The David Lynch Foundation (For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace) is hosting a free webinar entitled Autism, Meditation and Stress. This helpful event will feature 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 is being co-sponsored by the Joey Lowenstein Foundation and the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment. It is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 14th from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Parents looking for some support are welcome to attend but must register by visiting tm-autism.eventbrite.com.
Currently there are over two million people in the United States alone that have been affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Those statistics are even more frightening when you hear that one in 88 children are suffering from the disorder according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To make matters worse, prescription medications for ASD often exacerbate stress. This is not a pretty picture for the parents wanting to help their children to think about. Many parents are researching alternatives so that one in five children are now trying alternative therapies as opposed to medications to treat ASD.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is one of those alternatives. It is a non-drug treatment that has been scientifically proven to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. It has been explored by many doctors as a viable treatment option for patients with ASD.
"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."
Parents needn’t worry that they could miss this free webinar as Autism, Meditation and Stress will be broadcast nationally and will be available for download at www.davidlynchfoundation.org and www.joeylowensteinfoundation.org. This way parents can view it at any time.
"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," says 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."
This is something that can also help relieve the minds of the parents who want to help their children on the ASD spectrum. More information about this free webinar will be forthcoming. Check it out. What can it hurt?