Our faculty is led by Daniel Rossignol, MD FAAFP and MAPS Chairman and embraces the philosophy of evidence-based research and its application in practice. Dr. Rossignol's background as a researcher, coupled with years of practical experience as a clinician, have given him the background needed to develop the growing course of study incorporated in the philosophy of Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs.


As a primary subject matter expert for MAPS, Dr. Rossignol utilizes his experience and knowledge of evidence-based ASD treatment to direct the development of the MAPS fellowship training program and supporting course materials.

If you would like to register over the phone or have questions regarding Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, please call 855.447.4200 x 210 and you will be connected to a MAPS representative.
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Dr. John Green III

Dr. John Green III grew up in Colorado and Idaho, graduating from the University of Idaho in 1970 with majors in Psychology, Spanish and Chemistry. He then attended Medical school at the University of Utah and did his Family Practice training at the University of New Mexico. This was followed by eight years of work as an emergency room physician with a part-time family practice ongoing.


During these early years in practice, Dr. Green trained in holistic medicine and environmental medicine, becoming a charter member of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) and obtaining board certification in environmental medicine. Since the beginning of his practice in 1975, he has worked with children and adults with chronic health problems which have not responded to conventional therapies. Dr. Green’s patients frequently experience significant improvements by exploring and modifying diet and nutrition, toxic load factors, allergies and sensitivities, hormones and psychological influences. His ongoing training and experience in these areas was an excellent preparation in learning to help children affected by the epidemic of autistic spectrum disorders. In the late 1990′s, he was lead by several early autistic patients to the Autism Research Institute, which was an extraordinary source of inspiration and continuing education in the treatment of these children. In the past 14 years, Dr. Green has evaluated and treated more than 2,500 children with autism spectrum disorders from all over the world.


In addition to seeing patients individually, Dr. Green has mentored doctors in Italy, Hungary, China and Poland and participated in numerous roundtables including the Autism Research Institute’s Clinician’s Training and Think Tank, and the Northwest Physicians Autism Forum. He has also served as the editor for the AHMA quarterly member letter, authored two chapters in Recovering Autistic Children and made numerous presentations to DAN!, as well as other venues such as the Washington and Hawaii TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) meetings. In addition, his office regularly participates in research related to preventing and reversing symptoms associated with autistic spectrum disorders.


On a personal note, Dr. Green has 5 children and 2 step-children, ages 18 to 40, as well as three grandsons. His favorite hobbies include organic gardening, hiking, hunting, piano and cello.

Dr. Ben Lynch, ND

Benjamin Lynch, ND received his Cell and Molecular Biology, BS from the University of Washington and his ND from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction.

Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR and methylation defects. You may learn more about Dr Lynch and his work at www.SeekingHealth.org and www.MTHFR.net . Dr Lynch is also the President of www.SeekingHealth.com, a company oriented towards disease prevention and health promotion. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Nadia, and three boys, Tasman, Mathew and Theodor.

Kenneth A. Bock, MD

Kenneth A. Bock, M.D., graduated Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and went on to receive his M.D. degree with Honor from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1979.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a certified clinical nutrition specialist, and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American College of Nutrition and the American College for Advancement in Medicine, of which he is a former President. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

For more than three decades, he has dealt with complex medical problems by integrating “alternative” modalities with conventional medicine into a comprehensive integrative medicine practice. His expertise lies in tackling problems that have been difficult to diagnose and/or treat. These include complex multisymptom, multisystem disorders such as immune disorders, including chronic and/or recurrent infections, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other tick borne disorders as well as multiple childhood disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, asthma and allergies.

Dr. Bock’s healing program for these complex chronic disorders, including children with what he has termed the “4-A disorders”, consists of a multifactorial approach, including environmental controls, dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, detoxification and medications. This innovative treatment model is at the vanguard of the new medical approach to the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and when combined with appropriate behavioral and educational interventions has shown very significant improvements in many children, and even recovery in an increasing number. His approach to asthma and allergies, which consist of searching for and remediating root causes, has helped many children who were not getting adequate relief solely with symptom-relieving medications, or who were experiencing adverse effects.

Dr. Bock has lectured widely for the past two decades, nationally and internationally, on a broad range of topics including integrative approaches to immune system imbalances/disorders; detoxification; and the treatment of complex chronic illness, including Lyme disease and co-infections, chronic fatigue, and the integrative medicine treatment of autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies. He has written for general interest publications, including Psychology Today and Autism Digest, and has been a contributing author to numerous published articles and studies in medical journals, including The Journal of Neuroimmunology, the Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, and most recently, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

He is the co-author of four books: The Road to Immunity  (Pocket Books), Natural Relief for Your Child’s Asthma (Harper Collins), The Germ Survival Guide (McGraw Hill) and Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies (Random House). The latter book has increased global awareness of biomedical approaches for the 4-A disorders, subsequently helping people from all over the world. He is a regular participant in the Autism Research Institute’s annual Think Tank, bringing together 40-50 experts from around the world, tackling the global epidemic problem of autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Bock’s office, Bock Integrative Medicine, is located in Dutchess County, New York, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. He sees patients there from around the country and the world. He consults with physicians, companies, and institutions as well as patients and their families. Dr. Bock is married with two children and lives in rural Bearsville, New York where he enjoys outdoor activities including tennis, golf, hiking, and kayaking.

James Neuenschwander, M.D

James Neuenschwander, M.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Neu) has been practicing integrative medicine since 1988. He is the owner of Bio Energy Medical Center, a multidisciplinary, integrative medical practice with the philosophy of treating illness at its source using whatever tools are available.

