Five years, 700 families, over $1.7 million provided in medical treatment grants.Honoring our 10 year anniversary, this month we celebrate five years of hope and recovery provided by the Rescue Family Grant Program....

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“Parker has exploded with new words, and sounds. He asks for more of things by name (mainly snacks) linking a few words together. He was all but non verbal prior, with just three words or so. Yesterday, when his EI Speech therapist was over she was working on getting him to follow simple directions (touch head, nose, clap hands) as his motor planning hinders him greatly. He was actually able to follow direction, and change it up (he would normally just repeat the last direction given when she would change it up) this is also big for him, but the favorite of the day was when she pretended to sleep, and he actually went up to her , touched her......

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"Big changes in her levels of communication! Sarah consistently uses PECS, she is saying about 10-15 words now, attempting new words, and grabbing my hand to get my attention (instead of crying)....

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HUGE victory yesterday with Bobby, he was in speech therapy which is clinic based, and his therapist said Bobby is the only child she's ever had that has played productively in the gym on the equipment, and it was only his second time there with her. This is a new therapy center we're trying and I've already seen huge changes. He got into the ball pit, followed directions, played productively the whole time (which he never does) and he SPOKE! My little Bobby spoke, I heard that precious little voice and he said a 4 word sentence which I have never heard. He looked at me, smiled and said "Mum, I got cards!" while holding a deck of cards he found....

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It has been just two months into the 19th round of our Rescue Family Grant Program and our grantees are already seeing great progress! ...

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Through the Rescue Family Grant I was given a basic starting point to understand my autistic child's needs. It was a foreign world to both my husband and I but we knew there has to be a way to improve her life and at least make her feel comfortable in her own skin. It taught me the basics of removing the toxins from the body and keeping track of everything that goes in and out to determine what is working. ...

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Round 19 of our Rescue Family Grant Program has just begun and some of our grant recipients are already reporting significant progress. We are so happy that Chris's family is now able to get some quality sleep. ...

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Yesterday was the first day Kyla didn't cry when I dropped her off at school. This morning was the first time she didn't have a tantrum getting ready. Today when I dropped her off at school, her teacher told me that she was interacting and playing with the kids. This is a FIRST! We never had play dates because she wouldn't play with kids at all. But she said Kyla was playing and saying, "run (other child's name)!" I broke down in tears, but they were happy tears. I'm very hopeful now and never expected her to do these things. I've been so tired and have felt like a shell of a person, just going through the motions AND last......

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My son has been on the gluten free, casein free diet since when he was diagnosed last year. The first thing that everyone noticed was how much his communication increased during that first week. Then his awareness improved towards his brother. Before, he had never once said his brother’s name or even paid attention to his brother until we started the gluten free, casein free diet. Over time, he continues to improve, his stimming has decreased, his eye contact has gotten better with everyone and he is understanding a lot more....

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I took Justin this morning to get his blood work done. He was interacting and talking with some of the people in the waiting room. He engaged in a lengthy conversation with a mom whose son resembled Justin. Good responses from people in the waiting room - remarks like - he is so handsome, so nice and polite. After having been on this horrific journey for 15 years and the last four were the worst it is nice to receive such great praises about my son. He is achieving amazing milestones during the grant program and I am so proud of him....

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Oliver has been plagued nearly non-stop with eczema all over his trunk for more than a year. With the help of steroid creams we had been able to keep it kind of under control, but he was susceptible to flare ups and his skin was never smooth. Since starting the revitaPOP mb12 pops, his skin started to look better, and today the eczema is GONE! It's like he has new baby skin... So soft and healthy! I am so amazed and happy. I have been on a happy high all day!...

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"My son's immune system seems to be stronger than ever. His brother gets sick very often and Atticus would usually catch something from him. Since starting Bioray's Cytoflora, I have seen a great reduction in viruses and minor sniffles and colds."...

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In the last sixty days I can honestly say I have seen my son come alive! He is interacting with us,  his eye contact has greatly improved,  he is vocalizing so much more and his sleep patterns have greatly improved. Both my husband and I feel that words are "just around the corner for him" which would be the cherry on top of the sundae! I really feel that the combination of all the things we have been able to try as a result of this Generation Rescue grant has opened a door to Oliver's world and we are seeing him blossom before our very eyes. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of this program....

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It is amazing witnessing the change my son Francisco underwent during his first 15 days of the listening program, from having a little boy that would tantrum non stop to a child that is now able to understand and follow two step instructions. He is 65% calmer than before and 80% more complaint. He is now speaking in full sentences, answering questions and asking some questions. Now I know how he feels or what happened that day in school. I know we have a long way to go but his progress till now is amazing!!!! Thank you Generation Rescue for helping our kids improve and above all for letting me have a happy child that can go into stores without......

