A Guide to Dental Care for Children with Autism

A Guide to Dental Care for Children with Autism

published on byteme.com

Children with autism are likely to suffer many more oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and dental injury, than children without autism. Many autistic kids have sensory sensitivities that make it difficult to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. These issues may also make visits to the dentist challenging.

Parents and caregivers can do several things to make oral hygiene and dental visits easier for their autistic kids. Implementing behavioral techniques, using autism-friendly dental products, and seeking out dental professionals with specialized knowledge can all help your child with autism maintain good oral health.

Decision Making Skills for Young Adults

Decision Making Skills for Young Adults

written by Calvin & Tricia Luker, published on parentingspecialneeds.org

When students with disabilities become young adults, they and their parents often ask whether and how decision-making practices should change. After all, the student and family, and the school, medical, vocational and service providers have been using the transition process for several years to help prepare the student for complete community inclusion. Now that the student is nearing, or has attained, the age of majority, how should decision making responsibilities be addressed? This article answers that question.

Why Moms Mom-Shame

Why Moms Mom-Shame

written by Molly Shea, published on parents.com

Lindsay Powers Eichmann had been a mother for three weeks when she experienced her first bout of mom-shaming. “We were at Target, and a woman came up to us and said, ‘Oh my goodness, what are you doing with a baby that small out in the world?!'” she recalls. Eichmann and her husband had been proud and relieved to make it out of the house, but the comment made her reconsider. Things snowballed from there.

“People would tell me ridiculous things,” she says. “When I was doing the cry-it-out method, someone said, “Oh, he’ll never attach to you—haven’t you heard of the Romanian orphans?” referring to decades-old research performed on severely neglected infants.

Eichmann’s experience shouldn’t be a surprise to any mom. A 2017 report from Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that nearly two-thirds of mothers have been “shamed” for their parenting decisions, criticized for everything from the way they discipline their children to the foods they feed them. Add social media to the mix, and it feels like every parenting decision you make is up for judgment and scrutinized by those around you—minus all the important context.

How to Reset Your Circadian Rhythm

How to Reset Your Circadian Rhythm

written by Mary Van Keuren, published on www.myslumberyard.com

If you’ve ever chatted with someone about your sleeping habits, you may have heard the phrase “circadian rhythms.” It’s one of those scientific terms that shows up in common use occasionally — but may not be well understood. Everyone — every person and animal on the planet, in fact — has a circadian rhythm. So let’s take look and unpack this puzzling phrase to see what it means, and how it impacts your sleep.

What Is Circadian Rhythm?

A circadian rhythm is the internal clock established by your brain. Your brain will make note of when it is exposed to light and when it is exposed to darkness, creating a loose 24-hour clock to go by. The clockwork is quite fragile since, biologically, your brain has only been exposed to two variables to adjust it: sunlight and moonlight. Now, we have phone screens, televisions and even light fixtures that can easily influence our circadian rhythm.

 

When Parents Grieve What They Thought Would Be

When Parents Grieve What They Thought Would Be

written by Dr. Liz Matheis, published on psychology today

When we experience a loss, whether physical or perceived, we tend to respond with shock and disbelief. We may then experience an intense flood of emotions, all while trying to accept a reality that we did not want.

As parents, when our child is diagnosed with a medical condition, learning disability, autism, or anything else that could be serious and/or long-lasting, we may experience grief and mourning as we struggle to understand what we are feeling and why we are feeling this way.

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