Embracing Imperfect http://embracingimperfect.com Tue, 26 May 2015 20:46:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Just One Change – At a Tiime http://embracingimperfect.com/just-for-mom/just-one-change-at-a-tiime/ http://embracingimperfect.com/just-for-mom/just-one-change-at-a-tiime/#respond Tue, 26 May 2015 20:46:31 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20391 I’m always talking about how parents need to make small changes, one change at a time, to improve their parenting or help their kids progress or  get in shape or to just plain make things better. And it is true – in body, mind, spirit – you can often only change one thing at at time. In fact, unless God Himself tells you different (like

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I’m always talking about how parents need to make small changes, one change at a time, to improve their parenting or help their kids progress or  get in shape or to just plain make things better. And it is true – in body, mind, spirit – you can often only change one thing at at time. In fact, unless God Himself tells you different (like he did for me this winter), please stick to “one at a time” improvement.

It’s been a challenging few months because of all these changes that were forced on to my lap, but I can – and have – made some tiny, small step changes recently that are contributing to me feeling better.

The biggest change is walking daily. My husband and I started doing this last week. When the kids are in school, we do  a quick walk up the hill and down again. We just discovered that it’s about one mile walk. And it only took one week for it to go from “killer uphill hike” to “not panting for my life at the halfway mark anymore.” When the kids are around, we walk together – either around a different block or to a nearby park. Yesterday we did some extensive trekking in the sun and it felt great – must have been a few miles and it tired out the kids, so they had an awesome sleep.

For now, the morning hikes are  giving us some nice together time and it’s been great for clearing my head and working out the kinks in my  husband’s back. (He pulled something last week and the doc’s said there’s nothing for it.) Plus, I think exposure to that 25 minutes of sunshine is really changing my mood. I’m much more upbeat all of a sudden.

But that also could be the burden of change lifting. God pushed me under the wheel HARD and honestly? I thought I’d die. I worked hard at loving and respecting Him, I held tight to scriptural promises, because I was afraid that if I didn’t, I’d be angry and lash out at Him. I pushed away my own self-delusion and accepted a friend’s advice that all these changes were not too much for HIM to handle, even if I felt buried alive.

Buried alive is an apt analogy. No matter what I did, I could not unbury myself. I could not get up a month ago, but now I’m up, awake and far more alive. The way forward is clearer. Ok, it’s not crystal clear, but I can see my way through the next few weeks. It’s also pretty clear that I’m only at the halfway point of where I’d like to be in my walk with God and my  journey to be what He desires but that’s ok. I need to rest up before the next big divine improvement project starts on my soul.

Right now, my walks are literal and only around the corner. In the future, we’ll be checking out South Mountain, Trexler Nature Preserve, Camp Olympic, Bear Creek and more for hiking as a family while the kids are home all summer. I’m hoping that I can build up my walking and working out routine from these baby steps. I got the encouragement to do these walks from Couch to 5K. I’m not sure I’ll be doing a 5K amy time soon, but these walks make me feel empowered and healthy. Doing them with Chris maximizes our quality time together, and making sure they take place after a good breakfast and prayer time means they are all positive.

For me, for now, it’s one change at a time – and that’s a good, GOOD thing.

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Autism Treatment Therapies 101: Autism Diet & Food Intervention http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-diet/ http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-diet/#respond Sat, 23 May 2015 21:46:43 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20382 Food intervention, also knows as the autism diet, is a therapy that treats the symptoms of autism by eliminating certain foods from the diet. I’m excited to review this one, since I have first hand knowledge of it! What it involves: The “autism diet” specifically is one where you eliminate some of the biggest problems for kids with gastrointestinal (GI) issues: caseins, which are milk

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autism therapies: food

Food intervention, also knows as the autism diet, is a therapy that treats the symptoms of autism by eliminating certain foods from the diet. I’m excited to review this one, since I have first hand knowledge of it!

  • What it involves:
    The “autism diet” specifically is one where you eliminate some of the biggest problems for kids with gastrointestinal (GI) issues: caseins, which are milk dairies, glutens, which are the substance that gives bread its “gluey” nature, and soy, which can wreak havoc on hormones even if it USDA certified organic. However, there a lot of other diets, such as SCD, GAPS, Paleo, which have been known to benefit kids with autism. Additionally, you’ll want to remove toxins, which means clean cookware, safe storage, BPA and BPS free everything, and no GMOs or pesticides. Yes, it is a tall order, but it’s worth the trouble.
  • How to do it or get it:
    Anyone can do this on their own, but there are consideration. Now, if your child has GI issues (anything from outright lesions to constipation or diarrhea), that can affect their ability to properly metabolize nutrients. I recently asked my homeopath about things like “recommended” vitamins and minerals for kids but she told me that the girls’ systems are broken at that level and, until fixed, your just dropping uselessly vitamins down a hole. That said, you do want to give your kids the best nutrition either way.My recommendation is to take things one step at a time. First, remove caseins: that is, all dairy except organic ghee. You’ll need to look for any words starting with “casein” or “lac”, as well as any “whey” products. Do this for a few weeks (at least 3) to see if any changes occur. Next, take out the gluten. Gluten is notorious for cross-contamination. Also, we are not talking about Celiac disease or a disorder where you might be tolerant of some gluten. The only way to remove gluten fully is to take it 100%, down to the smallest microbe, and do that for 3-6 months. This is going to be a challenge and will take some time and practice. Soy is challenging because it’s in everything.
  • Costs:
    This can be a costly diet if you substitute gluten and dairy free packaged products for what you now eat in packages. However, a better option is to cook from scratch more often. In addition, it’s really hard for restaurants to get this right, so you may want to eliminate or cut down dining out or bring your kids’ foods with you. What you save from those two things will make up for the extra you may need to spend buying gluten free flours and other items.
  • Benefits:
    This is an easy fix that often has results that you had not imagined before. For us, it helped us detect Amelia’s dairy allergy and helped Zoe sleep through the night.
  • Downside:
    There are a few. First, you need to be massively diligent with your child’s diet. We actually put “no food from school” in our childrens’ IEP, which gets broken repeatedly some years. Second, you need to watch them everywhere and do things like bring your own food to events your child is invited to. This suck. People will NOT understand. You just have to do what’s best for your family and let the rest go.
  • Risk assessment:
    I don’t really see any risks to this, but some people will tell you that “OMG YOU CANNOT STOP GIVING YOUR CHILD MILK,” people like your pediatrician. Although, you can see how ridiculous that is if you see a negative behavior or reaction or allergy disappear when that food disappears. That’s why elimination diets are critical: you eliminate items, one at a time, for a recommended period of time and note the changes in your child.
  • Benefits for other disabilities:
    Yes!! My personal belief is that a diet can help anyone. Kids with disabilities often have comorbid food allergy or sensitivity issues. For example, we discovered that both are common in kids with Down syndrome and it was true for our child.
  • Overall opinion:
    I can’t recommend this enough. The safest, truest way to find out if a food is harming your child is to remove it from their diet – no false positives or negatives, no “scratch test” torture. I’m not going to say no one ever said, “Eating better is dangerous.” They have said it because the food lobbyists in this country are powerful and well-financed. Your child will not die or wither without dairy, gluten and soy, and it just may help them thrive.

