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Dealing with Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is a relatively mild form of autism that effects people in different ways than regular autism. Because it usually does not affect language, many people with Asperger Syndrome go undiagnosed. This is the one form of autism that is usually not caught at an early age and is instead a disorder that develops later in life. Asperger Syndrome, however, can be a very difficult condition to have, so as soon as you suspect yourself or your child of having communication and social behavior problems, see your family doctor.

Asperger Syndrome

Many famous and successful people were diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Historians even suggest that Einstein and Mozart each suffered from this disorder. It is important to note that no form of autism is a form of mental retardation. In fact, most people with Asperger Syndrome are very intelligent. Asperger Syndrome does not dictate mental ability, but rather makes it difficult for people to communicate in social settings, much in the same way a typical autistic child has trouble with behavior in groups. When this disorder goes undiagnosed, children do not get the help they need, leading to problems in school such as bullying. Most children are relieved to find out they have Asperger Syndrome instead of just thinking they are less of a person. By getting diagnosed, not only can you or your child put a name to the problems, but it is then also possible to get treated to improve your overall situation.

Some symptoms to watch out for if you suspect Asperger Syndrome are some of the same symptoms that people with full-blown autism experience. This includes social confusion, first and foremost. Many people with Asperger Syndrome find it very difficult to deal with transition or change, wanting everything to stay the same. A quickly changing environment is especially confusing. People with Asperger Syndrome also may say rude or inappropriate things when they don't mean to do so, and may not be able to understand others' thought processes. Another common trait they share with autistic individuals is fixation, although people with Asperger Syndrome usually have more control over their fixations, which take the form of highly focused interests. If you suspect yourself or a loved one of this disorder, these are just a few of the signs for which you should be watching. You doctor should be able to answer further questions and provide both reading material and treatment for this disorder.

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Doctors and Diagnosing Autism

When a doctor first suggests that your child has autism, your immediate reaction might be disbelief and the urge to seek a second, third, or even fourth opinion. Because autism is so different in every child, it is a tricky disorder to diagnose. However, there are a few key ways in which doctors can efficiently identify autism in children, and if your infant or toddler is showing any of these signs of autism, you should visit your pediatrician immediately to express your concerns.

Doctors and Diagnosing Autism

Autism occurs at a young age, rather than being a disorder an older child might develop. It is usually detected before the age of three, and many times much earlier. The first signs or autism are usually delays or regression in speech communication. Another early sign is abnormal behavior in group play situations and other social situations. The first step to diagnosing autism is a thorough physical examination as well as a review of family history by a specialist. Although your regular pediatrician will be able to spot unusual behavior, you'll want your child to be examined by a professional who specializes in autism and other similar diseases to make sure your child is properly diagnosed.

The next step includes hearing tests. Sine language and social skill delays could be due to inadequate auditory sensations. There are two types of auditory tests, one of which records the tones a child can hear and the other of which requires sedation and measures the brain response to certain tones. Of course, the first method is preferred, since it does not require any use of a sedative. After auditory testing, your doctor may encourage testing your child for Fragile X syndrome, which often times goes hand in hand with autism. Metabolism can also be evaluated. To do this, your doctor will need a blood or urine sample to analyze DNA.

An MRI or CAT scan can also be helpful in diagnosing autism. The important thing is to work with doctors you trust. Second opinions can be very helpful, but when your child has been diagnosed, stick with one doctor so that treatment is uniform and so that your child will get used to this person. Autism is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, so remember that you should begin to learn as much as possible about the disorder as soon as your doctor identifies it. If you have yet to speak with your doctor about abnormal behavior in your child, do so immediately. By detecting autism early, you give your child a better chance at becoming a high-functioning individual with much more opportunities in life.

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Cinta Ditolak Dukun Bertindak

Bergaul dan bersosialisasi memang penting. Namun jangan terlalu bersemangat untuk memamerkan kebahagiaan rumah tangga di muka umum.

Kamu takkan tahu, mungin saj ada orang yang tidak suka dan dengki dengan kebahagiaan tersebut. Terlebih jika perasaan tidak suka dan dengki itu digunakan sebagai alasan untuk menyakiti orang.

Seperti yang terjadi pada seorang pria yang rumah tangganya hampir rusak akibat sihir. pemicunya ternyata si pria menolak cinta wanita yang menjadi rekan kerjanya.

