Classes and Programs in NYC

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    Kaiser’s Room

    Founding Director Stephane Duret introduces us to Kaiser's Room, a non-profit organization formed to inspire and support the development of children on the Autism Spectrum and related developmental delays through the performing arts.

Cooking with Jessica

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    Pear Bread Recipe

    Jessica makes pear bread that is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free and corn-free. Click on the "Read" tab for the recipe.

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    Breakfast Bars

    Jessica makes protein bars that are free of nuts, gluten, casein and refined sugar.  For the recipe and a link to the manual bag sealer, click on the "Read" tab.

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    Quinoa Tortillas

    Jessica makes whole grain quinoa tortillas with soaked quinoa and green split peas. They are free of gluten, casein, soy, corn, and rice. For the recipe, click on the "Read" tab at the bottom of the viewer.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jessica bakes gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free/corn-free/egg-free/nut-free chocolate chip cookies. For the recipe click on the "Read" tab under the viewer.

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    Brown Rice Tortillas

    Jessica makes sprouted brown rice and amaranth tortillas as an alternative to corn tortillas. Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Whole Grain Millet & Buckwheat Pancakes

    Jessica makes gluten-free whole grain pancakes from millet and buckwheat groats. For the recipe click on the "Read" menu.

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    Dairy & Sugar Free Fudge

    Jessica makes fudge that is free of sugar and dairy and packed with a lot of nutrition. Yummy enough for kids and adults alike! Click on "READ" for the recipe.

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    Chocolate Coconut Truffles (Dairy-Free)

    Jessica makes dairy-free and refined sugar-free chocolate coconut truffles that everyone can feel good about! For recipe click on the "Read" menu below the viewer.

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    “Lemony Peach” Gluten-Free Muffins

    Jessica makes gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free and nut-free breakfast muffins. Click on READ for the recipe.

Diet & Biomedical

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    Sugar Alternatives

    All about the many natural and healthier alternatives to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Click on the "Read" tab for links to these substitutes.

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    Healthy Oils

    Jessica shares the benefits of swapping out highly refined and processed cooking oils with healthier alternatives.

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    Bone Broth

    Jessica shows us how to make bone broth - a healing and nourishing food for the gut and part of the GAPS diet. Click on the "Read" tab for more info and recipe.

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    Sauerkraut

    Certified Fermentationist Cheryl Paswater describes the benefits of consuming sauerkraut, a lacto-fermented food which is recommended in the GAPS and Body Ecology Diets for helping to heal leaky gut syndrome. Click on Part 2 to watch Cheryl make the sauerkraut. For the recipe and an article on fermentation, click on the READ menu at the bottom of the viewer.

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    Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

    Learn the "pros and cons" of dairy-free milk alternatives, both packaged and homemade. Holistic Health Coach Jessica Van Kipp shows us how to make fresh almond milk. Click on "Read" for the recipe.

Homeschooling

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    Cottage Class

    Manisha Snoyer introduces us to Cottage Class, a sharing economy marketplace for childhood education. She shares with us her experience with families of special needs children looking for learning environments within the homeschooling community in New York.

Local Caregivers/Therapists

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    Stephen on the Son-Rise Program

    Stephen has experience working in many home-based Son-Rise Programs in the NYC area. He shares some of what he has learned and how he continues to use those skills in his current work with kids as a play therapist and "manny."

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    Grow Your Village with Melody of Autism

    Faith Clarke, mother of a teenager with Autism, shares how the experience with her son helped her create a positive, loving and accepting team of caregivers and led her to start Melody of Autism in order to support other families.

Parents' Stories

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    Rachelle’s Story – How Going Dairy-Free Helped Her Boys

    Rachelle shares how a dairy elimination trial resulted in remarkable improvements in her two boys' physical and behavioral symptoms. Their constipation, vomiting, congestion and rashes are gone. Their mood and behavior significantly improved.

Sensory Integration

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    Stress and The Sensory System

    Rita talks about how stress affects the sensory system and how feeling relaxed will help a child become more self-regulated. Click on Part 2 to watch Rita share a parent's story that illustrates how letting go of judgments is one very effective way to becoming more relaxed.

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    Diane on MNRI for her son

    Diane shares how MNRI (primitive reflex integration therapy) has helped her son. Please watch Part 2 for the rest of Diane's interview in which she shares how MNRI is an integrative approach not just for her son but the entire family. Click on the READ tab for the link to the MNRI website.

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    How To Help A Child With Handwriting

    Rita Gendelman (OTR/L) answers an occupational therapy grad student's question at Touro College during one of her lectures.

Resources

Autism Websites

TACA

Generation Rescue

Age of Autism

Autism Research Institute

National Autism Association 

Autism File

 

Causes of Autism & Biomedical Treatment

Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians by Bryan Jepson

Children With Starving Brains by Jaquelyn McCandless

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bock

Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions by Karen DeFelice 

http://www.enzymestuff.com

Fight Autism and Win: Biomedical Therapies That Actually Work! By Rebecca Claire, Jan Martin & Tressie Taylor 

Autism: The Journey Back, Recovering the Self through Heilkunst by Rudi Verspoor 

Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky 

 

Diets for Autism

What’s Eating Your Child? The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments by Kelly Dorfman

Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition and Diet Guide for Healing Our Children by Julie Matthews

Why Your Child is Hyperactive: The bestselling book on how ADHD is caused by artificial food flavors and colors by Ben Feingold

Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis (Gluten/Casein-Free Diet)

http://gfcfdiet.com

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride (GAPS diet) 

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gotschall (SCD Diet)  

The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates

 

Sensory-Integration Disorder & Therapies

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz

Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller

MNRI Reflex Integration Therapy (The Masgutova Method) 

 

Social Skills Therapies

The Son-Rise Program (The Autism Treatment Center of America)

Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues by Barry Neil Kaufman

Autism Breakthrough by Raun Kaufman 

What You Can Do Right Now To Help Your Child With Autism by Jonathan Levy

Floortime

Engaging Autism by Stanley S. Greenspan

Natural Play Therapy

RDI

 

Research Studies on Gut-Brain Connection in ASD 

Alterations in Blood-Brain Barrier and Intestinal Permeability in Individuals with Autism

The Microbiota Modulates Gut Physiology and Behavioral Abnormalities Associated with Autism 

A Case Study of the Gut Microbiome in ASD: Correlation of Microbial Profiles with GI and Behavioral Symptoms

Gastrointestinal Conditions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from the AAP 

Differences Between the Gut Microflora of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and that of Healthy Children 

Effect of Gluten-Free Diet on GI and Behavioral Indices for Children with ASD