 

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Raising Kingdom Abled Kids: Don’t Look Back http://embracingimperfect.com/christianity/raising-kingdom-abled-kids-dont-look-back/ http://embracingimperfect.com/christianity/raising-kingdom-abled-kids-dont-look-back/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:50:31 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20376 This week, I thought we’d look at two mothers in the Bible who don’t get a lot of credit: Eve, the mother of mankind, and Lot’s wife, who has such a small role in the Bible that she doesn’t even get a name. These women took completely different approaches to life. One didn’t look back – and the other did, with disastrous circumstances. Eve: Moving Forward In Spite of Sin

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This week, I thought we’d look at two mothers in the Bible who don’t get a lot of credit: Eve, the mother of mankind, and Lot’s wife, who has such a small role in the Bible that she doesn’t even get a name. These women took completely different approaches to life. One didn’t look back – and the other did, with disastrous circumstances.

Eve: Moving Forward In Spite of Sin

We meet Eve in Genesis 2 through 4. She is created as a “helpmate” to Adam, the first man. While in the Garden of Eden, the Enemy in the form of a serpent tempts her to break the ONLY RULE GOD MADE for the first two humans: not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Wow, Eve, that’s a big screw up. (Let’s not forget that Adam was standing next to her so he was no better off. Shouldn’t he have at least said, “No! Stop!”?) Later, when God confronts them with their disobedience, he curses them both. This is what God said to Eve:

To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.” – Gen. 3:16

Yikes. I know if it were ME, I’d be like, “Hey Adam, I am SOOOO  outta here. We had fun and all, but sorry – sorrow and pain? No way I’m having babies. Later.” But Eve? She stuck it out. She knew the curse and still she had babies with Adam – at least 3 sons.* Of course, we know the story doesn’t end there, because her first born son would kill her second.

There is a temptation here, I think, to credit Adam and Eve with being bad parents but something we need to remember is that Abel was a good kid – a really good kid. \Abel was a shepherd and knew to give God the best offering, the fat of his finest sheep, messy though it might be and it his offering pleased God. He must have given with a generous spirit and a humble heart. Cain, a farmer, gave God a gift too – but I don’t think it was the best he had to offer. As a friend once said, it could have been “sloppy seconds.” Maybe it was some rotten fruit or apples fallen and trampled. All we know is what God sees: “He did not respect Cain and his offering.” And further, God tells Cain, “If you do not do well, sin lies at the door” – meaning Cain didn’t offer his gift to honor God. Sounds like he did this grudgingly. And the result? He murders his brother in a jealous rage.

So yea, there’s a lot we can blame on the parents, who first sinned. It’s natural that they would have a son who grew to be the first sinner, but they also raised a son who grew up to be (most likely) the first person in heaven. I like to think that Eve, with sorrow in her heart for the mistake she could never take back, set her children on her knee and told them exactly what it was like to walk in the presence of God. The reaction of her sons was just different. While murder and anger and jealously lurked in Cain’s heart, Abel demonstrated love for God by giving Him his finest. Surely he learned that from his parents, in some small way.

Now Eve has this to look back on: the first sin of all time AND a son who is the first murderer, of her other child. Wouldn’t you be completely done with childbearing at this point? And yet, she has another child, Seth. And so we see Eve, not only as the first sinner among humans, but as a woman who could move beyond the horrid mistake of her past to live out her duty as a wife and mother.

Lot’s Wife: Frozen and Crumbling

Now, Lot’s wife was just the opposite. Lot and his two daughters lived in a place called Sodom (story in Genesis 19), which God was going to destroy for its wickedness. Angels save Lot, a Godly man, and his family is relocated to another city, with the instruction not to look back. His wife has just one line in the Bible:

But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. – Gen. 19:26

It’s hard to understand specifically why this happened, but I can venture a guess. A few weeks ago, my husband found some old videos of Amelia when she was 3. She was amazing, just like any 3 year old: cute, adorable, verbal and completely understandable. She was engaged, focused and active, again, like any other 3 year old. Today, she is challenging to understand and her speech meanders all over the place. It’s indirect, she speaks in 3rd person about herself, scripts her language from movies and uses correlation to describe a thing. Sometimes it’s all muddied and hard to understand. Although that issue is improving, watching that video was heart breaking. How did this happen? How did she lose her speech in this way? When did her problems start?

Asking those questions has some merit, I grant you, but I see lots of moms stuck in a place they shouldn’t be by looking back at what a child has lost. This is especially true for parents of kids with regressive autism. If some “thing” truly stole my daughter’s abilities, I have two choices:

  • Look back in anger, remorse and grumble over what was “stolen.” Like Lot’s wife, I can be frozen into a crumbling statue of salt, looking, blaming, arguing and letting my heart fill with hate and desperation until I’m too lost to do any without falling apart.
  • Take Paul’s advice of “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” (Phil 3:13b) Paul is encouraging us by sharing his example of moving forward into the things God has designed for us to live His purpose.

Even if the past looks brighter, we don’t own time machines to get back to it. We have come down the path that God has required of us and we must move forward. We must let go of that other child that existed before, whether she was whole and what we think is perfect, or whether she was in pain and suffering and agony that has been repaired. We must go forward for our children and for our purpose in this world, like Eve did.