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Cinta Ditolak Dukun Bertindak

Berawal dari SMS

Saya sudah menikah selama hampir 15 tahun dan dikaruniai 4 anak. Pada suatu pagi saya menerima SMS dari seorang karyawati di tempat kerja saya menanyakan kabar saya yang tidak sehat. Saya memang tidak pernah menyimpan setiap nomor telepon perempuan lain kecuali karyawati lain untuk memudahkan urusan kerja.

Istri saya memang kuat indera keenamnya. Dia bisa tahu bahwa karyawati itu bukan teman perempuan yang dia kenal. Saya pun memberitahu dia saya juga tak kenal. Sebab memang saya tak kenal. Namun istri saya diam saja.

Ketika saya masuk kerja, si karyawati ini tanya kenapa tak balas SMS dia. Saya hanya bilang saya tak tahu karena nomornya tidak ada dalam kontak saya.

Selalu Cerita Kebaikan Istri

Hubungan saya dan istri memang baik. Selain ramah, istri saya memang seorang yang periang. Tanggung jawab dia pada saya dan anak-anak memang tak perlu diragukan. Dan saya selalu menceritakan pada kawan-kawan saya bahwa istri saya memang tiada gantinya. Jika ditakdirkan beristri lagi, saya akan melakukannya jika istri saya sudah meninggal dunia. Itupun saya merasa mustahil ada wanita yang bisa menggantikan tempatnya. Rupanya pernyataan saya telah menimbulkan rasa tak senang pada karyawati tersebut.

Si Karyawati Mulai Panggil Sayang

Pada suatu hari si karyawati tersebut dapat pindah kerja di kota lain. Karena saya memang tipe orang yang ramah, saya suka menanyakan kabar kawan-kawan, baik laki-laki atau perempuan, tua atau muda. Saya pun mengirim SMS untuk menanyakan kabar dia. Demi Allah, tidak ada sekelumit pun rasa saya suka atau mencintai karyawati tersebut. Sejak itu, karyawati itu selalu menghubungi saya dan tanpa saya sadari dia memanggil saya dengan panggilan 'sayang'.

Saya pun terhenyak pada awalnya. Kalau orang sudah panggil kita sayang, apalagi maknanya. Tetapi hubungan dengan istri masih baik. Ketika Lebaran tiba, karyawati tersebut menghubungi saya dan menanyakan apakah saya ingin berkunjung ke rumahnya. Saya tak tahu seperti ada sesuatu yang mendesak saya untuk pergi. Saya pun pergi ditemani dengan anak saya.

Ketaatan Istri Membongkar Rahasia

Lama kelamaan istri mencium perbuatan saya. Istri suruh saya tukar nomor telepon. Saya pun menggantinya. Saya ikut segala permintaan istri sebab saya sayang dia. Dan yang anehnya saya tak tahu kekuatan dari mana saya bisa beli nomor dan ponsel lain. Tapi tak lama. Betul juga kata orang, naluri seorang istri itu jangan dibuat main-main.

Saya tahu istri saya selalu berdoa dan saya selalu mendengar dalam doanya ada tangisan. Hati saya pilu mendengar isak istri saya, tapi ada sesuatu yang berbisik agar membiarkan saja istri saya. Solat hajat dan bacaan yasin terus dilakukan oleh istri dan anak-anak. Dan tak lama setelah itu rahasia pun terbongkar.

Ketika istri tahu, dia mengajak saya menemui karyawati tersebut. Saya ikut. Dalam mobil istri menyuruh saya melepaskan karyawati itu. Tapi demi Allah, saya sangat sayang istri saya. Saya takkan melepaskan dia kecuali maut memisahkan kami. Istri saya memang cerdik. Segala doa dia Allah kabulkan. Kami bisa ketemu dengan karyawati tersebut tapi dia lari ketika saya menghampiri istri saya. Seperti ada sesuatu yang membuat karyawati itu takut. Kami kemudian pulang. Dan sejak itu kepercayaan istri pada saya mulai berkurang. Walau berkali-kali saya bilang saya tidak ada hubungan apa-apa dengan karyawati tersebut.

