Archive | Health and Nutrition

17 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Evening Round-up

No matter how tired everyone is in the evenings, you may discover taking some time to slow down, get organized, and make connections with your youngster with autism is an invaluable investment of time and energy. Remember that the goal is not perfection, but rather to increase contentment and decrease stress for everyone. Listen Now: […]

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08 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Making Change Common

Many individuals with autism have problems with change, whether unexpected changes in their daily routine or a significant shift in their life such as a family split or moving to a new school. Autism can also cause a person to be intolerant of wearing new shoes, sleeping on a new pillow, using a different type […]

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23 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Snack Monster

Several of my friends with autism are obsessed with snacks. Families and teachers report their efforts to limit snacks lead to explosive behavior. One youngster began sneaking out into the kitchen to steal bags of chips or cartons of ice cream, hiding them in his room. Let us look at some ideas to help successfully […]

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16 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Cooking Over a Campfire

Over the years, many of my friends of all ages with autism have been intrigued with the process of cooking over a fire. Even people who have never shown much interest in eating have taken bites of food they have helped prepare over the colorful glowing embers and dancing flames. Listen Now:

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12 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Swimming Pools, Part 2

In part 1 of our discussions about swimming pools, we looked at one example of water safety rules a family implements every time their youngster with autism goes swimming. Safety is, of course, the first consideration when it comes to our friends with autism and water. In part 2 of this discussion, we will take […]

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11 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Swimming Pools, part 1

Just as with more typical kids, some youngsters with autism love the water. Let’s take a look at some creative ideas and some serious factors related to autism and water. First and foremost, we must consider water safety. Listen Now:

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03 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Outside Adventures

Families, teachers, and others who care about the well-being of individuals with autism frequently ask for ideas to help prevent isolation. Challenges like loud outbursts, aggressive behaviors, repetitive mannerisms, and meltdowns can make folks hesitate to get out in public. Sometimes it is just easier to just stay at home to keep the peace. The […]

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03 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Snack Factory

You can jazz up snack time by encouraging individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism to mix up their own snack mixes at the beginning of the week. They can put their own hand-selected mix in small, snack-sized ziplock bags and keep them handy for road trips, school lunches, work breaks, or t.v.snacks. […]

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25 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Getting Outside

“As long as he had three meals a day, my son would probably be happy just sitting on his bed, flapping his hands and rocking,” commented the dad of an eight-year-old youngster diagnosed with autism. “I’m concerned about his physical health and emotional health, so I’m looking for some ideas for getting him out and […]

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17 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Sick Neck

This will be a very brief podcast because I have actually lost my voice. But take a minute to listen, because I have two quick stories to tell you. Listen Now:

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28 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Less Dependent, Part 2

Decreasing dependence on others is a challenge, especially when our friends with autism are unwilling to become more self-reliant, or if they have difficulty learning new skills or new routines. Under these circumstances, how can we encourage and teach a person to be less dependent? Listen Now:

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22 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Emergency Evacuation

Some of our faithful FAQautism.com followers live in parts of the world where earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and even civil unrest or war can lead to unexpected emergency evacuations. What would you grab in the event you and your youngster with autism were required to suddenly leave your home? Listen Now:

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05 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Independent Living

What specific skills do our friends with autism need in order to live as independently as possible? Sometimes we focus on self-care like grooming and dressing or daily-living skills like laundry and cooking when thinking of self-sufficiency, but the list of skills necessary for independent living is VERY long! Listen Now:

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16 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Leave That Alone

It is certainly challenging – if not impossible – to monitor what a person is doing 24/7. Parents, teachers, and others report the need to keep a constant watch on some individuals with autism in order to prevent injury and to protect breakable or potentially dangerous items around the house or school. Listen Now:

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04 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Emergency Food

Some of my friends with autism and their families are sitting in the dark and cold this week because of a treacherous blizzard that damaged power lines and brought their region to a halt. Weather forecasts allowed advance planning in this case. But situations sometimes arise unexpectedly, making it imperative to keep emergency supplies at […]

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01 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Stealthy Veggies

Research confirms what grandmamma always knew: “Vegetables are good for you.” Of course, veggies have no impact on the health of people who refuse to eat them. Let us look at 3 rules to follow when attempting to sneak healthy vegetables into the diet of individuals with autism. Listen Now:

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25 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Winter Blues

I just heard a weather report forecasting several days of cloudy, windy, cold weather. The meteorologist described the upcoming days as “gloomy.” Many of us are prone to slugishness and low energy in the winter months because of the short days and cold weather. Kids and adults can bust the gloomies by staying active and […]

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16 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Age Differences

Should teens and young adults participate in group activities with younger kids? For example, at what point do our friends with autism outgrow the need for participating in soccer, swimming, t-ball, and other adaptive recreational activities designed specifically for individuals with special needs? Listen Now:

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09 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

School Glue

Sometimes very simple, everyday substances can solve complex, challenging issues related to autism. Today we are talking about one such “magical” substance: white school glue, sometimes known as Elmer’s glue. Listen Now:

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29 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Не все ли равно

Реалии аутизма могут вызвать поток проблем, ситуаций, которые заставляют родителей, учителей, психологов и других карабкаться из последних сил, чтобы изменить поведение, научить новым навыкам, решениям проблем, ну или просто формировать (воспитывать) наших друзей с аутизмом. С течением времени, мы понимаем, что не можем исправить все. Когда мы установим приоритеты в наиболее острых вопросах, мы должны […]

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