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My son Cameron use to get so upset, and I knew it was because he was trying to communicate and wasn't able to convey he needs. He used to just cry.  Since being on the GFCF diet, we've noticed that Cameron will respond and look when his name is called.  Cameron also using his PECS cards to communicate.  He did not consistently communicate prior to GFCF.  Now Cameron will grab a picture and give it to me to request his needs.  Cameron is directing us to other areas that he does not have a card to describe the need.  For example, Cameron will now go to the fridge, take out his rice milk and hand it to me....

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"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a "new" Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing......

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When it comes to food, the holidays can be exceedingly difficult for our children on the spectrum along with their parents.  Many of us have grown up in homes where we equate the holidays with baking sweets.  So many delicious recipes have been passed down from generation to generation leading us to ask, “how can we possibly celebrate our very special time of the year without our traditional confections?”  I had one mom tell me that she spells the word ‘love’, F-O-O-D!...

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"My son enjoys The Listening Program. His brother also enjoys it. It relaxes him. He sleeps much better since starting the program and his sound sensitivity, which led us to buy earplugs to carry around with us, is almost non-existent now."...

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Parents and caregivers are invited to participate in an online survey conducted with a research study to better understand the experiences of caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ...

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A delicious recipe for gluten-free, diary-free coconut rice pudding - perfect for Thanksgiving!  ...

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Less than a month into the Rescue Family grant program, our kids are making amazing progress!...

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Eli is using Advanced Brain Technologies’ The Listening Program 5 days a week with the 30-minute sessions. Since we started, we have already seen improvements. Before, Eli had issues with certain sounds that caused intense behaviors. Since he began his “listening” we have noticed that these same behaviors have lessened. We have also seen improvements in Eli’s reading comprehension. We look forward to seeing more as we continue!...

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Generation Rescue is proud to share updates from our thirteenth round of grant recipients: ...

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by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer on 28 October 2013 in , , , , , , , , with 0 Comments

Fall weather is upon us… and with it are many opportunities for you and your family to share new experiences together. One of the important ways to help children on the spectrum grow socially and emotionally is to try new adventures and model sharing your reactions to them. Fall is full of sensory fun -- the colors of the changing leaves, the smells of apples baking, the feeling of scooping out pumpkin seeds. As a mom of a ten-year-old son with autism and as a cooking instructor for children of all abilities, I recommend that you take some time, slow down your pace, and find a few hours on a weekend afternoon when you can try one of these fun,......

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Halloween, one of everyone’s favorite times of year, is just around the corner. And so are all the candies your kids can’t eat. Never fear, here are a few tips to help your kids enjoy All Hallow’s Eve....

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My daughter thinks that Barleans’ Omega Swirl is a treat. I've tried other fish oils that were stinky and a battle to take and did not produce the same results. Barleans totally rocks our world! My daughters’ expressive language shot up several grade levels in just two months. I didn't realize how rudimentary her language was until trying this supplement. Now she is using popular expressions, slang, and sounds just like a 4th grader. An unexpected result is that her hair is shiny and almost tangle free. She was the kid with matted hair and didn't want her head touched, she cried and had tantrums when I brushed her hair. I have previously tried every cream rinse and conditioner....

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My husband and I wanted our daughters, Mei and Min Min, to learn martial arts or some form of self-defense. Well, either that or Hubby jokingly declared he would get a shotgun! Because of the rising crime rates and bullying incidents in the news, we felt that it was crucial for the girls' safety and protection. Early this year when Mei just turned 7, and Min Min was nearly 6, we felt it was time for taekwondo lessons. ...

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Summer vacation time is here—and for families who have a child on the spectrum vacations can require thoughtful preparation, creative thinking and flexibility on everyone’s part. For many of our children, routine and structure are essential to helping children feel calm and safe. Vacations mix that up—and take us into what can feel like a sensory explosion of new smells, tastes and touches. ...

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by Generation Rescue on 21 May 2013 in , , with 0 Comments

With the wrap-up of our most recent participants in the Rescue Family grant program, we wanted to introduce you to a few of the families and their stories.  The latest study by the CDC reports that 1 in 50 school-aged children are affected by an autism spectrum disorder. The need to share resources, support and action in our community continues to grow. Generation Rescue’s Rescue Family grant provides a 90- day biomedical “jump start” to families in need.  Our families have shared their start towards helping their child and their dedication toward continued progress. We know that they will inspire you as well. ...

