February 11, 2013
. . . it’s been a while.
We are just very busy living our lives. . .school, work, kids, family, etc. Trying to stay sane through it all.
Hamhock is now in 3rd grade and doing great! He is reading grade level and keeping up with his peers. He has a best friend and gets along with most kids in his class. He’s an awesome, great, funny, and super cute kid.
He gets speech therapy and occupational therapy once a week. We’re still working on some sounds in speech.
He is somewhat rigid in his eating habits still. . . preferring a limited menu of items that are “acceptable.” He won’t try new foods very often. After Foo listened to an NPR article about zinc curbing some autistic kids food obsessions, we started giving it to him daily. It kicked his habit of needing to munch on frozen corn every night before bed, and has significantly reduced his obsession with eating ketchup with everything.
He sometimes has intense personality conflicts with kids, and needs help navigating the intense feelings he gets as a result.
He also still needs help navigating play dates here at our house. It seems he does better when he is at his buddy’s house, because he’s not so emotionally invested in his ‘space’ and needing to share his own toys, etc.
Superboy is also going great. . .he’s in 2nd grade, and reading grade level, making good friends, and doing well.
October 21, 2010
I love Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Really and truly I do.
October 2, 2010
UPDATE: Another study, released in March 2013, has determined that vaccines DO NOT cause autism.
So please consult your pediatrician for your concerns, and as long as your child is not one of the very, very small minority who will be injured by vaccines, get your child vaccinated!!!!
It seems pretty well documented, and I think offers some legitimate concerns as well as the obvious need for more research, research, research. (It was published in April 2009, and the rates for autism have now increased to 1 in 100 in the United States.)
Hopefully one day we will have some definitive answers. In the meantime, can’t we vaccinate 99% of our population to provide herd immunity to babies and the elderly, while also protecting the small percentage (1%, maybe) of children who are prone to vaccine injury because of susceptibility to auto-immune disorders, as well as neurological problems? Why can’t we protect everybody?
Of course it raises many questions (why such a huge variance in the number of Autism rates country by country?) I’d like to know what Norway and Denmark are doing right. And why oh why does America’s rates spike so much higher than any other country? We’re supposed to be the best country in the world! I just don’t get it.
|Country||# of Vaccines (under 5 yrs old)||Autism Rate||Mortality Rates Per 1,000 children under 5 yrs old||Mortality Rates Worldwide Ranking (#1 being the fewest deaths)|
|United States||36||1 in 150||7.8||34|
|Iceland||11||1 in 1,100||3.9||1|
|Sweden||11||1 in 862||4.0||2|
|Japan||11||1 in 475||4.2||4|
|Norway||13||1 in 2,000||4.4||5|
|Finland||12||1 in 719||4.7||6|
|France||17||1 in 613||5.2||11|
|Israel||11||1 in 1,000||5.7||17|
|Denmark||12||1 in 2,200||5.8||18|