Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a great tool in helping all nonverbal children with or without autism communicate without words. PECS is used in a variety of ways–starting with pictures–to allow the child to make choices and communicate his/her needs. When children can communicate and express their needs, behaviors often can be minimalized resulting […]

Common Acronyms Used in Autism

A AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis ABC – Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence ABLLS – Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills test ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule AIT – Auditory Integration Therapy […]

What Is Autism? And what are its common traits?

Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically affects children between the ages in 18 months to five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 91 children today. It is estimated there are over 1 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at […]

GFCFSF School Supplies

Pre-K, Elementary School List A child on the gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet can be 100% on the diet and fail to make the grade if their school supplies have forbidden ingredients. Parents need to be diligent and work with school staff to absolutely make sure every aspect of their children’s school environments are completely GFCF, right […]

Rotation Diet and Hints!

My family started the GFCF diet for a few months and then started a rotation diet to prevent food allergies/intolerances and to identify foods that were a problem for our son. These allergies are outlined further in the Karyn Seroussi’s book, Unraveling the Mystery of Autism. It is also important to note that some autism […]

Protein Sources

Protein is one of the hardest foods to get the right amounts into a special needs child. Here are some suggestions for protein sources for your child’s individual dietary needs. Protein Serving Size Total Grams Of Protein Almond Butter 1 tbsp. 4g Beans, refried 1 cup 16g Beef round roast 3 oz. 25g Black beans […]

Going Organic! (Not Just GFCF)

Having your child eat Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) is the first step in the process. Considering and then, going organic are other important steps in this process for better eating, health and digestion. Organic foods, which have not been sprayed with chemicals or preservatives, (and are not genetically modified, raised humanely and fed organically, etc.) […]

Just Because Something is GFCF…

(or Specific Carbohydrate (SCD), etc.) Doesn’t Mean You Should Eat It By Lisa Ackerman As a parent coming up on our nine-year anniversary since starting the GFCF (gluten-free and casein-free) diet, along with low carbohydrates/sugar, allergy elimination, and the rotation of food families, I often find myself cringing at what folks actually feed their kids […]

GFCFSF Ingredients and Substitutions

The following will help you navigate the many possible substitutions when converting to GFCFSF. Flour Substitutes Milk Substitutes Oils, Margarines and Butter Egg Substitutes Sugars and Sweeteners Corn-Free Vanilla and Vinegars “Soy” and Worcestershire Sauce Beef-Free Gelatin   GFCFSF Flours There are many possible combinations of flours you can mix to use in recipes. Please […]

GFCFSF Diet: More Food Ideas

Here are some more: Glutino Pretzels Trader Joe’s Potato Puffs Trader Joe’s Organic Tortilla chips (just corn, salt, & lime) Gorilla Munch cereal Kiwi, mango, papaya HOMEmade french fries Scrambled eggs Turkey bacon Pancakes Hamburger meat Carrot sticks Erwhon Rice Twice Cereal Terra chips = Blues, Yukon Gold, other flavors are GF/CF and corn free […]

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day can be tough on the GFCF diet if you don’t know where to go for the good stuff. Below are some ideas, tips and resources to make your Valentine’s Day special and yummy! As always, please check the ingredients to ensure that items listed are in fact gluten and casein free. Candy Chocolates […]

Supporting Research for Treatments of Autism

Appeal Resources for ABA The Latest from Autism Bulletin More on Colorado Autism Insurance Case: Q&A with Tappert Family’s Lawyer R. Craig Ewing is managing partner at Ewing & Ewing, the Englewood, Colorado law firm which represented the Tappert family, who recently won an arbitration case for their health insurer to cover autism-related services for […]

Tomatis Listening Therapy (FAQ) & One Parent’s Experience (Case Study)

By Lisa Ackerman – Jeff’s mom This is an account of one parent’s findings of Tomatis Listening Therapy.  Not all findings and results are the same for each family/child.  This document is to outline; what Tomatis does, how the therapy is done, for how long, and what to expect from a parents perspective. It is […]