Helping Families and Children with Autism
We met some of the most passionate people at the Act-Today “Denim and Diamonds” event that are doing everything they can to help families that have children with Autism Spectrum challenges. Joe Montegna (Criminal Minds and Godfather III among many other roles) has a daughter with Autism so he knows first-hand that help is needed for both the children and their families. We learned that 1 out of 88 children are diagnosed today where it used to be 1 in 2,500 25 years ago. Joe feels this is an epidemic. The latest findings are that this is a disorder that gets better when treated early. We also spoke with many others such as Steve Malden, the GM of CBS. He created “Stephanie’s Day” in honor of his own daughter who was there with him on the red carpet. Pat Harvey, anchor on CBS news also relates her stories of care-giving for her sister and understands how important organizations like this are to families. Bonnie Hunt (Jerry McGuire among many other roles) was there to lend her support and has a great message for all of us to remember. Go to the Act-Today site for more information on the disorder and/or how you can help. We also wanted to give a “shout-out” to 2 young performers from that night that have a little cousin with Autism that they help: the “2-U-Neek” singers. We featured a snipet of their music on our show and you can find them at: www.myspace.com/thetexastwins2uneek. Of course if you have any concerns about your own children take them to get a screening since early intervention can make a big difference in their outcomes.
Helping you “Survive the Holidays”!
For our Prop. 63 segment we had Dr. David Pating, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, back and as always, he has a wealth of information for us. Jen and Dr. Pating focused on how we can all “Survive the Holidays” which he rightly points out includes many holidays throughout the year. Some of the main messages they covered were that with family and gatherings there is a sense of expectations that may not be met because they are set too high. Also when there is less exposure to natural light, many people could be dealing with “SAD”, which is Seasonal Affect Disorder. Dr. Pating recommends looking into specific “blue” light therapies if you suspect you are affected. However always consult with a mental health professional first if you don’t feel well. Also, keep in mind the “HALT” acronym which means checking if you or others may be in stress from any one of these and try to take action: 1. Hungry 2. Angry 3. Lonely 4. Tired. Sometimes depression and stress can be helped by taking care of these issues right away. He has some funny examples for you to listen to. Also, just a tip that we didn’t know about for sleep: If you take Melatonin be aware that taking it too late at night can shift your sleep timeframes. So if you wake up at 2 in the morning, you may not want to take it at that time. Take it well before your normal bedtime. Another great tip we personally liked! There are so many more very helpful tips on the show for you to hear! Just click on the link above to hear them all.
Thanks for listening.