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    How Toddlers Can Benefit from Supplements

      The toddler years are a time of huge transition – and one of the biggest changes is in how they receive the majority of their nourishment. Not so long ago, their diet consisted of milk or formula, but now they are (hopefully!) enjoying a balanced diet, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, adequate […] Read full story

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    The Questionable Safety of Replacement Fire Retardants

      Several years ago, a class of fire retardant chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were phased out of consumer products because of toxicity concerns. Scientific tests showed that these chemicals were persistent in the environment, accumulated in peoples’ bodies and could disturb endocrine signaling pathways critical for normal development. Research also indicated […] Read full story

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    EWG-Duke Study Finds Children Have Higher Exposures to Toxic Fire Retardants

      When fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were pulled off the U.S. market due to toxicity concerns, public health advocates hoped they would be replaced with safer alternatives. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Scientists at the Environmental Working Group and Duke University recently released an analysis of children’s exposure to TDCIPP, a […] Read full story

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    The Big Apple

      Parents that are preparing to send their child back to school should also be aware of many of the resources the public school has to offer. Many of the resources outlined here are available through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The IEP is the linchpin of a quality education for each child with […] Read full story

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    The Apple of Your Family’s Eye: Family Ties

      Family support is always beneficial. Here are some tips on how to prepare the family of a child on the Autism Spectrum for the new school year: Communicate Expectations Hold a family meeting at least a week before school starts and discuss roles, expectations, and important time changes (e.g., wake-up time on a school […] Read full story

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    How About Them Apples?: Preparation is the Key To Success

      Want your child to have a school year to brag about?  Of course you do. Here are some tips on how to prepare a child on the Autism Spectrum for the upcoming school year: Pre-teach Rituals and Routines To the extent you can gather information about the rituals and routines your child’s teacher will […] Read full story

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    Bring an Apple to the Teacher: Teaching the Teacher

      Spending some time at the beginning of the school year to teach your child’s new teacher about your child can have lasting benefits. Here are some tips on how to prepare a child on the Autism Spectrum’s new teacher in order to have a successful and mutually beneficial school year: Awe the Teacher with […] Read full story

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    Red Apples for Returning to School

      For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, returning back to school after a string of relaxed summer days can produce a relevant level of stress. Although the manifestation of stress may include a range of behavioral (e.g., an exacerbation of repetitious verbal and motor behavior) and physiologic changes (e.g., […] Read full story

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    Back to School Sticky Situation #4: Schools as Ads for Junk Food

      What will you do when your child’s school is used by fast food and soda companies for marketing to students?  Knowing how junk food marketing shapes kids’ preferences, I have worked to limit my children’s exposure to advertising but have been surprised to see so much of it in schools. Marketers take advantage of […] Read full story

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    Back to School Sticky Situation #3: Junk Food Fundraisers

      What will you do if the PTA asks you to support a cookie dough fundraiser?  Will you send your child out to hit up family and friends to buy junk food in communities already suffering from diet-related disease?  Are unhealthy foods magically transformed when they are sold for a good cause? These are some […] Read full story