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Inilah 7 Makanan Khas Indonesia yang Mendunia

Indonesia adalah negara yang kaya akan tradisi, budaya dan kulinernya. Setiap daerah di tanah air memiliki makanan khas masing masing. Beragam makanan ini ternyata mampu menarik perhatian luar negeri. Karena begitu nikmatnya beberapa makanan khas Indonesia disajikan di beberapa Negara dunia. Sebut saja gado gado, sate ayam, rending, bahkan olahan tempe mampu bersaing di level internasional. Seperti apakah kehebatannya? Berikut ini 7 makanan Indonesia yang mendunia.

Makanan Khas Indonesia yang Mendunia

Nasi Goreng di Acara World Expo Shanghain Cina

Sebagian dari kita tentu sudah akrab dengan makanan yang satu ini, Nasi Goreng. Lebih dari itu Nasi Goreng telah berhasil menjadi Icon Indonesia. Nama makanan Nasi Goreng semakin menyebar luas di mancanegara, setelah presiden barack Obama menyebutkan namanya beberapa kali dan mengakui enaknya makanan yang satu ini.

pada ajang world expo shanghai cina 2010 masakan nasi goreng menjadi suguhan yang menarik. Ajang perlombaan masak bertaraf internasional ini mampu membawa nama nasi goreng semakin dikenal di mata dunia. Acara ini mendapat respon positif dari pengunjung pameran dari berbagai Negara. Nyatanya dalam sehari, sedikitnya nasi goreng yang disajikan dengan telur dada dan sate ayam ini mampu terjual hingga 700 porsi.

Gado Gado di Napoli Italia

Makanan khas selanjutnya adalah gado gado. Gado gado adalah makanan khas jawa berupa sayur sayuran yang direbus dan dicampur menjadi satu. Makanan ini mempunyai bumbu khas kacang tanah yang di haluskan. Tak ketinggalan juga irisan telur dan taburan bawang goreng diatasnya. Penyajiannya yang unik dan lezat ini akan lebih komplit jika ditambah dengan emping goreng atau kerupuk.

Gado gado yang dapat dimakan seperti salad ini memang cukup sederhana. Perlombaan memasak internasional di Napoli pada tahun 2010, menjadi pembuktian gado gado bukan sembarang makanan. Di ajang ini gado gado menjadi juara pertama kategori tampilan sajian estetika.

Soto Ayam Laris Manis di jepang

Tak hanya terkenal karena rasanya yang lezat, Soto juga memiliki tampilan yang indah. Makanan khas Indonesia ini paling nikmat jika di makan ketika musim hujan. Perpaduan udara yang dingin dan kuahnya yang panas adalah perpaduan yang pas bagi kita. Tak hanya di Indonesia saja, soto ayam juga ada di sebuah festival makanan di jepang. Rupanya makanan soto ayam telah menjadi langganan di acara ini. acara ini sendiri diselenggarakan oleh pelajar Indonesia yang tergabung dalam PPIJ- Komsat Ibaraki. Terbukti dalam acara besar seperti ini soto ayam dapat menjadi makanan yang diterima dengan baik oleh masyarakat jepang.

Sate Ayam Selalu Laris Manis dalam Festival Internasional

Berikutunya adalah sate ayam, makanan yang dibakar ini merupakan makanan yang disukai oleh masyarakat Indonesia. terkenal dengan sate khas Madura, ternyata sate ayam mampu menghipnotis masyarakat luar negeri. Sebuah bazar internasional yang diselenggarakan di China 2013 silam menjadi bukti sate ayam digemari oleh halayak. Kegiatan ini tidak hanya menyelenggarakan kuliner Indonesia saja. Namun yang menjadi sebuah kebanggan adalah sate ayam terjual habis disantap masyarakat setempat.

Tak hanya di bazar saja, sebuah restoran masakan Indonesia mampu bersaing di tengah restoran termahal di New York Amerika. Dengan menu andalannya sate ayam, restoran satay junction mampu menarik warga amerika. Meski terbilang kecil , restoran ini selalu dipadati oleh warga amerika yang mencintai makanan khas Indonesia. selain mampu bertahan, jumlah pengunjungnya pun terus bertamabah.

