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Outsmarting Autism

July 6, 2014

Front Cover

With great excitement and pride I announce the release today of my second book, Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention.  It is available on Amazon in both an e-book and a paperback, as well as from the publisher.  As I watched the magnificent spray of fireworks brighten the skies over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh last night, I secretly thought they were celebrating not just Independence Day, but also this momentous milestone of mine.

In 2008, I downloaded 40 years of experience and knowledge from my brain into EnVISIONing a Bright Future, my first book. It contains all that was known then about possible causes, treatments and management of autism spectrum disorders. I never dreamed that just as much NEW information would emerge in the next six years: genomic testing that explains in part why some kids become autistic, and iPads with amazing apps, are just a couple of additions.  So…I just HAD to write another book!

Outsmarting Autism, like EnVISIONing in 2008, is the most comprehensive book available on what is now called Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Whether you are new to the world of autism, are familiar with treatment options, or are a veteran who has “been there, done that,” this book is for you! Discoveries about possible etiologies and promising therapies are emerging so quickly that you are sure to learn something new.

Outsmarting Autism guides you step-by-step with practical information from a variety of fields that families, specialists, and educators can put to use immediately.

Step 1: Take Away the Bad Stuff, and Add Back the Good Stuff

♦ Clean up the environment ♦ Eat, sleep, and drink smarter ♦ Boost the immune system ♦ Balance hormones ♦ Detoxify

Step 2: Correct Foundational Issues

♦ Remove structural impediments ♦ Integrate reflexes

Step 3: Address Sensory Problems

♦ Improve sensory processing ♦ Develop vision

Step 4: Focus on Communicating, Interacting, and Learning

♦ Build language ♦ Concentrate on social-emotional skills ♦ Learn to read, write, and calculate ♦ Use technology

Step 5: Plan for the Future

♦Transition to independence ♦ Prevent autism from conception

Don’t let the book’s mammoth size scare you. Even though it is over 500 pages, I have made it extremely easy to understand, and Cindy Coan’s amazing index allows you to find anything you are looking for quickly and easily.

I hope you will read Outsmarting in sequence.  If you decide not to, at least read Chapters 2 and 3 on Total Load Theory and how today’s lifestyle has contributed to the autism epidemic, before jumping ahead. Autism did not just show up overnight. We now know the many risk factors, and how to be proactive and prevent more children from becoming affected. Individuals with autism are physically sick, and making healthy lifestyle changes, no matter how overwhelming they seem, can be the difference between management and healing.

This book could not have happened without the help and support of so many people.  To the owner and staff at Word Association, my awesome editor, Kendra Williamson, and all of my colleagues and friends who contributed material, proofed and edited, and stood by me while I worked every day for the past two years, my deepest gratitude.

Outsmarting Autism is meant to challenge some of your beliefs. If you have questions, I have answers. “Like” the book on Facebook, and write me a comment.  Go to Amazon and review it. Check out my website at and see where I am speaking next.  I will be launching the book in Denver and Boulder on July 29th.  From 3- 5pm I will be at Proactive Wellness and at 7:30 pm at the Boulder Bookstore. In September, I am finalizing dates for New York City, Westchester and New Jersey.  Want me to include your town on my year-long book tour?  Let me know.

Now it’s time to get started. We can outsmart autism together.



Judith Bluestone HANDLE

March 7, 2009

Owner wrote:

HANDLE Founder Judith Bluestone Passes Away

On February 18, 2009, the world lost an amazing woman.  Judith died at the age of 64, in Atlanta, GA, where she had lived for the past several years. She is survived by her son and sister, and by thousands who very personally feel the loss of her from their lives.

Judith Bluestone was an internationally renowned specialist in neuro-developmental disorders and learning challenges. As an intuitive healer and educator, she had remarkable gifts for enabling function in herself and others.  

Judith dedicated her life – heart and soul – to the creation and expansion of The HANDLE® Institute in Seattle, WA, which she founded in 1994, the same year I co-founded DDR.  I first met her soon after we both started our organizations, and realized that we were definitely “on the same page.”  I was humbled by how Judith had experienced many of the same issues as her clients: autism, seizures, constant pain, and hypersensitivities, and was applying what she had learned about healing herself to others.   In the end her efforts became overwhelming.

Judith spread awareness of HANDLE® around the world. Just looking at her course schedule would exhaust the average educator: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa.  Bluestone created the Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency (HANDLE®) in the 1980’s and through the Institute, trained and certified over 125 individuals as Practitioners and Screeners of the HANDLE® program.  Go to to view the schedule of courses the Institute is offering, and attend one if you have never experienced HANDLE®

Judith received much acknowledgement for her achievements.  In 2004, she won the Jefferson Award in Seattle, and then the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for community service. 

I met with Judith in Atlanta last year at her home office and therapy studio.  She and I reminisced about how some of the “new” therapies are reincarnations of ones we practiced in the 1960’s, and shared our excitement about the strides we have made in the 40 years we have been helping children with special needs. We spoke of collaboration and perhaps a joint conference with DDR and HANDLE®, with the two of us as keynote speakers.  Alas, that will never be.

Judith left The HANDLE® Institute in Seattle in capable and loving hands, and it will continue the work she began. If you would like to do something in honor of Judith, please share your knowledge of HANDLE with anyone you know who might benefit from it. Or make a non-tax-deductible donation to The HANDLE Institute International, LLC to support the Institute or to The Churkendoose Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to provide opportunities for many to experience the benefits of HANDLE. The Project’s contact information can be found at

The HANDLE Institute has set up an email for you to send your questions, thoughts and memories about Judith. Please share them at