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Issue 137: More than Words
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A Note from Nicole: “Light Bulb” Moments
Idea of the Week: Fruit Salsa
Feature Article: More than Words
The Horizons Team Recommends: Do Something Daily
Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week: Tomato Soup
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I love it when a plan comes together, don’t you? In the last week I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some things click for families who have been struggling for a while. They are seeing how all the parts of their child’s challenges fit together, and how focused work and intervention in one area impacts the others. These “light bulb” moments are exciting to see, because I know that once parents truly understand how and why things work they are much more motivated to put forth the effort it takes to implement changes with their child. Have you had any great “light bulb” moments lately with your child?
The article this week by Michelle focuses on a really important component of development for all children – nonverbal communication. If you don’t already understand the importance of nonverbal communication for your child’s development, perhaps this article will provide a great “light bub” moment for you. We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences if you care to share them in the comments section beneath the article.
Make the most of your week!
Looking to the horizon,
Take 1 Fuji apple – peeled, cored and diced, 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced, 2 bananas, peeled and sliced, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg—mix this all together and chill in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. This tastes best served with warm cinnamon & sugar tortilla chips.
More than Words
By: Michelle VanderHeide
I recently read the book “Growing Girls: The Mother of All Adventures”. Jeanne Marie Laskas, a mother of two little girls adopted from China, writes this story. What an adventurous life this family has, and what a fun book to read. Her writing style has kept me interested in what is going to happen next, as I’ve laughed with her and cried with her. She also adds an educational component, helping her readers understand the parents’ perspective of dealing with issues of adoption and language development. Her youngest daughter has apraxia, and portions of the story discuss the family’s journey to helping her daughter develop speech. Here is a segment from her book:
“She managed to communicate this wish to me with her eyes and her broken sounds and both of her arms gripping my thigh with joy. So much of language has nothing to do with words. Perhaps this is why I’m not more worried about Sasha’s speech disorder: I forget. Her lack of intelligible talking doesn’t get in the way of my knowing her, or loving her, or enjoying her company. When it comes to sociability, a language disorder is a remarkably surmountable obstacle.”
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Do you dread hearing your child complain, “I’m bored”?
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
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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!
From: page 204 of “Eating for Autism,” by Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD,
This recipe is fashioned after Campbell’s tomato soup, which contains both high fructose corn syrup and wheat flour (at the time of writing). It takes just a few minutes to make this family favorite. For a richer flavor, 1 tablespoon oil plus rice milk may be substituted equally for all or part of the water.
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 4 6-ounce cans water (filtered)
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