Dr. Neu is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Integrative and Holistic Medicine, as well as Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) as well as holding a certification in chelation therapy. He is a member of A4M, ACAM, and ILADS. He has been a DAN! Practitioner since 2007, a member of MAPS since its founding, and a MAPS fellow since 2014.

Maps Tracks Offered

This course is required of every attendee who has never attended a MAPS Conference. It is offered at every conference.

These tracks encompass the six core courses of the fellowship education program, for which attendees take along with a test at the immediate conclusion of class. Two ACMs are offered at each conference.
- The Clinical Practice track is taken toward the end of the program and is offered at every conference.

At every conference we also offer advanced tracks that will cover highly specialized, in depth topics. Special sessions is for those who have taken all six ACMs.

This Saturday track is for all attendees and covers current cutting edge topics.
This is always a favorite of MAPS participants.

Dr. Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD

Dr. Naviaux is the founder and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center (MMDC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Genetics. He is a specialist in mitochondrial disease, human genetics, and metabolism. He is a co-founder and the former president of the Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS), and a founding associate editor of the journal Mitochondrion. He is an internationally known expert in human genetics, inborn errors of metabolism, metabolomics, and Mitochondrial Medicine. He is the discoverer of the cause of Alpers syndrome—the oldest Mendelian form of mitochondrial disease—and the developer of the first DNA test to diagnose it. The Naviaux Lab at UCSD is divided in two groups: 1) Mitochondrial Medicine and Metabolomics, and 2) Ecosystem and Environmental Impacts on Human Health and Disease. His lab has developed a number of advanced technologies like biocavity laser spectroscopy and mtDNA mutation detection by mass spectrometry. Dr. Naviaux trained in gene therapy and virology at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. He is a virologist, and molecular and cell biologist, and the inventor of the popular pCL retroviral gene transfer vectors. He trained as an undergraduate research intern at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in tumor immunology and natural killer cell biology. He studied biochemistry at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Naviaux has been the PI for over 20 IRB-approved human subjects protocols at UCSD since 1995. In 2010, Dr. Naviaux was a member of the Cal-Echoes oceanographic expedition to collect environmental and ecosystem data along the California coast. His work in ecosystem dynamics has guided new work in microbiome ecology and metabolism in autism spectrum disorders. In 2011, he received a Trailblazer Award from Autism Speaks. His 2013 paper reporting preclinical studies on the role of purinergic signaling and the cell danger response in autism was the #1 most-viewed news story in the world in 2013, reported by the Simons Foundation. Dr. Naviaux serves as an international expert in mitochondrial and metabolic disorders and study section member for the Muscular Dystrophy Society of France [Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM), European Union]. He has served as an invited national advisory council member for autism research for the US national Autism Treatment Network (ATN), and for youth suicide prevention for the Bernard Foundation.

Dr. Vincent, MD

Ty Vincent, MD is an integrative physician in practice since 2005 in Wasilla, Alaska where he has a large multidisciplinary integrative clinic.  He completed medical school through the University of Washington, and a residency in family medicine in Anchorage, Alaska.  Dr. Vincent has gained additional training in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, environmental medicine, allergy and immunology, bio-identical hormone therapy, chelation therapy, hyperbaric medicine, integrative cancer therapy, Reiki and nutritional medicine.
Dr. Vincent has lectured nationally many times on the subjects of bio-identical hormone therapies, vitamin D, and low dose immunotherapy.  In 2014, Dr. Vincent developed immune therapy techniques for treating chronic Lyme disease and a large number of autoimmune diseases with a high degree of success and safety.  He has since been treating patients across the country with these disabling illnesses, and educating other practitioners in the use of this new therapy.
Dr. Vincent is married with six children, and currently divides his life between Wasilla, Alaska and Kona, Hawaii.

Dr. Susan E. Swedo

Dr. Susan E. Swedo received her B.A. degree from Augustana College in 1977 and her M.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1980. Shortly after completing a residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Swedo was named Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University. The following year, she moved to Washington D.C. and became a senior staff fellow in the Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH. Dr. Swedo was granted tenure in 1992, became Head of the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics in 1994, and Chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch in 1998. She also served as the Acting Scientific Director for NIMH from 1995 through 1998. Dr. Swedo recently received the Joel Elkes International Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Her laboratory studies childhood-onset obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, including Tourette syndrome and Sydenham chorea.

Dr. Tanya Murphy

Dr. Tanya Murphy is the Director of the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, and holds the Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Endowed Chair in Developmental Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.

After graduating from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, Dr. Murphy stayed at UF to complete her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a member of the Department of Psychiatry faculty, she served as Director of the UF Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program, Director of the UF Child Anxiety & Tic Disorder Clinic, and Medical Director for the UF Autism Unit. From 2005 – 2008 she was Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UF.

Dr. Murphy is board-certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry. She also holds a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. She has received several major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of infections and the immune system in the onset of childhood psychiatric disorders and pharmacological and psychological treatments for Tourette's Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She holds leadership positions with several national Tourette's Syndrome groups and serves on the scientific advisory board for the Regional Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Dr. Madeleine Cunningham

Dr. Madeleine Cunningham has focused for 30 years on molecular mimicry, autoimmunity and infection in studies of inflammatory heart diseases related to streptococci and viruses. Her work involves studies of the pathogenensis of rheumatic carditis, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy as well as the fetal heart disease hypoplastic left ventricle syndrome(HLHS). A second area of her research focuses on the brain and the pathogenesis of movement and behavioral disorders associated with streptococci, including Sydenham chorea, the neurologic manifestation of rheumatic fever, and pediatric autoimmune neurologic disorder associated with streptococci (PANDAS). Currently her laboratory is involved in studies of human diseases, to improve their diagnosis and treatment and determine how infections play a role in autoimmune diseases of the heart and brain. Her laboratory studies both B and T cell immunology as well as neuronal and cardiomyocyte cell signaling. Dr. Cunningham is the director of the NIAID supported Immunology Training Program at the University of Oklahoma for the past 10 years. She has been the recipient of NHLBI Career Development and MERIT Awards and has been funded NIH for the past 25 years.

