On the Horizon – 01/05/2011

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Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 130:  The Gut and Nutrition

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In This Issue

Helpful Tips

A Note from Nicole:  A Great Break

Idea of the Week:  Paint the Snow

Feature Article: The Gut and Nutrition

The Horizons Team Recommends:  Do Something Daily

Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week: Egg-Free Chicken Nuggets

Upcoming Events:
Horizons Events & Workshops

A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends over the past few weeks, and that you are looking forward to a fabulous 2011!  I enjoyed a week at home with my family relaxing and having fun together.  The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the few times each year when I truly don’t schedule anything and just enjoy whatever the day brings.  It’s great to do that every once in a while!

This week our feature article by Erin is the first in a new series on nutrition.  The brain-body connection is an often-overlooked, but critical, component in a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals with neurological conditions.  Erin’s series of articles will take us through some of the important things we must consider about nutrition and how this impacts overall development.  The article this week is about the connection between the gut and nutrition, and I know you will find it helpful.

We’re working on lots of exciting new things for this coming year and I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you’re looking for some ways to engage with your child now and throughout the year, check out the Do Something Daily Calendar featured below.

Have a great rest of the week!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Paint the Snow

Here’s an idea on how to make snow a different color.  Get a spray bottle and fill it up with water.  Add some drops of food coloring until you get the desired color you want.  Head out to the snow and spray away.  You can make any designs you want with the colors you have.  See what crazy designs end up in your yard and how long they last!

Feature Article
Proper Nutritian

The Gut and Nutrition

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

We see many children and young adults in our practice, and we are finding that most of them (70-80%) benefit from a special diet, elimination of certain foods, or use of supplements.  There are many conflicting studies out there that make it difficult to know for sure if there is a connection between nutrition/gut issues and autism; but I can say that in our experience it seems to be true for many.  Like the population as a whole, one rule doesn’t apply to all.  I see some children who do not seem to be affected at all by the things they eat – no gut problems, bowel issues, or behavior that would indicate feeling ill, or high levels of yeast –  while others seem to be very affected by all of these things.   It can take a lot of time and effort to sort this all out, but the differences can be remarkable when a child is feeling well and getting proper nutrition.

Special diets are not necessary for every child with an autism spectrum disorder, because every person has their own unique make up and nutritional needs.  There are books, articles, and people out there who promote the gluten/casein free diet for all kids on the autism spectrum.  While this isn’t a bad diet, and it certainly won’t hurt anyone to be on the diet, it isn’t a “cure” for autism; and it doesn’t have the same effect for every person.  Some people see dramatic differences on the diet, while others see no difference.  While the gluten/casein free diet may not be effective for your child, there may be other diets, nutritional changes or supplements that might be.

Read more …

The Horizons Team Recommends

Learn More Here

Do Something
Daily Calendar

Do you dread hearing your child complain, “I’m bored”?

Struggle to
think of something fun you can do together?

Have trouble squeezing one-on-one time with her into your

That’s why we
created the Do Something Daily Calendar.
The Calendar offers a daily dose of inspiration and ideas
for spending time together–whether you have 60 seconds or 60

In addition, $1.00 from every calendar sold goes toward research to improve the quality of life for those with autism, through a donation to the Foundation for Autism Research and Remediation.

For more
information, click here.

NEW! Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week

Egg-Free Chicken Nuggets

Whether you have just started a special diet with your child or you have been following one for years, it can be difficult to come up with what to serve. We decided to try to make that just a bit easier by providing you with a new allergen free recipe each week.

While it is impossible to meet every person’s unique food sensitivity needs, we hope you will find these recipes helpful and delicious. Please feel free to adapt the recipes to meet your needs and taste buds; we do it all the time.  Enjoy!

Egg-Free Chicken Nuggets


  • Chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2/3 cup GF flour (I use 2/3 brown rice flour and 1/3 potato starch or tapioca starch or a comboof both)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar or other GF vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup water

Get the complete recipe…

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • Sibshop
    (for Everyone)
    January 15th from 10:00-2:00 PM
  • Horizons Family Fun Event – Bounce Party(for Horizons client families only)

    January 29th

  • Horizons Mom’s Day(Horizons families only)

    February 19th

  • Rhythmic Movement Training Levels 3 and 4Hosted by Horizons

    See http://www.rhythmicmovement.com for details

    February 24th – 27th

  • Michigan Council for Exceptional Children annual convention in Grand RapidsNicole and Erin will be presenting

    March 3rd & 4th

  • It’s Your Time Conference at GVSU in Grand RapidsNicole and Erin will be presenting

    March 5th

  • Autism Society of Wisconsin Annual ConferenceNicole will be presenting

    April 14th – 16th

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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