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We are posting information and resources for parents of children with Autism and those who are anywhere on the spectrum. This article is courtesy of Caring4OurKids.com.
Since autism spectrum disorder cause a wide range of learning disabilities that are unique to each child, classrooms must remain equipped to help every student work around those difficulties. Each individual’s executive function level and sensory processing difficulties play a role in the resulting learning disability types and severity. With 1 in 68 kids diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with many high functioning individuals, teachers at all grade levels must remain prepared to provide accommodations designed to mitigate those learning difficulties. With the right classroom accommodations, it is possible to overcome barriers to learning and help children with autism tackle schoolwork with confidence.
Difficulties with transitions between tasks and activities is common through the full range of the autism spectrum. Therefore, a daily class schedule detailing the broad activity categories for the day is a must. A detailed daily schedule will greatly assist with the transitions related to moving between the classroom, lunchroom, schoolyard and other destinations throughout the day.
It does not, however, have the power to assist with lesson micromanagement. Students with autism perform best when they know how to break up their time between each tasks required to complete the exercise or project in front of them. Teachers can provide an outline for each assignment to help students transition between the required tasks. (more…)
We are posting information and resources for parents of children with Autism and those who are anywhere on the spectrum. This article are courtesy of Caring4OurKids.com.
Kids with autism have an excellent chance at enjoying happy and successful adult years upon learning life skills early and often throughout childhood. Repetitive practice of each life skill at an early age gives kids a chance to embrace independence without the repercussions of failure. As you lead your child through the various tasks, you will have the opportunity to offer correction and praise to reinforce the adoption of each skill set. You will need to go through the list of important skills your child will need to navigate adulthood to adequately prepare him or her for life in the real world.
For individuals with autism, self-awareness is not a skill that comes naturally. Therefore, personal care routines do not usually rank highly on the list of things to do. You may notice that your child does not worry about wearing clean clothes or brushing his or her hair. Skipping a shower or tooth brushing session does not give pause either.
Without learning to integrate these tasks into daily life, autistic individuals may struggle in adulthood. Since total wellness hinges on the ability to care for oneself properly, cavities, skin conditions and other health problems could arise from these missed routines. You can help your child adopt a daily personal care routine by providing a detailed task chart with each item broken down into small steps. Provide a sticker for each completed task to reward a job well done. (more…)
Learn About Recovery Drinks and How to Help Prevent Broken Bones with Nutrition
It’s that time of year when fall sports season is in full swing. Between school teams, playoffs, tryouts, club teams, travel teams and year-round sports, our kids are more active now than ever.
I’ve been picking up my niece, Amanda, from high school lately and bringing her to soccer practices and games. One thing we keep in stock is plenty of milk for meals and snacks. She has been asking for her favorite chocolate milk for both pre and post games and practices.
The fact is, compared to adults, kids and teens are growing rapidly and have increased needs for high-quality nutrients that will serve their bodies well as they go through their teens, 20’s and beyond.
Why the Calcium in Dairy is so Important
Studies show that fewer kids are getting the recommended amounts of nutrients, especially those found in dairy. While it’s recommended that teens get 2-3 servings of calcium-rich dairy every day, less than half manage to get 1 to 2 glasses of milk per week. (more…)
This time of year many moms are busy in the stocking up phase, from gathering up school clothes and lunch boxes to helping their kids who are leaving home find a mini fridge for their dorm or apartment.
When my son was little, sure, I had the list of recommended notebooks, flashcards and markers, but I had to figure out the options for healthy lunches and snacks on my own. Then when he went off to college, my focus changed: What suggestions could I make, without nagging or being pushy, that would help him make healthy choices away from home?
It may be surprising to consider how many kids aren’t getting the recommended servings of dairy, fruits and vegetables every day just when their bones and muscles are growing the most. This is the time when their bodies need a variety of foods to get the essential vitamins, nutrients, protein and calcium necessary.
Since everyone is busy, I’ve gathered up a few tips here for healthy snacks, lunch box ideas and yes, even the mini fridge for moms with kids at every age and stage.
