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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT!

WE THANK EVERYONE WHO JOINED OUR GRAND OPENING of Sarah's Attic and Autism Fragile X Foundation!


We're now offering Arts & Crafts times Tuesdays-Saturdays!


(All payments for clothing and future meetings count as donations toward the Autism Fragile X Foundation)


We will provide all arts and crafts materials plus free goody bags. We offer nut-free snacks and beverages for purchase, and please inform us of any other allergies you or your child have so we may accommodate you accordingly. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks provided they are nut-free.


Everyone is encouraged to explore any medium available such as balloon painting, stencils, t-shirt painting, tile painting, pottery painting, pencil/crayon drawing—let your creativity guide you!

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   Who are we?

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The Autism Fragile X Foundation (AFXF) aims to empower people o​n the autism spectrum and those with Fragile X Syndrome through:

  • Research and development
  • Connections to resourc​es
  • The coordination of fun and educational events
  • Recruiting volunteers who want to help

We’ve also combined those efforts with the aims of helping people with anxiety-based mental disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and others.



   How We're Helping

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Helping children on the Autistic Spectrum, those with Fragile X Syndrome, and their Families

The Autism Fragile X Foundation (AFXF) was created to help connect parents to resources to support their autistic child or children’s quality of life. Through research and development, AFXF is helping to bring forth an early diagnostic test and continued resources and/or support for children on the spectrum as well as for those with anxiety based disorders. While of course the support of children is always a parent’s main focus, through helping autistic children receive the proper assistance and care, families as a whole can experience multiple positive benefits as well.  Indeed, recent research has shown that with early diagnosis along with therapy and behavioral interventions, autistic children can more easily learn important skills, such as talking, walking, and interacting with others. This can benefit the entire family in multiple ways such as:

  • Parents can better understand their autistic child while also focusing on their entire family as a whole.

  • Family members who feel heard and understood can work together collectively to cultivate a peaceful and nurturing environment for each other.

  • Supported chi​ldren may be more equipped to focus and contribute to their household by helping family members with chores, participating in family activities, and engaging in other normal day-to-day tasks.

Helping Schools Districts and educators understand autistic children, teenagers, or adults and those with Fragile X Syndrome

With the proper diagnosis and support, autistic children and those with Fragile X Syndrome are more prepared to be included in regular social activities. This benefits educators as they will have an easier time:

  • Allocating their class time more efficiently amongst their students.
  • Supporting and educating their students
  • Enjoying a peaceful classroom environment with the ability to create a longer lasting bonds with the families of their students

Helping Medical Professionals support Autistic children and those with Fragile X Syndrome

AFXF knows that there are those in the medical field who are trying to develop and administer safe drugs and therapies without negative side-effects for autistic people or those with Fragile X Syndrome. AFXF supports the research and development of the newest and the best technologies to recommend to medical professionals.  By supporting this research and development we aim for a world in which medical professionals may:

  • Recommend supplements or pharmaceuticals that are natural in origin, have no negative side-effects, and that are non-addictive or toxic to the system

  • No longer feel lost by prescribing pill after pill with no positive changes
  • Have stable and well-functioning patients, while creating lasting connections


   

   Three-Step Process 

            Understanding the process of awareness, diagnosis, and support for yourself or 

            family members with developmental differences or mental disorders can be vital.

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1 | Awareness 

Awareness Sparks Questions

Q: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?


A: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complicated and lifelong developmental condition that is usually recognized during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. It is referred to as a “spectrum condition” since it affects people uniquely and to varying degrees. Autism can sometimes be different in girls and boys. For example, autistic girls may be quieter, may hide their feelings and may appear to cope better with social situations.  This means autism can be harder to recognize in girls. Recognition and early diagnosis can connect autistic people to vital resources that can support their development and lead them to fulfilling opportunities.


Signs that may indicate a child is autistic include:

  • not responding to their name
  • avoiding eye contact
  • not smiling when you smile at them
  • getting very upset if they do not like a certain taste, smell or sound
  • repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or rocking their body (often referred to as “stimming”)
  • not talking as much as other children
  • repeating the same phrases

Signs that may indicate an older child is autistic include:

  • not seeming to understand what others are thinking or feeling
  • finding it hard to say how they feel
  • liking a strict daily routine and getting very upset if it changes
  • having a very keen interest in certain subjects or activities
  • getting very upset if you ask them to do something
  • finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on their own
  • taking things very literally – for example, they may not understand phrases like "break a leg"

Q: What is Fragile X Syndrome?