And thank God she did! If not, there’d be world, no people to fill it, no me and you and none of our beautiful children who fill our hearts and minds with beauty and sorrow and pain.

And that’s a thing I would not trade for any perfect world.

*There’s no mention in the Bible but I’m not sure how else creation could have moved forward unless Eve had some daughters and that some serious hanky panky went on between siblings. 

 

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How to Look for Autism Recovery: Slow, Small Steps http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-recovery-slow-small-steps/ http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-recovery-slow-small-steps/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:01:40 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20360 On Friday, I went on a field trip with Zoe to the Rodale Organic Farm. As often happens when I see Zoe and other kids, I worry. The older they get, the more their distance grows, and she participates less and less. Some boys sitting near us got in trouble for playing Truth or Dare and talking about the girls, and I wonder if she could even possibly

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On Friday, I went on a field trip with Zoe to the Rodale Organic Farm. As often happens when I see Zoe and other kids, I worry. The older they get, the more their distance grows, and she participates less and less. Some boys sitting near us got in trouble for playing Truth or Dare and talking about the girls, and I wonder if she could even possibly get that. Perhaps she does and I don’t see it.

And that, my friends, is the challenge with autism and autism recovery: You’re never really sure if you’re seeing it.

On Sunday, we were in church and I thought about my praying for your kids post. I realized that it had been a while since I had passionately prayed for her. Right there and then, I prayed for Zoe to be healed, completely and totally, and to regain what she needs to be more like other kids, to have an easier time with academics, behavior and friendships, to be able to really speak, to be physically healed of any medical issues, and if it’s not God’s will for her to be healed that I would know that and have peace. I further prayed that God would lead me with any therapies, any changes I need to make – stopping a treatment, taking a more vigorous approach to food intervention, adding a treatment, etc.

With that that done, I woke up on Monday and saw a new post from Autism TV Channel. While the ending is happy, it’s so painful to watch the beginning and I believe that Zoe could have been down this route, possibly, if we had not intervened. The video is worth watching. It shows kids screaming, emaciated teens in diapers beating themselves and others. It’s EXTREMELY painful to watch, but there is hope, they are cured in this video.

What an eye opener! I took it as a reminder from God to be grateful for where we are and how the path that He put us on with homeopathy and food intervention. We have come so far, and our earlier intervention may have prevented a blizzard of issues with her.

The thing is you need to know how to look for signs of recovery in autism. Here are some key steps that I’ve learned over the years to use to see it:

1. Take the long view.

Don’t think about last week, sometimes you can’t even look back at last season. Look back to one year ago. Use memorable events as a measuring guide – annual competitions, holidays, start or end of school – to track the changes in your kids. What are they doing now that they couldn’t do at this even last year? Two weeks ago when Zoe and Amelia both participated in the Field and Track Special Olympics. While it was a challenging day for Zoe because of the heat, she had an amazing day. She only did 2 of the 3 events she signed up for, but what a difference from last year! She stood on the podium – of course, wanting the #1 spot, but laughingly walking down to her spot and smiling for the photo. She wore her ribbons the whole day. Before being overcome by the heat, she was having a great time and really understood where she needed to be and what she needed to do to compete – where to stand, where to aim, where to go. It was beautiful and a total 180 from last year.

2. Remember that effective detox means regression.

We are experiencing regression big time, but it’s also lessening! That’s crazy and great. Behaviors have come back – more stimming, scripting, arm biting – but more positive behaviors are emerging too – more speech, more interaction, more typical kid behavior. For example, she now knows how to light tap (not “hit”) someone as a gag…yes, she knows how to joke around physically! That’s huge but I know that the more she heals, the more we’ll be experiencing stuff we never thought we’d see again. It’s just the nature of how detox works – to heal, you have to work through the bad reactions.

3. Put a positive spin on things.

Yesterday, she came home feeling crummy from a long day. We actually thought she had a virus but she was just run down from a challenging hike. Allergies are out of control here in PA this year, and she’s been sniffling. She had, I think, 2 viruses this year, which is 2 more than she’s had in years…but that’s good. Her body is reacting as it should when attacked by a virus or allergen: runny nose, fever, whatever the appropriate immune response is. We haven’t seen that in many years, so I’m happy when she’s a little sick.

4. Read the reports from your child’s staff daily.

Last year, Zoe did a project on Walt Disney. She selected him and barely sat through a 6 minute bio video but I was still so proud of her. Yesterday, Zoe’s aide told me she sat through a 45 minute “not engaging” presentation without a peep! After that, she participated in a 2-hour, challenge level hike – the same hike she refused to do last week. What changed? I’m not sure but I’m seeing so many positive changes on a daily basis. For a while, I was a little nervous that her aide was just being positive, but it all aligns with what I’m seeing at home, which is great news.

And, in case you’re wondering, what we’ve done has benefitted Amelia amazingly too. She barely has any sensory issues, but she can’t stand live music. This week in church I learned that after just 2 short weeks, Amelia has stopped putting her hands over her ears when the guitarist comes in to play for the kids in autism child care service. These “autism treatments” work great for other disabilities too! Check out my Mamavation post on 10 toxins that might be hurting your child with learning disabilities. I believe that environmental toxins are responsible for a great deal of these issues and healing the gut, food intervention, homeopathy and other natural treatments benefit all our kids with special needs.

I have to thank God for showing me a path that benefits my children, in doing what I do imperfectly and yet, their healing, their progress, their achievements are still in God’s hand. Your child can benefit too!

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Autism Treatment Therapies 101: ABA http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-treatment-therapies-101-aba/ http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-treatment-therapies-101-aba/#respond Fri, 15 May 2015 19:48:52 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20351 Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA, is one of the first recommendations I got for treating Zoe. I visited Applied Behavioral Strategies and learned that ABA is not really one specific thing. What is really is the application of behavioral principles to get a desired or remove a negative behavior. What it involves: Each therapy is tailored to the child. In reviewing the site above, I recognized the

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Autism Treatment ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA, is one of the first recommendations I got for treating Zoe. I visited Applied Behavioral Strategies and learned that ABA is not really one specific thing. What is really is the application of behavioral principles to get a desired or remove a negative behavior.

