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Recent Developments on Vaccine Debate.

Posted by autismne on January 6, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Normally I don't get into the vaccine debate but due to recent developments I just want to express my thoughts:



In my opinion on vaccines, I ask, why are they only referring to this one study?  I don't know about all the facts but I haven't heard anyone say, well what about other studies.  And... I keep wondering why other types of disorders aren't being investigated to a link to vaccines, such as ADHD, bipolar and other sensory disorders. I haven't heard anyone mention let's see if there is a connection with those conditions as well!  


They're saying on the news that parent's based their decision primarily on that study by Wakefield... I've seen other information on vaccines and heard other stories of parents whose children developed autism soon after immunizations.  So I never based my decision on that one study by Wakefield.


I think there should be freedom of choice for parents on this decision (choice to vaccinate or to not vaccinate I think should be a parents decision.)  I believe in building healthy immune systems by healthy foods and healthy lifestyle.

~ Marian Helmick

founder: AutismNE

Post Holiday Refresher for Moms!

Posted by autismne on December 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Please see Link for RSVP below

For Mom's or Grandmoms of families who have loved ones with autism, Asperger's Syndrome or special needs. 

This is a time for YOU to enjoy some Christmas time for yourself. 

Join us for a nice morning out with the girls! A time for yourself to relax and enjoy a good breakfast with other moms. 


When: Tuesday Morning 10am, January 11, 2011


A Nice place to meet: 

We've had a ladies breakfast here in the past and it's a wonderful place and very good prices on the food. Clean and pleasant atmosphere which provides a nice time to visit. 



Location: Demitrio's on Broadview Rd. 

not Demitries on snow rd.

Demetrio's Family Restaurant 

7851 Broadview Rd,

Seven Hills, OH 44131 

(216) 447-4444

Map link is on the rsvp below the Invite picture.

click on the link below to see the online RSVP invite and to register if you decide yes, you can register with just your first and last name and email address. (don't worry about the email code on the right side of registration).  after clicking yes, you will be able to register.

Post Holiday Refresher RSVP Invitation:

Hope you can join us!

Event hosted by

~ Marian Helmick

Founder: AutismNE


Theresa Szalkowski

Greater Cleveland Asperger Support

What is Gluten and Casein? (GFCF)

Posted by autismne on November 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Now that the holidays are here there is conversation in the family and I still hear people trying to understand exactly what Gluten is.  Gluten is a protein that is found in Wheat, Barley, Rye and still undetermined if it's in Oats.

This article on Great Plains labs is specifically detailed on the structure on the Gluten and Casein proteins.  This is a very interesting read.

Very comprehensive article:

Milestones Event: Comedy Benefit Hosted by Robin Swoboda

Posted by autismne on November 13, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Best of Cleveland Comedy Benefit:

Hosted by Robin Swoboda

Please see information flyer on pdf for all the details:

About Milestones:


Clevelanders step-up! In 2003, a handful of Cleveland parents founded Milestones which has grown into the premier autism organization in the area thanks to the care and support of Clevelanders like you. Cleveland comedians and celebrities are teaming up with Milestones for a cause that is no laughing matter - AUTISM. Join us in our efforts to continue helping families in Cleveland communities meet the challenges of autism head on through hands-on training, educational resources, and practical family and classroom programming.

No Candy for us.. It's a boo!

Posted by autismne on October 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM

We've decided to go candy free or modified treats this year for Halloween.

The word is: Don't you say anything bad about candy!  No, I'm not saying anything bad about candy.  It's just that candy doesn't seem to be compatible with my or my son's body.  Love is really what it's about, but love doesn't have to come in the form of candy although it is beautiful to look at.  If only Grandmother's would've gave us carrots and celery sticks instead of candy... we would feel love when someone handed one to us.  I don't want to give something to someone that I wouldn't take for myself so I'm thinking alternative healthy options for our children in the community.

~ Marian

Grants to families affected by autism. NEO-NAA

Posted by autismne on October 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

The NAA-Northeast Ohio is a non-profit corporation currently in the process of fundraising in order to provide grants to families affected by autism. The organization will inform the public when grant applications are made available. The NAA-Northeast Ohio does not endorse individual programs, therapies, treatments, schools or facilities, or the theories or practices of any one individual or entity. Families may receive funds to be used for interventions based on the needs of the child. Inquiries and tax-deductible donations may be sent to the National Autism Association- Northeast Ohio (NAA-NEO) at PO Box 221195, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. To join the National Autism Association, log onto and specify the Northeast Ohio Chapter.

National Autism Association-Northeast Ohio

13111 Shaker Boulevard

Cleveland, OH 44120


Posted by autismne on October 12, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Past Fundraiser by NEO-NAA.   

Announcement by NAA-NEO (National Autism Association, Northeast Ohio) as a fundraiser to help families who have loved ones with autism in Northeast Ohio.  Announcement forwarded by: Marian Helmick, Founder: AutismNE - Online support for Autism in Northeast Ohio.


What: Milkshake!!!  Kid's Concert

When:  October 17, 2010 · 3:00pm - 4:30pm

** Free admission for All Special needs children.

See below for address location and see RSVP on facebook at:

DAP Productions in collaboration with the Grogshop in Cle Hts and NAA NEO is organizing a family rock concert this Sunday!

