How To Diversify a Diet When A Child Has a Significantly Limited Food Repertoire

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Do not withhold the few foods that are acceptable. If you take away that one brand of mac n’ cheese, you’re taking away one of the few sources of nutrition for your child, even if it is a poor one. Pizza can be healthy if you buy or make it with high-quality ingredients. I start by identifying one food the parent would like to add to a child’s diet, typically a fruit or vegetable. If possible, the child selects the {Read More}

Sensory Problems Usually Are the Problem with Difficult Eaters

Dear Sensory Smarts, My five-year-old is such a picky eater! There are only a few foods she’ll eat: pasta, pizza, and ice cream. She wants to eat macaroni n’ cheese almost every meal, but it has to be one particular brand. If the store is out, she will not eat another brand. My parents and in-laws think it’s because I spoil her. They all say I should serve her what everyone else is having and if she doesn’t eat, then {Read More}

Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on the Isakson Amendment

I received the following Action Alert via the Wrightslaw Special Ed Advocate newsletter and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Although this isn’t autism specific, it could affect all children with disabilities. Do not allow schools to lower the academic expectations for students with disabilities. On October 19th, Senator Isakson (R-GA) is expected to offer an amendment to No Child Left Behind during Senate Committee consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011. {Read More}

Autism and Severe Behavior Problems Lecture on October 7

Expert to speak on autism and severe behavior problems Haddonfield, NJ — People with autism and other developmental disabilities can acquire severe behavior problems, due to their lack of communication skills, frustration and other reasons. Such problems – from self-injury to property destruction to aggression – can tear apart lives and families. But certain techniques can reduce and even prevent these behaviors. Bancroft will host a workshop featuring a leading authority on this issue, Friday Oct. 7 in Haddonfield, N.J. {Read More}

Challenge Yourself to Change Lives at the Audi Best Buddies Challenge

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The following press release may be of interest to readers in the Washington, D.C. area.