  • What it involves: Each therapy is tailored to the child. In reviewing the site above, I recognized the term “antecedent manipulation.” This refers to ABC (Antecedent Behavior Consequence), where you track  Antecedent (what triggered it), Behavior and Consequence as well as the possible function. Other ABA techniques include peer training/interaction, social stories, modeling, schedules, etc.
  • How to do it or get it: For us, it was offered as soon as we had an official diagnosis of autism from the developmental pediatrician, who gave us information on next steps. It’s a “first point” kind of therapy. Once a diagnosis is obtained, however, you’ll need further assessment to see if your child qualifies for more. You might have more difficulty getting ABA for a high-functioning child than we did for Zoe.
  • Costs: If your state provides benefits for your child’s therapy, this will be covered. Our experience is that this was free of charge.
  • Benefits: It can effectively eliminate behaviors at times, allowing your child to be more actively involved with activities, events and outings.
  • Downside: ABA addresses the behavior and yes, the trigger, but not necessarily the underlying cause. It is labeled as “effective” – that is, it’s effective in getting a particular behavior in or out of a child. But does it get to the root of the issue, whether it’s medical or communicative or an emotion? The criticism I see of ABA is that it produces robotic behavior – and, yes, I’ve heard that from parents too. Some have called it downright abusive (as in, you’re treating your child like a dog), others have had little or no success with it (somewhat true here).
  • Risk assessment: Low risk, however, this ignores the issue of medical problems in autism cases. I can’t see the benefit in training away something like a self-injurious behavior. That seems very “whack-a-mole” to me because I envision that root underlying problem will crop up somewhere else, and I bet that would be true for other problems. Also does nothing to address issues like sleep deprivation, constipation, diarrhea and is likely therefore minimally effective.
  • Benefits for other disabilities: I would think this would benefit disabilities that is purely behavioral but I personally don’t believe that many of those issues in children are.
  • Overall opinion: ABA is as far away from finding a cause as you can get. In my experience, treating root causes of problems in autism are far more effective than this type of therapy but it’s often one of the few therapies that are fully covered, so you may want to investigate it before dismissing it.

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Praying for Your Children: 6 Lessons from Hannah http://embracingimperfect.com/christianity/praying-for-your-children/ http://embracingimperfect.com/christianity/praying-for-your-children/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 14:37:14 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20339 Raising kids with special needs has taught me two big things: 1. I cannot do this alone, and 2. I need to hope for the best without expecting a specific outcome. Neither one of these are intuitive for a mom like me, but I take great strength in the Old Testament (OT) story of Hannah. As told in 1 Samuel 1 and 2, Hannah was one

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Raising kids with special needs has taught me two big things:

1. I cannot do this alone, and

2. I need to hope for the best without expecting a specific outcome.

Neither one of these are intuitive for a mom like me, but I take great strength in the Old Testament (OT) story of Hannah. As told in 1 Samuel 1 and 2, Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah.* At the start of this story, his other wife, Peninnah, already had a lot of kids, while Hannah was barren. Back in those days, being barren was considered a terrible misfortune and possibly even a punishment. Being barren meant there was no one to take care of you as you aged and you’d end up penniless and homeless if you outlived your husband. When the family would go to the temple in Shiloh to worship for Passover and the other major annual feasts, Peninnah would mercilessly mock Hannah for not having children. (Nice thing to do in the Lord’s house!) It got so bad that one year, Hannah was in such despair she would not eat. We find her on her knees in the temple begging God to give her a child – which she then promised to give back to God. She looked so crazy that Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk. The confusion was cleared up and he blessed her.

They went home, and God heard Hannah’s prayer. She conceived shortly after and kept the child with her until he was weaned (around age 3). Then she brought him back to Eli, the priest, so that he could be trained as one himself. Samuel, in turn, dedicated his life to the Lord. As for Hannah, she was later blessed with 5 more children and visited Samuel every year.

What can we moms learn from this mother of the Bible?

6 Lessons on Praying for Your Child

1. Pour the desires and anguish of your heart out to the Lord.

God knows what’s in your heart, true, but He wants to hear it from you. I know that many look upon the outpouring of problems and despair as “venting” or “shame”, but God can bear it. He already knew that Hannah was hurting but it sounds like until that day that she took to her knees in the temple, she had not truly shared her burden with Him. That act changed everything. When you pray for your children, be honest and pour out your anguish to the Lord. When my mother began to show the “ugly” part of vascular Alzheimer’s (paranoia, anger, delusions), my heart broke. I took it to God, over and over, in the same day and the Holy Spirit comforted me, over and over in that same day. The next day, I felt healing in my soul and a way to deal with the pain.

2. Take comfort in His Word.

If you read further in the story, you’ll see that Eli was *not* the best of priests, but even so, his prayer that the God of Israel grant Hannah’s request encouraged her. Eli was meant to be the representative of God on Earth and even though he had human failings, God still used him to lighten Hannah’s load. This was not Eli’s doing so much as it was God speaking through Eli, as we see Hannah go home and eat and “was no longer sad.” Today, we don’t need an Eli, we just need a Bible. I’ve been through a crazy number of challenges in the last 6 months and the only thing that has comforted me is hearing from God, through scripture: reading and memorizing it, holding it in my heart, scripturally based worship music and friends sharing scripture. The Bible is the God’s words of comfort for us.

3. Pray with conviction and leave the problem to God.

This is a hard one for me, because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a “fixer.” God can solve any problem, any at all, but again, He will solve it in a way that shows His glory. Hannah’s painful years of being barren made her subsequent pregnancies a way to glorify God – only He could change that path for her. And when we pray, we must not doubt. James writes this, about asking God for wisdom:

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:6-7

So pray for your children whatever is on your heart; pray for whatever you want for your children. Healing? Yes! Recovery? Yes! Salvation? Absolutely! Academic success, speech impediment gone, social behaviors fixed, no more OCD? YES!! And remember that:

4. God always answers the prayers of the faithful.

Ok, so let’s be real – Hannah suffered but in the end, she was lucky. You and I know it. Some of us will never get the answers we want, like Hannah did: no pregnancy, no healing, little recovery, still no speech, still poor social behaviors. It’s not that God won’t answer your prayer. He will one way or another – and that other way may not be what you want. It may not be the way you imagined. In fact, you may get what you want in a way you NEVER wanted and don’t think you can handle. Or, perhaps you are not prepared for it yet so you have to wait longer. We don’t know how many years Hannah suffered but it was enough to break her spirit. Or, this is not the road for you because God has prepared a different and ultimately better one for you. He will answer your prayers and He will give you the strength to accept that answer, even if the answer is “no.”

