On the Horizon – 06/01/2011

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

On the Horizon
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Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 151: Junk is Junk

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In This Issue

A Note from Nicole: AutismOne Conference; A Big Surprise for Nicole

Idea of the Week:  Celery Lentil Soup

Feature Article: Junk is Junk

The Horizons Team Recommends: Learning as we Grow

Upcoming Events:  Workshops/Conferences


A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone,

What an amazing time Michelle and I had at the AutismOne conference in Chicago last week!  It was 5 days jam packed with seminars and networking activities.  I had the opportunity to present on the topic of information processing, and you can view my presentation online here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14971307.  The highlight of the conference was the awards gala on Saturday night, where I was presented with the award for Best Therapist!  It is such an honor, and I am beyond blessed to work with such amazing families.  Thanks to all of you who voted for me!

This week’s feature article by Erin covers a really important topic – junk food.  Even when people are on a special diet they still must take into account that “junk is junk”.  I know you will get some good reminders from this article.

If you are thinking of enrolling your child in our camps program for this summer, please do so right away.  We have a few spaces still available, but the registration deadline is Friday.  You can get all the details here: 2011 Summer CAMPS.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Celery Lentil Soup

This is a good old-fashioned lentil soup, with just a hint of spice.

Soups On!

  • 2 T. butter or expeller pressed safflower oil
  • 4 medium sized red tomatoes, chopped
  • 3c. coarsely shopped celery, including tops
  • 2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 T. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. dill seed
  • 1/2 c. green or brown lentils
  • 6-8 c. water

Melt the butter or heat the oil in a 3-quart pot. Add the celery and sauté until soft. Add the marjoram, salt, and dill seed. Pick over the lentils to discard obviously moldy ones. Add them to the other ingredients and mix. Add water to come to within 1/2 inch of the top of the pot, usually 6-8 cups. Cover; bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cook until lentils are soft, about 20 minutes.

Feature Article

JUNK FOOD!Junk is Junk

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

This article is a follow up to a series of articles I recently wrote on nutrition and special diets.  After writing those articles I realized that I failed to write about one important aspect of nutrition – junk food!  Junk is still junk, no matter what diet you are on.

 What do I mean by junk food?  I am not just talking about your standard chips, cookies, cakes, and candy.  I am also talking about all of the items that are processed and full of chemicals, or packaged for convenience.

Often times we fool ourselves into thinking that because the box says gluten free, dairy free, soy free, or the box says meets the requirements for yeast free, that it is healthier than standard options.  Just because you have purchased a gluten free chicken nugget doesn’t mean it is healthier than a non-gluten free nugget.  It is still a processed food.

Read more …

The Horizons Team Recommends

Learning as we Grow

Learning as
we Grow

You’ve Been
Asking For It – The Resource for Applying Principles of Remediation in
School Settings is Finally Here!

This long-awaited book is written for parents and
professionals who want to be more effective in their work with students
who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the core features of neurodevelopmental disorders
    that create communication, learning, and relationship challenges for
    your students
  • Shift from a mindset of working around deficits
    (compensation) to correcting the root issues that create obstacles for
    your students (remediation)
  • Modify your communication to promote your students’
    communication and thinking abilities
  • Identify the unique strengths and obstacles of each student
    in order to determine appropriate placement and programming
  • Achieve meaningful outcomes for students that allow them to
    reach their greatest potential
For more
information, click here

Please join us!

  • Simple Solutions Seminar
    Why Diet Matters: The Gut-Brain Connection
    Thursday June 16 at 7-8:30pm
  • Parent Education Day (workshop)
    (for Horizons families only)
    Saturday June 25
  • MAGIC Foundation Children’s Convention
    Nicole will be presenting
    Chicago – July 14-16

On the Horizon
is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child¹s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.

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