Dr. Zayd Ratansi

Dr. Zayd Ratansi is a licensed Naturopathic Physician from Canada with advanced certifications in hyperbaric oxygen medicine, therapeutic light and cold laser therapy (LLLT), bio-oxidative medicine and more. With an in depth understanding of the profound effects of air, light, food and water within the body, he specialises in the treatment of brain injuries, strokes and other neurological conditions with oxygen and light. Dr. Ratansi is now using his knowledge and expertise in the medi spa industry helping to make medicine simpler and easier. Known as the 'sensible doctor' he is focused in medi spa treatments and continues to help in the advancement of hyperbaric oxygenation therapy in clinical practice

Dr. Alessio Fasano

World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entreprenuer Alessio Fasano, MD, is an expert on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. In 1996, he founded the Center for Celiac Research, now at Massachusetts General Hospital. Treating patients of all ages, the Center offers research, clinical expertise and teaching for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gluten-related disorders including celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity.
Trained in Naples, Italy, as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Fasano was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993 and founded its Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Puzzled by the absence of children exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease in the clinic, he resolved to uncover the mystery of missing American “celiacs.” His perseverance in the face of skepticism about celiac disease in the U.S. eventually led to his publication of the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established the rate of the autoimmune disorder at one in 133 Americans.
In early 2013, Dr. Fasano was appointed division chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Dr. Fasano also heads the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center and is Associate Chief for Basic, Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics at MGHfC. He is visiting professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of Gluten Freedom, a book published by Wiley Health on celiac disease, gluten-related disorders, and the gluten-free diet.

Dr. Mary Megson

Mary Megson, MD FAAFP is a developmental pediatrican in private practice in Richamond, VA. She is a board certified pediatrician. She was director of Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Richmond for nine years. Her current private practice is devoted to diagnosing and treating developmentally delayed children, specializing in autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy and Mental Retardation. Her research area is use of vitamin A and Bethanechol in treatment of ASD. Dr. Megon is on the clinical faculty in the Department of Family Practice at the Medical College of Virginia.
She enjoys teaching at home and abroad. Dr. Megson treats children based on their personal genetic biochemical profile.
Dr. Megson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, did her internship and residency at Tufts New England Medcial Center. She has three years of Fellowship training in Developmental Disabilities at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Virginia. She has had 32 years of experience working with children with disabilities.

Dr. Kenneth Stoller

Dr. Kenneth Stoller completed his training from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1986 and was a practicing pediatrician for over two decades focusing on brain injured children and adults. Dr. Stoller’s area of expertise is functional medicine, also known as integrative medicine. He has been working with patients with brain injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, MS, chemo-brain, and Lyme brain since the late 1990s.
Dr. Stoller recognizes that many infectious agents are actually at the root cause of many mental health problems. Lyme Disease is the most recognized of the medical illnesses that will cause everything from bipolar depression, dementia to seizures. He believes countless patients have been misdiagnosed with a mental illness when they actually have an untreated infection. He also believes that the conventional testing protocol for Lyme may miss half the infected patients.
Dr. Stoller is one of the few physicians that has been made a lifetime Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and he has published numerous articles on using hyperbaric oxygen to treat brain injuries. He pioneered the use of hyperbaric oxygen for treating fetal alcohol syndrome and the journal, Pediatrics, published his work in 2005. Dr. Stoller is at the leading edge of physicians who use natural supplements and bio-identical hormones to help patients heal their brains.
Dr. Stoller is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and has been president of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association since 2002. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the AT Still School of Medicine Arizona.  Dr. Stoller specializes in Hyperbaric medicine, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and what he calls crypto-infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease.
Dr. Stoller’s extracurricular activities include being a founding board member of the Humane Farming Association.

Dr. Sidney Baker

Dr. Baker received his undergraduate, medical, and medical postgraduate training from Yale University where he served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics on the full time medical faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medical Computer Sciences with appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics from 1969 to 1971. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics. He has practiced in Chad Africa as Peace Corps Volunteer and in family practice for seven years in New Haven. He was Director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven for seven years (1978-1985). Currently he is in private practice with a special interest in chronic illness in adults and children.

He was co-founder of Defeat Autism Now!, a national organization devoted to dialog among parents, practitioners and scientists regarding biomedical treatment options and the environmental origins of the current autism epidemic. He is the co-author of two Gesell Institute books on child development. He is the author of Detoxification and Healing (McGraw Hill, 2003) and The Circadian Prescription (Putnam/Penguin, 2000). He is co-author of Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Integrative Medicine. He was the 1999 recipient of the Linus Pauling Award of the Institute for Functional Medicine for his contributions to the development of Functional Medicine.

Vicki Kobliner

Vicki Kobliner MS RDN, CD-N is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Holcare Nutrition in Wilton, CT.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with high honors from Oregon State University with a Master’s degree in Food and Nutrition. She is a contributing author to two books: A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in Americas Children, andEssential Remedies for Women’s Health. Vicki is an advisory board member and monthly contributor to Natural Nutmeg Magazine, sits on the professional advisory board of Epidemic Answers, and is a member of the Connecticut PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council.  She has lectured nationally and internationally about the role of nutrition in autism and related disorders and was a member of the nutrition faculty of the Autism Research Institute.  Vicki’s practice employs a functional nutrition approach, using natural agents to help the body heal itself.  Vicki works with infants, through adults with chronic illnesses, digestive disorders, food allergies, ADHD and autism and provides fertility and prenatal nutrition counseling.

