Health and Nutrition

What is Respite Care?

Caring for a special needs child or adult becomes a part of daily life for many parents and caregivers.  It’s a demanding and difficult job, and many parents don’t get the breaks they need to stay healthy.  It is critical for parents and caregivers to get care of their own in the form of respite, which is a short-term break that can relieve stress, re-energize your life, and give you a sense of balance

How to Make Sure Your Child Eats Well: Part One

We all know how important nutrition is to a child’s health, but it’s doubly important for children with learning difficulties. Children can’t learn when they’re malnourished or if they’re eating too much junk food.

Diabetes on the Rise in Teenagers

According to a study by the CDC published in Pediatrics journal, diabetes is significantly on the rise for teenagers.  Nearly one quarter of American children and adolescents has type 2 diabetes or is developing the disease.

Diet for ADHD

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in children.  While the cause of ADHD is not known, many people believe it to be due to chemical imbalances in the brain, or genetic or environmental causes.  Some of the potential environmental causes can be reduced by a diet for ADHD. 

How Can You Prevent Allergy Symptoms?

What are the common causes of allergies?

Fifty million Americans suffer from allergies. Itchy, watery eyes affect their ability to enjoy life, work and sleep. Allergies can be triggered by virtually anything around us. Some of the most common causes are pollen, certain odors, pet hair and contact lens solutions. 

A Picky Eater or Problem Feeder?

Feeding disorders occur in anywhere from 6 to 40 percent of typically developing children; the percentage of those children with special needs rises to 18 to 80 percent.  Children with feeding disorders are often viewed as picky eaters, but there are a few differences between these two problems.

How to Get Calcium without Milk

With the surge of gluten-free and casein-free (dairy-free) diets, many parents might have difficulty ensuring their children are still getting adequate nutrition.  Many of us know milk products are perhaps the easiest and most well known way to get calcium, which is important for growing bones and teeth.  However, there are alternate sources of calcium that will likely fit into your child’s modified diet. 

Osteopenia and Celiac Disease

Osteopenia is a precursor to osteoporosis, and it typically occurs in adults over the age of 55.  So why are many children showing signs of bone loss?  One cause might be celiac disease.

What Happens When We Laugh?

Laughter is more than just a sound -- it’s a whole body experience.  15 facial muscles contract, our breathing becomes irregular as we half-close our larynx, and even our tear ducts can become activated.  Our muscles throughout our bodies contract, as laughter spreads from our face, through our respiratory system, and eventually through our entire bodies.