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"I feel I already see a difference with my son and the diet. I am just amazed on how my son is going to the bathroom and the behaviors have decreased in a couple of days. I'm so excited for my boy. Reading that book that was sent with the package "Healing and Preventing Autism" by Jenny and Dr. Kartzinel is great. There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to diet, vitamins, and how the body works. Amazing. I am just grateful that there are people who actually care about dealing and healing this terrible disorder, I am truly indebted."...

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After only one month of trying biomedical treatment in your grant program, we have seen many positive changes in our son that we are so excited to share! Angel is much calmer than he was before and his hand flapping has almost disappeared. When we added the multivitamins to his supplement protocol his bowel movements became softer and much more regular. ...

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Did you know that January 27th was National Chocolate Cake Day? I sure didn’t, but I guess if there was ever something to celebrate, than a Chocolate Cake would be it! I love chocolate cake, well really I love all cake, but since we are talking chocolate cake I’ll try to focus on just that variety. I especially love a moist cake covered in decadent frosting. Don’t you?...

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“I just had to write to thank you and the entire Generation Rescue team for giving our four year old, Matthew, a chance to participate in your grant program. Even though we are only four weeks into the three-month agenda, Matthew is already showing amazing results! For years, he has had an alarming rash covering the back of his knees and his elbows. This was an angry mess of small red bumps that itched him terribly. None of his traditional doctors could make it go away. They tried creams and steroids and antihistamines. Nothing helped. Then, after two weeks of following the gluten-free/casein-free diet, it has completely disappeared....

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by Generation Rescue on 16 January 2013 in , , , with 0 Comments

"I am so encouraged by the difference we have seen in our two year old son! We started the gluten-free and casein-free diet a few weeks before the grant program and we noticed that he stopped regressing right away. ...

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Just recently, Fort Bend Focus Magazine covered a story featuring the drastic improvements made by one of our Rescue family grant recipients, Isaiah Rodriguez. We are so proud of Isaiah's progress since starting the diet and supplement interventions. It is great to see him continuing to improve while seeking further treatment at the Texana Children's Center for Autism. ...

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“Tiffany looks healthier, is more alert, and I know she is feeling better because she is awesome about following the diet and taking her supplements. She’s trying new foods and as a picky eater that has never been easy. We will not stop trying and will continue to stay on the diet and adjust or add supplements to fit Tiffany’s needs. We are thankful to Generation Rescue for a starting point and a helping hand towards recovery, as we never would have tried this if it weren’t for the grant program. This holiday season has given us many more reasons to be grateful. We have a clear goal and won’t stop till we get there! ...

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Just a reminder to those that need that recommitment to stay the course during the holidays. ...

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I am so happy to be back here at Generation Rescue to share a sweet acorn-inspired Gluten and Casein Free Thanksgiving. The acorn was my inspiration because it is the symbol of potential and then I saw this poem, and some gorgeous hand-crafted acorn candies and I knew it would be perfect!...

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About a year ago I was having a really hard time with my 14 year-old son. Just last summer he was hitting his head so badly against the wall that I was afraid that he might crack it open. As a mother, there is nothing more frightening or painful to watch than your child physically hurting himself (or others). So I took him to see a doctor who suggested that I institutionalize my son rather than try to identify why he was self-injurious among other things. The doctor suggested that this was the best option to make sure that my daughter would have a normal home life before leaving to college....

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“After the very helpful staff at Advanced Brain helped us set up our Listening Program account, we were finally able to sit down and start the program.I was so sure that the boys would not go for the headphones at all, especially Kai who is extremely sound sensitive. But, I was very happily surprised! My son Riley sat on my lap and listened for the full 15 minutes and never once fidgeted with the headphones, which he has never worn before. Then it was Kai's turn. Kai lasted the entire 15 min as well and did not want to take them off (it was his first time wearing headphones as well)....

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Wow! We can see the changes in our son Collin James happening right in front of us! Physically, his hair is shinier, skin has more color, and the dark circles under his eyes have diminished. CJ’s posture is much better and he is actually starting to get some muscle tone. He doesn’t fall down nearly as much as he used to. His balance is so much better that simple tasks like walking up stairs and jumping up and down is no longer a challenge for him. We are amazed with the progress over the past couple months. It’s like his body is finally getting the nutrition it has been deprived of all this time....

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"We are about two months into starting biomed for our son Dylan, with the help of Generation Rescue’s grant. I already feel that Dylan has made a lot of progress so far.  The most progress I have seen is in play skills. He used to be terrified of swings but now at the playground Dylan goes right up to them and requests to swing. His Occupational Therapist spent close to a year trying to get him on a swing and it just never happened. Dylan is a lot more aware of kids and people now. He actually goes up and attempts to play. He also has become very affectionate....

