Best Blogs Blog! This week’s round-up post.

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This round-up post includes my favourite reads for the week, parenting links, autism info, health and nutrition and mindfulness, all bundled up into a joyous summary of words bursting with epic convenientness. Yes I made that word up. This is why I will give you this list. All week I’ll do the hard work for you, trawling across the web world with my empty suitcase to fill it with fantastic resources. To gather other people’s wisdom, other people who don’t need to make words up because their blogs are better. So here you are. Enjoy xx.

Before you do anything else, watch this video.

You are more beautiful than you think

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Girl RunningParenting and Health

See below under Autism for a summary of nutrition options for children who are not gaining healthy weight.

How to Explain Autism to Typical Kids

All parents should be teaching their children about special needs children that may be in their class or community. Do your bit to create a wonderful teenager and adult that is aware and accepting of differences in the world. Telling children that having autism is like trying to put an XBOX game into a PlayStation console allows their little minds to understand the concept of a different brain system.

Power of Moms

Getting Kids to Listen

Give kids choices and they will do what you ask without realising it! “Do you want to clean your teeth first or have a bath?”

Amy McCreadie Positive Parenting Solutions

Ditching the Don’t

If the only thing you do for your children this week is to turn your negatively worded demands into positively worded instructions, I will be pleased for you. Please give this some attention It is basic human behaviour theory that we will not listen openly and receptively to a demand that starts with “don’t, no, stop” but will be thankful for an instruction that tells us what to do instead of the behaviour we are doing. Saying “don’t speak to your sister like that” doesn’t tell them what they should be doing instead.

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See below under Autism for a summary of nutrition options for children who are not gaining healthy weight.

Sarah Wilson

Earthing

Sarah must have been reading my constant posts harping on about “grounding” 😉  More good anecdotes about how great it is to “ground” yourself :)

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Autism

This Facebook album Autism Awareness Month is a summary of the daily post about autism in April.
 

Beautiful Joshua Littman

Q&A on StoryCorps

This is my FAVOURITE link for the week. Made me laugh, cry, fall in love. 12 year old Joshua, who has Asperger’s, interviews his mum about life. His way of thinking is unique and fresh. Please take the 4 minutes to watch this animation, it will warm your heart.

Nutrition options discussed on Laura Green Psychology this week

High Calorie Foods- Meal and snack ideas 😀 – Failure to Thrive

Children with autism often don’t get a range of nutrients due to gut issues and sensory issues reducing their diet severely. PediaSure drinks were recommended by a number of parents for helping kids get the nutrients they need when they have a limited diet. I’m not sure of the synthetics in these so check with a nutritionist first as many protein based drinks are not natural products and these ones do have artificial sweeteners. It seems to be full of sugar whereas we probably want to be giving these kids healthy full fats to stimulate growth not sugars that are tough on our internal organs! Perhaps there is a better alternative? However, the sugar in the drink makes it appealing to children and may be the only way you can get these other essential nutrients like magnesium into your child who won’t eat anything that will sustain his/her growth. Below are some links for PediaSure. Duocol may be a better option for children on GFCF diet. Also check with the doc about Periactin. I don’t know anything about it except it is an antihistamine (kids with autism often have a massive inflammatory response so this option may be doubly beneficial!) that increases weight gain and also induces sleepiness (so tripley effective if it gets them to sleep as well!) It seems that it may reduce the allergic reaction that the kiddos with autism get from foods (often don’t see this allergy as external symptoms but the kidlet will refuse the foods that interact badly with his/her gut, coming across as a fussy eater!) Carnation Instant Breakfast was also suggested as another option by parents and the link has some recipes.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/303698-ingredients-in-pediasure/

http://m.pediasure.com/

http://www.myshopping.com.au/PR–400612_PediaSure

Dr Mercola

Your Entire Body, Not Just Your Thyroid, Needs Iodine
This article discusses the impact of iodine on healthy brain growth in babies. It is a long article with lots of big words so I would just scan through and pick out the stuff that jumps out at you.

WebMD

Neurostimulant ADHD drugs
Strattera has been approved by FDA as a non-stimulant drug for behavioural problems in ADHD and is possibly efficacious for autism and ODD. The article also discusses the efficacy of blood pressure medications and antidepressants in lowering brain hyperactivity ad aggression. No extensive long-term efficacy studies yet by the looks but the stimulants, such as your default drug Ritalin, cause so many other problems (the sleep issues and appetite issues in kids that already struggle with food and bedtime are particularly concerning) that I like the idea of non-stimulants. They seem to work to increase norepinephrine in the brain, perhaps similar to the beta-blockers described in an earlier post on my Facebook page. This reduces impulsive behaviours. But…norepinephrine, a stress hormone, has been previously found to be high in the blood of people with autism due to increased fight, flight or freeze responding, therefore might we not be over-loading a system that is already stimulated enough, increasing heart rate and amygdala response (emotion centre in the brain)? Have a read of the article, I’m unsure yet of my opinion!

Friendship Circle Blog

Transitioning to Summer: 9 Tips for Special Needs Parents

Great tips for the school holidays for keeping kids in a good routine and having a smooth transition to next year’s class.

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Mindfulness

Dr Russ Harris 

The Happiness Trap

Everyone who ever struggles with painful thoughts or feelings needs to read this book. Which means every human needs to read this book. We all struggle in our own way. Great intro to mindfulness.

Dr Ian Gawler

The Mind That Changes Everything

I love this book of simple meditations. You can flip through and stop on any page that catches your eye and seconds later you are deep in mindful awareness.

Tess Howells 

Relaxation Night-time and Day-time CDs

These CDs are incredible. So incredible that I have never heard the end of the night-time meditation because I have fallen asleep each time with relieving consistency.

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Mindful May

We have been mindfully breathing, mindfully eating, mindfully showering, mindfully wriggling, and mindfully using our non-dominant hand this week. These tiny techniques can all be inserted into your day without extra time commitment or effort. Follow Mindful May on my Facebook page to get involved in the daily challenge or check out Pinterest and follow my mindfulness board by clicking “follow on Pinterest” to the right of the page.

That’s the rap-up for the week kids!

Keep smiling,

~Laura-lou~

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