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Guest Post: Children with autism have significantly different gut bacteria

24 Jan

Today, I’m passing my blogging pass over to the lovely ‘Soraya Janmohamed’ from OptiBac Probiotics (my sponsor for last years Mad blog awards)

 A study published earlier this month has found that autistic children have significantly different gut bacteria to children without autism.

A novel method of analysis called ‘PCR’ (Polymerase chain reaction – a technique where scientists copy and examine DNA) allowed researchers to detect high levels of members of the bacteria ‘Sutterrella’in many of the children with autism, and in none

of the children without. Sutterrella was found in 12 of 23 of the autistic children but in none of the 9 participants without autism who took part in the study as a control.

This is not the first study to demonstrate a link between autism and gut bacteria (or microbiota) and children with autism are often thought to anecdotally suffer with gastrointestinal problems such as food intolerances, diarrhoea or constipation.  The fact that this study shows a little-recognised bacterium to be present in more than half  the autism children with autism is a significant finding, and calls for further research in the area to be done.

For an in-depth look at previous findings in gut bacteria, autism, and the potential of probiotics (good bacteria), take a look at this article on probiotics and autism.
Isolated bacteria - Micrococcus luteus

Interestingly, a large survey released in the last few days has found autism to often go

hand in hand with other mental & behavioural conditions in children, such as anxiety, attention deficit disorder, or learning disabilities.  Anxiety and similar conditions were more common in the slightly older children with autism. 92, 000 parents of children under 17 years old with autism took part in the phone survey in the USA.  This could again be of significance, partly as  anxiety has been linked to gut bacteria in the past.

Reference:

http://mbio.asm.org/content/3/1/e00261-11

OptiBac Probiotic Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/optibacprobiotics

Do you fancy sponsoring an award winning blogger to attend BritMums Live 2012

8 Jan

Fancy sponsoring an award winning blog
to attend the parent blogging event of the year?

As an avid parenting blogger of 3 years, who is passionate about her blog, I like to attend the big name conferences in order to gain tips and inspiration on all aspects of blogging and the world of social media.

That’s why in June 2012 I hope to attend the biggest of them all “Britmums live

This two-day conference is solely dedicated to the British parenting blogger & its audience and will attract some 500 attendees. Britmums live is run by the UK’s largest parent blogging network of more than 3,000 influential and engaged bloggers and is set to make a massive impression on the blogosphere.

What with some fantastic top name bloggers all set to attend and some high-profile speakers, such as Sarah brown and Ruby wax its the ideal time to connect with bloggers.

So… If you’re a brand looking for a way to get noticed, sponsoring an influential, well established blogger who knows how to network could be the way forward.

Having been sponsored to attend events such as Cybermummy 2011 (sponsor, Londontown.com) and the Mad blog awards 2011 (sponsor, OptiBac Probiotic’s) which I was chuffed to have won the Mad blog awards most inspiring blogger of 2011, I can promise that your brand would be very well represented.

If you are looking for a parent/mummy blogger who has a good reputation with some big name brands (Argos, Sainsbury’s & Micro scooter just to name a few) with the addition of an influential reach within both the parenting and special needs communities, then I just might be your blogger!

WHAT CAN I OFFER IN EXCHANGE FOR SPONSORSHIP?

  • ▪ A professional blogger/brand relationship with all terms of the agreed sponsorship fulfilled within the agreed time scales.
  • ▪ I will only acquire the one sponsorship meaning it will be only your brand/company I represent
  • ▪ I can wear branded clothing with your brand/company logo (t-shirts, badges etc…) on the day of the conference
  • ▪ Your brand will be mentioned in conjunction with all my post relating to the Britmums live 2012 event here on the blog. Post will then be blasted out to some 2,2oo twitter followers and over 5,000 Facebookers (as well as a number of other parenting and blogger networks)
  • ▪ Tweets & RT about your brand and any promotions competition’s you may currently be running
  • ▪ A full length detailed introductory post introducing you as my Brit Mum’s Live sponsor 2012
  • ▪ I would be happy to review and share my opinions on any of your products here on the blog (happy to discuss any request for video reviews of the brands product)
  • ▪ Would be happy to run any relevant competition’s for my sponsor here on the blog
  • ▪ Brand Logo with attached link to your website featured in my blogs sidebar for the period of one year, with an additional mention in the brands we work with listing (remains on the blog indefinitely)
  • Mentioned as my sponsor on my business cards which will be handed out by myself at the event
  • An article or guest post on your blog/website (topics can be discussed prior to sponsorship agreement being made)
  • Mentions and reviews on my sister blog which launched this month and already proving a success.