Dr. Rodney Dietert

Dr. Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University.  He received the BS degree from Duke University (1974) and his PhD from University of Texas at Austin (1977). During the past 37 years at Cornell, Rodney has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Field of Immunology, Associate Director of the Cornell Superfund Program, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Environment, Director of the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Director of the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.  He has more than 300 publications concerning early life risk factors for childhood and adult disease with a focus on the developing immune system.

Dr. Stephanie Cave

Dr. Cave is a family practitioner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She worked with the Autism Research Institute and Defeat Autism Now! from 1996 until recent years. As the Director of Cypress Integrative Medicine, she has treated over 10,000 autistic children from several countries. Dr. Cave received a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Chemistry from LSU Medical School in 1978 and her MD from the same institution in 1983. She completed a three year residency in Family Practice at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital in 1986 and board certified in Family Practice in 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, and 2011. She recently became certified in Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington. In 2000, she testified before the US Congressional Governmental Reform Committee regarding the mercury in vaccinations. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the Metabolic Treatment of Autism and has authored several papers on the subject of autism. She authored a book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, and has testified as an expert witness in the United States Vaccine Court in Washington, DC. She was on the clinical preceptor faculty of LSU Medical School from 1987 to 2003 and is presently on the clinical preceptor faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Dr. Russell Blaylock

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. For 25 years, he has practiced neurosurgery and after retirement had a nutritional practice for several years. He retired from his neurosurgical duties in 2000 to devote his full attention to neuroscience, nutritional studies and research. Dr. Blaylock has authored four books on nutrition and wellness, including “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,” “Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life,” “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients,” and his most recent work, “Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders,” edited by Anna Strunecka. Dr Blaylock has also made several health DVDs and audio-lectures. An in-demand guest for radio and television programs, he lectures extensively to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutrition related subjects. His newsletter, “The Blaylock Wellness Report,” is read by over 120,000 subscribers.  He is the 2004 recipient of the Integrity in Science Award granted by the Weston A. Price Foundation. He serves on the editorial staffs of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, Surgical Neurology International, and the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, official publication of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He also serves as an associate editor-in-chief for the journal Surgical Neurology International and is a reviewer for the journal Food & Chemical Toxicology among other journals. In addition Dr Blaylock was a teaching lecturer for the Foundation on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine fellowship program and until his retirement, served as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Pierre Marois

Dr Pierre Marois is a pediatric physiatrist working at Ste-Justine University Hospital (Montreal) as well as in many rehabilitation centers in the province of Quebec.
He completed his medical studies at Montreal University, and then specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at the University of Karolinska, Sweden, at the University of Palo Alto, California, at the University of Minneapolis (Minnesota), at the Rancho Los Amigos Center (Los Angeles) and at the Toronto Sick Children Hospital.
He is responsible for the treatment of 1,500 children with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. He has put together, and directed since 1982, the first dorsal rhizotomy clinic for the treatment of cerebral palsy in North America. He is actively involved in researches and in the development of techniques for the treatment of handicapped children. He initiated the three Canadian studies using hyperbaric oxygen therapy on children having cerebral palsy, and worked in close collaboration with Dr. Mukherjee in the last UDAAN study, completed in India. He was involved in the publication of many papers and letters and has lectured in international meetings on the subject of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in neurological conditions.

Dr. Arun Mukherjee

Dr. Mukherjee graduated (as MBBS) from Patna University, India, in 1970 and completed his Post Graduate Doctoral Degree (MD in Medicine) in 1976. He was Tutor in Medicine at Nalanda Medical College at Patna for 2 years, before moving to the Main Referral Hospital of Hindustan Copper Ltd. at Ghatsila, India, as head of the Medical Department, for 2 years. Thereafter he shifted base to New Delhi as a Senior Consultant in Medicine in 1979, which he continues to this day. He is a Senior Consultant in Medicine at the National Heart Institute and Fortis Center of Diabetes & Obesity Control Hospital in Delhi. He is a Life Member of many Post Graduate Medical Associations of India. He is also one of the first batch attendees to complete all three Modules of MAPS. Dr. Mukherjee is the Founder Trustee and Director of UDAAN for the Disabled, a non profit organization providing children with early medical intervention as adjuvant to Standard Rehabilitation for Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, etc. He pioneered Pediatric Hyperbaric Therapy in India in 2001 and has extensive experience in treating and improving children with many types of Neurodevelopmental Delays, using intensive one-to-one long term Standard Rehabilitation combined with need-based HBOT at various pressures and oxygen levels as per SPECT Scan analysis, evidence based Biomedical Therapy, Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy, purified standardized Herbal Therapy, advanced site-specific catheter delivered Stem Cell Therapy, etc. His paper on platform independent HBOT in 150 CP children in three different HBOT pressure groups plus Control group, done in collaboration with Dr. Pierre Marois of Canada, has been published in the March 2014 issue of the Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine Society, USA, accompanied by an extensive supportive Editorial.

