All children need exposure to new experiences. For most people, it goes something like this: Hey – let’s take the kids boating tomorrow. For me, it’s more like this: One year prior, make a goal to have a boating experience for son. 3 months prior to an actual boating event – ask friend that I know who has a boat if they would be willing to take my son for a boat ride. Select … [Read more...] about Hey, Let’s Go Boating!
Have you heard of “The Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo? It’s a wonderful method for decluttering your house and your life. Last night I decided to apply this method to my social media. Specifically, Facebook. Facebook is an absolute necessity in my life. My child would not be where he is today if it were not for Facebook and the people that I’ve met and connected with through it. … [Read more...] about Unfollow Your Way to Freedom
When people transition from one dietary lifestyle to another, the biggest concern is often 1. If their kids are going to eat any of the new foods and 2. If their kids are going to eat any of the new foods. Going from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to Gluten Free/Casein Free can be as challenging as going from Gluten Free/Casein Free to a grain free diet such as Paleo, GAPS or Specific … [Read more...] about What Am I Going to Feed My Kid?!?!
Do you make Jicama a regular part of your diet? After learning about all of its nutritional benefits, you might just want to consider doing that! Jicama is one of the very low-calorie root vegetables; carrying only 35 calories per 100 g. However, its high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprises of dietary fiber, and antioxidants, in addition to small proportions of minerals, and … [Read more...] about Jicama – It Does a Body Good
Having a child with Neuro-Developmental challenges means that practically EVERYTHING is harder. It also means that sometimes you have to do things they are NOT going to understand but are necessary for understanding and monitoring their medical status. Blood draws are one of those events. I have never met a parent who had zero anxiety about taking their child in for a blood draw. And often, the … [Read more...] about Survival Strategies for a Successful Blood Draw
It’s Amazon Prime Day! Normally I don’t get too excited about shopping holidays but when convenience meets function meets sale price, I have to pay attention! I’ve scanned through a lot of the deals that are available this year for Prime Day keeping you in mind and I’ve compiled a short list of items (affiliate links) that I use consistently or that I have used in the past to help with my son’s … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Day Deals
In my office we see a lot of practice members who initially come in with what I call a “secondary condition” (symptom) that they would like help getting rid of. The tools I use in my office are very specific and gentle but have taken many years of study and experience over the last decade. Daily I get the question…but doc, can I do something at home to help? The answer of course is yes! While … [Read more...] about Better Brain Building for Babies
Obviously movement matters right? But how much really? I know our children have fewer opportunities than we did to move throughout the day and we had many fewer than our parents with the incredible invention of computers and internet and video games and apps and things that honestly I don’t even understand (but our kids probably do). This has been a slow creeping progression that has … [Read more...] about Movement Matters! 3 Movement Games to Play Anywhere!
Many times when I talk to people about how important gut health is and how it impacts the brain, people will say they don’t have gut issues. And then they’ll go on and talk about achy joints, eczema, an inability to focus and pooping only every 2 days except when they drink milk and then they can’t get off the toilet. I hate to break this to you America, but most of you have … [Read more...] about How a Healthy Digestive System Works
Did you know there is one system in your body that is the master control system of the rest of your body? Yes, that’s right - a system that controls what your body does with all those expensive supplements you take and reacts and adapts to all the therapies your kiddo is receiving. This is the very often forgotten system that really needs to be first in line when we are talking about health … [Read more...] about Master Control System – Hello? Are You Working?!
In 2014, Amy Y. wrote a guest blog for The Thinking Mom’s Revolution under the pseudonym Raven. You can find the original post here. I’m kind of a communication nerd. I love to watch and listen to people, decipher their intent based on word choice, style of communication, body language etc. You can tell a lot about a person by what they don’t say or by the questions they ask. It’s ironic (or … [Read more...] about Autism Recovery: Thinking Outside of “the Window”
In 2012, I decided my son needed to go on the GAPS Diet. I had learned about GAPS nearly two years prior to this decision and had even read the book thinking I was going to do it. But it seemed sooooo overwhelming. No starches? No grains? Broth? Ferments? I seriously thought the author, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, was delusional to think that parents of kids on the spectrum and with food … [Read more...] about Our GAPS Diet Adventure