This page is dedicated in memory of Jett Travolta.
We will feature our success with conventional and unconventional methods in the battle to defeat autism. We are thankful for the encouragement and help that was offered by members of the medical and educational community. I want to acknowledge the invaluable help of every kind person who offered us their support without prejudice and hesitation. We are fortunate that today we can celebrate a new beginning!
When Travolta’s son Jett died in 2009 at the age of 16 after experiencing a seizure there were a lot of speculations in regard to my family that appeared in the main stream anti-scientology internet sites in regard to an article published on Upperbridge.org about addressing Autism with Scientology. A very sad way of exploiting Travolta’s personal tragedy for corrupt gains unfolded later on during an extortion trial. Apparently the paramedic Tarrino Lightbourne requested US$25 million from Travolta in exchange for not revealing a document which stated Travolta did not wish for his son to be taken to a hospital. Travolta’s son was transported to Rand Memorial hospital. During the trial John Travolta admitted that his son was autistic:”My son was autistic and suffered from seizure disorder. Every five to ten days he suffered seizures which lasted 45 seconds to a minute,” said Travolta in his court testimony. He said that after experiencing a seizure, his son would typically sleep for a period of 12 hours.
The autism spectrum tends to vary in a very wide range. There are different shades of autism but unfortunately the common perception of the ignorant and/or uneducated people is that one size fits all. It makes common sense that the diagnosis of autism should be addressed individually. Unfortunately often the perception about autism is based on stigma and stereotypes. The truth is that the rule”one size fits all” does not apply when it comes to autism.
When my son was diagnosed with autism at age 2, we spoke to an Autism Consultant from Geneva Center for Autism in Canada, who admitted to us that the early diagnostic of autism has resulted in positive progress through variety of early intervention options. The consultant admitted that he has worked with parents who later on have called to cancel further treatment options because their children do no longer fit the label of autism spectrum. Most of them wished to remain private due to the stigma related to this disability that somewhat has caused social rejections and negative perceptions. Our society has evolved to the point to outlaw discrimination based on disability, however it seems that unkind people would never miss an opportunity to express their own aberated thoughts and denigrate children while unfairly labeling them with the typical characteristics of the disability, even when at times those disabled children have achieved often better results than peers and they work harder than others to compensate certain areas of gaps. This type of ruthless individuals who covertly denigrate children with disabilities based on stereotypes exhibit behavior that is in not only ugly but as well very unethical and immoral.
The consequences of having the label of autism are often devastating to the children who were once diagnosed with autism. Based on the social perception predefined by the label, those children are perceived to exhibit the typical characteristics of the disability as a rule. Sadly the compassion and understanding in our society is so seriously lacking as it comes to Autism. Today, Early Interventionists are actually uncertain if parents should keep the initial diagnosis of autism private or not. Therefore I am not surprised why the Travolta’s have kept private his son’s diagnosis of Autism Spectrum.
It came to our advantage our extensive knowledge and understanding of communication and cognitive techniques coupled with the facts of practicing applied Scientology not associated with the Corporate Church of Scientology and therefore being freed of the prejudice and from the basic agenda propagated by juvenile immature mentality at the Church. Therefore we were able to apply the right techniques in the right way to achieve extraordinary positive results.
False ideas to be gotten rid of are concepts that the unresponsive autistic child is “unaware” and that Enforced control (or any other form of Violence) is ever going to prove beneficial. Also false concepts about communication, life and control may require addressing as well. It is of prime importance to have a complete ability and desire to communicate with the individual without any bias of any kind and without any evaluation (even those made privately in one’s own mind). This is a true test of pure “OT communication” without any vias and the overall communication skills as thought in Scientology.
Contrarily to what is widely assumed, the Autistic Child is generally more aware of people’s attitudes and feelings toward him than “common children”. This seems to be true in the Psychotic, which is one of the reasons that make them particularly hard to receive Scientology counseling. There is however no link between Psychosis and Autism, a fact that flies in the tooth of many traditional theories concerning the cause of Autism.
