Tuesday, May 30, 2017

15 (Adaptive) - Summer activities to help YOU and your kids appreciate nature

What is  your Autism (ASD) chil kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! More so if your child has special needs.  If you don't have luxury of an adaptive Summer camp then it's up to you as parent to find things for the keep your ASD child busy.

We have all seen the studies that show children spend a lot of all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen, with a child who has Autism that  to that could double, even triple!... and we have all heard that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on there health and wellbeing.

However, studies have also shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps those who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.  Why not, give it a try with your ASD child?

One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental ill health and it's on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.

 Joe, at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.

Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.


An outdoor enthusiast, Joe is the lead editor at Nature Rated; a website which rates and reviews the best outdoor gear for people who quickly want to know what to get. He believes in no fluff, to the point reviews, which help you choose the right gear for your next adventure. Whenever daily life gets him down he heads to the nearest lake or river with his kayak and camera spending time recharging his batteries.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Going Toxin Free...

We hear it everyday and almost anywhere we go, clean eating, gluten free, casein free, preservative free, harmful chemical free, toxic free products,  will help with behaviors and overall Autistic Behavior.

When my son was a baby I just wanted him to EAT, clean eating was NOT in my radar. He had a feeding tube and he just simply, needed to survive.  He barely even took a bottle.  Anything he would eat by mouth was a bonus. I do believe his first food group was an M&M!!

However,  I feel now, that has come back to haunt me.  You can find tons of information on clean eating and its benefits if you Google it.  After reading a lot about it, YES, I am now slowing cleaning up his diet and mine (Possibly a little late on the ban wagon but I guess, better late then never).

Here is a great blog with detailed information on how to clean up your child's diet and your own. It can be overwhelming but as suggested in the blogs, start small and simply just start looking at and knowing your ingredients to avoid.

While researching cleaning eating another can of worm's opened.  I came across something more then just food. Something we don't hear a lot about is the toxins in everyday products we use.

So what about the products we clean with?

We may at times, (depending on where we shop), see harmful chemical free items on the shelves next to all the other cleaning products but what do we know about them?  Certainly Bleach and Ammonia cleans better than Vinegar doesn't it? That's what we were taught to believe anyway.  This has proven not to be true.

Recently words like "Paraben"s (a group of compounds used as preservatives, derived from petroleum, an endocrine disruptor which cam mimic estrogen and can  also block effectiveness of cancer drugs like Tamoxifen).

 "Fragrance" (Parfum, legally hides an untold number of chemicals in a product. linked to ADHD, Autism, birth defects) and so many more have been coming to my attention.

"Talc"- Belongs to the asbestos family.

Did you know according to a Harvard study found that fluoride ingestion (toothpaste) harmed children's cognitive abilities and development?? I know my child still is learning to spit at 15, how much has he swallowed??!!

The list goes on and on.  Here is a list of ingredients to avoid in skincare & cosmetics and here is a list of ingredients to avoid in household cleaners.

There is so much to learn.  Why have I waited so long?  There are a lot of  Reports and studies that have proven many unsafe products. I am just surprised so many are still on the shelves.

Then there are your everyday cosmetics. The average woman is exposed to 168 chemicals on average before she leaves the house in the morning from shampoo, to creams, makeup toothpaste and more....Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs the harmful ingredients in 26 seconds.  I also found out that Europe bans over 1,300 harmful chemicals from personal care products. The United States bans 11. (source from EU cosmetic directive 2013, campaign for safe cosmetics).

So where do you start?  I had same question . Again Mamovation has all the information you need harmful chemical free products  for you home.

I found a great product line that I am starting to fill my home with called PUREhaven Essentials.  Its product I believe in, all products are harmful chemical free and they have did a great job offering a bundle kit to get you started on the right track.

The surface cleaner has blasted away all the goo in my kitchen and is safe for food and pets!

There is also a products babies.  Which I am definitely going to purchase for the many baby showers I have to attend this year.

IF interested, you can contact me for more information and I will give you a "number" to enter when placing your order.

As always, any comments or suggestions please not below in comment session or if interested contact me. nicumama2@gmail.com

disclosure;  I have tried all products through my own research. All opinions are my own and meant for general information only not medical advice.