|New York, NY – October 29, 2013: The David Lynch Foundation announces Autism, Meditation and Stress, a free webinar featuring a distinguished panel of doctors and researchers who will explore the research, clinical applications and uses of Transcendental Meditation for aiding children and teens suffering from autism. The webinar, co-sponsored by the Joey Lowenstein Foundation and the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment, will take place on Thursday, November 14, from 1 PM – 2 PM ET. Attendees can register by visiting tm-autism.eventbrite.com.
Over 2 million people in the U.S. are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with 1 in 88 children suffering from the disorder according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Oftentimes ASD patients are prescribed a variety of medications, which can exacerbate stress. As a result, 1 in 5 children who suffer from autism have turned to alternative therapies to treat ASD. Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a non-drug treatment that has been scientifically proven to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and has been explored by many doctors as a treatment option for ASD patients.
"Students with autism spectrum disorders tend to be extremely easily stressed by the aspects of life that almost everyone finds stressful, namely novelty, unpredictability, perceived threat, and a low sense of control,” says William Stixrud, clinical neuropsychologist and President of the Stixrud Group. “Regular practice of the TM technique appears to be remarkably beneficial for many students with spectrum disorders due, in part, to the fact that it trains their brain to be less reactive to stress and thereby increases their ability to think clearly and behave effectively in challenging situations."
Autism, Meditation and Stress will be broadcast nationally and will be available for download atwww.davidlynchfoundation.org and www.joeylowensteinfoundation.org.
"Many individuals with autism are extraordinarily stressed and many are overwhelmed by anxiety. This stress and anxiety often worsens the impact of their autism symptoms and unquestionably diminishes their quality of life," saysDavid Black, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment. "By practicing TM consistently, they may be able to significantly reduce the impact of this stress and anxiety, improve their functioning, and increase their overall sense of well-being."
The positive effects of TM have been seen in numerous individuals who suffer from ASD. "Life is too stimulating," says Joey Lowenstein, a 17-year-old teenager who was diagnosed with ASD at age 2. Joey has been practicing TM for two years. "Transcendental Meditation allows me to think at a pace that is more in tune with making slower and wiser life decisions."
Joey's mother, Roberta Lowenstein established the Joey Lowenstein Foundation to bring evidence-based support to children with autism and meditates every morning with her son. "As a mother of an autistic child, I have seen a great change in our interactions and a deeper connection between us than I ever thought possible. To quote Joey, ‘TM does really calm the mind and the mom!’" says Roberta.