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

Posted on October 20, 2016January 21, 2018Categories AutismTags ,   Leave a comment on What to do when it all goes wrong with your child with autism

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

Posted on October 18, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Autism, Sleeping HelpTags , , ,   Leave a comment on How to Solve the Autism Sleep Problem Without Going Nuts

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.

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

Posted on September 6, 2016August 19, 2017Categories AutismTags , ,   Leave a comment on 5 Blog Posts from my archives every mom of a child with autism should read

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.

How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane

Posted on April 18, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Autism, Food AllergiesTags , ,   Leave a comment on How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane

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 as a health coach. Check out what I offer on my coaching page. Otherwise I can provide you with referrals for a nutritionist or 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

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

Posted on January 14, 2016January 21, 2018Categories AutismTags ,   Leave a comment on 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

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