limited too. The second trimester for me is when things went bad, the high blood pressure, the water retention and the ear infection, those could have been triggers to cause the brain cells to increase…

Here you can find an article to read for yourself.

http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20111108/hl_nm/us_autism_brain

Pitocin, autism link…

I came across this article from Twitter today.

This part of the article especially makes sense to me:

“In spontaneous labors the mother’s pituitary gland makes an endogenous (i.e. internal) oxytocin that triggers the physiological onset and progress of labor. The hormone oxytocin is also produced during breastfeeding (causing the let-down of breast milk) and it accompanies sexual orgasm. For this reason it is referred to as the “love hormone” by obstetrician Christianne Northrop, MD as each of these biological events are associated with experiences of great emotional bonding and include meaningful social interaction between the individuals involved. Since autistic disorders produce an inability to make or maintain affectionate bonds or have normal social relationships, one cannot help but wonder if perhaps there is an causal relationship between these disorders and exogenous sources of an artificial form of oxytocin. Perhaps flooding the immature body of the fetus (especially boy babies) with this gender-specific synthetic hormone from animals somehow interferes with the eventual function of these psychological systems. It is an intriguing question.”

I was given Pitocin to induce labor the day I was 37 weeks gestation, my OB saw with the growth restriction it would be safer for the baby outside the womb, they checked me the day before I gave birth and found I was already 3 cm dilated, the night before I had reached 5 cm. I think I would have gone into labor naturally within a day or two maximum and wouldn’t have required to be induced. Allaho a3lam, cant go back in time, but if Pitocin is the cause of my son’s autism then I’m really pissed off at my OB and pharmaceutical companies.

Have you been induced and have a child with autism? If so please fill out this open discussion.

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