A guide to some of the terms, phrases, and people mentioned in my posts

Logan’s favorite part of summer

ASD   Autism Spectrum Disorder.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the word “autism” includes many, many different traits, and so “spectrum” refers to the “wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment, or disability, that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, but others are severely disabled.”  Thankfully, Logan displays mild symptoms–in fact, many of our friends are surprised to hear that Logan might have autism.

Autism   According to Autism Speaks, autism refers to “a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”  One in 88 children today–1 in 54 boys–is diagnosed with autism in the United States.

BEDROK  Body Ecology Diet Recovering Our Kids.  Primarily, this diet eliminates all sugars and adds in raw, fermented foods that are probiotic-rich.

Casein   A protein found in all mammalian milk, thought to trigger an abnormal autoimmune response in people with autism, according to Talking About Curing Autism Now.

CF   Casein-free; a diet that eliminates all casein.  Many families report that removing milk and other products with casein from their child’s diet significantly improved their child’s autistic symptoms.  A good deal of research supports links between problems in the gut and autism.

Loki…10 years ago

Echolalia   A symptom of autism, where a person echoes sentences he or she has heard before rather than expressing independent thought.  In Logan’s case, much of what he says is actually a line from a favorite book or something he’s heard me or someone else say several times.

ECSE  Early Childhood Special Education.  Early screening and treatment is the best factor for success for a child with autism.  School districts everywhere in the United States are required to provide services for children who qualify as having a disability–a resource that is absolutely essential considering wait lists for private treatment centers can be up to seven months long.

GFCF  Gluten-free and casein-free; a diet that eliminates all gluten and casein.  Like with a CF diet, there is an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence supporting the benefits of removing gluten from the diet of someone with autism.  However, my husband and I have decided that going GF and CF would be too much for us at this point–if we are successful with CF, we will tackle GF down the road.

Gluten   A protein found mainly in wheat but also barley and rye.  It’s amazing how many things we eat that contain wheat–even soy sauce!

IEP   Individualized Education Plan, a document the school districts develops with parents that outlines a specific plan for a child with a disability.  Logan’s IEP qualifies him for services related to autism spectrum disorder.

Logan   My wonderful 3-and-a-half-year-old.  He loves cuddling, reading, riding his bike, and going to the park.  He currently attends early childhood special education due to autism-like traits, mainly poor social interaction.

Sadie in Minnesota … in July

Loki   My faithful and stoic dog.  For eight years she was my baby, loving two walks a day, every day–then she adapted to another person moving in, a new cat, a new house, a new dog, a new baby, another new baby, and another new house.

PDD-NOS Pervasive developmental delay-not otherwise specified. This term is sometimes used interchangeably with ASD or is applied to people who don’t meet all criteria for a more classic definition of autism. Logan’s official diagnosis is PDD-NOS.

Sadie   My sweet 1-and-a-half-year-old.  She loves copying everything her brother does, dancing, reading, cuddling, and trying to carry every single blankie from her room in her little arms.