5. Surrender your children to the Lord.

This is a hard one for me, but the real truth is that, sooner or later, we ALL have to “give up” our kids in some way. Unless we homeschool, we give them up to the school system for hours a day. For kids who do not have special needs, we give them up when they are ready to live on their own or give them over to live with a spouse. For kids with special needs, we give them over to respite, care centers and finally group homes and other facilities when we are no longer able to care for them. Sooner or later, this will happen.

Why not just give your child over to the Lord now? Of course, you will still care for him but let God do the heavy lifting and stop worrying about the future so much. I did finally give up and offer my kids to God, about a year ago. I realized that I can’t do everything, I can’t fix everything and I can’t hold their future OR eternal destiny, but God? He’s already got it all mapped out. Like Hannah, I turn my children over to Him to watch over and protect all the days of their lives, even when I can’t.

6. Give your heart felt thanks to the Lord when your prayer is answered.

Samuel is very important. He is the last judge of Israel, a prophet, a priest, a counselor and a true man of God. There are 2 books of the Bible named after him, he was the prophet and advisor for Israel’s first two kings, Saul and David, and is mentioned in the list of OT heroes in Hebrews 11. Later, Hannah had other children too, but long before that she brought Samuel to the temple, which was not near her home. She dropped off her preschooler, not expecting to see him for months, and what did she do next?

She worshipped God. She publicly THANKED God for answering her prayers and giving her a child RIGHT when she had to give him up for good. And not just a tiny prayer, but a whole 10 verses, the length of a page. She sang this song of worship in Samuel 2:1-10, and after that the very next line is, “Then Elkanah and Hannah returned home to Ramah without Samuel.” Sound painful, and no doubt it was, but at the same time, I think Hannah, in her heart, knew that Samuel would be a great man of God and I think this blessed her and gave her joy even through her loss. Now that is a lesson ALL of us parents can learn from!

Final Thoughts

Hannah’s outpouring of her heart, her trust in the Lord, her dedication of her child and her song of praise are a lesson all parents can learn from, especially those of us raising kids with challenges, difficulties and special needs. However, I do NOT recommend Hannah’s method of making a deal with God. Pray for your children but do not offer something in return other than your thanks. Give your child to God out of your own free will and not in exchange for an answered prayer. Simply ask for your dreams and hopes for your child – that’s what He wants – and He will be faithful to answer.

Finally, when you pray, do so as the Bible instructs: without willful sin or worry in your heart, without anything against your neighbor, with an open heart and clear conscience after confessing and writing any wrongs that are now weighing on your soul.

Other scriptures about praying to God include 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 John 5:14, Mark 11:24, Hebrews 4:16.

*After my studies, I’ve come to believe that having 2 or more wives was not in God’s plan for anyone, but people felt they knew best.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Sit Still in Quiet Places http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/5-ways-to-help-your-child-sit-still-in-quiet-places/ http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/5-ways-to-help-your-child-sit-still-in-quiet-places/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 11:58:52 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20317 This post was sponsored by CHEWIGEMUSA. All opinions are my own. Your child fidgets. Sure, you get it but too much fidgeting can be distracting for your child and those around him – and can even be harmful. We struggled for a long time when Zoe fidgeted in the car or the school van. She would unbuckle her seat belt, forcing us to pull off to

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Your child fidgets. Sure, you get it but too much fidgeting can be distracting for your child and those around him – and can even be harmful. We struggled for a long time when Zoe fidgeted in the car or the school van. She would unbuckle her seat belt, forcing us to pull off to the side of the road time after time. Fidgeting also pulls a child’s focus off what’s important and can contribute to the start of a tantrum, self-injurious behaviors like hand biting or whining.

It’s important to help children with sensory issues, autism and other problems that cause them to fidget sit still enough to focus on what is in front of them – a school lesson, a movie, a live performance. Each of my recommendations may work in a different place: what will work in the car won’t work at the movies, and what works at school may not work at homework time.

5 Ways to Help Your Child Sit Still

1. Use Weighted Objects:

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Pellets, rice, hard beans, some fabric and accessories, and you could probably make one yourself if you’re crafty! 

From lap bags to beanbags, a child can feel more comfortable with a heavy object in their lap. These allow your child focus on what is in front of them, as they are soothed by the weight in their lap. For a pretty penny, you can buy these items or you can create a homemade lap pad or weighted blanket yourself. These are ideal for classrooms, theaters and homeschooling.

2. Give Her Frequent Breaks:

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Outdoor breaks are perfect to stop fidgeting!

When your child needs to sit for a long time to learn something, I believe frequent breaks are necessary. Hopefully, you can work with your child’s teacher to make sure your she is getting up and moving around enough with a lap around the hall, a bathroom break or a few minutes outdoors. We work closely with our kids’ school team to ensure the girls have plenty of opportunity to stretch rather than sitting for too long. They set timers for 5-minute intervals. This approach works best in school or at home. In theaters and other sit down venues, if your child is too fidgety for a program or performance, you might want to consider an early exit.

3. Use Electronics & Music:

I highly recommend kid-safe music for your short travels, but longer trips – like driving on vacation or airline trips – require electronic tools like a tablet, a smart phone or a portable gaming machine. While I don’t advocate using these at home too often, they are perfect to protect against the discomfort of distance travel for a child who has a hard time sitting still.

4. Always Carry Extra Clothing:

Kids with sensory issues or who have trouble regulating their body temperature often fidget and get distracted by their clothing, especially if it gets wet or the weather changes. It’s a good idea to keep clothes that are either too tight, are made for working out or are developed specifically for kids with sensory problems on hand at all times. Now that it’s hot, my daughter can’t stand short sleeve shirts. She prefers long sleeves or tank top so we do our best to accommodate those needs with an extensive selection of shirts for her, both with characters she loves and completely unadorned. We always keep a small bag of these clothes on hand in our car, in our carry-ons and in her schoolbag.

