On the Horizon – 04/19/2011

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Issue 144: To Control or Not Control

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In This Issue

A Note from Nicole: Enjoyed Wisconsin; Summer CAMPS

Idea of the Week:  Design Your Own Stickers

Feature Article: To Control or Not Control

The Horizons Team Recommends:  Audio Download

Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week: Pork Fried Rice

Upcoming Events: Workshops/Conferences

A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens 

Hi Everyone,

I enjoyed my time in Wisconsin last week at the Autism Society of Wisconsin’s annual conference. It was great to meet so many new parents and professionals, and the kids had a blast at the water park! This week I’m catching up in the office and working on preparations for our summer camps program. If you haven’t seen the schedule and details you can find them here. We’re looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces around here this summer!

Michelle’s featured article this week is all about control. Even though we tend to think about our children and their control issues, the reality is that we have to look at our own control issues as well. She shares some important questions we should ask ourselves about controlling and letting go

For those of you who like to learn by listening, I’ve got a great new resource for you! On our website we now have a wide variety of one-hour audio programs that you can purchase and download immediately. They are inexpensive and you can download and listen any time of the day or night. We’ve got topics that apply to your children as well as parents, and some for professionals as well. You can check them out here!


Looking to the horizon,


Idea of the Week

Design your own stickers!

Sticker Fun!

All you need are some different sized office labels and some markers. Figure out what you’d like your sticker to look like and start designing – you can be as creative as you want. With larger office labels you can even use stencils on them to get certain images drawn on them and then color them in. You can even make a themed set like you’d see in the store. Share your stickers with others when you are finished – they will probably think they are pretty neat!

Feature Article


To Control or Not Control

By: Michelle VanderHeide

It drives me crazy when I just finish cleaning the kitchen and my husband sets down a dirty dish – right next to the sink and above the ever so welcoming dishwasher. Why can’t he just take two seconds longer, open the dishwasher, and put it in? I could let that burn, and get angry. I could nag and beg him to change his ways; but I doubt it would change anything. Is it worth putting the energy into such as slight issue? Does the nagging improve my relationship with him? Does it really matter?

It’s human nature to try and have control of our lives and the lives of those around us. Situations come up several times a day in which we have to decide what’s the best way to respond, and we often make the decision without much thought. Some of these situations are important and others are not; but isn’t it true that we often burden ourselves with situations we can’t control? Learning to let go of the not so important and uncontrollable situations in our lives, and knowing when to fight the more important ones will both empower us and decrease the many burdens and energy draining issues we face on a daily basis. Consider the questions below when making decisions on how to respond to situations you face daily.

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The Horizons Team Recommends

Download and Listen NowAutism Transformation Audio Downloads

Looking for information you can start using right now? These one-hour audio programs address a wide variety of issues relevant to parents of children with autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

We’ve got topics that apply to your children as well as parents, and some for professionals as well.

For more information, click here 


Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week

Pork Fried Rice

(Recipe from “Cooking Free” by Carol Fenster, PhD pages 138-139)

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!

Pork Fried Rice

Fried RiceThis is a great way to use leftover rice. It’s quick and easy and the perfect answer when someone says, “Let’s have Chinese tonight.”

1/2 lb boneless pork, cut into 1/4-inch thick cubes
1 tbsp canola oil
1 small onion finely chopped

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Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • 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”

    April 21st at Horizons from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

  • SibshopApril 30th

    Register online!

  • International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)
    Nicole will be presenting her research San Diego
    May 12-14
  • AutismOne Conference
    Nicole will be presenting
    Chicago – May 25-29
  • MAGIC Foundation Children’s Convention
    Nicole will be presenting
    Chicago – July 10-12
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