Autism Blog Review: Special EV

Autism Blog Review for Special EV
Review of Special EV Autism Blog

Raising a child with autism is often like riding a roller coaster.  There are lots of ups and downs.  Sometimes it can be challenging for parents of neurotypical children to understand the joys and challenges associated with raising a child with autism.  The autism blog Special EV tries to address that challenge.  Through its well-written posts, Special EV gives an honest perspective of parenting a child on the spectrum.  There is no attempt to sugarcoat the world of autism parenting.  However, a positive and loving attitude permeates each blog post leaving the reader inspired and uplifted.  So head on over to Special EV and experience one parent’s joys and struggles of raising a son with autism.

Autism Blog Name:

Special EV

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Type of Autism Blog:

  • Parent Perspective (Mother)

Blog Highlights:

  • Creative
  • Honest, no sugarcoating
  • Overall positive tone
  • Demonstrates the positive impact that a child with autism has on his mother

Purpose of Special EV Autism Blog:

The purpose of the Special EV is twofold:

  1. To show others the ups and downs of raising a child with autism as a way to promote not only acceptance but also understanding
  2. To provide a source of comfort and support to other parents of children with autism.  In the words of the author of Special EV: “I know that I like to read a good blog that I can relate to.  When I can laugh and cry with the author, I know it’s a good one.  I want to give parents the opportunity to laugh and cry with me too.”

Motivation to Start Special EV Blog:

I began blogging two years ago for a hospital parenting program.  It was April and they asked me to do something about autism.  The response was fantastic and I saw an opportunity to educate and inspire parents with and without kids on the spectrum. I got a lot of response from parents of kids with other issues like ADD, OCD, anxiety, who could relate to my writing and that was extremely motivating. I was reluctant to start a blog of my own mostly because I’ve seen too many bloggers let their blogs fade quickly.  I wasn’t sure if I could keep one up (and I’m still nervous about producing quality content on a regular basis). I talk about this a bit in my first post, To Blog or Not to Blog.

Motivation to Continue Blogging:

My son Evan motivates me to continue writing.  I want the world to accept him for who he is. When he was younger his quirky behaviors weren’t so blaring but as he get older, the looks and comments elicited by his behaviors range from bewilderment to disgust. Sometimes I want to carry a sign that says don’t judge him. He has autism. While his autism is not an excuse for his behavior, it is an explanation.

Special EV Author’s Favorite Blog Post:

  1. To the Doctor Who Unknowingly Said the Wrong Thing When Our Son Was Diagnosed With Autism:
    • This is the author’s favorite because it was something she had wanted to write for seven years and she said it felt good to finally get it out.
  2. Through Your Eyes:
    • All about the closest she has come to seeing the world through the eyes of her son.
  3. A Birthday Dinner, Autism Style:
    • “Captures the essence of what makes autism parenting different and special.” -Special EV
  4. Please Don’t Use My Son as a Teachable Moment, Unless You Change the Way You’re Teaching:
    • “This message is so powerful and it speaks to parents of children with autism and those raising neurotypical kids too.” – Special EV

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List of Research for 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (Vitamin D) and Autism

Autism Symptoms: Vitamin D (25-Hydroxyvitamin D)

2015 Research

Vitamin D Status in Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Efficacy of Vitamin D Supplementation in Autistic Children

  • Researched the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and autism severity
  • A case-controlled cross-sectional study
  • Compared vitamin D levels of 122 children with autism spectrum disorder to controls
  • Also researched the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Low Vitamin D at Birth: A Sibling Control Study

  • Studied vitamin D levels of sibling pairs (one with and one without autism)
  • Included 58 Sweden-born sibling pairs
  • Focused on vitamin D levels, season of birth, and the relationship with autism

Serum Levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Examined the relationship between vitamin D levels and autism spectrum disorders in children
  • Included 226 children: 117 with newly diagnosed autism and 109 controls
  • Results include a comparison of vitamin D levels between the study and the control groups