5. Bring a CHEWIGEMUSATM Item With You:

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This CHEWIGEM goes with everything!

Each of these ideas are great in the right situation, but you may be wondering if there’s a solution that works anywhere. There is: CHEWIGEMUSA creates pendants, bangles, dog tags and other objects out of FDA-approved, food safe silicone and are free of lead, latex, BPA, PVC’s and phthalate. That means they are completely nontoxic for your child to chew – and you know how careful I am about avoiding toxins around my children!

We received the Raindrop Pendant CHEWIGEM in Icicle, which matched Zoe’s Elsa costumer perfectly. When it arrived, she immediately put it on and started chewing. She loved wearing it and playing with it as a pretty necklace – she’s such a girly girl! The only problem we had was that Amelia loved it too – and hid in her purse, lol! She chewed on it in a different way, which made me really like this product because each child used it in the way that suited her best. CHEWIGEMUSA carries sensory chew items that accommodate various chewing styles and are suitable for all ages. We chose the Raindrop, which is better suited for the “nibbler.” It retails at $19.95 and comes in an array of colors. CHEWIGEMUSA is the perfect solution for home, school, car, travel, theaters or wherever you are taking your child. One tip, though? You might want to pick up one or more CHEWIGEMS for each of your kids!

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The perfect accessory for your princess. See how she’s focused on her laptop?

 

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Right now, you can pick up a CHEWIGEMUSA  for your child and save 10% off your order with our exclusive discount code:

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Simply enter the code above at the “Discount” button (under “Order Summary” in the shopping cart) for your 10% discount. They also accept Paypal, which is something else I really love about it.

I recommend CHEWIGEM as a great tool to help your child stop fidgeting so he can focus on what’s really important. What tips can you share that have helped your child overcome distractive fidgeting?

 

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Lessons from Mothers of the Bible: 7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About God http://embracingimperfect.com/christianity/teach-your-kids-about-god/ http://embracingimperfect.com/christianity/teach-your-kids-about-god/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 12:00:59 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20294 Teaching a child is difficult for me, and raising two girls with learning disabilities, neither who enjoy reading or even doing their homework has presented a HUGE challenge: How can I teach them about my faith? I’d really rather sit down and spend an hour doing advanced calculus than 10 minutes instilling lessons in my kids but as their only Christian parent, I’m solely responsible for their

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Teaching a child is difficult for me, and raising two girls with learning disabilities, neither who enjoy reading or even doing their homework has presented a HUGE challenge: How can I teach them about my faith? I’d really rather sit down and spend an hour doing advanced calculus than 10 minutes instilling lessons in my kids but as their only Christian parent, I’m solely responsible for their spiritual development so I’m writing a series to take inspiration from mothers in the Bible. One took huge risks to save her child’s life. God then raised him up to be one of the greatest leaders in the Old Testament, Moses.

We don’t know much about Jochebed from the Bible, but she had 3 children while her Israelite nation was enslaved in Egypt. During her 3rd pregnancy, the Pharaoh had decreed that all Hebrew babies that were born be put to death immediately. Can you imagine the terror for expecting couples? Moses was born, and like any loving mother, Jochebed looked at him and fell in love. At great personal risk, she kept him hidden but by the age of 3 months, Moses was not quiet enough to hide anymore. She put him in a makeshift boat to float him down the river. Think about what courage and trust it took for her do that to her “beautiful child”! (Exodus 2:2)

The story does not end there, of course. Moses floated down the river, was picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter who also took to him – possibly because she wanted an heir to the throne – and decided to raise this Hebrew baby. His sister, Miriam, ran behind and offered a Hebrew wet nurse, so the daughter agreed to pay this woman. In this way, Jochebed got her baby back until he was weaned. What can we learn from Jochebed’s story?

Lesson 1: Your love for your child is rewarded.

Jochebed had such great love for her child that she would do anything to save her boy. God rewarded that by not only rescuing his life, but choosing him as the man to save their nation from slavery in Egygpt. When  you think about teaching your child in spite of your shortcomings or their disability or limitations, let your love for them be your guide.

Lesson 2: Your trust in God will be fulfilled.

Jochebed could not have known what would happen when she put Moses in the river. The Nile runs through the location of where the Israelites lived, Goshen, and eventually flows north into the Mediterranean Sea. Pharaoh’s daughter lived upstream and Jochebed must have known he would pass where royalty dwelled. He could have been easily killed by little boat capsizing or the Egyptian guards, but God protected him and eventually he was sent back to Jochebed. I’m sure their parting was painful but how she must have treasured their time together when all around her, mothers missed their dead children. Her faith and trust in God’s plan was fulfilled. If you are faithful to teaching them the word, He will be faithful to protect those seeds you plant in them, even if you think they won’t understand.

Lesson 3: You can do this even if you have nothing.

Jochebed was a woman in a nation of slaves. You can’t get a much lower position than that. She probably had very little in the way of worldly possessions and certainly there were no holy texts yet, since Moses himself wrote the first 5 books of the Bible. In fact, because he was schooled as an Egyptian prince, he had all the tools he needed to lay down the beginnings of our Scriptures. You need nothing to teach your kids, just your own strong faith and values and the Bible, a tool neither Jochebed nor Moses had to teach their own children.

7 Tips to Help You Teach Your Kids About God

Throughout the story of this Biblical mother, God shows us that with faith, courage and love, we can teach our children what they need to become a believer who serves God’s purpose. These tips may help you:

1. You CAN be creative.

I love music and I write, so despite the fact that I always feel intimidated by this, I created a little song for Zoe based on  part of James 1:17. Here are the words if you want to use them:

Every good & perfect gift, good & perfect gift,
Comes from Father God above, Father God above,
Who gives gifts in perfect love, gifts in perfect love from….
(this is where Zoe says or sings “GOD!”)

What is your gift or talent that you can use to teach your children?

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2. Do anything and everything.