Rendang Masuk dalam 50 Most Delicious Foods

Rending adalah makanan daging bercita rasa pedas, bumbunya menggunakan dari campuran berbagai bumbu serta rempah rempah. Masakan ini dihasilkan dari proses memasak yang dipanaskan berulah ulang dengan menggunakan santan kelapa. Rending dikenal dengan proses memasaknya yang cukup lama. Butuh waktu berjam jam untuk menghasilkan warna hitam pekat dan daging yang empuk. Tapi percayalah, hal ini akan terbayar lunas ketika anda menyantapnya.

Nikmat dan lezatnya rendang berhasil membuatnya terpilih di posisi paling atas dari 50 makanan terlezat di dunia versi CNN internasional pada 2011 lalu. Rendang bahkan menjadi menu faforite di sebuah hotel di jerman dalam rangka festival kuliner Indonesia. Acara ini diselenggarakan untuk memperingati 60 tahun persahabatan Indonesia Jerman.

Tempe Menu Favorit di Jepang dan Korea

Berikutnya adalah tempe, ternyata tak hanya orang Indonesia saja yang menyukai tempe. Seorang juru masak asal korea eduard quad adalah salah satu dari ribuan orang yang jatuh hati dengan tempe. Perhelatan Jakarta kuliner festival yang dihelat Oktober 2012 lalu menjadi perkumpulan koki dari berbagai mancanegara. Mereka datang untuk menikmati makanan khas Indonesia. salah satunya adalah eduard quad. ternyata dari berbagai makanan yang ia cicipi, ia menjadikan tempe sebagai idolanya.

Berbeda dengan koki asal korea. Seorang warga Indonesia pak rustomo adalah seorang pebisnis tempe di jepang. Tak hanya dapat diolah menjadi makanan lezat, tempe juga menghasilkan pundi pundi uang. Nama pak rustomo sendiri dikenal di beberapa daerah di jepang. Bisnisnya menjual tempe berhasil memikat masyarakat jepang.

Sop Buntut yang Disukai Orang Spanyol

Makanan Indonesia yang mendunia terakhir adalah sop buntut. Sebuah acara untuk memperkenalkan masakan khas Indonesia diselenggarakan oleh kedutaan besar republic Indonesia di Madrid spanyol. Salah satu menunya adalah sop buntut. Ternyata acara ini mendapatkan respon yang positif. Chef asal Indonesia menyajikan makanan khas Indonesia disini. Setidaknya terdapat 300an orang yang menikmati makanan khas Indonesia dan jatuh hati pada sop buntut.

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Mencuci Piring Dengan Tangan Dapat Menurunkan Resiko Berbagai Gangguan Kesehatan

Sebuah penelitian baru menemukan bahwa mencuci piring dengan tangan ternyata memiliki dampak positif terhadap kesehatan anak Anda dibandingkan dengan mencuci piring dengan menggunakan mesin.

Mencuci piring dengan menggunakan tangan dapat menurunkan resiko terjadinya berbagai gangguan kesehatan akibat alergi seperti asma atau eksim pada anak.

Hasil penelitian ini mendukung sebuah teori higienitas yang menyatakan bahwa semakin dini seorang anak terpapar oleh berbagai jenis kuman maka semakin baiklah fungsi sistem kekebalan tubuhnya.

Mencuci Piring Dengan Tangan

Jadi, bila seorang anak memiliki sistem kekebalan tubuh yang berfungsi dengan baik, maka sistem kekebalan tubuh tersebut tidak akan salah “mengenali” suatu zat tidak berbahaya sebagai zat berbahaya, yang biasa terjadi pada reaksi alergi.

Selain itu, para peneliti menduga karena mencuci piring dengan tangan tidaklah seefektif mencuci piring dengan mesin dalam hal menghilangkan kuman.

Lebih banyak kuman yang tertinggal yang membuat paparan terhadap kuman pun menjadi lebih banyak. Hal ini dapat menstimulasi sistem kekebalan tubuh untuk bekerja dengan lebih baik, yang juga menyebabkan lebih sedikit alergi.

Akan tetapi, perlu diingat bahwa hasil penelitian ini hanya menunjukkan adanya hubungan antara cara mencuci piring dengan tangan dengan menurunnya resiko terjadinya berbagai reaksi alergi dan bukannya suatu hubungan sebab akibat.

Pada penelitian ini, para peneliti bertanya pada orang tua dari sekitar 1.000 anak berusia 7 atau 8 tahun di Swedia mengenai riwayat kesehatan anak mereka, termasuk mengenai riwayat asma, eksim, dan alergi musiman.

