What to do when it all goes wrong with your child with autism

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1. Breathe- yes really take time to breathe deeply and inhale and exhale.

2. Reconsider your options. If you are trying to follow a special diet with your child and have him or her involved in multiple therapies at once, you may want to reconsider what you are doing with your child with autism. You may be overwhelming yourself and your child.

3. Explore your options for respite. There are options in just about every state that you may not be aware of. You can search online for respite and the name of your state and find resources you can use to give yourself a break of caring for your child with autism.

4. Consider your options for getting help with your other children. If you have one child with autism but you have four children total, then you might find some relief by seeking help with the care of your other children. Doing this will give you the time and energy you need to focus more on helping the child with autism.

5. Join a support group for moms of children with autism. You may or may not be able to find one in your area. Some places to look include Facebook, meetup.com, and simply searching in Google. You can also ask around at your church and at school. If you can’t find one in your area, consider starting one. Many other parents will be glad you did and will usually volunteer to help.

6. Take a break. It’s okay to take a break every once in a while. For your health and for the health of your child you may need to relax for awhile.

7. Schedule a girls night out with a few friends and stick to it no matter what. Find someone to help you with your child whether it’s a friend, neighbor, family member, respite worker or other person.

8. Make sure you are getting all the help you need. I’m happy to help with the health and diet area. Go to schedule a free wellness consultation and let’s chat.

9. Use some essential oils from the emotional wellness collection. These can help you to refocus, recharge, improve your overall sleep, and more. I’m happy to send you a free sample as well.

10. Last but not least, know that you can do it. You can raise a happy, healthy and successful child with autism. Yes it will be very hard at times but if you do your best, you will make it happen.

How to Solve the Autism Sleep Problem Without Going Nuts

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Does your child with autism sleep at night? If you are like most parents with a child with autism and or sensory challenges, sleep is often one of your biggest challenges. Yet there are simple and effective things you can do to help your child sleep each and every night and without going nuts as the parent. Here are some ways to virtually guarantee effective autism sleep.

1. Prepare your child for sleep well in advance. Begin a nighttime sleep routine with your child with autism at least 2 hours before bed time. Make sure he or she stops eating and drinking. Avoid having your child do any sports or exercise. If possible shut off access to computers, TV and other electronics. Doing these things helps prepare your child with autism’s brain to slow down and prepare for sleep.

2. Use music. You can play some nice soothing classical music, lullabies, Disney songs or other calmer relaxing music. Music has a power to help with sleep that nothing else does. I also really like the Sleep well for kids under the sea and relax at bedtimeCDS by Jeff Gold. These are great for including hypnosis with music to help your child with autism sleep.

3. Minimize distractions in your child’s bedroom. Make sure there are no pets, no TV, no computer, no bright lights and anything else that may distract and cause your child to focus on other things that do not involve sleep.

4. If sleeping is a major problem, consider the role that diet and or food allergies may be playing. Many people do not realize that sleep problems can be related to diet and or food allergies.

5. Consider using an essential oils diffuser. Diffusing oils can help your child to calm down and promote a more restful sleep while also helping to boost your child’s immune system and keep him or her healthier. Lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, On Guard immunity blend, Breathe- respiratory support blend, Serenity- relax and calming blend, and combinations of these are some of the best oils to use. You can also try rubbing 1-2 drops on the bottoms of each foot of your child to help promote a more restful sleep.

6. If your child is verbal, ask your child why he or she thinks that he or she isn’t sleeping. You may get valuable insights from him or her that can help you solve the problem.

7. Use a sleep journal to keep track of when your child is or isn’t sleeping.

What else have you tried to get your child with autism to sleep each and every night? Share below with me in the comments.

How to Get Your Sensory Challenged Child to Eat Vegetables

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Do you have a child who is either on the autism spectrum or who is sensory challenged for one reason or another and you struggle to get him or her to eat vegetables? While it can seem like pulling teeth at times, once you know what to do, it really can be quite simple. Here are some ideas to try:

1. Try green smoothies. Yes really. Sometimes just the idea of having to chew a vegetable can be hard on the senses. Make sure to include plenty of fruit the first time and then you can gradually increase the amount of vegetables and reduce the fruit intake. You can also try juicing, but I recommend smoothies first and more often since the fiber is removed when you juice.

