Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians

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Sentient Publications, 2007 - Medical - 358 pages
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'Changing the Course of Autism' has the potential to revolutionise the way autism is perceived and managed. Most books on this subject describe educational and behavioural therapies, but autism is a medical disease, not a psychological disorder. This groundbreaking books shows that the disease can be treated by reducing the neurological inflammation that is part of the disease process, rather than simply masking the symptoms with drugs like Ritalin and Prozac. The authors have seen autistic behaviours improve dramatically or disappear completely with appropriate medical treatment. The book reviews the medical literature regarding the biological nature of the disease, including the potential connection between vaccines and autism. This book builds a bridge between the medical profession and parents who are angry at the rise in this disease and the way it is treated. It is the only book on this subject written by an MD who is also the parent of an autistic child. In 2001, the second son of Jepson was diagnosed with autism. Over the course of that year, he and his wife Laurie began exploring treatment options and found that the medical community knew very little about the cause, the treatment, or the prognosis of this disease. After a year of research, the couple established the non-profit Children's Biomedical Center of Utah. There autistic children could receive the most up-to-date care available. From 2002-2005, Dr Jepson treated hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and the clinic raised awareness throughout the intermountain West concerning issues related to autism and other childhood developmental disorders. Because he was a leading specialist in the field, Dr Jepson was recruited to join the team at Thoughtful House Center for Children, a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to caring for children with autism and related conditions. The Thoughtful House is designed to integrate biomedical, gastrointestinal, and educational intervention into a coordinated effort, and to use this model to perform clinical research. It officially opened January 1st, 2006, and Dr Jepson is now its Medical Director.
  

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Review: Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

Totally changed my perspective on autism - it's causes, treatments, and very nature as a medical disease. I wish every pediatrician would read this. Read full review

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It can be difficult to read but I learned a lot from this book. Read full review

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Autism
Jeri Freedman
Limited preview - 2008

About the author (2007)

Dr Jepson graduated from the University of Utah Medical School in 1995 and completed residency training in Grand Rapids , Michigan in 1998. Board certified in emergency medicine, he lives in Austin, Texas, with Laurie and their two sons. JANE JOHNSON became interested in medical treatment for learning disabilities in 2000, when her son was diagnosed with non-verbal learning disorder (NLD). In her effort to educate herself, she became more and more alarmed at the epidemic growth and prevalence of developmental disorders. She is the Co-Managing Director of the Board of Thoughtful House. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children. The foreword is by Katie Wright, whose parents, Bob and Suzanne Wright, founded Autism Speaks after Katie's son was diagnosed with autism. As CEO of NBC/Universal, Bob made Autism Speaks the biggest autism organization in the USA, and Katie and her parents have worked tirelessly to raise autism awareness.

Jane Johnson was first published in the 1980s, and was runner-up for the Mother Goose Award with her first picture book: Sybil and the Blue Rabbit.

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