Para peneliti juga bertanya mengenai bagaimana cara keluarga tersebut membersihkan piringnya dan seberapa sering keluarga tersebut mengkonsumsi makanan fermentasi dan makanan yang diperoleh langsung dari sebuah pertanian.

Selain berbagai faktor lain yang juga mempengaruhi reaksi alergi seorang anak seperti yang telah disebutkan di atas.

Para peneliti juga menyingkirkan berbagai faktor resiko lainnya yang telah dipercaya dapat menurunkan resiko terjadinya berbagai reaksi alergi seperti pemberian ASI dan ada tidaknya hewan peliharaan.

Sekitar 12 persen keluarga yang ditanyai para peneliti ini mencuci piringnya dengan menggunakan tangan.

Para peneliti kemudian menemukan bahwa anak-anak pada keluarga tersebut memiliki resiko alergi yang lebih rendah (sekitar 50 persen) dibandingkan dengan anak-anak dari keluarga lain yang mencuci piring dengan menggunakan mesin pencuci piring.

Para peneliti menemukan bahwa di antara anak-anak dari keluarga yang mencuci piringnya dengan tangan, sekitar 23 persen nya menderita eksim dan 1.7 persen nya menderita asma.

Sementara itu, anak-anak dari keluarga yang mencuci piringnya dengan mesin cuci piring, sekitar 38 persennya menderita eksim dan 7.3 persen nya menderita asma.

Para peneliti juga menemukan bahwa anak-anak juga lebih jarang memiliki alergi bila mereka mengkonsumsi makanan atau sayuran yang telah difermentasi setidaknya 1 kali sebulan atau bila mereka sering mengkonsumsi makanan yang berasal dari pertanian setempat.
Source: tribunnews. com

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Visual Perception Treatment for Autistic Children

Autism effects every child differently, so it is difficult to find the exact treatments your child needs to cope with his or her symptoms. One thing that effects some autistic children (though, not all) is problems with visual perception. By using some standardized methods to help improve visual perception, you can give your child the ability to see the world more clearly, making learning and comprehension easier and possibly curbing some behavior problems as well.

Autistic children mainly have problems with sensory overload and distortion. These are some of the same problems many people not suffering from the disorder develop, and so many treatment options have become available. Individuals with autism often find, however, that the sensory overload of the world due to light, colors, contrast, shapes, and patterns, is too much to handle, causing them to act out or shut down in general. This is sometimes a genetic condition that is simply enhanced by the autism, so if the child's parents have trouble with reading or have been otherwise treated for visual perceptive problems, there is a good chance that the child needs help as well.

Visual Perception Treatment for Autistic Children

The Irene Method is one effective way to treat visual perception disorders. This method uses color to create a more harmonized world. You may have heard of these methods if anyone has ever suggested using a color filter over the page when reading to be able to read better and more quickly. This method is proven to work, and if your autistic child is at the maturity level of reading, you may want to try these color filters to see if there is a difference in speed and comprehension. However, it is more likely that your autistic child will benefit from color filters during the entire day, not just when reading. Special glasses have been made using colored lenses to conquer this problem. Not every child responds the same way to every color, so it is a process of trial and error to find out which color is the one blocking the harmful light. You can also choose to use colored light bulbs in your home to help autistic individuals with their visual perception problems.

This method mainly helps children in 4 areas: depth perception, social interaction, learning, and physical well being. The colors help the child determine how far he or she is from an object, and the world becomes more three-dimensional, helping depth perception. Social interaction also improves because the child feels as though he or she is in a calmer world and can more clearly see and interpret facial expressions. The colors make it possible to learn, especially when reading, and overall, the child will feel better, because it helps reduce headaches and dizziness. By testing this technique and others to help visual perception problems, you can help your child better cope with the world and his or her autism.

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Pacaran Boleh Tapi Jangan Terlalu "Lengket"

Jatuh cinta dan menjalin hubungan asmara memang memberikan kebahagiaan tersendiri. Wajar jika Anda ingin terus-menerus menghabiskan waktu bersama pasangan. Namun, ada baiknya Anda jangan terlalu "lengket" atau terlalu sering menghabiskan waktu bersama sang pacar.