A: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a monogenic neurodevelopmental disorder, and is the result of changes in a gene called Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1 (FMR1). Usually FMR1 makes a protein called FMRP that is needed for brain development. People diagnosed with FXS do not make this protein.


Signs that a child might have FXS include:

  • Developmental delays (not sitting, walking, or talking at the same time as other children the same age)
  • Learning disabilities (trouble learning new skills)
  • Social and behavior problems (such as not making eye contact, anxiety, trouble paying attention, hand flapping, acting and speaking without thinking, and being very active)

Males who have FXS usually have some degree of intellectual disability that can range from mild to severe. Females with FXS can have normal intelligence or some degree of intellectual disability. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also occurs more frequently in people with FXS.


Q: What is an Anxiety Based Disorder?


A. People who experience Anxiety Based Disorders commonly suffer from intense and recurring feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that disrupt their daily life. The most common include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

2 | Diag​nosis

Testing, Diagnoses, and Evaluation 

You can determine if you or a family member are on the Autism Spectrum or have developed an Anxiety Based Disorder by seeking an evaluation from:

  • Developmental pediatricians
  • Child psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Clinical Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists 

Additionally, in the future we are hoping to offer Rapid Diagnostic Blood Tests for diagnoses.

3 | Support 

Therapies and Resources

While every person experiences aspects of ASD to varying levels of intensity, and it's not a developmental condition that can be "cured," helpful therapy options may include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social skills training

Similarly, though Fragile X Syndrome has no cure, treatments are aimed at helping people with the condition learn key language and social skills. As is often the case with autistic children, this may involve receiving additional assistance from teachers, therapists, family members, doctors, and coaches. 


Both neurodivergent and neurotypical people Helpful therapies for anxiety based disorders may include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Some people also experience notable relief with certain medications, supplements, and nutraceuticals. We are proud partners of Nunzia Pharmaceutical, a company that has developed a cutting-edge fully natural and organic plant-based nutraceutical that offers cognitive rejuvenation and stress relief without any negative side effects or addictive properties. Formulated with a blend of 16 minerals and adaptogenic herbs, it naturally and safely adapts its function within the body based on the specific needs of each individual.


Learn more at nunziapharma.com*


   

   Our Objectives & Interests

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OUR OBJECTIVES


AFXF's Donations Support Research Companies with the Best Supplements

The Autism Fragile X Foundation (AFXF) supports biotechnology companies that are discovering breakthroughs in chemistry and science. While AFXF recognizes the significance of awareness, we also focus on supporting research companies with clearer understandings of the roots of various cognitive developmental differences and mental disorders. 

Everyone should be able to live their life to the fullest

AFXF's greatest wish is to help every autistic child, adolescent, and adult lead fulfilling lives. With proper support at every stage of development, autistic people have greater chances of pursuing their goals and living more independently. With better awareness, the burden of stigmas may also fade along with the many other obstacles they face.  

The Brain's Hippocampus 

More evidence from the research companies we support indicates that chemical imbalances within the Hippocampus may be one of the root causes for developmental differences in the brain (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and/or mental disorders (e.g. Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc).   From the very beginning, our primary objective has been to promote the development of natural, non-addictive, plant-based, and side-effect free supplements to help millions of people have fresh starts without harm.

Giving back to society

AFXF's heartbeat is to help people of all abilities, but especially autistic people, people with Fragile X Syndrome, and people with anxiety based disorders. We give our time, resources, and hearts to the Autism Spectrum, Fragile X Syndrome, and PTSD community.

You can help us support them with the challenges they face internally and from society as a whole. Our 501-c3 non-profit organization is always seeking help from community members to help us support continued research.


   

    A Biotechnology Supplement 

    Breakthrough

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Suitable within treatment/support plans for*...

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Asperger’s Syndrome (ASP)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

May assist with other therapies such as*:

  • ABA Therapy
  • Psychiatry/Counseling
  • Art Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Equestrian Therapy
  • Swimming Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy

We at AFXF were beyond excited to partner with and support NUNZIA when we recognized the significance of their research and development. We are now thrilled to announce that these calming, plant-based, side-effect free supplements are now available over-the-counter! 

AFXF is donated a percentage with every purchase!

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always seek the advice of your physician, therapist, or other qualified health care provider when evaluating any wellness related therapy.

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Autism Fragile X Foundation / Sarah's Attic 

1402 N El Camino Real 

San Clemente CA 92672

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(949) 503-2801

[email protected]

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Mon-Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: Closed

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