2. Ask your child which vegetables he or she likes and serve those vegetables more often. You can even show your child pictures of all vegetables and ask him or her to point to the pictures of the ones that he or she likes.

3. Encourage your child to try a new vegetable, or to eat just a taste, by bribing him or her with a treat or other reward later. Often, children who have sensory challenges just need to try a taste of a vegetable in order to realize that he or she does like to eat vegetables.

4. Mix up the way that you serve vegetables. For example, instead of always boiling them, serve a few raw with condiments such as peanut or almond butter, or ranch dressing. You can also saute them in olive or coconut oil or make a soup with them. Take note of your child’s preferences when eating more vegetables.

5. Find ways to hide them in your child’s favorite foods. Some stores even sell foods that children usually like with vegetables added in. For example I know that Sprouts sells rice based cheerios with spinach in them. You can also make a puree of spinach, broccoli or other green vegetables and add it into the tomato sauce you put on pizza for example.

Take it one step at a time and know that if you child isn’t eating any vegetables now, you can’t expect him or her to start eating them every day by next week. Set the example as well. Your child should see you and any other children you have also eating more vegetables.

How an Essential Oils Business Can Help You and Your Child with Autism

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Have you ever thought about starting an essential oils business? Many people are finding that an essential oils business is a great way to make a little extra money each month, replace a job, or in some cases even make a lot of life changing income. But what if you have a child with autism? Could an essential oils business help your child? Absolutely.

Here are some of the ways an essential oils business can help you and your child with autism:

1. Essential oils can provide a natural solution to help you improve you and your child’s overall wellbeing.
2. Essential oils can help you as a tired and stressed out mom of a child with autism to relax, feel more calm and enjoy a more restful sleep. At the same time they can also help your child sleep better and as any mom of a child with autism knows sleep for you and your child is a must in order to keep your sanity.
3. Essential oils are increasing in popularity and one of the keys to a successful business is that you need to sell a product or service that is in high demand and that people are willing to pay for.
4. An essential oils business can be started at a low cost and as a mom of a child with autism, chances are good you don’t have lots of money to start a business.
5. An essential oils business can be worked part time while your child is at school, asleep, or at a therapy appointment. You can work it for 10-15 minutes at a time several times throughout the day.

What questions do you have about how you can make an essential oils business work for you and your child with autism? Ask in the comments below or schedule a time to chat with me.

5 Blog Posts from my archives every mom of a child with autism should read

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Do you have a child with autism? If so here are 5 blog posts from my archives that every mom of a child with autism should read and why.

1. What needs to happen to stop the autism epidemic This is a heartfelt and bold post that also contains a few controversial things, however, I feel like what I wrote in this post is true. Autism has hit an epidemic status in the United States and in other countries around the world and there are certain things that must happen in order to for it to stop and for our children who are already effected to begin healing and to live happy and productive lives.

2. 7 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration in a child with autism Does your child with autism struggle with focus and concentration? Duh? What a stupid question for me to ask? While all children struggle with this from time to time children on the autism spectrum have even more challenges with this.

3. 10 things you must do to make sure you will have a happy and healthy and functional adult on the autism spectrum. I wrote this blog to offer parents my opinions and some advice based on my experience as a child on the autism spectrum who is now an adult.

4. How to Create a Simple and Healthy Autism Diet Menu Many children on the autism spectrum are on special diets whether it’s because they have food allergies and or food sensitivities, or because they just feel better on one. Yet actually implementing an autism diet can be really tough for moms of a child with autism for various reasons. Read this post to learn how to prepare a simple and healthy autism diet menu for your child.

5. 7 Steps to Improve the Digestion of Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Does your child with autism have digestive troubles? Duh? What child with autism doesn’t? Read this article to learn how to help your child calm and ease his or her digestive system.

Which post did you find the most useful and helpful? Please share with me in the comments below.

10 Common Autism Diet Problems and How to Avoid Them

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Have you tried to put your child with autism on a diet and then soon realized that you encountered one of these common autism diet problems?

Let me explain to you what these common autism diet problems are and you can avoid them and solve them quickly if and when they do occur.

