Autism, Meditation and Stress is a a free webinar featuring a distinguished panel of doctors and researchers who will explore the research, clinical applications and uses of Transcendental Meditation for aiding children and teens suffering from autism. The webinar, co-sponsored by the Joey Lowenstein Foundation and the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment, will take place on Thursday, November 14, from 1 PM – 2 PM ET. Attendees can register by visiting tm-autism.eventbrite.com.
A few facts about autism:
- Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum.
- ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide.
- Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate. (Source: “Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Changes in the California Caseload, An Update June 1987 June 20007.” Cavagnaro, Andre T., California Health and Human Services Agency. State of California 2003 survey of developmental disabilities.)
- Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention. (Source: Autism Society estimate, using Government Accounting Office Report on Autism 2007.)
- In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion (Source Autism Society)
"Students with autism spectrum disorders tend to be extremely easily stressed by the aspects of life that almost everyone finds stressful, namely novelty, unpredictability, perceived threat, and a low sense of control,” says William Stixrud, clinical neuropsychologist and President of the Stixrud Group. “Regular practice of the TM technique appears to be remarkably beneficial for many students with spectrum disorders due, in part, to the fact that it trains their brain to be less reactive to stress and thereby increases their ability to think clearly and behave effectively in challenging situations."
"Life is too stimulating," says Joey Lowenstein, a 17-year-old teenager who was diagnosed with ASD at age 2. Joey has been practicing TM for two years. "Transcendental Meditation allows me to think at a pace that is more in tune with making slower and wiser life decisions." His mother Roberta Lowenstein established the Joey Lowenstein Foundation to bring evidence-based support to children with autism and meditates every morning with her son. "As a mother of an autistic child, I have seen a great change in our interactions and a deeper connection between us than I ever thought possible. To quote Joey, ‘TM does really calm the mind and the mom!’" says Roberta.
The webinar’s panelists include:
David Black, Ph.D., Director, Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment
Norman Rosenthal, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University
William Stixrud, Ph.D., President, Stixrud Group and clinical neuropsychologist
Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D, Director of Autism Research, David Lynch Foundation
Roberta Lowenstein, Chair, Joey Lowenstein Foundation
Rita Cosby, television news anchor and correspondent