Environmental toxicants and autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review
D.A. Rossignol, S.J. Genuis and R.E. Frye

Although the involvement of genetic abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is well-accepted, recent studies point to an equal contribution by environmental factors, particularly environmental toxicants. However, these toxicant-related studies in ASD have not been systematically reviewed to date. Therefore, we compiled publications investigating potential associations between environmental toxicants and ASD and arranged these publications into the following three categories: (a) studies examining estimated toxicant exposures in the environment during the preconceptional, gestational and early childhood periods; (b) studies investigating biomarkers of toxicants; and (c) studies examining potential genetic susceptibilities to toxicants. 

Evidence linking oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and inflammation in the brain of individuals with autism
D.A. Rossignol and R.E. Frye

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders that are defined solely on the basis of behavioral observations. Therefore, ASD has traditionally been framed as a behavioral disorder. However, evidence is accumulating that ASD is characterized by certain physiological abnormalities, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and immune dysregulation/inflammation. 


Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified physician in full-time general pediatric practice in Dana Point, California, where he provides a unique blend of mainstream and integrative medical care. Dr. Bob, as he likes to be called by his little patients, received his medical degree from Georgetown University and did his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library, including The Baby Book and The Portable Pediatrician. Dr. Bob is the solo author of The Vaccine Book, and is very involved in speaking and writing to help parents make an educated decision for their families. He is also the solo author of The Autism Book, a comprehensive guide to mainstream and biomedical treatments for autism, and is a MAPS trained provider. Dr. Bob has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, CNN, CBS Early Show, Fox Morning News, and Dr. Phil to discuss parenting advice and pediatric health issues. He is on the medical advisory board for various organizations, including La Leche League International, Talk About Curing Autism, Autism Care and Treatment Today, SafeMinds, and Kaplan University Department of Health Sciences. He is the proud father of three boys, ages 20, 17, and 11, and lives with his wife and kids in Dana Point, CA.

Dr. Stephen Genuis

Dr. Stephen Genuis is a clinician and researcher involved in many areas of medical science. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Environmental Medicine and has authored 100 scientific publications for over 50 different peer-review medical journals including Lancet, British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Public Library of Science, Public Health, and Environmental Research. In addition to writing, he lectures extensively and has reviewed papers for over 65 different scientific and medical journals on issues ranging from medical ethics to environmental health, from evidence-based medicine to nutritional science, and from physician professionalism to medicine and cyberspace. He has served as the women’s health care physician for an inner city clinic, worked as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at a University teaching hospital, and served as co-director of medical services in a West African hospital. Included in his awards are the Commemorative Medal from the Governor General in recognition of significant contribution to Canada, the 1983 ‘Resident of the Year’ award chosen by the graduating medical class at the University of Alberta medical school, and a ‘Teacher of the Year’ award from the University of Alberta – where he serves as a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. He plays piano and sings in a doctor’s band called DixieDocs. Most importantly, he enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife Shelagh, and being his five kids’ “Pa”.

Dr. David Dornfeld

David Dornfeld, DO, has been practicing Family Medicine for almost 30 years, with extensive experience covering the full spectrum of clinical family medicine, including children beyond the age of two. Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorders. His experience encompasses all spectrums of family medicine, spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusion therapy and hyperbaric therapies. Focusing on whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he alleviates pain in patients through hands-on osteopathic therapy, manipulation and nutritional support, with additional experience that encompasses nutritional counseling, diving medicine, chelation therapy, weight loss and many areas of holistic medicine and primary care medicine.
He received his degree in Osteopathic Medicine, from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine – Maine, then completed his residency and internship at Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colorado, and Doctors Hospital of Stark County, Massillon, Ohio. He is Board Certified, Family Practice 1995 ACOFP, and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine by International Society of Anti-Aging 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM , the American College for Advancement in Medicine since 1994 and became Certified in Chelation Therapy. Recently he completed his Fellowship training with MAPS. His Family Wellness Center is in Middletown, NJ.

Dr. Suzanne Goh

Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric neurologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior.

Dr. Goh received her Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard University (1993-1997). She went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (1997-1999). In 2004, she graduated from Harvard Medical School, cum laude. Dr. Goh completed her Pediatrics internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her Pediatric Neurology residency at University of California San Francisco.

Following a postdoctoral fellowship in the Pediatric Brain Imaging Laboratory at Columbia University, she joined Columbia’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. At Columbia she also served as Co-Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic for Autism and Related Disorders where she oversaw a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and psychologists specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism.

Dr. Goh’s research has focused on mitochondrial and other metabolic disturbances in autism. She has also conducted brain imaging research to identify differences in brain circuits in children with autism. She has been affiliated as an author or reviewer with several leading neuroscience journals, including Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, & Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. She has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of California San Francisco.

Thomas Louie, MD
Professor Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases Member, Infectious Diseases Research Group University of Calgary

Dr. Louie is a specialist in infectious diseases. He is Professor of medicine, department of medicine and microbiology-infectious diseases, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Medical Director for the infection prevention and control program in the Calgary Health Region. He is involved in clinical trials of new antimicrobial agents and biologic response modifiers in seriously ill patients with infections, as well as selected aspects of clinical infectious diseases and clinical microbiology as it applies to antimicrobial utilization of home IV and diagnostic tests.
Dr. Louie is also interested and knowledgeable about the application of fecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection and has completed over 100 procedures.
Dr. Louie graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School, Calgary, AB, Canada and interned at the Vancouver General Hospital. He completed internal medicine training in Calgary and at UCLA, followed by infectious diseases training at UCLA and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Chief, Division of General Pediatrics University of California, San Francisco

Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a member of the core faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Cabana completed his undergraduate medical training through the combined program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business, where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management. Dr. Cabana trained in pediatrics at the Harriet Lane Service at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He continued at Johns Hopkins as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where he completed his Masters in Public Health at the same institution. Dr. Cabana’s work has focused on measurement of quality of care, physician use of clinical practice guidelines, asthma management, and primary prevention of asthma.

