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    August 29, 2014
    The Big Apple

    [caption id="attachment_48911" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Brad Flickinger.[/caption]   Parents that are preparing to send their child back to school should also be aware of many of t…

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    August 28, 2014
    The Apple of Your Family’s Eye: Family Ties

    [caption id="attachment_48904" align="alignnone" width="508"] Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.[/caption]   Family support is always beneficial. Here are some tips on how to prepare the fa…

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    August 27, 2014
    How About Them Apples?: Preparation is the Key To Success

    [caption id="attachment_48898" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Lance Neilson.[/caption]   Want your child to have a school year to brag about?  Of course you do. Here are some tips on ho…

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    August 26, 2014
    Bring an Apple to the Teacher: Teaching the Teacher

    [caption id="attachment_48888" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Woodley Wonder Works.[/caption]   Spending some time at the beginning of the school year to teach your child’s new teacher…

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    August 25, 2014
    Red Apples for Returning to School

    [caption id="attachment_48881" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Anthony Thomas Bueta.[/caption]   For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, returning back to sc…

    Tech Resources Help Kids with ASD Succeed in School
    September 13, 2013
    Tech Resources Help Kids with ASD Succeed in School

    Technology has found a place in many therapeutic areas, and it’s gaining speed in the world of autism spectrum disorder. With many children with ASD drawn to tech gadgets, it makes sense to use that…

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    September 12, 2013
    Childhood Diseases: What You Can Do to Change The Odds in Your Child’s Favor

    When I was a kid, none of my peers had type 2 diabetes. I didn't know anyone with a life-threatening peanut allergy. The label ADHD was rarely used. Today more kids will live with a chronic medical co…

    Autism Dietary Needs and Schools
    September 12, 2013
    Autism Dietary Needs and Schools: Making It Work

    As research emerges demonstrating that certain dietary changes may improve the signs and symptoms of ASD, more parents are placing their children on supplements or restricting certain foods from their…

    School Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child
    September 11, 2013
    Back-to-School Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child

    Your autistic child is heading back to school, to a new school, or to school for the first time. In any case, their safety is your top priority, and you can’t keep your watchful eyes on them 24-7 wh…

    School Checklist for Autistic Children
    September 10, 2013
    The School Checklist for Autistic Children

    You’re nervous about your autistic child starting a new school year. You worry about whether they’ll thrive in the new environment, whether the teacher will be successful in building the connectio…

    Back to School with Autism
    September 9, 2013
    Back to School with Autism: Three Tips to Prepare

    The start of a new school year is stressful for families of children with autism. Changes to the environment can be especially disturbing for some autistic kids, and parents are wracked with nerves an…

    The Steps to Empowerment
    April 6, 2012
    The Steps to Empowerment

    Accept and Embrace The Challenge. By acceptance, I do NOT mean loving it. I hate autism for stealing my son’s childhood. But I am not in denial, because denial kept me from walking a path I ultimate…

    Prayers Are Answered
    April 5, 2012
    Prayers Are Answered

    Our home life is in shatters. My husband and I desperately search for answers to help our 3-year-old autistic son. One day I open the newspaper and see a conference advertised in the area called DAN -…

    Blood, Water and Tears
    April 4, 2012
    Blood, Water and Tears

    Wyatt’s pre-school suggests private speech lessons, which he begins 2 times a week, and I am grateful they don’t mention autism. When my next-door neighbor tells me she sees signs of autism in him…

    Denial is a Powerful Thing
    April 3, 2012
    Denial is a Powerful Thing

    But denial does not ultimately serve us well. It may keep the pain of truth away for a period of time, but it only serves to make the truth harder to bear once we face it. The most dangerous aspect of…

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    April 2, 2012
    Autism is My World

    Autism is my world. I am the mother of a 10-year-old son with autism, and the Executive Director of a national non-profit, ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!).  Autism probably affects your…

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    July 7, 2011
    Autism Linked to Prenatal Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft?

    Autism diagnoses have increased rapidly over the last two decades; so has the number of women taking antidepressants during pregnancy – from somewhere between 1% and 6% in the early 1990s to 7-13% m…

    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change
    May 7, 2010
    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change

    One of the most exciting reports I have ever read, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk – What We Can Do Now, was released this week by the President’s Cancer Panel, along with significant coverage …

    Janet Milhollin, Jenna's Mentor
    August 21, 2009
    Janet Milhollin, Jenna’s Mentor

    Hi, my name is Janet Milhollin and as Jenna's aide, mentor, and friend I can only scratch the surface when it comes to telling you about all the things Jenna and I have learned from each other over th…

    Lauren Lumbard, Jenna's Sister
    August 20, 2009
    Lauren Lumbard, Jenna’s Sister

    Somewhere in my mental library, amongst the countless chapters and shelves, is the memory of standing in the hospital with my dad. I had just become a sister. My life had changed, and it would continu…