MILKSHAKE is a Grammy Nominated original rock band for kids. Our music has appeared on Noggin, PBS KIDS, and Discovery Kids. Kids with Special Needs get in for free with paid adult admission. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Autism Association - Northeast Ohio.

“The groundbreaking Baltimore rock band for kids, Milkshake, will make a rare Cleveland area appearance, celebrating the group’s GRAMMY® nomination for its 2009 album, Great Day. Milkshake will rock out for families with a high energy, surprise-filled performance on Sunday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Milkshake is familiar to millions of American households through the band’s colorful, energetic music videos, seen on PBS KIDS, NICK Jr., and DISCOVERY KIDS. Milkshake’s live concerts, described by the Baltimore Sun as “a little like magic,” bring the same happy, rocking energy onstage to fans across the country.

Taking a cue from the Beatles, Pretenders and Weezer, among others, Milkshake is much more than just a band for kids. An energetic departure from traditional children’s music, the members of Milkshake have transitioned from an adult audience to a younger crowd without compromising stage presence, musical integrity, or rock ‘n’ roll spirit. At this show, which represents Milkshake’s debut at the renowned rock venue, , the band is sure to have families air guitaring, air drumming, and singing at the top of their lungs.

Milkshake started in 2002 as a musical experiment. Founding members Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl longtime bandmates from Baltimore’s indie rock group Love Riot, vowed to “grow” their music right along with their own young children. Since then, Milkshake and its legion of fans have been living an exciting, real-life, growing up adventure, moving from early childhood through the early elementary years, as the group toured the country and produced four multi-award-winning CDs, a DVD, and a multitude of music videos. Along the way, as the kids grew and the music grew with them, Milkshake grew from a duo to a six-piece band, all of whom are veterans of adult indie rock groups.

Ticket prices are:

$12 adv / $15 dos / Family 4 pack for $40

address & phone:

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd,

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106  

- 216.321.5588

Tickets can be purchased at the club w/o service fee, 

by phone [216.321.5588] for a $1.00 surcharge,

or at any of the following locations:


Record Shop
33419 Vine Street
Willowick, OH 44095-3473
(440) 951-0852

Record Revolution
1832 Coventry Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.321.8687 (fax)

2180 W. 11th St. (in Tremont)
Cleveland, OH 44113

My Mind's Eye Records
13727 Madison Ave.

15801 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44110

Square Records
824 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44303

Don't forget to also RSVP:

RSVP on facebook at:

MAP LOCATOR for the Milkshake concert:,+Ohio+44106&ie=UTF8&split=0&gl=us&ei=IHNfSsHTKsyTlAeot5iVDQ&t=h&z=14&iwloc=A&ll=41.517639,-81.576319&source=embed

What Would you like to Know about Autism?

Posted by autismne on October 11, 2010 at 9:20 AM

What Would you like to Know about Autism?

Do you have a neighbor,  friend,  coworker or family member with autism?  Did you ever wonder what you could do to help that individual or family of the person with autism?  I'd like to know your thoughts on this and I can write up a page of ideas and thoughtful insights on autism.  But I need your help, what would you like to know?  This will greatly help our community on ideas for anyone who cares about with someone with autism.   

please comment at the comment section of this blog and let me know your thoughts.  You can be very brief if you like, just let me know if you have a neighbor, friend, coworker that you think about and what you would like to know.

To add a comment or question about autism; just click here or scroll down if there is a comment box you can add your comment.

Yours Most Truly,

~ Marian Helmick

Many Resources!

Posted by autismne on October 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Check out the Resource page on this website, there's many descriptions for services such as early intervention, ABA, Adult services and therapies.  All have contact information and links for their websites.

AutismNE Resource Links:

Marian Helmick

Founder AutismNE:

Respite Night - Take A Break at Grace Church

Posted by autismne on October 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Respite Night - Take A Break at Grace Church (Middleburg Heights)

Hi Everyone,

This is a great program for children and young adults of all ages and special needs. My son totally enjoyed the program and I thought it was great, I had the pleasure of spending the entire evening helping out and it was super! They have many qualified volunteers and always a nurse on staff.

Heres info from their website:

TTR Ministry offers a special service called Take A Break, which is a respite event for the families of a disabled child or adult to enjoy. Most families find it very difficult to get even one evening out for themselves to enjoy. Take A Break provides 4 hours of free time for families to do whatever they want, such as taking in a movie, going shopping or even going out to dinner. This event generally occurs on the first Saturday of every month, with a few exceptions. The evening at the church is for people of any age - children, teens, and adults.

Take A Break utilizes the gifts and talents of medical people, special education teachers, parents, teens, the elderly, etc., to provide companionship and care to the disabled youth and adults that attend the function. It is amazing how a mere 4 hours out on the town can rejuvenate and recharge the batteries of those folks faced with 24/7 care of their loved ones. God is good! Amen!

If you have a family member with special needs and would like to participate in the Take-A-Break program, please contact the church at: (440) 243-4885 - [email protected]

Or Contact:

Becki Parrott, Ministry Coordinator [email protected]

Rich Miltner, Ministry Coordinator [email protected]

Tina Kozarik, Ministry Team Leader [email protected]


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