2014 Research

Vitamin D in the General Population of Young Adults with Autism in the Faroe Islands

  • A cross-sectional population-based study
  • Included 40 individuals with autism, 62 typically developing siblings, and 77 parents
  • Compared vitamin D levels between individuals with autism and the control groups
  • Also focused on the relationship of vitamin D to age, gender, month of birth,  and IQ

Rates of 61.5% and 38.5% for Vitamin D Deficiency and Insufficiency in Autism: A Guide for Screening in Celiac Disease

Is High Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency Evidence for Autism Disorder?: In a Highly Endogamous Population

  • Studied the association between vitamin D and autism
  • case-controlled study
  • Included 254 children with ASD and 254 controls
  • Methodology also considered education level of mother, occupation of mother, ancestry, exposure to sun, and walking time per day

Vitamin D Hormone Regulates Serotonin Synthesis. Part 1: Relevance for Autism

  • Researched the relationship between vitamin D and serotonin
  • Proposes a mechanism of how vitamin D hormone may affect low levels of serotonin in the brain, elevated levels of serotonin outside the brain, the high prevalence of male autism, and the presence of maternal antibodies found in fetal brain tissue

Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels in Chinese Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Evaluated the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in Chinese children with ASD
  • Study covered the 12 month period from January 2012 to December 2012
  • Discusses vitamin D levels as a possible risk factor for autism

2013 Research

Relationship Between Vitamin D and Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • A review article
  • Discusses the relationship between low vitamin D levels and autism

What is the Role of Vitamin D in Autism?

  • A review article
  • Discusses several research articles that examine the correlation between vitamin D and autism
  • Proposes mechanisms of how vitamin D may reduce the risk of autism in fetuses and infants

Possible Ameliorative Effect of Breastfeeding and the Uptake of Human Colostrum Against Coeliac Disease in Autistic Rats

  • A rat study
  • Study focused on the effects of breastfeeding and the uptake of human colostrum on limiting and/or preventing coeliac disease in autistic rats
    • Findings reported include calcium and vitamin D levels compared to controls

Maternal Vitamin D Levels and the Autism Phenotype Among Offspring

  • Study included 929 women
  • Measured serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the women at 18 weeks’ pregnancy
  • Examined the relationship between serum vitamin D levels in mothers to offsprings’ scores on the Autism-Spectrum Quotient in early adulthood

What is the Role of Vitamin D in Autism?

  • A review article
  • Discusses findings showing the relationship between vitamin D and autism
  • Suggests that vitamin D may be related to autism through a mechanism in which it upregulates DNA-repair genes
  • Also suggests that vitamin D levels may be related to autism through several different mechanisms including its anti-inflammatory and autoimmune effects

Autism Prevalence in the United States with Respect to Solar UV-B Doses: An Ecological Study

  • Compared autism prevalence by US state to indices of solar UV-B doses
  • Discuss study findings in context of recent vitamin D and autism studies

Vitamin D, Effects on Brain Development, Adult Brain Function and the Links Between Low Levels of Vitamin D and Neuropsychiatric Disease

  • A review article
  • Suggests that vitamin D levels may be associated with autism due to the effects of vitamin D on nerve differentiation and development
  • Also discusses how vitamin D plays a role in brain structure and function

2012 Research

Vitamin D and Autism: Clinical Review

  • A review article
  • Suggests that vitamin D levels may be related to autism through the effects of vitamin D on gene regulation and/or its effect on brain structure/function via homeostasis, the immune system, and neurodevelopment

Low Serum Levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) in Children with Autism

  • A follow-up study to confirm previous research suggesting a link between autism and low vitamin D serum levels
  • An exploratory study
  • Compared vitamin D levels in children with autism to typically developing children

Reduced Serum Concentrations of 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D in Children with Autism: Relation to Autoimmunity

  • Included 80 children: 50 with autism and 30 matched children in the control group
  • Examined the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and anti-myelin-associated glycoprotein auto-antibodies

2011 Research

Association of Hypomelanotic Skin Disorders with Autism: Links to Possible Etiologic Role of Vitamin-D Levels in Autism?