I am also open to discussion on any request you may wish to make as to form a sponsorship that is tailored to suit us both. 

WHAT WOULD I REQUIRE FROM YOU AND YOUR BRAND?

  • ▪ Cost of conference ticket which currently stands at £49.99 + £2 booking fee, although this is an introductory price that may slightly rise dependent on how soon ticket is purchased before the event
  • ▪ One nights hotel accommodation following the first day’s conference (remember this is a two-day event) No more than £150.00 (maybe less depends on prices at time of booking

I think that’s a pretty awesome deal and a great opportunity for some great exposure at a low-cost.

If your interested in becoming the sponsor of an award-winning blog, then don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to send you my media kit containing all that need to know information such as states, reach, testimonials, Wikio/ebuzzing klout scores, blogging achievements and more.

Please feel free to email any questions you may have and I’ll be sure to answer them the best I can.

Email Claire Louise at: abwapage@yahoo.com or find me on twitter as @clairelouise82

Tonight is the night

30 Sep

Can you believe it, today is the day of the Mad blog awards Ceremony where the winners will be revealed.

I will be done up to the nines in my new dress and overly high shoes. Lots of makeup is needed (a paper bag even) as I’m sure I will have great big bags hanging from under my eyes, the kind bigger enough to carry a weeks shopping in!

Of course I haven’t had a wink of sleep, not even a tiny bit. We currently don’t have any melatonin for Little Man, (not that it does much good anyway) so these last few nights have been pretty trying.

My Sponsor OptiBac Probiotics have provided me with a beautiful hotel for tonight, so I’m not only looking forward to the awards but also a good bloody nights sleep!

Tomorrow is another big day in our household! It’s the Little man’s 11th Birthday.

This year I found we’ve had less strange gift request, such as padlocks, batteries and Dr pepper. This has been replaced with the request for money!

Sadly Little man seems to think the stuff falls out of the sky and I nearly killed myself laughing when he calmly yet politely requested the grand old sum of £400 (No my finger didn’t slip and accidently add an extra 0)!

Having Aspergers means little man normally has no shame in requesting the things he wants. Most children don’t, when the request is being made at their parents, yet little man will make such request to anyone who will listen!

His been requesting different sums of cash from a host of family members these past few weeks, so much so, that it’s driving me a tad loopy.

Another thing my son has a tendency to do, has done for as long as I can remember, is,

“ Ask friends and relatives bearing gifts, how much did it cost”

It’s times like these I feel to cover his mouth so he cannot speak. Someone gives him a present and I hold my breath in till I almost pass-out in the hope he doesn’t ask!

Of course I’ve explained that it is indeed rude, my child’s rigid thinking disallows him to see my point, he can’t get my way of thinking so therefore continues on his mission to find out the cost of his birthday presents and won’t rest in till he has.

This year he is off for a day out in London with his friend My younger sister will be doing the honours in accompanying them. Me, I’m not invited! He actually went about making his birthday plans without me! Charming I know! So I’ve decided to treat him to a nice Chinese meal in the evening.

So, that’s my Little update from my little world.

I cannot continue for I am simply zombied out, so apologise if this post is a load of meaningless rubbish!

If you fancy finding out how myself and the other finalist get on at the Mad awards tonight (that’s if I manage to stay awake through it) then you can follow the live blog where there will be live commentary and pictures posted throughout! This kicks off at 6pm this evening (Friday 30th September) just click HERE.

How probiotics are helping my son with Aspergers Syndrome

15 Sep

It’s  a little over a week since myself and the kids started on the OptiBac Probiotics and here’s a progress report!

 As many will now know, OptiBac are sponsoring me for the Mad Blog awards, this is the perfect partnership, what with the link of probiotics and there effect on gut and digestive health in children on the autism spectrum.

 This was an issue that was getting me down. More lately, little man had been experiencing gut problems, including bloating following a small meal, reframing from using the toilet other than those at home (always been the case, yet stomach aches had really increased somewhat of late) awful wind (I mean awful) and generally, a lot of tears. 

 Something I didn’t know before, was the possible links to the use of probiotic supplements improving anxiety, behavioural problems and other non related digestive health concerns, when given to children on the autism spectrum.

 I love Little man the way he is, and certainly wouldn’t change him! However, I would like to make things easier for him by improvement of any issues that cause him great difficulty, and therefore affect his overall health (wouldn’t we all as parents)? 

 I admit, I’ve always been a big sceptic about supplements and their improvements on autism! We tried the fish oils and saw no improvement what so ever (plus he hated taking these) However this hasn’t been the case with the OptiBac Probiotics.