"Perilaku terlalu lengket dengan pacar, seringkali membuat wanita dicap dan ditafsirkan negatif jika diinterpretasikan sebagai sifat lemah," ujar Jessica O'Reilly, seorang pakar hubungan percintaan dan penulis buku laris The New Sex Bible.

Menurut O'Reilly, pria pun bisa lengket dengan kekasihnya. Namun, wanita biasanya memiliki cara yang berbeda dalam menunjukkan rasa bahagianya ketika menghabiskan waktu bersama pasangan. Pria, kata O'Reilly, biasanya lebih merefleksikan kebahagiaan mereka melalui tindakan. "Jika Anda terlalu menuntut dan menginginkan pasangan, maka akan berdampak pada ketegangan atau konflik," imbuh O'Reilly.

Pacaran Jangan Terlalu "Lengket"

Ketika konflik terjadi, biasanya timbul argumen yang bisa berujung pada putusnya hubungan. Nah, apa saja sebenarnya tindakan yang dapat dikategorikan sebagai terlalu "lengket" dengan pacar? O'Reilly memberi contoh, Anda sibuk mengecek aktivitas pacar ketika ia sibuk atau menelepon di tengah malam pada hari kerja.

"Datang menghadiri acara tanpa diundang dan merencanakan kegiatan sebagai pasangan tanpa mengecek dulu apakah pacar dapat ikut serta atau tidak juga termasuk terlalu lengket dengan pasangan," jelas O'Reilly.

Untuk meminimalisir dan menghindari konflik, O'Reilly menganjurkan Anda juga memiliki acara serta kegiatan sendiri tanpa harus bergantung dengan pasangan. Yakinkan juga pada pasangan agar menghabiskan waktu pula dengan teman-temannya tanpa Anda harus mendampingi dia.

"Bicarakan juga tentang seberapa banyak waktu yang ingin kalian habiskan bersama. Tawarkan beberapa pilihan. Sesekali habiskan juga waktu masing-masing, sebab Anda tidak perlu bersama terus-menerus," jelas O'Reilly.

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My Child is Autistic-and I don't Know what to Do...

Discovering your child has autism may be a distressing ordeal, and unfortunately, time is of the essence. As a parent, you do not have the time to consider why or how this happened, only what to do next. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone in your struggle. By researching the disorder and finding others going through similar situations, you can help you child while still dealing with your own emotional response.

Join a support group for parents with autism. You can find these by contacting the national Autism Society of America. From there you can find local branches, many of which offer support groups for parents and families with an autistic child. Being in contact with other parents in a similar situation can not only help you feel less alone, but it can provide you with a myriad of resources. A parent support group will also help point you in the direction of the best doctors, intervention programs, and workshops for both your child and your family. Find a support group for any other children you have as well. Many parents forget that they are not the only ones who must learn to live and communicate with an autistic child. By locating a support group for your other children, you can help them from acting out or acting against the autistic child by teaching them about the illness. As a parent, you must create a supportive environment for the entire family in order to properly manage your child's illness.

My Child is Autistic-and I don't Know what to Do...

Consider marriage counseling if you are married. An autistic child can put serious strain on a marriage, leading to escalating arguments, neglect of each other, and even perhaps blaming each other for the situation. Marriage counseling from the very beginning can help a couple through this discovery and rough transition, and help build a better supportive environment for your children. Your marriage should not end as a result of having an autistic child, but the sad fact is that many of them do. Prevent this by using one another for support and by understanding that you may need help to deal with one another now and in the future.

Most importantly, start on the path to becoming an expert. Many times pediatricians or psychiatrists are not experts on autism, which can lead to improper diagnoses or incorrect treatment options. As your child's best advocate, you must know everything you can about autism. Parents of Autistic Children can be a great resource; this organization offers training and workshops. The ASA has a newsletter and also offers a variety of information, from diagnosing to treating. As always, remember that a support group of parents with autistic children can always provide you with books and research that focus on the reality of the situation. Educate yourself and those around you to provide the most beneficial things for your child-love and guidance.

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Pros and Cons of Auto Navigation Systems and GPS Devices

Auto navigation systems and GPS devices are everywhere you turn in this day and age. You can find them in your car, boat, plane, even in your purse (if you have a PDA or cell phone with GPS capabilities combined with the right software and/or subscriptions). If that isn't enough for you, you also have the option and capability of turning your laptop computer into a GPS device if that is your desire. The thing that most people forget to check out or ask about when looking at all the nifty features of unit A over unit B is how easy is the unit you are considering to use?

