Sunday, July 13, 2014

Full Moon

I am a firm believer that the moon affects autistic behaviors. I have believed this for some time now. I have taken notes on Trenton and even Andrew  now and all the note taking proves one thing....full moon is not good for autism!

 There was a supersized moon last night. One of the biggest full moons of the year — a so-called "supermoon" — lit the night sky on Saturday but is only the first in a lunar triple-play this summer. During this weekend's supermoon, the July full moon will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent closer than a typical full moon. Last year, the full moon of June made headlines with its super luminosity. In 2014, skywatchers will see three supermoons this summer, one each during the back-to-back full moons in July, August and September.


According to an article in Scientific American there is a  theory that that the full moon’s ­supposed effects on behavior arise from its influence on water. The human body, after all, is about 80 percent water, so perhaps the moon works its mischievous magic by somehow disrupting the alignment of water molecules in the nervous system. But the article also goes on to say that "the gravitational effects of the moon are far too minuscule to generate any meaningful effects on brain activity, let alone behavior."  So what gives?  This seems to be in direct opposition to the many, MANY folks who say their ASD kiddos act crazy and out of control  during a full moon.  I have read theories, some plausible, some ridiculous, but even though "Full Moon Madness" has been supposedly debunked- it is apparent that those doing the "de-bunking" weren't raising or caring for someone on the spectrum.  Or heard the mountain of  anecdotal evidence from law enforcement, labor and delivery nurses, or doctors working in  psychiatric facilities.
  

 Countless parents document what life is like with autism during a full moon. If the theory is not true...then why do so many autism parents dread the full moon?? Google it please and you will find lots of information about this.
I do believe the supersized full moon led Trenton to have the kind of behavior that he did last night. Unfortunately, I am afraid we are in for it again tonight....
 

4 comments:

  1. Firm believer on the effects of a full moon!

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  2. Hiya. Discovered your blog tonight. I am from England, am a Religious Studies teacher and have a daughter with ASD about the same age as your eldest. I look forward to reading your blog in the future and thank you for publishing such a readable blog on the trials, tribulations and joys of raising children with autism.

    Best wishes

    Rob

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    1. I am so glad you found my blog! Please keep in touch!! My email is angelaconrad09@hotmail.com or you can find me on Facebook under Angela Tackitt Conrad.
      Autism parents have to stick together:)

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  3. I work with children with autism and adhd. I'd never noticed the correlation before until tonight when a parent of the child said his behaviour was due to a full moon. I googled this when i home and the amount of parents and teachers who have found the same is outstanding. If you have any more information id love to learn more. Truly fascinating! X

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