William Parker, Ph.D.
Department of Surgery Duke University Medical Center

B.S. Biology, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. 1987
B.A. Chemistry, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. 1987
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. 1992
Research Interests

The effects of GERD on lung disease: asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and transplant rejection
The Biome Depletion Theory: The immune system in “normal” immunity
Gut Immunity: The support of microbial growth by the immune system
Protein folding: Conserved protein sequence motifs which potentially form transient-helices during the folding of all proteins.
Positions held
Course instructor for senior undergraduate and graduate level biochemistry,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 1993
Research Associate, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Durham, NC. 1993-1994
Assistant Research Professor in Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1995-2000
Assistant Professor in Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2000-2011
Associate Professor in Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2011-present
Awards, honors, professional and honorary societies
University of Arkansas Scholars Program, 1983-1987
Weyerhaeuser Foundation National Merit Scholar, 1983-1987
Outstanding undergraduate research award, 1987
Secretary, Rho chapter, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Chemistry Society 1989-90
Outstanding graduate teaching award, 1992
Listed in the 100 top science stories of 2007 by Discover Magazine for determination of the apparent function of the human appendix
Listed in the 70 top ideas of 2007 by The New York Times Magazine for determination of the apparent function of the human appendix
Editorial board member, World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2010-present, ISRN Immunology, 2011-present
Member, Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Protein Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Society for the Study of Evolution

Paul C. Schreckenberger, Ph.D,Diplomate (ABMM).
Fellow (AAM) Professor of Pathology Director, Clinical Microbiology Acting Director Molecular Pathology Loyola University Medical Center

Dr. Schreckenberger is currently a Professor of Pathology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and Acting Director of Molecular Pathology at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Schreckenberger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, D(ABMM), and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, F(AAM). He is also certified as a medical technologist by both the American Society of Clinical Pathology, MT(ASCP) and the National Certifying Agency for Medical Laboratory Scientists CLS(NCA). Dr. Schreckenberger is co-author of the Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 4th, 5th, and 6th editions, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; and, author of the chapter on Miscellaneous Nonfermentative Gram-Negative Rods in the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 7th, 8th, and 9th editions, ASM Press. Dr. Schreckenberger is active in the American Society for Microbiology, serving as Chairperson of Division C (Clinical Microbiology) in 2001-2002. He also served as president of the Illinois Society for Microbiology (1991-92), and president of the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology (1990). He is an active participant in the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, serving on a number of Working Groups. He has written over 250 articles, abstracts, monographs and self-study courses and serves as a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Dr. Schreckenberger received the Illinois Society for Microbiology Pasteur Award for Lifetime Achievement in Microbiology in November 2010. Dr. Schreckenberger has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally, presenting both workshops and seminars on a variety of topics in clinical microbiology. His research interests are identification and characterization of enteric and non-fermenting gram-negative bacilli, rapid and automated identification of bacteria, methods for detection of antimicrobial resistance and characterization of the adult female urine microbiome.

Dr. Cindy Schneider

Dr. Schneider is the Medical Director of CARE, the Center for Autism Research and Education. Her integrative medical practice is exclusively dedicated to individuals with autism and related neurological and immune disorders. Dr. Schneider’s areas of special interest include treatment of the immune, gastrointestinal, and metabolic aspects of autism and the identification of environmental toxins contributing to the autism epidemic. She has designed and implemented multiple research studies and collaborated with researchers worldwide.
Dr. Schneider is a unique healthcare provider who has established a reputation for responsible and effective management of patients who have not found relief through conventional treatment. She takes a functional medical approach to a variety of complex conditions including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, Tourette’s, tic disorders, and Down syndrome. Her emphasis is on optimizing each patient’s nutritional status and insuring that key metabolic pathways are supported when necessary.
Dr. Schneider obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. She then completed both medical school and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1990-1998. This background provided a comprehensive understanding and appreciate of fetal development and the dangers posed by environmental toxins, viral infections, and nutritional deficiencies. Her interest in nutrition, immunology, genetics, and toxicology is now applied to her general practice. As a physician, researcher, and mother of two children with autism, Dr. Schneider offers both a professional and personal assessment of current and promising treatment options.

Jerry Kartzinel, MD

Dr Jerry Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions.


After receiving his medical degree at St Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, Dr Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism.


A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Educations courses on children's health issues to physicians and other health professionals.


His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and based on this history, obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.

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Schedule Content


Moderator: ELICE

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:30 Introduction To Biomedical Treatments Dr. Baker
08:30-09:30 Foundations of Metabolism Dr. Mumper
09:30-10:30 Break and vendor time  
10:30-11:30 Foundations Of Immunology Dr. Elice
11:30-12:30 Foundations Of Environmental Medicine Dr. Genuis
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Foundations Of Nutrition Dr. Kobliner
15:00-15:30 Break And Vendor Time
15:30-16:30 Foundations Of Gastroenterology Dr. Neuenschwander
16:30-17:30 Foundations Of Neurology Dr. Frye
17:30-18:00 Question and Answer Dr. Baker, Dr. Elice, Dr. Kobliner, Dr. Frye

Total CME hours: 7


Advanced Clinical Matrix (ACM): Neurology

Moderator: SCHNEIDER

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:15 Introduction To The Day  
08:15-09:30 Lecture 1: Normal Neurology Dr. Schneider
09:30-10:30 Break and vendor time  
10:30-11:30 Lecture 2: Neurotransmitters Dr. Frye
11:30-12:30 Lecture 3: Seizures Dr. Frye
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Lecture 4: Neuroinflammation Dr. Rossignol
15:00-15:30 Break and vendor time  
15:30-17:00 CASES Dr. Rossignol, Dr. Schneider
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