For those of you that are not aware of what Probiotics are, they are a type of friendly bacteria living in the gut. It is documented that Children with autism may have more digestive health problems due to the imbalance of good and bad bacteria. 

So, this is what the lovely Soraya over at OptiBac sent me for the Little Man

 For daily Wellbeing: OptiBac Probiotics Extra Strength 

The Extra Strength Probiotics contain 20 billion live microorganisms and five friendly bacteria strains, in one capsule. This is the premium range and will give a child on the autism spectrum a good kick-start in achieving good digestive health, therefore bringing with it a range of other benefits.

 Test Run

 Little man had no issues taking the capsule (if preferred you can open these up and sprinkle in a glass of water or juice as the contents is flavorless)

These are recommended to be taken in the morning with breakfast! That was our problem, Little man doesn’t eat in the mornings, through we have him taking this with a glass of cold milk. 

 Any changes in digestive health?

 It’s early days but yes, there has already been some changes in his digestive health! Pretty quickly after having first started the probiotics, Little man seemed more comfortable, the last few days I have noticed that he is able to eat more of his food without it upsetting his stomach. By day six I noted that Little man wasn’t nearly as bloated as he usually gets. His of course continuing to refuse to use public toilets waiting till his at home, though he doesn’t get as uncomfortable in the process, whereas before after ten minutes this would have caused himself to double up in agony. 

 As for the wind, hardly a trump to be heard! This, ladies and gentlemen, is heaven, my little man would break wind non stop (no matter who was there) For some reason it is always worse at night, his farting wakes me, I swear. (and no my son will not be at all embarrassed that I wrote this, he would pretty much laugh his arse off)! 

This, I can only put down to the Probiotic extra strength supplement, as nothing else has every worked!

What a result!

 Other issues, non gut related

 What I’ve noticed

Slight improvements in anxiety levels

 Again, It’s just over a week, I can’t say a 100% that the probiotics are the reason behind a slight improvement in his anxiety levels, though I think it’s looking pretty likely to be the case! 

Even such a small decrease in a week, to me is fabulous. Anxiety is the thing that triggers a lot of little mans impulsive behaviours, along with his difficulty with sensory processing.  

Any improvement in this area are much welcome! 

 Little man is a little less likely to over think things, reading too much into things, which he does a lot! This past week, there has been fewer questions asked by little man, which is often fired at me so to offer him reassurance! He will normally do this even if he knows that something will or will not happen, just so his that bit more reassured. When increased anxiety has risen, there has again been a small improvement in the speed in-which his anxiety is again reduced to a clam state, therefore allowing reasonable thinking.

 Behaviour

 This has obviously also sightly improved, due to the reduction in anxiety which again, along with sensory processing, is one of his main triggers for behavioural difficulties.

 Sleep

 No improvement here as yet, though he is getting up quicker and dressing a little faster! There is definitely something happening here folks and for just over a week I’m seriously impressed.

 The siblings 

 Alice-sara and little Harley are taking the 

‘For your Child’s health” probiotic and prebiotic 

 These come in individuals packets and are powdered so can be added to cold drinks and cold food. The range is safe for children, pregnant women, and mothers who are breastfeeding.

 The box contains 30 powders and at one a day (more if desired) they last one month.

 Results

Alice-Sara has always experienced bloating and discomfort and over the week, this is again starting to decrease. Harley has not had any more stomach cramps (These were regular before using the probiotics) his had no constipation what so ever! Bonus!!

 And as for me… (Mum) 

 Product: Maintaining regularity!

 It’s working! Enough said (Hide’s glowing red face and cringes with embarrassment)!

Though this are also good for gaining a flat tum, No that hasn’t happened as yet!

 So, what more is there to say, except… OptiBac Probiotics don’t cost the earth so are really worth a try, especially if your child has autism. Watch this space for another OpticBac progress report soon.

 OptiBac Probiotics Facebook Competition

 Wouldn’t it be great to test run these fabulous supplements for free?

 Enter the facebook competition on the OpticBac facebook page, to bag yourself , child or both, some OptiBac Probiotics!

 Win… Extra Strength premium capsules (that Little man is currently using, and reviewed above) Awesome for those with autism but equally as great for those without.

Win… ‘For your child’s health’ probiotic and prebiotic (as taken by the siblings and reviewed above, good for children with and without autism).

 Win… For Bowl Calm’ trail pack.  Great for upset stomach and can be given from three years plus.

 OptiBac asked me to invite my lovely readers over to their facebook page.

 If you are willing to quickly click the like button, letting them know ‘A Boy with Aspergers’ sent you, before finally sharing the competition by pressing the share button on their page, you’ll be in the running for both kits with a prize value of over £40! 

