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Do You Use Vitamins To Supplement Your Child’s Diet?

We have been on the gluten, dairy and soy free diet for many years.  We use many supplements in order to ensure that we get what our bodies need daily.  My son, who is now 15 and growing quickly; has always swallowed pills of any size and shape easily.  In fact, he would swallow ALL of his pills dry if we let him.  🙂

😉  We take a liquid Vitamin b12 supplement made by Now which is free of all of our allergens.  This gives us extra energy each day. In fact, we can tell it’s working because when we don’t take it, we are all dragging.

😉  We also take Liquid D3 & B Complex supplements both from The Vitamin Shoppe.  They are free of our allergens and are necessary in our diets. 

😉  Vitamin D3 deficency is a common occurrence in individuals on the autism spectrum due to their lack of exposure to consistent and daily sunlight.  Since he is my son, I too lack in this area since I am the one who takes or does not take him out on a daily basis.  Of course, this is without considering what he does in school Monday thru Friday.  We take 5,000-6,000 IU of Liquid D3 daily. 

😉  The B – Complex helps to tame your anxiety/stress.  I don’t know anyone who can’t use this vitamin!  As a mom of a teen with autism and since my son also has anxiety disorder, this is a vitamin we desperately need and use daily.

😉  We all take Swansons EFAs Omega Tru MultiOmega 3-6-9 (Flax, Borage, Fish) which is free of our allergens.  This is taken for our ADHD; yes the 3 of us have ADHD – LOL.  Our life as a family is NEVER boring!  This supplement helps us with concentration and focus on a daily basis.

😉  Vitamin C in its powdered format from The Vitamin Shoppe is another daily vitamin.  I mix this along with the liquid vitamins in our morning smoothies and it works out great for us.

😉  Last but not least, we all take multi-vitamins that are compounded to address each one of our needs.  So, we are all taking different multi-vitamins and it works well for us.

🙂   What vitamin regiment is your teen/child and even your family on?  How long have you been supplementing with vitamins &/or herbs?  Why do you take each vitamin?  Do you see any difference when you skip your vitamins?  Please share with us below. 🙂

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DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS LAW THAT AFFECTS YOUR 14 YEAR OLD TEEN???

I have to share this craziness with you!!  I just found out that here in NJ, once your child turns 14 he/she can stop going to school; not take prescribed medications; sign themselves out of medical institutions at their OWN whim…. This LAW is ridiculous! Oh and even if your child has a disability and is neurologically impaired in any way; the staff at the hospital & school will make certain that YOUR child understands his/her rights and will not accept YOUR child if he/she says NO!!!

THIS IS CRAZY!!! Then the parents are penalized when same child does something against the law BUT the systems that are supposed to help won’t because that same child refuses to take medications; stay in a hospital; stay in school; follow the ‘right’ laws….THIS WORLD IS CRAZY!!!  As a PARENT, you have NO RIGHTS EXCEPT THE RIGHT TO LOSE YOUR JOB AND MIND WHEN YOUR CHILD DETERMINES THAT HE/SHE WILL DO WHATEVER HE/SHE WANTS & YOU HAVE NO LEGAL LEGS TO STAND ON!!!

Is this the law in your State? Do you know if this is a Federal law? WE ALL NEED TO FIGHT IT WHATEVER TYPE OF LAW IT IS!  Last time I checked my family…this is MY child and no one else has the RIGHT to tell him he can go ahead and not go to school; not take his meds; leave the hospital whenever he wants, etc.   These ‘laws’ don’t parent, love, feed, cloth, teach nor live with MY teen/child.  How can they make such a blanket law without the consent of parents??  THEY can come and parent my teen for me since THEY have decided that he’s quite capable of taking care of himself at 14 YEARS OLD!!

To make matters even more confusing, that same ‘child/teen’ can’t get a job without working papers until said teen is 16.  The same teen can’t even drive without an adult until what – 18???  That same teen also can’t make educational decisions on his own until he is 18.  And don’t forget the Truancy Laws so if he/she decides to stop going to school parents and child end up in court and being fined even if this was his/her decision.  Need I go on???  As my son just said – ‘WHOEVER MADE THIS LAW IS CRAZY!’  I completely agree.

Learning to Ride a Two Wheel Bike Part 1

I’m not sure how your teen is with fine and gross motor skills but my son has always needed all the extra help he can get.  It took me 3 years to teach him how to pedal a bike…but, the balance part just wasn’t happening; no matter how hard we tried.  We have been riding tandem bikes at the beach for over 6 years now but as soon as it’s time for him to get on his own bike, he just couldn’t get it.  So, after all the tears, outbursts, meltdowns and drama, oh and broken bikes and training wheels;  we finally had to take a break from the entire bike riding adventure. 😦   In case you were wondering…the tears, outbursts and drama came not only from our son but also his Dad and I! LOL 😉

Earlier this year, I was sent an email from a group called For This One and they would be hosting a bike camp called LoseTheTrainingWheels.  ForThisOne states that:  

Lose The Training Wheels is a nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization that is much more than just a bike-riding program. For many people with disabilities, it’s a seemingly impossible task that they can typically master in less than a week’s time through our program. Within days of learning to ride, many children begin exhibiting independent behaviors at home. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.

Hmmm, a group that can teach our son how to ride a bike in only 5 days??? Well, we were very skeptical, to say the very least.  But, we prayed on it and decided to sign up anyway.  

After receiving a scholarship to attend, my hubby and I eagerly talked to and encouraged our son regarding learning how to ride a bike in an easy and fun way.  Our son read all the handouts and by Monday of this week; he was eager and ready to go.  Now, bike camp is an hour and a half away and only lasts for 75 minutes, Monday through Friday.  Those in my life who don’t have a child with special needs in their life shared their disbelief that I would drive the distance daily just so my son can learn to ride a bike.  Why not teach him myself?  Who cares if he can ride a bike?  This isn’t really a necessity….blah, blah, blah!  The world of ‘normalcy’ that people who don’t live with a loved one with a disability live in colors their entire vision when it comes to looking at the world my family lives in.  It’s worth it to us!  I’d drive 3 hours a day for five days if it means at the end my son will accomplish a goal that will bring him life long enjoyment and fulfillment.  

So, today is the third day of camp and I can’t wait until Friday gets here!! Do you think he will finally get it?!?!????  We do!!  I’ll let you know the outcome soon!!  For now, just keep us in your thoughts and prayers as our son works hard to overcome a challenge that has been a part of his life for 10 years and counting.

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Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum

Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum.

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