That first thing ONLY happened because I tried everything: books, stories, reading, apps, videos, you name it. Sometimes with a kid with special needs the only thing you can be certain of is when they are disinterested, so you need to keep on plugging in different things to help them learn about the faith…just like if you are teaching math to a kid who doesn’t get it. Try anything you can think of to teach your kids.

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3. Sacrifice.

It had been on my heart to get my girls into a church that can serve them and it a LOT for me to stop attending my very beloved home church (where I’d been nurtured and taught for over 2 years) to send them to a church that can meet their needs in child care and teach them about Christ. This was really hard and I didn’t want to do it but everything in me says it’s right when I’m back to sitting in pews. Now I have to work on sacrificing time to plan lessons. What sacrifice is God asking you to make to teach your child?

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Hollywood quality, engaging, action-packed, kid friendly movies with a Christian message? Requirements for my kids to enjoy but hard to find!

4. Start memorizing Scripture.

My kids don’t like to read so when I’m fumbling through the concordance at the back of the kid’s Bible, I lose ground FAST. But I can easily share with the (few) verses I’ve memorized – and that goes a long way towards training a kid who DOES. NOT. WANT. TO. READ. Start with something simple, like John 3:16.

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5. Repetition, repetition, repetition.

Ask any parent who’s  on their 1,000th viewing of “Frozen” – kids are less turned off by repetition than adults. Not only that, but in my last 2 years of Bible study, that you don’t get to know anything very well unless you go over it – over and over. With my kids, that’s just fine. Pick one short lesson and review it nightly. With Amelia, I was reviewing “light” scriptures in the Bible and after just 2 weeks, she now knows that God is the father of lights (James 1:17), that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12) and that we can pray, “The Lord is our light” (Psalm 27:1).

6. Teach what you’ve just learned.

That whole light lesson came about because the Monday before last, we studied how God is the light of the world in adult Bible study. I was already doing James 1:17 so the first scripture was easy, then I picked few more from study and a concordance, and Genesis 1:3 for good measure, since we had talked about creation recently. In that way, my daughter is learning to associate God with light. I thought of that by myself SURELY with the Holy Spirit putting that lesson in my mind.

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We beat that Story Book Bible to pieces, literally but I won’t stop buying “interesting” Bibles for them.

7. Keep praying with faith.

None of this would have happened had I not been praying for them nightly for years, including asking God HOW I can teach them. Pray also before you teach, that God will set His Word in your child’s heart and allow it to take root. Pray He will give you the lessons He wants them to learn. God will bless our best efforts, even if our kids can’t read, sit still, communicate, or acknowledge what they have heard. Keep in mind, too, that it’s generally believed that Moses himself had a stutter, yet on occasion after occasion, he stood up – to Pharaoh, to the nation when they sinned, to rebellions within the nation – because he trusted God to handle things despite his fears. Never doubt that God can’t use your child with special needs.

Kids with special needs and learning disabilities need to know and understand God’s word as much as any other child and it’s your duty to figure out how to do that in a way they can hear. That’s all you need to do: make sure they hear it as best you can. God will do the rest. Imagine my joy when I at prayers last night I asked Amelia, “God is the father of??” and she said, “LIGHT!” I could feel God’s pleasure in my heart. You too can do this too!

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6 Things Never to Say to the Parent of A Child With Special Needs http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/how-to-talk-to-the-parent-of-a-special-needs-child/ http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/how-to-talk-to-the-parent-of-a-special-needs-child/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:36 +0000 http://mom-blog.com/?p=1481 I remember the day like it was yesterday. Amelia was 3 years old and I had to pick her up from special needs preschool with my car. I saw another mom there and asked her where to wait. After assuring me I was in the right place, she mentioned she was picking up her kid too and then she started talking really fast. “But there’s

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I remember the day like it was yesterday. Amelia was 3 years old and I had to pick her up from special needs preschool with my car. I saw another mom there and asked her where to wait. After assuring me I was in the right place, she mentioned she was picking up her kid too and then she started talking really fast. “But there’s nothing wrong with him! He just has a speech delay.”

Inside, my blood boiled. I resisted the urge to retort, “There’s nothing wrong my daughter either, she just has Down syndrome.” I was so angry, I just nodded and avoided her during my wait. I greeted that experienced with pure anger but today, I feel like this is an opportunity to teach others how to act in this uncomfortable (for them) situation.

Here are 6 things you should never to say to the parent of a child with special needs:

1. “What’s wrong with him?”

Sort of the flip side of what the mom at the preschool said, this is often asked with a smile that says, “I’m just asking to know how to treat him,” but there may a motive of unhealthy curiosity here. Never say this, NOR any variation of this statement, such as, “Is he OKAY??” (when “okay” is shouted) “Does he always do that?” “How you handle his, his..ya know.” And yes, I have heard them all. If you want to know how to treat a child with special needs, I can sum it up in one word: RESPECT. Realize that the negative reaction you’re seeing may not be something he can control in any manner, or that the things you don’t understand about him are none of your business. The same is true of how I raise my children with special needs: what my husband and I do as parents works for our family and is not your business. Instead, turn around your curiosity and be friendly, kind and, if you see us on vacation, maybe offer to buy us a drink, ok? (Nothing better than a pina colada by the pool, even if it’s virgin!)

2. “I’m sorry” (for your child)

Five years ago, I checked out a new church. A couple asked about my childrens’ special needs so I shared with them. In response, the couple said they were “sorry.” I was caught off guard – what was there to be sorry about? They seemed mature, well-educated and very Christian and yet they reacted as if I’d “lost” my children. I have’t “lost” anything, although, perhaps my expectations of parenthood had changed. Honestly? I don’t know any parent that can’t say that. And yea, perhaps I was stressed out when I met those people. Five years ago, bringing a 7 and 4 year old with special needs to church IN THE MORNING after DATE NIGHT was a hair raising experience so perhaps I was a little too honest. That said, “I’m sorry” is STILL not the right reaction. Church goer, take a moment or two to consider how Jesus would respond.

3. “She’s a bad parent.”