1. Your child won’t eat the food you cook. This is hands down the number one most frequent autism diet problem I hear about. While this can be a problem from time to time for all children even those who aren’t on the autism spectrum, the best way to avoid this happening frequently is to involve your child with the cooking and shopping. Let your child help you chose your meals, from those foods you select and approve ahead of time and let him or her help you cook, if he or she is able.

2. Other children in your family complain. This is a tough one as it’s always hard on the rest of the family when a child has to follow a special diet. Involving the other children in meal prep and shopping can solve this some of the time. The rest of the time, you may need to have a conversation with the other children to find out why they are complaining.

3. Your food bill doubles in cost. This is one of the main reasons many parents of a child with autism are hesitant to even try an autism diet, yet this doesn’t need to happen. See my other blog post. How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten free and Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank for tips and ideas on how to implement a special diet for your child without this happening.

4. One or more of your family members doesn’t support your efforts. This is again another common autism diet problem but yet it’s not unsolvable. The main thing in this case, is that you need to take action to gain support. In most cases, a lack of support for a special diet is caused by a failure to understand the why behind it.

5. You are confused about which autism diet to try. There is so much information on the internet and in books on autism diets, that this is completely understandable. See my other post How to Create and Follow an Autism Diet for some tips.

6. You get tired of eating the same things over and over. While this can become an issue, in my opinion it is one of the easiest autism diet problems to solve. Your child probably has some favorite foods that he or she really likes and if you feel like you are always eating them, you can find ways to mix things up and avoid getting tired of the same foods. I personally have found pinterest to be an invaluable resource for this.

7. You aren’t sure which food your child has a reaction to. This is a tough one and the best way to solve this is to do an elimination diet. I offer coaching and training on how to do this. You can also read this post. How to Successfully Do a Food Sensitivity Elimination Diet

8. Your child has other allergies. This is tough but again it’s not unsolvable. The main way to deal with this is to figure out which food or foods are the worst for him or her and over time remove things from the diet.

9. Traveling while following an autism diet is a pain. Yes and it always will be to one degree or another. However, with advance planning and preparation, you can lessen the pain. The best way to solve this one is to prepare and bring some of your own food with you. You also will want to book hotels with a kitchen as much as possible.

10. It takes you forever to cook and you feel like you live in the kitchen. Believe it or not, this is the easiest one to solve in my opinion. Learn how to cook simple healthy meals rather than meals that take a long time, have more than 10 ingredients and require things you’ve never cooked before in your life. I strive to solve this with my simple healthy eating guide.

How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane

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Do you have a child with both food allergies and autism? If so, it can be doubly challenging and overwhelming at times. However, it is possible to manage both without going nuts. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this:

1. Take inventory of what kind of help and resources you need. I recommend hiring a health coach, or nutritionist to help you with the nutrition and meal planning part. You can of course hire me. Check out what I offer on my coaching page. Otherwise I can provide you with referrals for pretty much anyone or anything you might need.

2. Take time to breathe and focus on your needs and health as well as those of your child. Too many parents who have a child with health issues and or special needs don’t do this and you really must or you will crack and lose it.

3. Get support from others who have been there, done that. You can find groups on Facebook, blogs and other online places for support as well as offline groups. I have a group on Facebook that you can check out as well. You can also search meetup.com or ask for recommendations from friends, family, neighbors, your church and doctor.

4. Take things one step at a time. If food allergies are causing more problems than the autism or sensory issues, then focus on learning to live with and manage those first. If sensory issues are a bigger problem than work on those first.

5. Plan ahead on Sunday night for the week to come. Do meal planning, gather snacks to use throughout the week, and be prepared for any situations you will encounter throughout that week.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course

Does the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet Work For Children with Autism?

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Does the gluten free casein free diet work for children with autism? The reality is that the answer to this question is much more complicated than just a simple yes or no. Watch my video below and learn more about it.

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My Kindle Book on How to Implement a gluten free casein free diet

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course

10 Questions to Ask Before Putting Your Child on a Gluten Free Casein Free Diet

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Are you considering putting your child on the gluten free casein free diet? If so there are some questions you really need to ask and answer before you do it.

