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Sleep and the ASD Child By Bill Nason

Bill Nason is Moderator of the excellent  “Autism Discussion Page” on Facebook. Excerpted from The Autism Discussion Page on the Core Challenges of Autism: A toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent Difficulty sleeping is a very common problem with children on the spectrum. As many as 50% of children on the spectrum experience some difficulty sleeping. This can be a real problem for both the child and parents getting their needed rest. For the children, who already have fragile nervous systems, lack of sleep will compound any other difficulties (sensory, emotional, behavioral, etc.) they are experiencing. Steady sleep patterns are essential to keep the nervous system calm and organized. Listed below are several of the common strategies used to stabilize sleep patterns. Consistent bedtime routine: The body needs to calm down and relax in...

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Emotional Intelligence – a Key to Your Child’s Future Health & Happiness by Sandie Sedgbeer

As conscientious and caring parents, we invest a lot of time and money in helping our children develop the skills they need to succeed in life. We send them to the best schools, save for college, sign them up for soccer and piano lessons, and teach them the value of hard work.   At the end of it all, we envision ourselves gazing proudly at a shelf full of trophies and a framed diploma feeling satisfied that our hard work has paid off. But will our children really be as well prepared for life as we think they will be? When they get frustrated because someone else is scoring all the goals, what do they do with those feelings? When they get their first job and encounter an unreasonable supervisor, how will they respond? Do they have the necessary empathy...

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Bullying: A Different Perspective & How We Can Be a Part of the Solution  by Tisha Marina Bernard

 Somebody asked me the other day, “What is wrong with kids these days?” They had seen on the news a story about some kids relentlessly bullying another kid on the school bus. As an educator, I get asked this question a lot. I work with an organization called Safe School Ambassadors as a Bully Prevention Specialist and travel the nation teaching bully prevention to elementary, middle and high schools. I have seen it all. From verbal mistreatment to physical mistreatment. From suicide to homicide. When we imagine our students going to school everyday, it is important to know most of them are walking into a battlefield. It is plaguing students across the country on daily basis. In fact, bullying is now a national epidemic.    The most common current definition of bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves...

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Are Your Children Being Deprived? Take the Test by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Some parents give their children designer clothes, foreign trips and a personal TV. Others give them attention and experiences and hold them accountable for their actions. What do your children get? Are you unknowingly depriving your children of important lessons and learnings? Find out here by taking the Deprived Child Test. See how you score. Which of the following items do you give your children? Rate yourself for each on a scale of 0-3. 0= never 1= rarely 2= once in a while 3= regularly Do you give your children . . .? Regular trips to the library. Buying your children 100 books does not count. Do you take your children to the library and allow them to select books of their own interest and let them be responsible for returning them on time? Creating a spot in your...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Lying By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Jason Roberts listened to his son’s explanation of the missing cookies and then called him a liar. Brenda Taylor thought her three-year-old’s lies were cute, so she ignored them. Yee Chen told her daughter that if she told the truth this time, she would let it go. While all of these parents love their children and want them to develop truth telling as a virtue, each violated one of the eighteen do’s and don’ts of dealing with lying. Read on to find out how. 1. Do understand that all children lie. Dogs bark. Cats meow. And children lie. Your neighbors’ children lie. Your sister’s children lie. And, yes, your own children lie. 2. Don’t confuse exaggeration with lying. Young children often exaggerate. Embellished stories are more a sign of a creative imagination than of a person who doesn’t tell...

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Understanding the Sensitive Child By Ann Callaghan

Does your child sometimes have a meltdown for no apparent reason? Does your child go from normal to full-on rage in seconds? Does your child sometimes refuse point blank to do something or go somewhere? If so, your child could be a sensitive. By now we’re all familiar with the notion that children can be sensitive to things like food, electromagnetic frequencies and certain intense environments such as shopping malls and birthday parties. We know that exposure to these things can cause changes in a child’s behaviour and parents who are aware of this take precautions to avoid them. However, we are only recently becoming aware of the extent of triggers for a sensitive child. A trigger is anything that causes—to use the analogy of an electrical circuit—a total blow-out of all fuses. It is some of these less...

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Book Excerpt: Healing After Childbirth With Homeopathy By Mary English

Excerpted from A Little at a Time: Homeopathy for You and Those You Love Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of medicine that helps the body’s own efforts to heal itself by dosing it with minute ‘potentised’ quantities of a plant, mineral or animal by product capable in their undiluted state of creating similar symptoms to those presented by the patient. Home Complaints The sort of things you can treat at home are the sort of things you’re probably already treating such as headaches, tiredness, sleeplessness, backache, skin rashes, small cuts, grazes or bruises, coughs, colds, and various pains here and there. After I learned more about Homeopathy I realised that it wasn’t what the specific condition was that each remedy would help, it was the way that it expressed itself that was important. Equally, when you self-treat...

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