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February 5, 2015

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Combining a residential and day program under one roof for young adults

By Bella English

Deborah Flaschen, a former Wall Street investment banker, was 16 when she enrolled at Tufts University and 20 when she graduated magna cum laude. When her son D.J., who has autism, turned 17, she started looking around at his options, but they were alarmingly limited. "There was nothing in Boston, not a place that I would choose to put him in," says Flaschen. READ FULL ARTICLE

"This place is a lifesaver. Most are either day or residential, not both, and you have to search for each."

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Can Aggression be Related to Food?

From our archive by Julie Matthews, CNC, USAAA Advisory Board member

Aggression is a difficult and sometimes devastating symptom that occurs in children for varied reasons - some known and some unknown - both nature and nurture. It's a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak. Causes and triggers of aggression are difficult for any child to understand and describe (Autism or not). It was this very correlation (food and aggression) that initially intrigued me fourteen year ago, and sparked my career as nutrition researcher and clinician focused on ASD and beyond.


"One of my client's children, a boy 10 years old, had daily aggression toward his family and therapists. It would happen dozens of times per day, seemingly out of the blue. People were getting hurt and it was a scary situation for everyone involved. I suspected salicylates as the culprit, and after a dietary trial removing them, his aggression virtually disappeared - it went from 50 times per day to one time a month (and likely that was an accidental exposure)!"

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Using Calendars to Work on Organizational Skills

By Dawn Villarreal

Introducing schedules and calendars early in life can help your child understand temporal concepts and help him learn an important organizational skill. Fading out one version into another as the child ages will help him transition to the types of planners that most people use everyday. READ FULL ARTICLE

His understanding of temporal concepts improved. There was less confusion of terms like yesterday and tomorrow. He could visually see the passage of time. This also led to conversations about holidays and how old family members were going to be.

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