Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Book I Would Rather Not Live Without

Nearly a year after our son was diagnosed, we still felt like we were floundering when it came to treatment. He was going to special ED preschool and we were trying to have him on a healthy diet that avoided preservatives and food colorings, but other than that we were at a loss because it was obvious that he was still suffering from physical symptoms.
I sent out a big cry for help in the wonderful ETSY for autism street team. I thought that with all those parents there someone would have some ideas. Julie came to my rescue by recommending "Changing the Course of Autism" by Dr. Bryan Jepson. It is an excellent synopsis of all the current research and treatments. I have lived with autism in my family since I was 12 when my baby brother was born and this book explained to me so many things I never really understood before.


This book caused us to seek out a doctor for our son that participates in the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) program. Our son is so much healthier and communicates with us so much more and we have only been doing the program since July. Thank you DAN! and Thank you Julie!

I ordered my copy on is also a great ordering option if you are unfamiliar with

Visit DAN! website: click on "find a clinician" to find a DAN! doctor in your area.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Look at us Now

Hi my name is Celeste and this is my little red head Eli. Eli was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and a half back in 2007. I was just looking over his diagnosis report. I got it out because we just moved and his preschool teacher needed a copy. I was reading about how at the visit he was moving my hand and placing it on top of the toy he wanted me to help him with. Eye contact was fleeting. The part that makes me smile is "Eli displays a mild upset ness to the examiner."
From this recent photo you can tell what a long way he has come. I have learned so much and I hope that through this blog I can share our journey with you.