‘The Biggest Loser’ Couple to Talk About New Hope for Autism
Phil and Amy Parham share how appearance on show created a second life-changing opportunity for their family
Anyone who has an autistic child knows that the stress of the disorder can pay a heavy toll on the entire family – sometimes literally. “Our son’s struggle with autism was so stressful and frustrating,” explain Phil and Amy Parham. “We turned to food as a coping mechanism because we often felt helpless.” But life changed dramatically for the overweight couple when they were selected to compete in season six of the reality show, “The Biggest Loser.” As a result, they lost a combined total of 256 pounds. As luck would have it, they also found hope and help for their autistic son, Rhett. “We were contacted by the director of LearningRx, a local brain training company who saw us on TV talking about Rhett’s struggles,” says Amy. “We got Rhett into the program and it completely changed our lives – perhaps even more than our weight loss. His results are amazing and we want to tell other families struggling with autism that there’s hope.”
The reality TV stars will share their personal experiences with autism on Friday, February 24,2012 at a free public community Autism Awareness Symposium. The forum will be held at Stacy’s Furniture Warehouse, 1900 S Main Street, 3rd Floor Community Room, Grapevine, TX 76051 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CST. A number of autism-related providers and support groups will be on hand, including ABA Academy, Autism Speaks, Behavior Innovation, Compassion, Connection Kids, FEAT North Texas, Income By Design, Greater Tots, Kotsanis Institute, LearningRx, Monkey Mouths, Nonpareil Institute, North Texas Snap, Rocky Top Therapy, Therapy 2000. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in America, with 1 in 110 children (and 1 in 70 boys) being impacted by the disorder. Because autism is a “spectrum” disorder—with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe—it can impact individuals, and their families, very differently.For more information, contact LearningRxlrxautism@gmail.com or 972-432-6544.
About LearningRx : LearningRx specializes in treating the cause – not the symptoms – of learning struggles, including those associated with autism. The programs’ game-like exercises and 1:1 trainer-to-student ratios provide guaranteed dramatic improvement in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. With more than 70 centers across the country, LearningRx brain training can help anyone – from 5 to 85 – increase the speed, power or function of their brain.