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Oregon schools had their Spring Break last week. While most were taking vacations, I had the privilege of joining a team for a jam-packed 10 days to Papalote, Mexico and back. Nearly 3000 miles in a van, late nights & early mornings, the most amazing Mexican food, and wonderful weather graced this experience. But all this was completely overshadowed by the team of people, both American and Mexican that I was surrounded by.
I want to share a few of the stories from the trip and hopefully create the connection of what I see taking place in Nikken. There is an amazing team effort created when we align ourselves with this company. Changes are always happening and we’ve had a few lately that are solidifying this team. What I witnessed in Mexico last week and last year were two entirely different experiences, and yet exactly the same message.
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Stopping by our school yesterday to grab a signature from my wife Stacey, I couldn’t help but see the incredible work that goes into the ‘special needs’ children of our community. She has worked in this field for ten years now and has a real knack for understanding them. She shared with me that one of her boys is now reading and can recognize nearly 100 words. This is quite an accomplishment in just one school year!
She will be quick to admit that there is a team in place which makes success happen in any of the children in this category. The parents, relatives, teachers, etc. all make it happen.
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As Nikken’s blog reminds us, April is Autism awareness month. The following are the first few paragraphs and I highly recommend reading the rest because for the first time ever, Nikken has put in print some wonderful testimonies of success using our products. Stacey has had a front row seat with this issue and spends hours every week studying and then applying what she learns. She will be the first to tell you that food and chemicals are definitely the common denominator in the kids she’s worked with. And while she can suggest solutions, once these children are out of her care, her influence stops there. Wouldn’t it be great if all these people, young and old, could be influenced 24/7 with our products?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and affect daily functioning.
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The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability in functioning that can occur in people with ASD. Some children and adults with ASD are fully able to perform all activities of daily living while others require substantial support to perform basic activities. ASD occurs in every racial and ethnic group, and across all socioeconomic levels. However, boys are significantly more likely to develop ASD than girls.
There is no cure for ASD. Therapies and behavioral interventions are designed to remedy specific symptoms and can substantially improve those symptoms. The ideal treatment plan coordinates therapies and interventions that meet the specific needs of the individual. Most health care professionals agree that the earlier the intervention, the better.
A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).