Guest Post by Amy Davalle and Peter David
From birth to the first four weeks, many critical events can occur in a newborn’s life. Infants establish feedback patterns and start bonding with their parents. On the other hand, many things can go wrong. For example, the drama of birth can change from miracle to tragedy in a heartbeat with birth asphyxia, infection, or complications from delivery. When a crisis like this occurs, accuracy and seconds matter.
So, how do we ensure that each and every baby has the best chance at a great start in life? We believe that part of the answer lies in supporting clinicians with the tools and technology to save time, reduce stress, and improve accuracy. (more…)
Most pregnant moms plan to breastfeed, but may not be sure how to get prepared and have what they need in place to be able to breastfeed their little one. Many moms already feel overwhelmed by all the changes they’re experiencing in pregnancy and their concerns about delivery.
With recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that moms breastfeed their babies exclusively for 6 months, there’s a real need for education, classes and support starting before the baby is born. If you live in Silicon Valley, you’re in luck, because El Camino Hospital has some of the highest breastfeeding rates in the state, thanks in large part to the complete range of breastfeeding support available for every mom and baby.
Getting a Good Start with Classes
Moms who take a breastfeeding class and have time to learn how to hold a baby, get them latched on and learn what to do for common concerns prior to their baby’s birth, are much more likely to be able to breastfeed. At El Camino Hospital, the breastfeeding classes use life-sized dolls so that moms can practice. Dads are welcome too, and don’t worry, no one takes off their clothes to practice.
Once the Baby Arrives
After a baby’s delivery, every effort is made to help moms breastfeed their newborn within the first few hours. There are many benefits for both mom and baby and the mother-baby nurses are on-hand both in the delivery room and the postpartum unit to assist with breastfeeding practice every few hours. We know that practicing and having plenty of support available round the clock helps moms feel more comfortable with this new skill.
Another important consideration is to have specially trained lactation specialists, registered nurses who are internationally board certified lactation consultants IBCLCs, available to new moms as an added level of support.
Lactation support doesn’t end when you go home, it continues with free support groups and one-on-one scheduled appointments available with a lactation consultant. These can easily be arranged by registering online or calling 650-988-8290 for the Mountain View Campus or 408-866-3905 for the Los Gatos Campus.
What about Breastfeeding supplies?
Baby gear and supplies to make life easier for new parents has come a long way in the last few years. With Maternity Boutiques at both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campus, which are conveniently located near the support group sessions, new parents can find virtually everything they need for breastfeeding, from pumps and milk storage bags, to nursing bras and comfortable clothing for mom and baby. It makes it so much easier to get everything you need in one stop, and not have to move the baby, the car seat and stroller from store to store to find hard to locate items such as nipple shields, creams and safe herbs that increase milk supply.
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On my 2nd day, here at FAME, I saw something, extraordinary. I was privileged to be at the right place at the right time and witnessed a jaw dropping display of talent and knowledge in a most unexpected place. Pauline Diaz, the volunteer coordinator was giving me a tour and suggested that we bring the new donated baby hats from the US and the brand new Tanita baby scale to the maternity ward. Sure! Why not?
Here in Africa, many people come to see the Big 5 animals on safari. Yes, I know there are birders out there and plenty of people who love the cheetahs, warthogs, jackals, hyenas, antelopes, giraffes and zebras. Thousands of dollars are spent, and thousands of miles traveled to catch a glimpse, or perhaps get close enough to see the elephant, cape buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard, all of whom belong to the exclusive group of the Big 5.
However on that 2nd day at FAME, within seconds of arriving in the maternity ward and setting up the new baby scale, what I saw was Mama Evelyn, a 62 year-old experienced midwife, who delivered a baby, kept traction on the cord, and then resuscitated the new infant.
Guest Post from Tara Sabo, Fix.com. Tara Sabo lives, works, and breathes fitness. She is a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and half marathon runner.
Congratulations! You’re pregnant, so now what? Must you sit still for nine months? Or can you keep working out? The answers: no and yes. Exercise during pregnancy is safe and often recommended. Working out for two can be beneficial for Mom and baby; still, there are certain safety factors to consider.
How the Body Changes During Pregnancy
After birth, your baby still relies on you for nutrients. Without the umbilical cord, it’s a little less immediate, but what you eat mostly determines what you’re giving your baby.
Eating for Two
Can I lose weight and eat like this?