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"Since starting the biomedical protocol I've noticed that my son Kyle sleeps a whole lot better, he actually wants to potty train now, and he is just about potty trained in as little as two weeks time. Klye is trying to communicate his wants and needs more, his speech is much more clear now than before starting the gluten-fee/casein-free diet, he is much more curious about things around him and he wants to interact more with others.Kyle is much more independent as well (with brushing his own teeth and other daily living skills), he is engaged for longer periods of time, and his gross motor skills have improved as well....

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My name is Jillian and my son Anthony is 2. Anthony was diagnosed with autism on March 16, 2012.  YES, I remember the exact date. I started the GF/CF (gluten free/casein free) diet the day that I found out  we were accepted into the Rescue Family Grant Program, and have seen dramatic results. My son had a stimming behavior where he would clap and cross his eyes constantly, this behavior has disappeared! He also had a lot of repetitive behavior at the park, where he would go up the stairs and over the bridge turn around and go over the bridge and back down the stairs, about one week and a half after starting the diet he started to PLAY......

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Generation Rescue saved my son's life and I want to share how. My son Toby had always suffered from illnesses such as ear infections, viral infections, yeast infections, and the list goes on. As an infant and through his first year he hit each of his milestones, saying ma-ma and da-da as he should and more. Around his first birthday, Toby received four vaccines I was told he should receive and that evening his body broke out in a huge rash. I took pictures and called his doctor immediately. The doctor told me if it was still there in the morning to come in for a visit....

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"WOW…I started this post because I want to share some positive feedback from our home. We started the Rescue Family Grant in January and our 5 year old son Alex is doing so great.For the past 5 days straight Alex has gone without ANY aggression. This is compared to the 2-3 times a day bursts of aggression we were used to seeing. 
Alex is now talking ALOT. Today he said "I don't know," and "oh, thats not right." He had his in home therapy today for 2 hours and both the therapist and supervisor (who are not yet aware of our new protocol) were shocked at his new behavior....

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Liam, the boy who used to only want to eat crackers, tortilla chips, muffins & bread, ate an actual meal with us today! Quinoa pasta with olive oil & Daiya cheddar cheese, grilled peppers, onions, garlic, sausage and fresh tomatoes!! Then to top it off, he ate coconut raspberry yogurt for dessert with chia seeds. Liam helped pour the chia seeds in the yogurt and ate it enthusiastically! This is the most amazing thing to me! Before the diet change to GFCF, he would scream if we tried to get him to eat anything besides his 'crunchies' or smoothies. To eat mixed textures like this, and with a fork, is nothing short of amazing....

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Ballwin, MO. Today my son received speech therapy at a local university and they were amazed at his progress in just a week....

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Dear Generation Rescue,This is Nicole, Isaiah’s Mom, we are from the Rescue Family Grant Round 5. I thought it was very important that I give an update on Isaiah’s progress so far. We had our DAN! Doctor’s visit yesterday and it went great. The doctor was so amazed and proud of the progress Isaiah has made. The doctor and I both agree we should let you know that you have saved a life and you guys are doing a wonderful thing in helping save these innocent children’s lives....

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"I just have to share some amazing things that happened today with my daughter kylee. This week has been rough for her… She is getting used to all day school, the change in the diet and daddy has been traveling a lot with his work. As a result she has been having daily breakdowns. Today after one of her breakdowns was coming to an end and we were talking about what happened and why, I asked her if she understood what I was telling her, she said back to me 'I am listening to what you are saying but I don’t know that I understand' I don’t think I have to tell all of you how wonderful that was! I......

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We're proud to announce that the children in our Rescue Family Grant Program are doing extremely well! Here's a note from one of the mom's sharing her daughter Jacquelyn's progress to date: "I was curious how everyone is doing with the lollipops and other supplements? We are seeing steady improvements with Jacquelyn. I would have to say her favorite supplement is her MB12-lollipop, she licks it to the stick. Since this program Jacquelyn has been happier than ever. It is the best thing that could have happened to our family and I am so grateful Jacquelyn has had this opportunity. She is finally in the process of potty training and it is only a matter of time before she actually......

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Hi everyone!I hope you are all doing well! I just wanted to share with you some more updates about my Jayden! Although Jayden is still a very picky eater and we have not heard any words yet, he is making amazing progress in many other areas!!Jayden tried 1 bite of a caramel apple breakfast bar. He picked it up on his own and just took a bite without anyone asking him to. :) Although he did take a bite, chew and swallow it, he hasn't taken another bite since. Maybe he just didn't like it? No biggie...at least he tried it!! He also tolerated two pieces of a strawberry breakfast bar in his mouth but did not chew and swallow....

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