  • A review article
  • Summarizes mechanisms through which vitamin D and autism risk may be associated
  • Proposes 2 hypotheses that may account for increased levels of autism in individuals with lower levels of pigmentation

Autism, Immune Dysfunction and Vitamin D

Prevalence of Autism According to Maternal Immigrant Status and Ethnic Origin

  • A review article
  • Examined the relationship between levels of vitamin D and autism according to maternal immigrant status and ethnic origin

Associations of Hypomelanotic Skin Disorders with Autism: Do They Reflect the Effects of Genetic Mutations and Epigenetic Factors on Vitamin-D Metabolism in Individuals at Risk for Autism?

  • Reviews the effects of vitamin D on DNA repair and brain development in the context of autism
  • Discusses the unexpected relationship between high autism rates and hypomelanotic skins disorders

2010 Research

Plasma 25(OH)D Concentration in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Included 89 children: 40 with ASD and an unrestricted diet, 9 with ASD on a casein-free diet, and 40 unaffected controls
  • Compared plasma levels of vitamin D between the 3 groups

Reduced Serum Levels of 25-Hydroxy and 1,25-Dihydroxy Vitamin D in Egyptian Children with Autism

  • A case-controlled, cross-sectional study
  • Included 112 children: 70 children with autism and 42 age-matched controls
  • Examined the relationship between vitamin D levels, birth season, and clinical characteristics of autism

Low Serum Levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) Among Psychiatric Out-Patients in Sweden: Relations with Season, Age, Ethnic Origin and Psychiatric Diagnosis

  • A retrospective, chart review study
  • Included 117 patients
  • Examined the relationship between serum levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, plasma intact parathyroid hormone, and psychiatric diagnoses

Vitamin D and Autism: Does Skin Colour Modify Risk?

Serum Levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in Mothers of Swedish and of Somali Origin Who Have Children With and Without Autism

  • Study consisted of 4 groups: Mothers of Somali origin with at least 1 child with autism, mothers of Somali origin with no children with autism, mothers of Swedish origin with at least 1 child with autism, and mothers of Swedish originate with no children with autism
  • Examined 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in mothers and correlation to brain development in children

Understanding and Determining the Etiology of Autism

  • A review article
  • Briefly discusses vitamin D metabolism and a possible association with autism

Environmental Risk Factors for Autism: Do They Help Cause de Novo Genetic Mutations that Contribute to the Disorder?

  • A review article
  • Discusses the relationship between autism and vitamin D in the context of DNA damage repair

2009 Research

Epidemiologic Evidence Supporting the Role of Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency as a Risk Factor for the Development of Infantile Autism

  • Researched the effect of maternal vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for autism
  • Focused on the relationship between mother’s vitamin D levels, season of birth, latitude, and autism risk

2008 Research

Increased Occurrence of Autism Among Somali Children-Does Vitamin D Deficiency Play a Role?

  • No abstract available

Use of Vitamin D in Clinical Practice

  • A review article
  • Reviewed 18 randomized controlled trials
  • Briefly discusses vitamin D in the context of autism

Autism and Vitamin D

  • Suggests a possible correlation between medical advice to avoid sunlight and an increase in autism levels
  • Proposes a mechanism through which vitamin D deficiencies would have a greater impact on males than females
  • Discusses other factors that effect vitamin D levels on the context of autism risk

1993 Research

Symptomatic Vitamin A and D Deficiencies in an Eight-Year-Old with Autism

  • A case study
  • Findings included a decreased level of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D


25-Hydroxyvitamin D as an Autism Risk Factor

Last Updated: May 23, 2015

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