CLICK HERE FOR THE OPTIBAC FACEBOOK PAGE

 How easy is that!!!

  Most products are Ok for those on, gluten & yeast free, vegan & vegetarian diets and are also free from artificial colourings and sugar. Each of the products vary slightly, check the OptiBac Probiotics website, where you will find a full list of info for each product. 

 Note: The competition is hosted by OptiBac who will draw the winner from random, please see their full T&C when the website by clicking HERE

Remember to let them know who sent you.

OMG! The Mad Blog Awards are almost here!

15 Sep

In just 15 more days the Mad blog awards will announce its winners at a lavish ceremony in London’s Talk Talk experience centre Soho, and everyone is gearing up for the party!

I still can’t quite believe how far I’ve come and yes, I’ve needed to give myself a good hard pinch to remind myself that, YES, I’m in the final. I haven’t even realised that in actual fact, I’m quite bloody nervous about the whole thing.

Sally Whittle, the founder and organiser of the Mads is quite simply amazing, the organisation that has been put into this event is truly wonderful. I know this because not only has she gone all out in getting us finalist fantastic cut price accommodation at the Radisson hotel (Which my wonderful sponsor OptiBac Probiotics has so kindly covered) but she’s also arranged for some fantastic retailers to kit us out in glam evening wear for the event (John Lewis, The white stuff, M&S and TK Maxx to name a few)

So, before I go any further I would like to thank Sally for all the hard work she has put into the Mads with the help of all the wonderful sponsors of the event

“Sally your Ace”

On the 21st of September I will head to London where I will meet a few other finalist, Sally (I hope) and Polly the PR for TK Maxx, where we will shop at the London’s Knightsbridge flagship store before heading off for a spot of lunch.

TK Maxx and Sally have both removed the worry of (a) finding an outfit and b) the cost of having to buy one! Wow, that makes this mum and finalist one grateful woman so again a massive thank you.

Things have been a little tough this past few years and I’ve shared the good and the bad via my blog! It seems strange because at the time when I was writing some of them really emotional posts and rants I never thought for one minute, by doing that I’d end up a finalist of the Mad blog awards, looking forward to this fantastic event that is taking place on the 30th.

I saw a tweet on twitter from Sally that asked, “Has anyone written a speech” my answer was, “But that would me we thought we had a chance of winning” Seriously, I hadn’t even thought about speeches, the event seems to have arrived so quickly, one minute we were in June and now it’s September.

Being a finalist has helped me to discover some awesome reading material within some great blogs. It has made me blog with more confidence and gain some fantastic new friends.

The Mad awards helped me to discover a great brand, ‘OptiBac probiotics’ who have been lovely enough to support me as my sponsor while introducing me and the children to their brilliant range of probiotics that are really helping little man with his digestive health while reducing anxiety.

The awards are not even over yet and already I can say I’ve gain lots of awesome moments through being a part of it (which is of course all down to those lovely lot who voted for me)

I’m still hoping my readers enjoy my post about life with three children one on the autism spectrum, what with less educational drama happening in my life, I’ve blogged less and less about discrimination, a self harming ten year old and the special educational needs system, and more about the joyful and at times seemingly averageness that is our day to day life!

Then we have the children! Three angels that often convert to little terrors, what do they think about mummy banging on about the Mad blog awards?

Well, my 8 year old daughter, (going on 30) quite opening highlighted when visiting my mother, that, “Beware, Mum may talk about the Mad blog Awards…..” Oh yes, Sarcasm a speciality of hers which I’m convinced is something of a talent! Alice-Sara has informed me that, “Mum your more excited than a child” Well, she has a point!

Little Harley (Aka, ‘Little H’) at 21 months old he doesn’t have a clue what I’m banging on about, which is most fortunate for him!

So… What about Little man (Aka, The boy with Aspergers)? Well, get this for a giggle! His claimed that he should be the one in the final! When asked why? I got,

“If I didn’t have Aspergers Syndrome there would be no blog called, A boy with Aspergers”

No, this is not sarcasm this is just rigid thinking, bless him.

Well, if those three kiddiwinks think they have heard the last of it then they are mistaken, BIG TIME! With every passing day I have a new knot in my tummy. Is it over the outcome of the night? I think it’s the whole thing with a rich coating of excitement.

So, there you have it!

I’ll be dead sad when it’s all over!

Readers you’re amazing, every single one of you!

those that want to follow whats happening before, during and most likely after the awards then add the hash tag #MadBlogAwrds to your tweeter timeline. I will be sure to post to the A boy with Aspergers facebook page during the course of the evening

Please check out my blog sponsor, “OptiBac Probiotics” (Probiotics are great for digestive health in children with autism and aspergers.

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