Tag - Health


Testing for Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

In a previous article, I provided a description of the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities. In this article I will discuss testing options for both. In brief, a food allergy is a sudden onset of symptoms following the consumption of an intolerable food substance. The reaction can sometimes be life threatening. A food …


Beating the Winter Time Blues

By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW There is just something about these long winter days in Michigan that make functioning at our best very difficult. The sun is often hidden behind the clouds, and it’s hard to get outside when the wind is blowing and the temperatures are frigid. They joys of long walks and fresh air …


Food Jags: What are They and How do you Prevent Them?

By: Erin Roon, MA, CCC-SLP   What is a food jag? Children with feeding difficulties tend to eat the same foods every day, even at every meal. Typically they require that the foods be prepared in the same way each time. For example, your child may only eat a hot dog for lunch every day. …


Safe Cleaning With Kids

I hate to clean. There, I’ve admitted it. I love to organize and straighten and get a great sense of accomplishment from those activities. But, when it comes to really cleaning stuff, like with a scrub brush and cleaner, I hate it. Over the past couple of years I’ve read many magazine articles and seen …


Taking a Break

Taking a break is so critical for all of us. Many of the schools in this area will be starting their spring breaks tomorrow. Many others around the country have just had break or will have a break coming shortly. I have often thought about how spring break came to be, but after the many …


“Take Care of You” Tuesday!

I’m going to start a new theme for moms on my Tuesday blog posts – “Take Care of You!” Each week I will post a reminder / suggestion to take care of yourself. Too often as moms (especially those of you who are moms to children with disabilities) we are so busy taking care of …


More on Vision

Piggy backing on Michelle’s blog from yesterday I have been doing quite a bit of researching on vision lately for some of my current clients. I have a few clients that definitely have vision difficulties that affect their ability to accurately process their world. We at the office have spent time off and on in …


Importance of Vision

As I read the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan’s newsletter I was struck by something I read by the American Optometric Association regarding vision. Here is a stat from that article that really hit me. Approximately 80% of children’s learning during a child’s first 12 years of life comes through vision Wow, think about …


Explorations in Eating

As Nicole mentioned in her blog on Tuesday we have many new and exciting products planned for this year the first of which is the food calendar I created. I have spent the past few months working on the calendar and companion food journal. The idea for this project came to life one Sunday evening …


Self Care

It is that time of year again when we find ourselves busier than usual at least I do with the preparations for the holiday and all of the extra events that seem to crop up. All the more reason to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. I found this quote “Taking care of …

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