On the Horizon – 06/28/2011

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center
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Issue 156: What Should I Do When My Child is Anxious?

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In This Issue

A Note from Nicole: Examples of Guided Participation

Idea of the Week:  Crispy Fish Sticks

Feature Article: What Should I Do When My Child is Anxious?

The Horizons Team Recommends: The Autism Transformation for Families

Upcoming Events: Workshops/Conferences


A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens 

Hi Everyone,

We are finishing up baseball season this week with our sons’ last game of the season.  It’s been great to see how much our boys, and the entire team, have grown in their abilities these past few months.  Watching the teams play has given me some great examples of guided participation in action, particularly how we scaffold experiences to help children be successful and get to the next level in terms of their thinking and physical skills.  I’m glad that my kids have had coaches who were encouraging, and that they want to play again next year!

This week’s feature article by Courtney is about a very pertinent topic to many families – anxiety.  There are many children with neurodevelopmental disorders who struggle with anxiety at various levels, and it can be challenging to know how best to address it.  Courtney provides some excellent strategies to helping recognize and manage anxiety, and I know you will find the tips beneficial!

We’ve been getting great feedback on our new Autism Transformation for Families audio set, so I want to make sure you have the link if you’d like to check it out.  Click here to find out more about this extensive kit with audio CDs, a workbook, and other resources to help you implement strategies that will make a meaningful difference in your child’s development!

I hope you and your family enjoy the week together!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Crispy Fish Sticks

Fish SticksServes 4-6

These fish sticks will best any traditional, frozen fish sticks. Leave fillets whole if you need faster preparation time.


4 Tilapia fish fillets or other firm, white fish
3 cups glutten-free crispy rice-style cereal
¼ cup canola oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet lightly with nonstick spray.

1.    Cut fish into strips. Set aside.
2.    Place cereal, salt, and pepper in zip-type bag. Crush into a fine texture. Cereal should yield approximately 1 cup of crumbs. Place crumbs onto a plate. Set aside.
3.    Place oil in a small bowl. Dip fish into the oil, then immediately roll them in the crumbs. Place on a prepared pan. Continue until all the fish sticks are coated.
4.    Bake for approximately 15 minutes until fish is cooked through and no longer opaque.

From: Eating for Autism

Feature Article

Anxiety?What Should I Do When My Child is Anxious?

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed.

Anxiety can be debilitating for many individuals, especially those affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.  Last month, I shared specific symptoms and changes in behavior to consider when determining whether or not your child or student is anxious.  Now that you know what to look for in relation to anxiety symptoms, the next step is to understand ways in which you can help your child or student work through and reduce that anxiety.

Individuals cope with anxiety in many different ways; and as parents and teachers, it is important for us to guide our children without exacerbating the level of anxiety the child is experiencing.  The most important person in helping someone work through anxiety is you.  You, as the guide, can make the difference in increasing or decreasing anxiety for your child or student just by the way that you interact with them.  Here are several suggestions and ideas for you to keep in mind when your child or student becomes anxious.

Read more …

The Horizons Team Recommends

The Autism Transformation for Families

The Autism Transformation for Families

Transform Tough Days With Your Child Into Great Ones: Five Simple Steps to Better Communication, Behavior, and Relationships

In the Autism Transformation for Families Audio Program you will learn
five simple but powerful concepts to help you
permanently impact your
child’s communication, behavior, and relationships for the better. You
will learn how to change aspects of yourself and your style of
communicating and relating in order to change the way your child
responds to you and the world around him/her.

If you are the parent, adult family member, or other primary caregiver
of a child of any age who has autism or another neurodevelopmental
disorder, then this program is for you.

For more information, click here 

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