Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Autism Treatment: Best Practice is Within Reach!

Look at this most cutest face. Everyone has a journey, we all arrive where we arrive, when we arrive, and our trip is all planned out for us. I was meant to meet some really amazing kids. My life will never be the same.

Recently I wrote a column for Autism Awareness.


Aside from World Autism Awareness Day, why the heck not!? But honestly, the fact of the matter is, I met an incredible woman (at a picnic in the summer) who works with kids who have autism WAY before I thought about April and it’s significance.

Have you ever been with a child with autism? How about their family? Have you ever watched how they interact, or don’t? Have you ever, after that, gone home and looked back at how your life (and your child’s) might have been incredibly different and how amazingly strong other parents are compared to you?

I have.

I have cried too. Mostly happy tears. I am seeing children with autism do such AMAZING things. I am interacting with them and their parents, and we are all joyful! Why? Because the hope is just bubbling over! The results are just amazing and superb!

I wrote this month because I believe. I wrote this column because I care. I wrote about this topic because it’s on my heart to do so. Please read my column, please tell a neighbor, please ask yourself if you’re just the least bit curious about the best practice for autism.

I know you will be in awe (no pun intended because this is all serious business, of epidemic proportions, and in need of attention).

Please share. Most of you know my love for children, of families of parenting. I’ve written for you all for over six years. But guess what? My love for children, and families, just grew by billions and billions of little balloon hearts and strings and joy and overall motivation to share. The kids at ITC are just making my heart sing and the staff that cares for them just melts my heart!

Want another perspective on autism awareness and the best practice treatment? Read this.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Autism (Treatment and Success) Awareness Column Sneak Peak (video)
One of the sensory stations at Integrations Treatment Center in Wickliffe, Ohio

April is National Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd, matter of fact, is the 9th Annual World Autism Awareness Day. In this month's column and blog, we are going to do more than raise awareness, we are going to talk about HOPE and SOLUTIONS by sharing and applauding a very special person and her staff who are working hard to help families with children with autism to achieve success!

If you are someone who has a child on the autism spectrum, or you know someone who does, whether it’s a family member, friend or neighbor llisten to a quick true story from Luke and Jake’s parents who found hope at Integrations Treatment Center!

You have to praise the steps these two children, and their family, have taken using the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. approach. This treatment should not be confused with any type of group or generalized treatment, but know this is an individualized approach using love, patience, consistency, repetition, softness, kindness, determination (and that’s from both the staff and the children) to help children of autism and their families function better and bond tighter. And yet…it’s grounded in the science of natural and normal brain development, one of which comes from the theory of sensory integration as first defined by Dr. A Jean Ayres, PhD in the 1960’s.

At ITC, in Wickliffe, Ohio, children are taught to do the very things, and use the very parts of their brains, to achieve the very things the world never thought possible for them. Every small step forward is a big step in celebration!

I want you to stay tuned for this amazing coverage on April 1st, in my County Kids News-Herald Ohio column, as I cover Autism Treatment, not just Autism Awareness.

If you have questions prior to the full autism treatment awareness column’s publish date of around April 1st, please do not wait to contact Lynette Scotese-Wojtila

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegies (and more)

Vegies, the necessary evil. So, how do you get your kids to eat them?

Well, with some trial and era, I have found some ways:

  • Try them raw AND cooked (my son won’t eat cooked carrots or green beans but won’t stop stealing them raw off the cutting board). This I found out accidentally.
  • Try them with cheese. My young teen doesn’t love potatoes, especially baked, but if I sprinkle some parmesan cheese and butter on them or give her sour cream, she’ll eat the whole thing. She will also eat more broccoli with melted cheddar.
  • Try veggies cooked into eggs or on pizzas: mushrooms, red peppers, black olives, green peppers, onions and even scallions (dice them small so as the flavor comes out but the texture is diminished).
  • Try them with dip: red peppers, cauliflower
  • Serve them with salt: cucumbers with a little bit of sea salt on each layer, put some on the plate before stacking too.
  • Peel them. Some kids won’t eat cucumber or potato with the peel on. I peeled cukes for years for my oldest girls, then one day I did just strips off the sides, now I serve them with peels on and they never said a thing about it. 
Do they hate meatloaf?
  • Spice it up with powdered garlic, onion, lots of (italian) herbs, add plenty of egg and don’t overcook (they’ll eat it up)
Fish (if they are not allergic) is one of my favorite foods. Scallops, white fish, salmon and more. I never imagined my kids would eat fish, but my girls love it (my son is daring he will eat fish sticks and the Morton’s style flaked fish but doesn’t think it’s fish for some reason lol). 
  • Salmon in maple syrup glaze baked
  • White fish (go with mild-cod or something less fishy tasting) breaded and baked with a little squirt of lemon)
  • Scallops, must be cooked perfectly or else they’ll be tough, undercooked they’ll seem rubbery or slimy. Heap a pile of (sea) scallops in a small baking dish, put two tablespoons of butter on top then dump about a half cup of bread crumbs on them, cook according to recipe directions.
My favorite recipe resources are:
  1. My old cookbooks: Betty Crocker (wedding present over 20 years ago held together by a ribbon)
  2. (app is fun to use)
  3. Pinterest
  4. Magazines (my daughter got THE best brownie recipe out of a People magazine a couple of years ago and about 15 years ago I found the best creamed mashed cauliflower recipe out of Good Housekeeping or something similar)

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