Advanced Clinical Matrix (ACM): Metabolism

Moderator: USMAN

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:15 Introduction to the day Moderator
08:15-09:30 Lecture 1: Normal Metabolism / Methylation And Sulphation Abnormalities Dr. O’Hara
09:30-10:30 Break and vendor time  
10:30-11:30 Lecture 2: Mitochondrial Dysfunction And Oxidative Stress Dr. Mumper
11:30-12:30 Lecture 3: Endocrine Abnormalities Dr. Usman
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Lecture 4: Reversible Causes Of Autism Dr. Frye
15:00-15:30 Break and vendor time  
15:30-17:00 CASES Dr. Usman, Dr. O’Hara
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


special session: Advanced Clinical Cases And Discussion For Physicians Who Have Completed All ACM’s

Moderator: BAKER

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:15 Introduction to the day Moderator
08:15-09:30 Cases and discussion Dr. Elice, Dr. Neuenschwander
09:30-10:30 Break and vendor time  
10:30-12:30 Cases and discussion Dr. Schneider, Dr. O’Hara
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Cases and discussion Dr. Usman, Dr. Dornfeld
15:00-15:30 Break and vendor time  
15:30-17:00 Cases and discussion Dr. Baker, Dr. Mumper
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


Advanced Clinical Matrix (ACM): Environmental Medicine

Moderator: GENUIS

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:15 Introduction to the day  
08:15-09:30 Lecture 1: Normal Detoxification, Environmental Toxicology And Children Dr. O’hara
09:30-10:30 Break and vendor time  
10:30-11:30 Lecture 2: Laboratory Assessments Dr. Quig
11:30-12:30 Lecture 3: Toxicants And Metabolism Dr. Genuis
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Lecture 4: Toxicology In Clinical Practice Dr. Dornfeld
15:00-15:30 Break and vendor time  
15:30-17:00 CASES Dr. O’Hara, Dr. Genuis
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


Advanced Clinical Matrix (ACM): MAPS In Clinical Practice

Moderator: MUMPER

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:15 Introduction to the day Moderator
08:15-09:30 Cases And Discussion Dr. Rossignol, Dr. Kobliner
09:30-10:30 Break and vendor time  
10:30-12:30 Cases And Discussion Dr. Baker, Dr. Neuenschwander
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Cases And Discussion Dr. Usman, Dr. Elice
15:00-15:30 Break and vendor time  
15:30-17:00 Cases And Discussion Dr. Schneider, Dr. Mumper
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


Special Session: Oxidative Medicine

Moderator: FEINGOLD

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-08:15 Introduction to the day Moderator
08:15-09:30 Lecture 1: Introduction To Oxidative Medicine Dr. Usman
09:30-10:30 Break And Vendor Time  
10:30-11:30 Lecture 2: Hbot And Chelation Dr. Dornfeld
11:30-12:30 Lecture 3: Oxidative Medicine Dr. Feingold
12:30-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Lecture 4: TBA  
15:00-15:30 Break and vendor time  
15:30-17:00 Cases Dr. Usman, Dr. Dornfeld, Dr. Feingold
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


Plenary Session: TOXICOLOGY

Moderator: ROSSIGNOL

Time Lecture Speaker
08:00-09:00 Lecture 1: TBA Dr. Genuis
09:00-10:00 Lecture 2: Rationale For Appropriate Sustained Support Of Innate Detoxification Dr. Quig
10:00-11:00 Break And Vendor Time  
11:00-12:00 Lecture 3: TBA  
12:00-13:00 Lecture 4: TBA  
13:00-14:30 Lunch  
14:30-15:30 Lecture 5:TBA Bock
15:30-16:00 Break and vendor time  
16:00-17:00 Lecture 6: New Research Dr. Rossignol
17:00 End of Day  

Total CME hours: 6


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Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorders. She provides dietary guidance backed by scientific research and applied clinical experience. Her award winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, has helped people around the world to make food and nutrition choices that aid the health, learning, and behavior of those with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays. She presents at leading autism conferences in the US and abroad, and is the Nutrition Editor of the Autism File magazine. Julie has a private nutrition practice in San Francisco, California, and supports families and clinicians from around the world.

What to say to parents of children with autism
The Star

I think the most important thing to remember when you are talking to parents of children with autism is that they want you to understand their child. Most of us are willing to explain how autism affects our families and are happy to answer your questions. What we don’t want are platitudes or assumptions.

If someone tells you his child has autism, ask how the child is doing. Ask what he is like. Remember that he is someone’s very loved child.

Maybe more important than your initial response is your follow up. Listen to what the parent tells you. Really hear what they are saying. Maybe they are telling you that their child is amazing, but has some extra challenges. Maybe they are telling you that the stresses of their special needs family has pushed them almost over the edge.

Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/autism-unexpected/2011/jul/13/what-say-parents-children-autism/#ixzz2MkrHBQKQ
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A common concern many parents have

A common concern many parents have when seeking qualified biomedical care for “special needs” is that the therapies and protocols implemented have no official oversight. Previous education in this field often only focused on attending a minimum number of prescribed courses and never looked beyond to the practitioners’ actual implementation. This is the MAPS difference.

