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December 11, 2015


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ADHD Drugs Send 23,000 Kids to the ER Every Year
Crisis Management - Step by Step
Dissertation study on intelligence, cognition, and sensory processing difference
Green Smoothies (RECIPE)


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ADHD Drugs Send 23,000 Kids to the ER Every Year

Nearly 10 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The condition is described as "one of the most common childhood disorders" by the National Institute of Mental Health, but its symptoms can be ambiguous.

It's estimated that 3.5 million U.S. children are prescribed ADHD medication, but this is not a decision to take lightly....

According to data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ADHD drugs such as Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Adderall (and their generic equivalents) were responsible for nearly 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011.

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Crisis Management - Step by Step

Quality special education services are intensive, individualized and expensive. Because parents want quality services for their children, parent-school conflict is normal, predictable....and inevitable....

Crisis Management, Step-by-Step

A crisis hits! What should you do? For the first few days, do nothing. You are feeling helpless and emotionally overwhelmed. If you believe you must do something, resist this urge!

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Dissertation study on intelligence, cognition, and sensory processing difference

Marlo Payne Thurman, ABD, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado and is conducting a dissertation study on intelligence, cognition, and sensory processing difference in ASD. Ms. Thurman will be completing her PhD in Special Education in the spring of 2016. Ms. Thurman is looking for volunteers who are 21 years of age or older and are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this study, please contact Ms. Thurman by e-mail at marlo.thurman@unco.edu or by phone at 720-887-8407 (leave a voice message or a text). Ms. Thurman will then contact you directly to go over the details of the study. Marlo Thurman serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board and has presented at the USAAA World Conferences since 2007.

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Water Park In The Works For Those With Special Needs

Five years after establishing the world's first fully-accessible theme park, construction is underway on a water park where every attraction promises to be disability-friendly.

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Green Smoothies (RECIPE)
by Julie Matthews, CNC

Your kids will love smoothies - even green ones!

One thing I ALWAYS talk about at live presentations is smoothies. Smoothies are one of the best tools in your "add good nutrition" learning toolkit - particularly when you want to get kale in. They’re: Quick, easy, delicious, nutritious, easy to clean up, and kids love them!

I like going green. However, spinach, swiss chard, and certain other greens can be very high in oxalate. Not only have high oxalates been shown to be a problem in autism,oxalates also inhibit mineral absorption so you will not be able to access the wonderful and important minerals in the smoothie, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. I suggest adding kale (particularly lacinato kale which is the kale lowest in oxalates). I include some frozen fruit and maybe a spot of honey or a couple dates if the berries are a bit too sour. Add water or fresh pressed vegetable juice, or ice if you wish - but go easy of adding extra fruit juice (sugar!).

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Interventions and Therapies

"Our goal should be to help persons with autism understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life".
- Stephen M. Shore, EdD (USAAA Advisory Board Member)

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