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Monday, November 21, 2016


This week in USAAA WeeklyNews - Special Edition
A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING ISSUE

Gluten-Free (GFCF) Thanksgiving
Preparing for Thanksgiving
4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebration
19 Hilarious Food Requests Autism Parents Hear on Thanksgiving
Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum to Cope with Thanksgiving
Gluten-Free Vegetarian Loaf in BBQ Sauce
10 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
Interventions and Therapies
Newsletter Archive



A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING ISSUE

Friends Be True, And Good Health Be Yours During This Thanksgiving Holiday. Wishing You Many Thanks From The Staff At USAAA For Your Continued Support. Happy Holidays.

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SPECIAL: Gluten-Free (GFCF) Thanksgiving
An Easy-to-Make Delicious Meal Your Family Will Love
by Julie Matthews, CNC, USAAA Advisory Board

Thanksgiving is a holiday of food. Unfortunately for those with food intolerances, the prospect of a Thanksgiving meal rich in gluten and dairy leaves them saying "no thanks!" Traditional stuffing, a Thanksgiving favorite, is made from bread (wheat). Gravy is made with wheat flour, and mashed potatoes are loaded with milk, cream and butter. Pumpkin pie contains wheat and dairy. All of these foods are off limits for those following a gluten-free and casein-free diet (GFCF diet).

Also see the Gluten-Free Vegetarian Loaf recipe below from glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com.

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

How an Autism Family Prepares for Thanksgiving
article from themighty.com

Oh, the hours of prep work that goes into preparing for a Thanksgiving family feast...

Peeling, cutting, basting, dicing, slicing, baking, mashing, boiling and stuffing.

Not to mention the three-page grocery list, aisle change maneuvering. shopping cart dodging and baking aisle crowd surfing just to get the ingredients you need before even opening your recipe book.

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4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations
article from Huff Post Parents

Holidays are a time for family, friends and food. A time to celebrate the spirit of thankfulness, giving and receiving.... As Abe Lincoln once said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." This means preparing for success. For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.

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19 Hilarious Food Requests Autism Parents Hear on Thanksgiving
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themighty.com

For parents of children with autism, keeping your kid fed can often be difficult. Keeping them fed around the holidays, however, is a task that comes with its own unique challenges.....

We asked parents of children with autism to share with us some of the most unusual, outrageous or funny food requests they've received from their kids at Thanksgiving.

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Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum to Cope with Thanksgiving
article from My Aspergers Child

How was Thanksgiving last year? Did your "special needs" youngster handle the day with grace and gratitude, or did you see new behavior problems amidst the holiday hullabaloo? Witnessing more than the average amount of behavior problems during the "long" Thanksgiving weekend is not unusual, particularly when you spend the holiday with a lot of friends and family members.

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Gluten-Free Vegetarian Loaf in BBQ Sauce

This is one of those recipes you don't really expect to like - but trust me, it's a winner. And no tofu or lentils in sight. Portabello mushrooms and ground nuts give the loaf its meaty, satisfying heft. For those who crave a vegan version of spaghetti and meatballs, I also make this mixture into Meatballs-Not, baked on a cookie sheet, then gently simmered in my favorite garlicky red sauce.

Or try the Vegan Garden Loaf Recipe with Maple Apricot Glaze. This new version is vegan, nut-free, soy-free, and rice-free.)

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10 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
article from Food Network Kitchen

Armed with our top 10 turkey tips, you'll come out looking like a pro on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner or your fiftieth, these indispensable tips will help you turn out a terrific turkey.

1. Choose the right type of turkey for you.
2. Figure on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person.
3. Cook the turkey on a rack of vegetables.
4. Brining keeps it moist.
5. Keep the stuffing on the side.
6. To tie or not to tie.
7. Rub the turkey with butter or oil.
8. Skip the basting.
9. Invest in a good meat thermometer.
10. Give it a rest.

Click here for detailed information on these 10 Tips.

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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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