Perhaps it is a telepathic skill, perhaps it is an uncanny ability at perceiving others, but the slightest impatient or angry thought from the “therapist or “Parent”, even when duly “suppressed” is prone to be perceived by the Autistic Child. This is true, even if there is not the any seemingly perceptible sign of an upset or impact of that thought, or even if the child “appear unaware”. The fact is that the child is aware.
Kindness is universal language. Kindness comes in many forms and sizes.
The Four Fundamental Areas for Early Intervention
Every day, individuals with autism are showing us that they can overcome, compensate for and manage many of autism’s most challenging characteristics. A simple understanding of autism’s most basic elements has a tremendous impact on their ability to journey towards productive, independent lifestyle. Autism is extremely complex but there are four fundamental areas that need special attention: sensory processing challenges, speech/language communicayion, social interaction skills and whole child/self-esteem issues. Keep in mind the fact that autism is a spectrum: no two children with autism will be completely alike. Every child will be at a different point on the spectrum and each child will have a unique set of needs.
The child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum is not primarily “autistic.” The autism is only one aspect of his/hers complex character and does not define him/her as a person with thoughts, feelings and many talents. As every child is developing we don’t yet know what he/she may be capable of. Constant support in the four special areas is a key to success in many cases.
The sensory integration and communication between body and mind may be the most difficult aspect of autism to understand, but it is arguably the most critical. Ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of everyday that you may not even notice can be downright painful to an individual with autism. The very environment may be perceived hostile and this leads to withdrawn or belligerent behaviors but in actual fact the autistic is just trying to reactively defend himself from certain environmental inputs due to hypersensitivity.
Receptive and expressive language and vocabulary can be major challenges. It isn’t that the autistics don’t listen to instructions. It’s that they can’t understand due to deficiencies in perceptive communication between body and mind. They are very direct and interpret language very literally. Idioms, puns, nuances, double entendres, inference, metaphors, allusions and sarcasm may confuse them easily. Work on developing the expressive language through visual cues and drills while simplifying the wording and breaking down variety of expressive concepts using reach and withdraw methodology.
Autistics are very visually oriented. It is important to do visual models, demos and examples. Be prepared to show and model many times to re-enforce the understanding of certain concepts. Lots of consistent repetition and drills help learning. A visual schedule is very helpful for daily routines and transitions from one activity to another.
Focus and build on strengths, avoid criticism and negative evaluations. Remember, there is more than one “right” way to do most things. Help with social interactions and ongoing coaching in proper social responses. Try to remember that all behavior is a form of communication. It tells you how the autistic perceives something that is happening in his/hers environment. Parents, keep in mind as well: persistent behavior may have an underlying medical cause and it is wise to consult a medical doctor.
Love them unconditionally. Banish any thoughts of frustration. Be certain that that they have not chosen to have autism and remember that with the support of their parents and the community the chances of becoming successful and self-reliant increase. With proper support and guidance, the possibilities are broader than you might think. They are worth it all the way because those kids work harder than others to compare and even often to exceed peer expectations. Work to view autism as a different ability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts of the variety of strengths like attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus just like Einstein, Mozart or Van Gogh. They had autism too.
The successful overcoming yet another challenge of such a vast magnitude has been an entirely rewarding experience. Children have always been a blessing and I am happy about where we are today and looking forward to new positive experiences to grow exponentially. We have been presented by such an unique opportunity and have to come to realize how amazing these special children are.
Since the first diagnosis of autism in 1943 the number of children thought to have autism was 1 in 10,000. Now the number of children thought to have autism is 1 in 150 with autism considered more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. In the last decade we’ve all learned a great deal about autism and what it means to be autistic. Certain autistic celebrities, artists, authors, scientists and musically-gifted prodigies have met our attention in our communities. Some of these people with autism are known as advocates, some have been mentioned in the media and some whose stories are on the bookshelves.
