Autism, Meditation and Stress, a free webinar co-sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation*, the Joey Lowenstein Foundation and the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment, will explore the research, clinical applications and uses of Transcendental Meditation (first made popular during the 1970’s) for aiding children and teens suffering from autism on Thursday November 14 from 1pm-2pm.. 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.
"Many individuals with autism are extraordinarily stressed and many are overwhelmed by anxiety. This stress and anxiety often worsens the impact of their autism symptoms and unquestionably diminishes their quality of life," stated David Black, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment. "By practicing TM consistently, they may be able to significantly reduce the impact of this stress and anxiety, improve their functioning, and increase their overall sense of well-being."
A prime example is 17-year old Joey Lowenstein, who was first diagnosed with ASD at the age of 2. "Life is too stimulating," says Joey Lowenstein, "Transcendental Meditation allows me to think at a pace that is more in tune with making slower and wiser life decisions."
His namesake foundation was established by his mother, Roberta Lowenstein in an effort to bring “evidence-based support to children with autism.” She has been meditating with her son for the past two years.
"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.
According to the CDC, 1 in 88 children suffering from the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, many of the medications prescribed to ease their symptoms have been found to exacerbate stress. As a result, Black states that “ 1 in 5 children who suffer from autism have turned to alternative therapies to treat ASD. Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a non-drug treatment that has been scientifically proven to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and has been explored by many doctors as a treatment option for ASD patients.”
Autism, Meditation and Stress will be broadcast nationally and will be available for download at www.davidlynchfoundation.org and www.joeylowensteinfoundation.org. Attendees can register by visiting tm-autism.eventbrite.com.
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;and Rita Cosby, television news anchor and correspondent
The Webinar will be broadcast nationally and will be available for download at www.davidlynchfoundation.org and www.joeylowensteinfoundation.org. Attendees can register by visiting tm-autism.eventbrite.com..
*The David Lynch Foundation was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations such as veterans suffeing with PTSD and their families; women and girls who have been victims of violence, rape, and abuse, American Indians suffering from diabetes and high suicide rates; homeless adults and teens participating in reentry programs; and incarcerated adults and juveniles. For more information, visit www.davidlynchfoundation.org. , or contact them at 153 W. 27thSt., Suite 405, New Yoek, NY 10001 646 723-4344.