Handheld GPS and auto navigation systems offer sensible solutions to common travel related problems. They will not have all the answers all the time but are a great help most of the time. There are many styles and types of GPS and auto navigation systems that are available in today's market. Some people may not fully understand all of the neat tricks you can do with your GPS system. Here are a few things you may not have realized you can do with your GPS device.
  • 1) You can always find the spot where you parked your car by marking it. Talk about a treasure hunt where "X" marks the spot!
  • 2) You can track your route while hiking, biking, or horseback riding so that you can retrace your steps in order to find your way back where you started.
  • 3) Some GPS devices can even allow you to 'go it alone' by offering the option of a digital compass rather than telling you step by step where to go (if this interests you, check the package details to see if this is available on the unit you are considering).
Keep in mind however that GPS and auto navigation systems aren't fail safe. There are a few problems that the brochures, boxes, and salesmen might neglect to mention.
  • You still need to carry around an Atlas or road maps for backups as there are occasions when the data for GPS units may not be current or accurate. Remember that roads are built, close, and in need of repair and maintenance all the time. It's nearly impossible to have one that is always correct up the minute.
  • These devices do not typically work well inside buildings or under dense forest cover.
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries. These are worse than digital cameras when it comes to burning through batteries. This is one reason that people tend to leave them charging at all times if you're leaving your car with your unit be sure you have extra batteries for backup as it is quite likely that you will need them at the worst possible moment.
  • GPS units do not recognize the existence of mountains, rivers, and other obstructions in your path so the directions and coordinates they give can occasionally be misleading.
There are many pros and cons when it comes to not only auto navigation devices but also for handheld GPS devices as well. Be sure that you try out the model you are considering before you buy it if at all possible. This will make your decision much easier and allow you to see whether or not you will be able to easily use and understand the auto navigation system you choose.

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The Privacy of Auto Navigation Systems

There is a great amount of concern about the privacy aspect of GPS and auto navigation systems and devices. Many people are strict guardians of their privacy as it has become so sacred and so easily invaded. I for one, certainly understand that desire to maintain one's privacy and do not endorse on any level using these types of devices in order to invade the privacy of total strangers or bending the law and legal protections we have in place in order to protect people from actions such as this.

On the other hand, it is great to know that if I make a 911 call from my GPS enabled cell phone, I can be found even if I have no clue as to where I am actually located. The same holds true for On Star. You can be located by the GPS information that the company has access to. The really good news is that you are not completely sacrificing your privacy or your right to that privacy for the sake of security. There are very strict laws in place to protect your privacy from invasive eyes, even during a legal preceding and there is also case law and precedence to support the understanding that your GPS coordinates cannot be given out even if there is credible evidence or reasonable suspicion.

Auto Navigation Systems

Privacy is so important in America that it has been guaranteed to our citizens. In this day and age of big brother and with the fear of the horrible things that could happen being sensationalized in Hollywood, the idea of privacy isn't as foreign of a concept as we thought it was.

The idea of privacy and invading privacy is another reason that many parents are more than a little hesitant about utilizing the GPS tracking capabilities of their children's cell phones. While we struggle with the notion of invading the privacy of our children we also know without a doubt that we want to protect our children from potential harm with every fiber of our beings. That protection includes protecting them from themselves on occasion no matter how distasteful that process may be.

Knowing where our children are at all times is one of many ways that we can help protect them from the evils of the world while also being available at a moments notice. The flip side of course is that our children can find us whenever they need us also so we are essentially sacrificing some degree of our privacy in order to be available to our children at all times and to know where they are. Be sure to remind your teen or preteen of this whenever they grumble that you are checking up on them.

The price to pay for these services is marginal when compared to the wonderful benefits they offer families with children, teens, or even elderly who may need to be monitored for whatever reason. Protecting our loved ones is one of the many benefits of auto navigation systems and GPS technology that can't be measured with a price tag or a certain weight in gold. Whether you decide to make use of this technology for you and your family you should rest assured in the knowledge that you aren't exposing your day-to-day travels to any passerby. Your privacy is still safe from strangers, while your family may be a different subject all together.

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