The jazz prodigy Matt Savage
Matt Savage was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and later became a jazz prodigy. In Savage’s teens he become a professional jazz pianist with his own trio. He plays alongside the best adult musicians of our time and plays all over the world. He has recorded three audio CDs with the proceeds being donated to autism research and support. The legendary Dave Brubeck, known as ‘the jazz legend’ has coined Savage as the “Mozart of jazz.” Savage now attends the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon
Referred to as a child as ‘Dr. Bug’ by friends because of his autistic fixation with bugs, Satoshi Tajiri later created one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, second only to Super Mario Brothers. based on his childhood fascination with bugs. Video games was another fixation Satoshi had and once when he saw two kids playing with their Game Boys linked – he imagined a bug crawling across the link cable and thus the idea for Pokémon was born. Diagnosed with a form of autism, Satoshi Tajiri has been described by Nintendo officials as exceedingly creative.
Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing
Writer, linguist, educator and also coined as “1 of the 100 living geniuses in the world today,” Daniel is known as “Brainman.” He claimed national attention in 2006 after writing a New York Times bestselling book called, Born On A Blue Day. It is a chronicle of Daniel’s life as an autistic savant. Over half a million copies have been sold worldwide as well as an award-winning documentary film produced about him called Brainman. Tammet has appeared on countless television shows from Good Morning America to 60 minutes and has set the European record in 2004 for reciting by memory the famous mathematical constant Pi (3.141…) to 22,514 decimal places in 5 hours and 9 minutes. Because of his autistic savant skills in regards to memory, math and linguistics, Daniel he has been studied by many of the worlds leading neuroscientists. His newest book, Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind is an investigative work about the similarities and differences between savant and non-savant minds. He is said to have an uncanny ability to describe how the mind functions in regards to sensory processing, language and social interactions.
Detox and Body Healing
We live in a polluted environment, we breathe in car fumes and industrial wastes; we eat foods containing pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural chemicals; we drink milk and eat meats from animals, which are routinely given antibiotics, steroids and other drugs; we eat a countless number of various chemicals in processed foods; we use personal care products full of various chemicals, shown to be carcinogenic and generally toxic for the humans. Hospitals and shopping centers have even higher amounts of toxic substances in the air, that is why so many people feel so tired and drained after a shopping trip or a long visit to a hospital.
We survive thanks to a very important system in our bodies known as a DETOXIFICATION SYSTEM. It is a system which is like a cleaner in the body, it constantly cleans out all the toxins, produced as a result of normal body metabolism, and toxins arriving from the outside. Metabolic body balance is achieved by unburdening the body of toxins. Autistic children have a tendency to be very sensitive to their surrounding environment. The perception of toxic environment is causing their tendency to withdrawal as a part of their natural defensive mechanism.
Great results toward natural social and body function can be achieved with the collaborative combination of a cognitive and detox programs. The detox diet and permanent metabolic body balance are maintained by ensuring that the body is never exposed to “junk food” again but is re-educated to enjoy delicious healthy foods in the right combination as much as required to satisfy healthy body maintenance and/or growth. Licenced Osteopathic Doctors are offering personalized body detox programs to remove the toxins from the body while designing the personalized gradients to allow the body to readjust itself to its natural state of health. Many helpful lifestyle changes can be recommended and incorporated in the personal programs based on that are the key principles of healing. The results are remarkably effective. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine/osteopathic physicians are licensed as full physicians with the Provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. The osteopathic detox programs emphasize the interrelationship between structure and function of the body and recognize the body’s ability to heal itself, while the role of the osteopath to facilitate that process of getting in touch with body and mind.
Disclaimer : This article is for general information purpose. Please consult medical professionals in respect to any medical conditions and treatments. The articles describe a set of personal experiences and DO NOT represent offered services.
I started this page trying to give out a message. As a result I have been stalked for my personal opinions and spiritual believes by very EVIL individuals who by some reason re-stimulate on the contents of this page. I have always promoted understanding, compassion and becoming better human beings. Stalking me for my good intentions is an absolute disgrace!
Below is shown the other side of the coin. This is the kind of barbaric torture that should not be suffered by any human being.