1. Why? Why are you putting your child on this diet? In order for you to succeed and in order for the gluten free casein free diet to be a success you need to know why you are doing it. If the answer is because your peers who have children with autism or sensory issues are doing it, that is not good enough. You need to have a strong and powerful why.

2. Is it necessary? Does your child really need to follow the gf cf diet? I’m not one of those people who believes that this diet can help all children with autism or sensory issues. It does work for some but not necessarily for all. So you need to be sure that your child really needs it.

3. What results are you looking for? This is one of the most important questions to ask because you need to be crystal clear about your expectations. Are they realistic? For example, if you are expecting this diet to cure your child’s autism, then your expectations are not realistic. However, if you are expecting your child to have less gas and fewer digestive issues, then that is a realistic expectation.

4. How committed are you? Following a gluten free casein free diet is hard for anyone but it is even more difficult for children, so you better be 100% committed. If you aren’t, it won’t work.

5. What will be your biggest challenges? You need to prepare in advance for these and know that you will have them.

6. Is your family on board? This is a must especially if you have other children who are used to eating a different way and if you are going to require all of them to eat that way. It is also a must if you are married and have a spouse. He or she must be in agreement for this to work fully.

7. Do you have the extra money to pay for it? While this diet does not have to cost a fortune and there are ways to reduce costs, it will probably cost you some extra money and you need to be prepared for this and have it in your budget.

8. What kind of help will you need? This is something too many moms or parents don’t think about and the reality is that you will need help from someone or sometimes multiple people. You may chose to hire a health coach like me, or you may also need to see a holistic chiropractor, naturopath or other professional.

9. Will you put other children or the whole family on it? If you have more than one child, you need to decide ahead of time if you will put your other children on the diet as well. It can be simpler and a big time saver to do it for everyone, but some of your children may not need it so you need to decide how you will handle having more than one child to feed while implementing this diet.

10. How long will you put your child on it? This is another thing too many parents don’t consider. Do you plan to keep your child on the gluten free casein free diet for 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, until he or she is 18?

Hopefully these questions have given you some things to think about. Sign up for a free wellness consultation with me if you want help.

Decided to try the gluten free casein free diet? Read my kindle book to help you do it successfully.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course

7 Steps to Improve the Digestion of Your Child With an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Do you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder? Does your child struggle with digestive issues? If so, know that is is a common problem with children on the autism spectrum. There is a connection with your brain and your digestive system and since children with autism have a brain disorder, they very often if not always have digestive troubles as well.

However, there are things you can do to help and make your life and the life of your child less miserable. Here are 7 of the best ways in my opinion and experience.

1. Identify what foods are causing problems. This can be challenging and there are a variety of ways to do it. If you have the budget and you suspect that your child’s problems are severe and that you may need to give up more than just the usually culprits of gluten and or dairy then I recommend you try the ALCAT test. Your child must be at least 5 to try this. My experience with the alcat test

2. Begin eliminating foods. For most children you will need to start with one food at a time and eliminate that food for about 2 weeks before you will notice any difference. I recommend starting with gluten. However, if you suspect you child may have celiac disease, you should do a celiac test first. Autism and celiac are more common than many people realize so you want to do this first. Then I recommend dairy. Then you may need to try soy, corn and or some nuts. You also want to do a complete and detailed food journal with symptoms and take note of what happens when your child does not eat that food for 2 weeks.

3. Continue until all top 8 allergy foods are eliminated. This includes gluten, dairy, corn, nuts, shellfish, and soy. In some cases you may need to also eliminate other grains such as rice.

4. Begin probiotics. Probiotics help to improve the overall bacteria in the gut and can help in more ways than many people realize. I wrote a post with a large list of links on probiotics at: 30 great articles on probiotics

5. Keep a food journal. You will need to continue doing this for at least a year or longer.

6. Keep re-evaluating. You will want to evaluate every few months how things are going and take note of the improvements that you see or that you don’t see.

7. Find other ways to calm and soothe digestion. Personally a few drops of peppermint or ginger essential oil or a cup of peppermint, ginger, or digestion herbal tea are my favorites.

While you may be able to do this on your own, it is tough. I highly recommend you work with me for 3-6 months and let me help you through the process. Schedule your free wellness consultation now and let’s talk about it.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course