My husband overheard this said of me in a restaurant once when my daughter was making noise – joyful noises, actually, and in a loud restaurant too. They were sounds that you would associate with a child with an intellectual disability and yes, she still makes those happy noises. I haven’t bothered to tell her it’s “wrong” – and I won’t be doing that any time soon! Even if my child is loud, interrupting, upset or whatever, that is no illustration of my parenting. This is her disability – and guess what? they knew it, you know, we all know it. This response is prompted by their “discomfort” from being around a person with a disability. Everyone is aware of autism and other disabilities that cause children to act inappropriately at times. But guess what? They are still children and they are still learning appropriate behavior. For some kids with special needs, this takes a long, long time; others won’t learn it at all. Try a little compassion and learn to grow up and get over your discomfort; it will serve you well in life to treat other kindly.

4. “Oh she’s so sweet!”

I’m going to tell you right now that this is a common condescension towards kids and people with Down syndrome. People have used it on Zoe too, but it’s more common with Amelia. “Isn’t she sweet” often means this: “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry she has Down syndrome, but aren’t they just the sweetest kids and that’s something good about it, right?” GAG. She can be sweet. She can also be fierce, tough, laid back, determined, affectionate, overly athletic, strong, resistant, stubborn, angry and man, she has a mean streak! Like ANY OTHER KID, she has a range of emotions, like ANY OTHER KID, she gets all, “AWWWW” when she sees babies and puppies and owlets, like ANY OTHER KID she can be a handful that turns my hair gray when she wants. “Sweet” is only one of a host of adjectives that describe my child, so start looking at my whole child and not just a stereotype.

5. “How does she communicate?”

Kids without speech are frequently talked about as if they are not in the room and it’s annoying as all get out. Now, I’m going to confess: sometimes hubby and I talk about the kids around the kids, but it’s not one kid or the other, it’s the kids. It’s a terrible failing and I’m calling myself out – but there it is. Part of the reason is that there is very little time that we are NOT around the kids. (Hello, babysitters, we need you!) Even so, it bothers the snot out of me when people specifically point (yes, actually using their finger) at my child and say, “How does she communicate?” It hasn’t happened in a while, so perhaps the next time, Zoe will come up to the offending party and smack them. (She’s done it to me, with this little mischievous grin, a light tap, that says, “I’m ON TO YOU.”) She communicates just fine, don’t ask for a demonstration or you might get one you wouldn’t like.

6. “They are such a blessing.”

This is also kind of condescending, notice the way “they” is used to reference a specific group. It’s one of those things that sounds good coming out of your mouth, but what you may mean is, “Kids are blessings, but special needs kids, well, they are all kinds of extra work and difficulties and God blessed you and, thank God, not me!” The fact is all children are blessings. All children are challenges. All of them teach you as much as they learn from you, and all children make you smile, break your heart, make you pull your hair out and make you puff up with  pride. It’s the nature of a child that you love to do this to you. My kids are as a much a blessing to me as any other child is to any other loving parent. I love them as unconditionally as you love yours. Period, end of story.

I could make this list much longer, but I think you get the gist. In short, treat us like you would any other parents. If you have questions, you can ask them but do it respectfully and not as if my kids are objects that can’t hear or understand. And don’t ask just for curiosity sake – ask to really learn. I welcome the opportunity to teach other parents how they can support parents like us or just be a friend for the parents of special needs children around them. And one bonus tip? If your kid sees my kid and asks why they do or don’t do this or that, don’t hush them up. We can answer that question just fine and hopefully your child will learn something good and maybe even make a friend. I DO happen to have kids who make friends fast – and keep them.

For additional reading, check out “What to Say When Your Friend’s Baby has Down Syndrome“, should you come across this situation for a new baby.

This blog was originally posted in 2010.

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Research, Healing and Autism Treatment Therapies http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-treatment/ http://embracingimperfect.com/parenting/autism-treatment/#respond Fri, 01 May 2015 18:39:05 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20262 This week, Huffington Post published John Rodakis’ article, “Autism: Maybe It’s Not What We’ve Been Told.” John is the founder of N of One Autism Research Foundation. In this article, he explores the problem: the “experts” have hinged so much on autism being a hardwired condition, that they have restricted research into other ideas about the causes of autism – for example, could autism be caused by medical

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This week, Huffington Post published John Rodakis’ article, “Autism: Maybe It’s Not What We’ve Been Told.” John is the founder of N of One Autism Research Foundation. In this article, he explores the problem: the “experts” have hinged so much on autism being a hardwired condition, that they have restricted research into other ideas about the causes of autism – for example, could autism be caused by medical or environmental issues that are NOT hardwired?

John discovered this when his 3 year old son with autism started showing signs of recovery after getting sick: “…Our son had an unexpected, rapid, and dramatic improvement in his autism symptoms while taking a common antibiotic prescribed for his strep throat infection.” This illustrates the PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) link to autism, which so many of my friends see in their children – and explains why so many kids who have overcome PANDAS stop showing signs of autism. These inflammation of the brain disorders triggered by an infection or other environmental trigger. Learn more about PANS/PANDAS at the PANDAS Network.

Like anything with autism, there are so many considerations here. When I read John writing about antibiotics, I can’t help but think about gut bacteria, and good gut health. See this article I wrote for Shiftcon and Bio-K probiotics last year.)

Why You Need to Consider Autism Treatments on Your Own

But it also made me think about the reason it’s so important to find the right solutions for our children. Our kids who are struggling do not have time for the science to catch up with what already know: that autism can be medical and that some autism treatments can recover kids and heal problems. Gut bacteria has only played a small role in Zoe’s autism and while I do not believe she has PANS or PANDAS, there are still interventions that we can and have taken to help. I know I’m repeating myself but I’ve decided that this is the perfect launch post for a new section on my blog:

Autism Treatment Interventions 101

I’m still debating whether I want to do traditional ones or just cover alternative autism treatments, but right now I’m leaning that way. My plan is every Friday, to give you an overview of a particular autism treatment therapy, including:

  • what it involves
  • how to do it or get it (trained specialist required? can do on your own?)
  • rough idea of out-of-pocket costs, funding, fees
  • dangers/downside/negative feedback on this therapy
  • benefits/risk assessment
  • what other disabilities or conditions can it benefit (general speech disorders, SPD, broad range of learning disabilities, etc.)

I’m hoping this will be helpful for my readers.

Now it’s your turn: what do you want to see me cover in a series about autism treatment therapies?

 

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