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
When you fly on a commercial airline and they are reviewing the safety features, have you ever noticed that they always say you need to put your own air mask on FIRST and then assist your child? Do you apply that same principle in everyday life? In other words, are you taking care of yourself first so that you can better help your children in the long run? There are so many aspects to a … [Read more...] about You Have Permission
My younger (childless) self set goals. And it was not much effort to achieve those goals. Then I had a child. And then that child started to have challenges in life. And then - - - well, my life fell apart. I had lost my ability to feel productive. My old ways of setting goals no longer worked because no matter how well planned or documented, my child had other ideas about what we were going to … [Read more...] about Do you set goals or intentions?