A common concern many parents have when seeking qualified biomedical care for “special needs” is that the therapies and protocols implemented have no official oversight. Previous education in this field often only focused on attending a minimum number of prescribed courses and never looked beyond to the practitioners’ actual implementation. This is the MAPS difference.A common concern many parents have when seeking qualified biomedical care for “special needs” is that the therapies and protocols implemented have no official oversight. Previous education in this field often only focused on attending a minimum number of prescribed courses and never looked beyond to the practitioners’ actual implementation. This is the MAPS difference.

A common concern many parents have when seeking qualified biomedical care for “special needs” is that the therapies and protocols implemented have no official oversight. Previous education in this field often only focused on attending a minimum number of prescribed courses and never looked beyond to the practitioners’ actual implementation. This is the MAPS difference.

Air pollutants and Autism – The Relationship
Time - Laura Blue

Children with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been exposed to car exhaust, smog, and other air pollutants during their earliest days, according to a new study.

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The Autism Project: Children face up to four-year wait for therapy
The Star

Children with autism in Ontario can wait four years for an intensive therapy which, when provided early enough, could change the course of their lives.

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Autism and Air Pollution: The Link Grows Stronger
Time - Laura Blue

Children with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been exposed to car exhaust, smog, and other air pollutants during their earliest days, according to a new study.

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Label of autism may not be a lifelong one
The Telegraph

The label of autism may not be a lifelong one, a new U.S study of 112 children claims, and it may be possible for children diagnosed with the disorder from a young age to develop cognitive and social skills that are on par with their healthy peers.

Experts caution, though, that it’s not clear yet whether children “outgrow” the condition, or whether a certain course of treatment and/or other factors engenders the heretofore unseen recovery.
Asperger’s syndrome to be dropped from mental disorders manual (DSM-5)

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, says that the breakthroughs that were previously not thought possible were observed in 34 of the children studied, who’d been diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorders) from a young age. These children were indistinguishable from their classroom peers on cognitive and behavioural tests, as well as in classroom settings observed by parents and teachers. On tests, they showed no sign of problems with social interaction, and so were considered to be “optimal outcome” patients by the researchers.

Dr. Deborah Fein, of the department of psychology at the University of Connecticut, led the study, which acknowledged at its outset that “autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are generally regarded as lifelong conditions, affecting communication, relationships, adaptive skills, academic and vocational attainment.” In general, treatment that attains “social and communicative function that is within normal limits is not generally considered a realistic goal.”

Children may ‘outgrow’ autism, but more study needed on process involved: Study
National Post

The label of autism may not be a lifelong one, a new U.S study of 112 children claims, and it may be possible for children diagnosed with the disorder from a young age to develop cognitive and social skills that are on par with their healthy peers.

Experts caution, though, that it’s not clear yet whether children “outgrow” the condition, or whether a certain course of treatment and/or other factors engenders the heretofore unseen recovery.
Asperger’s syndrome to be dropped from mental disorders manual (DSM-5)

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, says that the breakthroughs that were previously not thought possible were observed in 34 of the children studied, who’d been diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorders) from a young age. These children were indistinguishable from their classroom peers on cognitive and behavioural tests, as well as in classroom settings observed by parents and teachers. On tests, they showed no sign of problems with social interaction, and so were considered to be “optimal outcome” patients by the researchers.

Dr. Deborah Fein, of the department of psychology at the University of Connecticut, led the study, which acknowledged at its outset that “autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are generally regarded as lifelong conditions, affecting communication, relationships, adaptive skills, academic and vocational attainment.” In general, treatment that attains “social and communicative function that is within normal limits is not generally considered a realistic goal.”

New US research offers hope for sufferers of the confounding neurological disorder autism
The Telegraph

It was her husband’s tinkering with their music collection, Geraldine recalled, that nearly ended their marriage. “Michael rearranged all our classical music CDs in order of the birth-date of the composer, of all things, and I couldn’t find anything,” she told me. Michael’s response at the time had been a robotically mouthed, “Well, I’m sorry you feel that way.” Cue airborne crockery and threats of divorce.


Their marriage was saved when Michael was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Geraldine no longer saw a cold, unsympathetic husband, but a decent man struggling to navigate a relationship without the neurological compass that guides normal social interaction. He had since learnt to make eye contact and to appear sincere and less aloof, a near-theatrical feat aided by his considerable intelligence.


This memorable interview, which I conducted a decade ago, sprang to mind as I read yesterday’s report about some high-IQ children appearing to shed symptoms of autism as they grow older. It is a striking finding, because autism – or, more correctly, autism spectrum disorder – has long been thought to be a life sentence. At the severe end of the spectrum, that will probably remain tragically so for the teenagers still in nappies who have never spoken a word nor initiated a cuddle with their tireless mothers. But for young children at the milder end, who perhaps show a delay in language acquisition or challenging behaviour, the research offers a spark of hope that some therapies – or even spontaneous neurological good fortune – might push a lucky few off the spectrum and into the realms of clinical normality. It is also a reminder that scientific investigation – particularly when it comes to the human brain – has the capacity to confound and surprise, and to uncover new avenues in areas dominated by cul-de-sacs.


The study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, looked at 34 young people aged from eight to 21, who were previously assigned an autism diagnosis but were now considered not to have it, and were being schooled with no special help. Their earlier problems ranged from an inability to read faces to communication difficulties and repetitive behaviour. Researchers double-checked that those original diagnoses were correct, and then found a comparable group (matched for age, sex and non-verbal IQ) of young people with high-functioning autism. The most notable difference between the two groups turned out to be verbal IQ: those who had “shed” their autism had verbal IQs around seven points higher than the high-functioning group.

We regret to inform you that due to Hurricane Irma, MAPS Sept 2017 conference has been cancelled.

For further information please contact Shannon Bohan at sbohan@medmaps.org or call 213.880.0186