On the Horizon – 03/07/2011

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center
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Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 139: Old Shoes, New Shoes!

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In This Issue

Great Information

A Note from Nicole: Finding the Right Fit

Idea of the Week:  Shaving Cream Art

Feature Article: Old Shoes, New Shoes!

The Horizons Team Recommends: Learning as we Grow

Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week: Vanilla-Cinnamon French Toast

Upcoming Events: Workshops/Conferences

A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a beautiful sunny couple of days here, and we are all enjoying the sunshine.  It’s still very cold, but there is something about seeing the bright sun all day long that just makes everything better!  By this point in the winter I find myself wishing for the warmer temperatures and longer days of Spring.  The way 2011 is already speeding by, I know it won’t be long.

Erin’s feature article this week is specifically written for those of you in the midst of making treatment program decisions.  You’ve got to find the right fit, and it takes some time to get into the groove of whatever it is you have chosen to do.  Even those of you who are not in the midst of a treatment program transition will find you can relate to what she writes.

This is a reminder for those of you who are local (or at least within reasonable driving distance) from our clinic.  On the evening of March 17th I will be presenting a free seminar entitled, “End the Mealtime Madness: Feeding Strategies for Picky Eaters”.  You are all welcome to come join us, and can register at www.SimpleSolutionsSeminar.com.  Hope to see some of you there!

Enjoy your week!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Shaving Cream Art

Have fun with our hands

Place a large amount of shaving cream on a table. Add in some washable paint to make different colors and paint with silverware to make unique designs.

Feature Article
Are you comfortable?

Old Shoes, New Shoes!

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

I’ll admit it, I love shoes!  I will let you in on a little secret: There are a few others in our office who also have a shoe fetish.  Nicole and I once took a trip together, and came back with 12 pairs of shoes between us.  Yes, 12 pair in one weekend!

Old shoes are worn in and comfortable.  They are molded to our feet; but at some point they become so worn that they are no longer comfortable, or practical to wear.  When this happens, we must begin the search for a new pair of shoes.  Eventually, we find something that might be worthy of taking the place of that old comfortable pair.  Once we get them home, we spend the next several weeks breaking them in.  It can take months, or even years to wear them in to the point where they are as comfortable as our old favorite pair of shoes; but the new shoes do eventually become a favorite.

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

NEW! Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week

Vanilla-Cinnamon French Toast

(From “Eating Well with IBS,” by Kate Scarlata, R.D., L.D.N. Page 123)

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. In addition to the weekly recipes, we will be highlighting a specific allergen free product of the month. Enjoy!

French ToastVanilla-Cinnamon French Toast

A pure and natural blend of vanilla combines with the subtle sweetness of cinnamon to make this French toast tops on the “comfort food” list.

  • 1 tsp. butter or trans-fat-free margarine
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg

Get the recipe ...

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • Teleseminar
    Sleep Issues and Strategies with Nicole
    (Horizons Families Only)
    Thursday March 17th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Simple Solutions Seminar
    “End the Mealtime Madness: Feeding Strategies for Picky Eaters”
    (Open to Everyone)
    March 17th at Horizons from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Autism Society of Wisconsin Annual ConferenceNicole will be presenting

    April 14th – 16th

  • Teleseminar
    Carschooling Ideas and Resources for Learning while in the Car
    Guest: Diane Flynn Keith
    (Horizons Families Only)
    Thursday April 21 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Simple Solutions Seminar
    How to Set Limits Without Losing Your Mind
    (Open to Everyone)
    April 21st at Horizons from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

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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